...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...
If you've never lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may not have heard of "Mr. Roadshow," the nickname of San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Richards. Nor will you know... read more April 11, 2014 by John Voelcker
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It's fair to say most Toyota Prius owners are probably quite happy with their cars. Sure, they aren't the quickest vehicles on the road, and plug-in cars use even less gas... read more April 4, 2014 by Antony Ingram
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