Versatility and Comfort Come Standard in the Toyota Prius
Toyota is a manufacturer known for delivering big things in small, cleverly-engineered packages. The Prius was one such brainchild, developed and marketed as the first commercially-available hybrid vehicle, it shook the automotive industry to its core and demonstrated to the world that gasoline-powered engines were no longer the only option.
The most obvious and appealing aspect of the Prius is its efficiency. With its hybrid combustion/electric drivetrain, boosted by regenerative braking that harvests stopping power, the Prius has an EPA-estimated city rating of 51 miles per gallon. When it comes to fuel economy, the Toyota Prius is unmatched.
Efficiency is often misunderstood as a lack of power. However, the 2011 Toyota Prius contains a 1.8-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine mated to an electronically-controlled continuously-variable transmission. Combined with its electric motor counterpart, a 60-kilowatt Permanent Magnetic Synchronous Electric Motor, the system is capable of achieving 134 horsepower and 153 lb-ft of torque. When power is needed, the Prius can punch it.
Aside from its high-tech powerplant, the Prius also sports additional amenities throughout the cabin. Available features include a push-button start, two 12-volt power outlets, keyless entry and Bluetooth compatibility. An ample media system consists of an mp3 capable CD player with changer, satellite radio and eight speakers situated around the cabin. A leather interior and heated front seats are available, complimenting nicely with the standard recyclable plant-based resin that comprises much of the interior. An available solar-powered ventilation system includes a power moonroof and remote air conditioning operation as well.
While Toyota’s engineers invested significant effort into the efficiency of the Prius, special attention was given to its safety systems. Available safety features include Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, a Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist and an Intelligent Parking Assist. With the Prius watching your environment, you can rest assured that you and your passengers are in good hands.
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