Last Wednesday, March 25th, the 2010 Toyota Prius was launched into the automotive media and it is proving to cause quite a stir. TheCarConnection.com’s Marty Padgett reported on his driving experience in the new 2010 Toyota Prius on a 33.2 mile loop. It is no surprise that the focus on the new Prius was dialed in on miles per gallon (mpg). How did it fair? Marty reported that he achieved a cool 69.5 mpg average and noted that the new car benefited from a “taller, more airy cabin and improved driving feel.”
Marty isn’t the only one excited by the new 2010 Toyota Prius, it was also mentioned at the 2009 Green Car Parade in Denver, Colorado, along with other hybrid and clean diesel vehicles from almost every major automaker. And if that isn’t enough, our partner site Allaboutprius.com is doing a “30 Days of the 2010 Toyota Prius,” series. Okay, so it gets good gas mileage, but what else makes this Prius better than its outgoing sibling?
2010 Toyota Prius
To answer that question, we turn to Allaboutprius.com, whom has done a top ten list on the new Prius improvements. Just to highlight a few, the new 2010 Toyota Prius now comes with the EV mode that was available on the last model in Asia and Europe, Solar Roof option and remote air conditioning. The EV mode allows you to run the car in a fully electric mode for up to a mile while under 26 mph. The solar roof option charges photovoltaic cells in order to power fans that suck hot air out of the interior to reduce air conditioning load. Finally, the remote air conditioner (a must for anyone south of the Mason-Dixon line) operates like a remote start option, but instead uses the electric motors to run the air conditioning system and cool off the car before you get in.
Check out the more information on the new 2010 Toyota Prius over at Allaboutprius.com and stay tuned right here for coverage of all small cars at the 2009 Denver Auto Show, which kicks of Wednesday, April 1st.