Units Affected 34771 Car designers probably don't want to admit it, but sometimes two vehicles from different automakers look extremely similar. We will not attempt to wrestle with that logic here, only some of the facts behind it. The Prius has a true hybrid system. Each fuel fill was made with the same pump, carefully trickling the fuel in to the same point in the filler neck, because when you have a vehicle that uses as little fuel as the Prius, every little bit counts. It does the job alright, but feels strained on the highway where it has more of the responsibility.
The Prius model is a car manufactured by Toyota and is considered a Compact Sedan which belongs to Compact Cars category. At low speeds, the quick ratio and high power-steering boost is nice for parking and maneuvering between lanes, but at higher speeds it leads to an unsettled feeling, it tends to wander, and it needs frequent little adjustments. All, we might add, in far greater numbers than the roughly 4500 Priuses Toyota has so far showered on American byways. Use this information at your own risk: There is no warranty expressed nor implied and we are not liable for any of your past, present, nor future actions. More problematic is its open-road behavior. The Prius is an excellent engineering showcase and hopefully a predecessor to a whole fleet of hybrid-drivetrain vehicles. Unusually cold or hot weather will cause the Prius to get worse mileage.
The all-electric heating and air-conditioning system is instantaneous and more than adequate. The pudgy body is stripped of extraneous tinsel, and it tippytoes on four little donuts that look too delicate to bruise a snail darter. So it can be no surprise that Toyota Motor Corp. Over 900 miles of mostly typical daily commuting, our Prius motored an average of 35 miles and 844 feet on every gallon of gas. Call it a coincidence or chalk it up to automakers adhering to the same style trends. Toyota otherwise has done an elegant job with the inside. The engine size of this Prius model is 1.
Warranty: In performing some of these modifications you with the vehicles manufacturer. Prius rides on a wheelbase that's stretched about seven inches longer than the Echo, but otherwise the two cars have similar dimensions. Since then, Toyota has tweaked the Prius for the American market with a slightly more powerful engine, new battery packs, and revised hybrid system behavior. The Prius also tends to tramline severely on the snow-chain rutted highways of the Northwest, and the slab-sided car feels quite susceptible to sidewinds. City natural, highway novice The hybrid system actually gives the Prius enough oomph at full throttle to rip the front tires loose from a stoplight—a ridiculous image, but an image nonetheless that proves the Prius is no slug in city driving. In most situations, the gasoline engine will shut itself off in drive at a stoplight. Kudos to Toyota for getting it out to consumers, and for showing the car-buying public that hybrid drivetrains can be practical and reliable.
It gets hot fast, so the automatic setting is useful for comfort. That has added some desperately needed punch to the Prius's acceleration, trimming its 0-to-60 time from 14. My efforts were rewarded with a good, but meager, 44 mpg. The gasoline engine occasionally buzzes coarsely, revving up and down with the slightest inclines, with the transmission sometimes indecisive for no apparent reason. Mix that with the wandering, twitchy steering and you have a difficult long-distance driver. The front seats are typical economy-car issue, with very little support and no adjustment for cushion height or tilt.
No problems what so ever until 2012 when traction battery had to be replaced. In honor of Earth Day, we decided to take a closer look at that theory, compiling a list of the Top 10 most efficient 2001 model year mass production vehicles, along with Motor Trend test… Recent government mandates have challenged automakers to resuscitate the smog-choked urban landscape by developing vehicles whose emissions are clean enough to use as neo-natal respirators. At just about any speed, if you coast for more than a few seconds the gas engine will automatically shut off to save gas and cut emissions. With near-opposite power curves, the two power mills seem ideal partners in a hybrid. At 2765 pounds, Prius is more than 700 pounds heavier than a four-door Echo, which in five-speed manual form is rated at 34 city, 41 highway. Even if it appears to function properly your actions may cause it to self destruct with collateral damage to surrounding properties other than your vehicle. To validate—or at least back up—my results, I let the onboard computer compute my mileage as well, and it was always within one mpg of my pump-and-odometer calculated results.
A consumption mode follows instantaneous fuel consumption with a bar graph, and then a graph plots five-minute average fuel economy figures for the last thirty minutes, indicating major power-regeneration points. First was nearly 120 miles of daily errands and commuting, driving with the flow of traffic and pretending that I was behind the wheel of a normal car. And both do so without the motive aid and expense of an electric motor, a generator, a very nifty continuously variable planetary gear transmission, and four computers to run this sausage factory. You can follow in real time when the power is coming from the engine, motor, or both, when braking regeneration is charging the batteries, or when engine power is charging the batteries. Frigid weather forces the 70-hp, 1.
Despite the two cars' obvious similarities, including similar styling and the same weird, gauges-in-the-middle layout, Toyota says that the cars have little in common and aren't even on the same platform. Even under full throttle, the hybrid system keeps its composure as the electric motor helps the gasoline engine get the car quickly underway. Real space Aside from the hybrid powertrain and less-than certain handling attributes, the Prius really feels like an ordinary small car, with a reasonably large trunk and decent space in the back seat, at least for shorter trips. The combination of both seemed a bit distracting at times at night. A waterfall could have shaped the minimalist cockpit, flushing away the grubby buttons and gauges that pollute other cars.
Press a little more, and not much happens. So we rang Toyota to find out what we're doing wrong. We bought ours in 2003, computer was replaced 6 months after we bought it under warranty. If you have your mind set on a hybrid, also check out the Honda Insight, which is, unfortunately, only a two-seater that looks and feels less like a normal car. Toyota boosted engine horsepower from 58 to 70 simply by raising maximum engine speed from 4000 rpm to 4500 rpm. The Prius 4dr Sedan 1.