Toyota is clearly the leader in hybrid technology. The Prius has yet to fail me. Doors close with a solid, if not truly impressive clunk; then again, weight savings have to come from somewhere. I didn't realize it was in kilometers and thought I bought a broken car and didn't want it. The high efficiency of the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive enables Prius to offer a wide array of comfort and convenience options. Options are bundled into packages. The standard automatic air conditioning system uses an electric-powered air compressor.
The computer-controlled powertrain seamlessly blends power from the gasoline engine, the electric drive motor and the generator. A by-wire shift control replaces the traditional gearshift lever and allows tap-of-the-finger shifting using a small joystick mounted on the dash. These commissions help support our ability to spend time providing additional content. They have to often be replaced and can almost cost as much as the car! Driving Prius One of the most remarkable features of the Toyota Prius is what the driver does not feel. The Most Stringent Emissions Certification Hybrid Synergy Drive reduces the already scant emissions over the previous-generation Prius by an additional 30 percent.
The five-door liftback design not only looks like nothing else on the road, it is also one of the most aerodynamic production vehicles in America. It is just the perfect size. In a bit of hyperbole, Toyota calls the combination the Hybrid Synergy Drive. The back seat offers generous leg room. There are two accessory power outlets. Walkaround The Toyota Prius is beautiful in its simplicity, with graceful, fluid lines that make it look futuristic. Remedy Toyota will notify its owners, and dealers will replace the electric water pump, free of charge.
Some have described Toyota's hybrid system as an electric motor with gasoline engine assist, and Honda's system as a gasoline engine with electric motor assist. Outside, the 2006 Prius features restyled headlights and taillight clusters. Driving Impressions Most people who buy hybrid-powered cars aren't looking for something that's fun to drive as much as something they can drive with a clear conscience. The 2006 Toyota Prius is not only an impressive technological statement, it's a car that's easy to like and live with. The electronic continuously variable transmission does not have fixed gear ratios, but instead provides infinitely variable ratios within a range, which is supposed to allow it to determine the correct gear for every driving condition. So, yes, it's quiet, reliable, efficient as heck, and as a hybrid, it's much better over time for the environment and the wallet than the average car.
The cloth upholstery looks durable and is grippy, compensating somewhat for the minimalist bottom and back side bolsters. Other features like in-dash navigation and a decent stereo make it that much more of a comfortable ride. Merging and overtaking at freeways speeds are accomplished with little fuss. Sleek rear quarter windows do more to visually enhance the aerodynamic look than they do for outward visibility. The driver can monitor electric-gas power distribution through the Hybrid Synergy Drive system on the standard seven-inch touch-panel display monitor. And it serves as the focal point for the optional navigation system.
When I see people at the gas station paying sometimes 2x as much as me to fill their tank, knowing they will still probably have to fill it again before me, I can't help but thing if there were more vehicles like this on the road and fewer oversized ones we'd be a lot better off. The glove box is a two-parter, with an upper and lower bin opening like a clamshell. I didn't realize it was in kilometers and thought I bought a broken car and didn't want it. You never plug it in. The recall began on January 17, 2013. Standing on the accelerator produces a pleasant surprise.
Toyota says on some vehicles, under certain conditions, the steering intermediate shaft may become loose or develop a crack. The hybrid system improves fuel economy further by turning off the gasoline engine when it's not needed, like when you are waiting at a stop light or even when puttering around town at low speeds. The front part of the center console opens up, also clamshell-like, into two cup holders. There are a few things I don't like about the Prius. An armrest folds down out of the rear seat back.
None-the-less, that is still pretty good. Available Only in Southeast Region. Only a few within my price range being sold as is. Don't blame the manufacturer for the difference. This panel also displays user preferences and maintenance needs.