...Toyota calls it Touch Tracer, claiming it helps drivers keep their eyes on the road. 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: Standard fabric upholstery; leather optional Optional heated front seats Optional navigation system Under the Hood The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine in the Prius is augmented by a number of high-efficiency tricks — among them an electric water pump, exhaust gas recovery, an efficient automatic...
...What is important is that both cars give commuters the ability to plan gas-free trips, thus lessening our overall dependence on oil, foreign or domestic, and moving us forward into a more livable, breathable environment. Both front-wheel-drive cars address consumer anxiety about driving range by mating their electric power systems with small gasoline engine/ generators — a 1.8-liter four-cylinder (98 horsepower) for the Prius PHV and a 1.4-liter four-cylinder (80 horsepower) for the Volt. Both cars handle and drive quite well in the electric-only mode. But the Prius PHV is a bit more...
...The IIInow gets navigation, Entune telematics and infotainment, a back-up camera, satellite and HD radio, and a new Smart Key system that controls all three doors.The IV gains an 8-speaker JBL audio system with reduced power consumption, and the V basically gets all of the above plus the option of the Advanced Technology Package, including an upgraded navigation system with a larger screen, a heads-up display, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, a Pre-Collision system and Lane Keep Assist. Buyers of the IV can opt for a Deluxe Solar Roof Package with the heads-up display and a 7-inch touchscreen...
With a new Toyota Prius on the horizon, rumors abound as to what the next-generation of the world's best-selling hybrid will offer when it's unveiled late next year. Some... read more July 14, 2014 by Antony Ingram
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