...There is, however, a certain peace that comes with driving a car this visually clean on the inside. There isn't too much in the way of storage compartments or nooks and crannies inside the Prius. There's a cupholder accessible up front, and a second one stashed inside the smallish dual-level center console. A single bottleholder sits in each of the front doors, and there are two cupholders in the fold-down armrest in the backseat. I found myself wishing for larger in-door storage pockets in the front row and more storage on any sort for the kids to use in back. There are two glove boxes and...
...There are three other acceleration modes: normal, ECO and Power (PWR on the button). ECO makes the pedal less sensitive and helps you drive ECOnomically, and Power puts the gas engine on a hair trigger for quicker sprints at the flick of your sensible fair-trade sandal. The Prius' handling is also just adequate, with steering that's a little vague and lacks feedback . Sometimes we excuse lackluster handling when it comes with a soft, comfortable ride, but the Prius is no star in that regard, either. This version is an improvement over the second generation, but the ride remains firm and a bit...
...Other information on the display includes fuel and energy consumption meters, as well as a depiction of power flow between the drivetrain's gasoline and electric components. Interior features include: Optional heated leather seats Optional backup camera Optional navigation system Under the Hood The 1.8-liter engine is augmented by a number of high-efficiency tricks — among them an electric water pump, exhaust gas recovery, an efficient automatic transmission and optimized regenerative braking. Coupled with an electric motor, the drivetrain makes 134 horsepower. Being a "full" hybrid...
...Toyota's 2011 Prius continues to represent the leading edge of the nascent hybrid automobile market.
Source: MSN Autos
...I can see its benefit for a driver who travels around 12 miles per day because most of the driving would be under electric power. The disadvantage is that once the Prius plug-in switches to the gasoline-electric hybrid mode, the fuel economy is less than a standard Prius due to the added battery weight. In electric mode the plug-in doesn't feel as peppy as other electric cars I have driven, again probably because of the added weight. Under hybrid power I found myself switching to power mode to improve drivability, which also reduces efficiency. – Mike MeredithThe Prius plug-in hybrid is a...
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