Although it has been completely redesigned for the 2010 model year, the Toyota Prius is still distinctly Prius-shaped. Whether or not that's a good thing is a matter of personal taste, bUT, the 2010 Toyota Prius is still "more future-appliance than future-chic."al sources, as more road tests of the 2010 Toyota Prius become available.
this is some advantages and disadvantages for toyota prius:
* Exceptional fuel economy
* Tall, airy cabin
* Hatchback utility
* Improved driving feel
* more upscale effort in general
* Likely more expensive
* Still drives like a hybrid
* Console design means less knee room in front
The 2010 Prius still is recognizable as a Toyota hybrid, but there's more wedge in its stance, more crease in its profile, catchier cues in its arrow-inflected headlamps and taillamps, and more room under its reproportioned roofline. For sure, it's more dynamic-looking than the outgoing model and a hair longer overall, but it's still more future-appliance than future-chic. It does split the wind more finely; the aerodynamic drag's down to 0.25, one of the lowest figures for any
production car, with much of the improvement achieved under the car.
Other performance improvements have been directed at the Prius' less than entertaining road manners. The stiffer body shell helps reduce noise and vibration from the engine and continuously variable transmission. Engineers have tried, and are fairly successful, at improving the Prius' steering by angling its wheels slightly. The brakes are now discs at all four corners, and the regeneration that captures kinetic energy, turning it into electricity, has been improved. With more lightweight aluminum in the body too, the Prius' 0-60 mph times are now under 10 seconds. Still, you'll always be reminded of the fact that you're driving a hybrid vehicle with electronic control over the steering, braking, and acceleration feel.
Quick Specs Details
Engine Gas/Electric I4, 1.8L
EPA Class Mid-size
Style Name 5dr HB II (Natl)
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car