Discussion in 'Toyota' started by Kowalski, Feb 22, 2007.
Auto Express this week revealed a teaser of the new Toyota Prius.
Oh so a new Toyota Prius is in the pipeline. A question I have for Toyota is why they have to make it so damn ugly, why does it have to look so abnormal? Can't it just look like any other car, like a corolla you know.
100mpg.... yeah I'm sure. It probably delivers (in real life scenario) about 50% of advertised fuel efficiency... like all Toyota hybrids.
i've been driving the current prius for about two months now (borrowed from a family friend) and while it does only consume about a third of what my touareg needs, it doesn't do the 4.7l/100km unless you drive REALLY carefully. You can't go up hills, get stuck in traffic or leave it idling (even leaving it on for half a min. without going anywhere will hurt your avg. consumption). A realistic number for everyday driving is anywhere between 5.0l/100km to 5.3. Also, don't expect to pass ppl on the highway, this car has very little power.
overall, its a pretty good car for anyone just looking to get from A to B. It's an extremely dull drive, but they pack it with lots of technology (ie. bluetooth, voice rec., gps, touch screen everything, sat radio, aux for ipod, climate control, etc.).
edit: for other prius owners out there, the car can get better mileage when you do something called lift and glide (or something close to that, just google it). You lift off the gas pedal and lightly step on it again (usually works between 40-65kph), the screen will show that no energy is being transfered from the engine or to the battery. The car will seem like its in neutral gear and will have no gear resistance.
Interesting goal. Although most who have experience with Toyota's know that their claims can be very optmistic (even for the current Prius). Speaking of which, got a ride in one today. First time for me and I've got to say..they kick ass.
Yes, it's ugly, however I was hugely impressed with the interior ergonomics. Hopefully the new Prius looks a lot better than the current model (IMO of course)
I once launched a Prius up over a curb and down a small hill into a ditch. Fortunately I wasn't hurt. Unfortunately, the Prius dind't suffer much damage.
I'll increase my approach speed next time.