2010 toyota Prius Review

2010 Toyota Prius Review: It's back for a third generation-- as well as now, a years as well as 700,000 forefathers rolling about already, the 2010 Toyota Prius brings with it even more room, a more polished feel, and also the real-world ecstasy (for some) of 51-mpg gas economic situation.

The 2010 Prius still is recognizable as a Toyota hybrid, however there's more wedge in its position, even more fold in its account, catchier cues in its arrow-inflected headlamps and taillamps, and even more area under its reproportioned roofline. For certain, it's more dynamic-looking compared to the outgoing version and also a hair longer in general, yet it's still more future-appliance than future-chic. It does split the wind extra carefully; the wind resistant drag's to 0.25, one of the lowest figures for any kind of manufacturing automobile, with much of the renovation attained under the auto.

Adjustment you can count on is discovered a lot more in the cabin, where a brand-new flying-buttress console adds some aesthetic passion to the Prius' wide, reduced dashboard and also its electronic, distantly mounted determines. Driving controls are segregated from the passenger by black and silver plastic, which reduces the large mass of the dash panels.

2010 Toyota Prius Review

Earth geeks as well as gas mileage fanatics will invest hrs away from Wow coaxing ever-high gas economic situation out of the 2010 Prius. Formally, it's ranked at 50 mpg city, 39 highway by the EPA, however TheCarConnection.com's professionals teased 69.5 mpg with cautious use of the gas and also the Prius' brand-new battery-only EV driving setting-- and also we have actually already become aware of numbers surpassing 75 mpg. In part, the boosted gas economic situation is due to a lighter, stiffer body. The powertrain's likewise been reconfigured for much less weight, and also contrary to assumptions, a bump in variation from 1.6 litres to 1.8 liters for the four-cylinder engine has actually aided the hybrid system be more prudent overall. The mix produces 134 horsepower, yet the 1.8-liter's much better torque assists the Prius go for slower engine speeds on the freeway. A hefty lead foot will certainly drop the Prius right into the high 30-mpg array, yet a light touch, a mindful eye on the "Eco" driving mode indications, and use the brand-new EV mode-- which permits a mile of pure-electric driving with a well-charged battery pack-- will assist any kind of motorist extract more than 50 mpg in city driving.

Other efficiency improvements have actually been directed at the Prius' less than enjoyable roadway good manners. The stiffer body covering helps in reducing noise as well as resonance from the engine and continuously variable transmission. Designers have tried, as well as are fairly successful, at enhancing the Prius' steering by angling its wheels a little. The brakes are currently discs in all 4 edges, as well as the regeneration that catches kinetic energy, turning it right into electrical energy, has been enhanced. With even more light-weight aluminum in the body too, the Prius' 0-60 mph times are now under 10 seconds. Still, you'll constantly be advised of that you're driving a hybrid car with electronic control over the guiding, stopping, and also velocity feel.

A much better body implies more comfortable environments for the 2010 Prius' 5 guests. There is much less front knee space, side to side, thanks to the new facility console, however the chauffeur's seat is now height-adjustable. Backseaters obtain the knee room left behind by slimmer front seatbacks and much better headroom from the rejiggered roofline. The cargo area increases a lot more, with a redesigned battery housing as well as 2.2 inches of extra space developing a few more cubic feet of storage. Generally, the Prius' plastics are upgraded and also greened up, as well-- Toyota states they're all carbon-neutral now-- and they do feel and look better than in the second-generation auto. Fit as well as finish on pre-production automobiles readies.

he 2010 Toyota Prius likely will enhance the high safety and security score of one of the most current version. Seven airbags are conventional, including a driver knee bag. So are anti-lock brakes, grip and stability control, and tire pressure monitors. Safety options include radar cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, a rearview video camera, a "Security Link" system that signals emergency staffs after an accident, and also the feat modern technology of the day-- Smart Parking Assist, which assists you parallel-park the Prius via the auto's video cameras, albeit with your foot on the brake to regulate speed.

New attributes are meant to woo customers into spending extra on the expensively engineered Prius. There's a Touch Tracer system that resembles your finger-swipes over steering-wheel controls over the gauges, so you do not need to overlook to change radio stations or climate-control setups. Power home windows, cruise ship control, and also an AM/FM/XM/ CD player are typical. Significant new alternatives consist of a moonroof with photovoltaic panels, powering a follower that draws hot air from the vehicle without utilizing the Prius' various other batteries. A remote a/c is also offered, along with a navigating system, LED headlamps, Bluetooth, as well as a backup video camera.


In addition to having a highly splendid powertrain, the 2010 Toyota Prius obtains a lot of sophisticated gizmos as well as eas inside-- including some you won't find on various other autos in its price array.

Customers at Cars.com contend that "Toyota has actually showcased a great deal of modern technology in the brand-new Prius due to the sophisticated halo the crossbreed holds in the marketplace," as well as buyers of the 2010 Toyota Prius will certainly not be let down with the attributes available on their eco-friendly makers.

The new Toyota Prius can be found in simply one trim level, in the sense that the lorries will certainly showcase the same Toyota Prius exterior badging, but there are 4 various versions offered. Cars.com notes that "the names Prius II, III, IV as well as V will be made use of on home window stickers to separate designs." The Los Angeles Times claims that "the standard-issue Prius [the Prius II] will certainly be halfway decent furnished," showcasing standard power devices, cruise ship control, and also audio controls installed on the steering wheel. Going up to the Toyota Prius III, Cars.com keeps in mind that "an eight-speaker stereo with XM Satellite Radio as well as Bluetooth" comes requirement, while the Prius IV adds "natural leather furniture as well as warmed pole positions" and also the deluxe 2010 Toyota Prius V "features 17-inch wheels, fog lights and also LED auto-leveling fronts lights with washers."