2018 Toyota Prius Tested in Depth: A Classic Continues ""

By | January 17, 2018


It has been nearly two decades since Toyota launched its segment-defining hybrid. Gasoline-electric powertrains are commonplace now, but Toyota has taken steps to make sure its Prius still stands out. This compact hatch features an extremely unusual—some would say cartoonlike—exterior that makes it impossible to ignore in dealer lots and organic grocery co-ops alike. The busy, unremittingly angular sheetmetal covers a comfortable if largely unimpressive interior and an eco-friendly powertrain that—per EPA estimates—can earn up to 58 mpg in the city in its most efficient Prius Two Eco guise. The Prius offers very little in the way of driving enjoyment; its smooth ride and predictable steering responses can’t eclipse the fact that it requires fully 10.5 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph. The Prius is the elder statesman of the hybrid segment, but upstarts such as the Hyundai Ioniq and the Kia Niro present meaningful competition. READ MORE ››



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