The 2010 Prius still is recognizable as a Toyota crossbreed, however there's even more wedge in its stance, more crease in its account, catchier cues in its arrow-inflected headlamps and also taillamps, as well as more room under its reproportioned roofline. For certain, it's more dynamic-looking than the outbound version and also a hair much longer on the whole, but it's still more future-appliance than future-chic. It does divide the wind a lot more finely; the wind resistant drag's down to 0.25, among the lowest figures for any manufacturing cars and truck, with much of the enhancement achieved under the auto.
Change you can count on is found a lot more in the cabin, where a brand-new flying-buttress console adds some visual rate of interest to the Prius' broad, low dash and also its digital, distantly installed determines. Driving controls are segregated from the guest by black and silver plastic, which lowers the large mass of the dash panels.
2010 Toyota Prius
Planet nerds and also mileage freaks will invest hrs far from Wow coaxing ever-high gas economic situation from the 2010 Prius. Officially, it's rated at 50 mpg city, 39 highway by the EPA, but TheCarConnection.com's specialists teased 69.5 mpg with cautious use of the gas as well as the Prius' brand-new battery-only EV driving mode-- as well as we've currently come across figures going beyond 75 mpg. Partially, the boosted fuel economic situation is due to a lighter, stiffer body. The powertrain's additionally been reconfigured for much less weight, and also contrary to expectations, a bump in displacement from 1.6 liters to 1.8 liters for the four-cylinder engine has aided the hybrid system be much more economical general. The mix produces 134 horsepower, but the 1.8-liter's far better torque helps the Prius go for slower engine speeds on the highway. A hefty lead foot will drop the Prius into the high 30-mpg array, however a light touch, a conscious eye on the "Eco" driving mode indicators, and use of the new EV setting-- which allows a mile of pure-electric driving with a well-charged battery pack-- will assist any motorist extract greater than 50 mpg in city driving.
Other performance renovations have been routed at the Prius' less than enjoyable roadway manners. The stiffer body shell helps reduce sound and resonance from the engine and also continuously variable transmission. Engineers have actually tried, and also are fairly effective, at improving the Prius' steering by angling its wheels a little. The brakes are currently discs in all four corners, as well as the regrowth that captures kinetic energy, transforming it into power, has actually been boosted. With even more lightweight light weight aluminum in the body too, the Prius' 0-60 mph times are now under 10 secs. Still, you'll always be advised of the fact that you're driving a hybrid automobile with electronic control over the steering, stopping, and acceleration feel.
A better body means more comfy surroundings for the 2010 Prius' five travelers. There is less front knee room, side to side, thanks to the brand-new facility console, yet the motorist's seat is now height-adjustable. Backseaters obtain the knee room left behind by slimmer front seatbacks and also much better headroom from the rejiggered roofline. The freight location broadens much more, with an upgraded battery real estate and also 2.2 inches of added room creating a few even more cubic feet of storage space. In general, the Prius' plastics are updated as well as greened up, also-- Toyota states they're all carbon-neutral currently-- as well as they do feel and look better compared to in the second-generation auto. Fit and also surface on pre-production cars is good.
he 2010 Toyota Prius likely will enhance the high security score of the most current variation. 7 air bags are basic, consisting of a driver knee bag. So are anti-lock brakes, traction and security control, and also tire pressure monitors. Safety choices include radar cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, a rearview electronic camera, a "Security Attach" system that signals emergency situation teams after a crash, and also the stunt innovation of the day-- Smart Parking Help, which helps you parallel-park the Prius through the vehicle's electronic cameras, albeit with your foot on the brake to regulate rate.
New attributes are implied to woo customers right into investing a lot more on the expensively crafted Prius. There's a Touch Tracer system that simulates your finger-swipes over steering-wheel controls over the evaluates, so you don't need to overlook to change radio terminals or climate-control setups. Power home windows, cruise control, and also an AM/FM/XM/ CD player are basic. Major brand-new alternatives consist of a moonroof with photovoltaic panels, powering a fan that draws hot air out of the auto without making use of the Prius' other batteries. A remote a/c is likewise readily available, along with a navigating system, LED headlamps, Bluetooth, as well as a backup camera.
Along with having a technologically spectacular powertrain, the 2010 Toyota Prius gets lots of sophisticated gadgets as well as eas within-- consisting of some you will not locate on other automobiles in its rate variety.
Customers at Cars.com compete that "Toyota has showcased a great deal of innovation in the new Prius due to the modern halo the crossbreed keeps in the market," and buyers of the 2010 Toyota Prius will not be disappointed with the features offered on their eco-friendly devices.
The brand-new Toyota Prius is available in just one trim level, in the sense that the lorries will include similar Toyota Prius outside badging, however there are four various variations offered. Cars.com notes that "the names Prius II, III, IV and V will be used on home window sticker labels to distinguish versions." The Los Angeles Times says that "the standard-issue Prius [the Prius II] will be halfway decent furnished," featuring typical power accessories, cruise control, and audio controls installed on the steering wheel. Going up to the Toyota Prius III, Cars.com notes that "an eight-speaker stereo with XM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth" comes standard, while the Prius IV includes "leather furniture as well as warmed pole positions" and the deluxe 2010 Toyota Prius V "features 17-inch wheels, haze lights and LED auto-leveling headlights with washers."