TOYOTA PRIUS SPECIFICATION
0-60 mph : 10.5 seconds
0-62 mph : 10.9 seconds
Price : 17,545 to 20,045 (correct at 05/2005)
Top Speed : 106 mph (170 km/h)
Combined Fuel Consumption : 65.7 mpg (4.3 l/100 km)
CO2 Rating : 104 g/km
Torque : 85 lb ft (115 Nm)
Power : 78 ps (57 kW)
Insurance Group : 8
Toyota's amazing Hybrid technology went on sale in 2000 in the shape of the
Toyota Prius. A 1.5VVT-i Petrol Engine is combined with electric motors
to produce the most extraordinary economy for a medium sized petrol engined
car. There may be Diesels that can compete with the Prius's economy, but
they have the disadvantages of any other Diesel engined car; Prius set a
new standard - one that is sure to be successfully extended to other Toyota /
TOYOTA PRIUS FEATURES
Although it's very competitively priced considering the technology that it
packs, Toyota haven't skimped on the creature comforts, so the Prius is a nice
place to spend your time. All models from T3 to T Spirit have electric
climate controlled air conditioning and you get a CD player. Controls for
these are conveniently mounted on the 4 spoke steering wheel. In the T3
and T Spirit models the CD players are multi-disc and are hooked up to an
awesome JBL 9 speaker audio system.
Even the 'basic' Toyota Prius models for sale in the UK get all these
standard features:- electric power steering, drive by wire throttle control,
brakinga and gearchanging, electronic traction control (E-TRC), Vehicle
Stability Control Plus (VSC+), All round electric windows & electric
mirrors and rear fog lights.
As well as the JBL audio upgrades, the UK T4 model also comes equiped with
front foglights and cruise control. And the top of the range TSpirit is
complete with bluetooth communications system and a full colour GPS map system
which includes voice recognition and has pan European coverage.
All current Toyota Prius models also feature a 7 inch information display
screen which shows you the current performance and economy of the vehicle's
'Hybrid Synergy Drive'.
Practicality comes in the shape of an under floor load area, and 60/40
split/fold backs on the rear seats. Because the Prius only uses its
battery as temporary storage for energy that would otherwise be wasted, it
doesn't take up huge amounts of space. We were expecting that the
car would be less practical than other vehicles, and were very pleasantly
surprised to see that the technology really doesn't use up much internal
space. In fact the Prius offers 408 litres of boot space which is
typical of other cars in its class.
For safety, Toyota fit all models with electronically controlled ABS and
brake distribution systems and 8 airbags are fitted as standard.
Security is provided by a central double locking system and alarm with remote
Which, in our opinion adds up to a very well specified package - and one
that is affordable, particularly if you cover a high mileage.
Toyota Prius Hybrid Synergy Drive Components
Prius Optional Extras
With so much fitted as standard, it's not surprising that Toyota have
relatively little to offer in the way of optional extras for the Prius;
Metallic paint, ashtrays and Alcantara upholstery are the main optional extras
that you can specify on your new Prius.
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