2019 Toyota Prius: A hybrid classic–and classy set of wheels

1 Jan 2020 | 215 views | No Comment
  2019 Toyota Prius hybrid sedan Price: Base prices range between $23,770.00 - $32,200.00, depending on the model you choose. Performance: Frankly, I really enjoyed driving the Prius, and I'm pretty sure most prospective buyers will be pleasantly surprised when they take it out for a spin. I thought the driving experience was surprisingly lively, and I never felt that the Prius was not up to snuff in terms of handling and highway driving. Economy:           Toyota Prius' powertrain system consists of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors/generators. Together, the combined 121 horsepower is sent through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to the front wheels. The AWD-e models add an electric motor for the rear axle. Fuel economy is 54 / 50 / 52 mpg. The car:   The Prius has long been a rather radical looking car that you either loved or hated.  But now, the tremendous increase in the number of hybrid products have tended to help the Prius blend in more, and the Prius thus is no longer the wildly futuristic looking hybrid it once was. Besides, many manufacturers are moving away from making hybrid and electric vehciles look too far out--mostly because they know that both will make up growing parts of the market share, and they don't want weird styling keeping customers away. In keeping with that, Toyota has toned down the styling of the Prius considerably in a number of ways, particularly concerning the rear end which, to me at least, was the oddest looking part of the whole car. For 2019, Toyota introduced an all wheel version of the Prius called the AWD-em and added some new trim levels too.  They now are the L Eco, LE, XLE and the Limited.  And finally, you can now get a black interior on your Prius instead of having to accept a white interior with an interior that tends to show dirt--a problem shared by all cars with white interiors, not just Toyota's Prius. The advantages of buying a Prius are pretty abundant.  Not the least reason is the fact that you can get over 50 miles per gallon with a Prius, and you get a car that really is fun to drive and even peppy on the road.  I've heard other auto writers claim the Prius is sluggish, but I frankly have no idea what they are talking about! Toyota has also designed the Prius in a way that it has a lot more visibility potential on all sides than most other cars on the road. Drawbacks?  Let's start with the weird shifter  and the process that goes with using it.  It's fine when you get used to it, but there is a learning curve that comes with the Prius when you are shifting gears.  The instrument panel is informative to a fault, but I still wonder if everyday drivers actually pay close attention to all the gauges, graphs and whatever.  I could make a case that the wealth of info could also be a distraction. And the infotainment system is both counterintuitive and more complex than comparable systems in other products I've tested. Technology:
The 2019 Toyota Prius is a four-door hatchback that seats five passengers. It's available in four trim levels--you choose from L Eco, LE, XLE and the top of the line Limited.  A welcome new choice is the AWD-e version of the XLE and LE models. The L-Eco model comes with ultra-low-rolling resistance tires, a lighter hybrid battery, and an inflation kit instead of a spare tire. Those features help contribute to the L Eco's impressive 56 mpg combined rating. The other Prius trims are rated at 52 mpg or 50 mpg (AWD-e).
Standard features for the L Eco include 15-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED running lights and taillights, heated mirrors, keyless entry (driver door only) and ignition, automatic climate control, dual 4.2-inch driver information screens, adaptive cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver's seat and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Anything else?  Yep.  Other standard  equipment includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a front USB port and two rear charge ports and a six-speaker audio system. Standard safety features include automatic high beams, forward collision warning, forward collision mitigation with automatic braking and lane departure warning and intervention. Next up? The LE. Standard features, along with what you get with the L Eco, include a rear window wiper, front seatback pockets, a spare tire, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and an automated parallel parking system. If you want more, try the XLE.  Its standard features include   17-inch wheels, automatic wipers, keyless entry for the front passenger door and rear hatch, SofTex simulated leather upholstery and wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a semi-gloss black center console and a wireless charging pad. It also reverts back to the tire inflation kit. The top line model is the Limited trim, which gets adaptive headlights, a head-up display, Toyota's Safety Connect emergency communications, a navigation system, an 11.6-inch touchscreen, and a 10-speaker premium JBL audio system with satellite radio. Some features, including a sunroof, are available on supporting trims as options.
Safety: Safety equipment includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Intelligent clearance sonar alerts that let the driver know if there are obstacles near your Prius during low speed driving.  Other than that, nothing exceptional worth noting here; but it does feature every commonly installed safety equipment used these days on most cars. Warranty:
     The basic warranty is for three years or 36,000 miles.  The drivetrain warranty is five years or 60,000 miles and roadside assistance is good for three years of unlimited mileage.
   

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