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Straight from the people who have bought, or are thinking of buying the Prius.
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Prius is simple to drive. Press the start button, engage the accelerator and go. Clear and intuitive controls ensure an easy and invigorating experience. The full hybrid technology is so sophisticated that you don’t have to do a thing to make it work.
No; the fuel economy figures are achievable due to the high powered motor and the 1.8 litre petrol engine that provide lower rpm at higher speeds. The Prius has been available in other countries since January 2009 and real world tests show that the stated figure of 72mpg are achievable.
Yes, the Prius utilises a 1.8 litre VVT-i engine along with a high powered motor to ensure that rpm is kept low at motorway cruising speeds. The 1.8 litre VVT-i engine operates at 300 rpm less than the previous 1.5 VVT-I engine at cruising speed meaning lower fuel consumption and a quieter drive.
Theoretically yes, the Prius can drive up to 1.2 miles travelling at 31mph using electric power alone, however the petrol engine is integral for recharging the battery therefore we would never recommend running out of petrol.
No, the Prius has substantial and integral safety systems that will isolate the live system in the event of an accident.
No, in developing the Prius a major requirement was to take safety to an even higher level. A long list of advanced active and passive safety features ensure that the Prius matches the highest safety levels, both for passengers and pedestrians. The battery is therefore isolated within the vehicle to completely remove the risk of electric shock.
Yes, the Prius has been designed to be driven under any normal driving situation whether it be hot, cold, wet or dry. The Prius has been tested in environments such as the snow covered streets of Canada to the hot climate of Mexico and has excelled in both.
Not all hybrids are the same. There are 2 main types of system; series-parallel (full hybrid) and parallel (mild hybrid). Toyota series-parallel is the most versatile system, operating with a separate electric motor and generator. The generator, motor and petrol engine are free to combine harmoniously during your drive to provide maximum efficiency, performance and power generation. Uniquely, full hybrid means you can run on electric alone and recycle a maximum amount of otherwise wasted energy. The benefit: you use less fuel and emit less CO2. In short, full hybrid means full driving satisfaction. In contrast, the parallel system cannot benefit from simultaneous motor assist and electricity generation. The result is that you use more fuel and emit more CO2.
No, Prius charges itself; ingeniously gathering surplus energy generated by braking and exhaust heat. You do nothing, just drive normally and let the car do the work.
Prius automatically reads your use of the throttle to decide whether to drive with the electric motor, petrol or both – seamlessly flowing between sources. All you do is drive normally.
The hybrid drive train is covered by a eight-year/100,000 mile warranty for peace of mind. The hybrid battery in the Prius is designed to last the entire normal lifespan of the vehicle.
Drive up to a maximum speed of 31mph for up to 1.2 miles on electric motor only. You won't use a drop of petrol or emit a gramme of CO2. When you speed up and engage the petrol engine, Hybrid Synergy Drive® balances the flow of fuel with electric power to minimise emissions.
At Toyota we are dedicated to maximising both driving pleasure and efficiency – in equal measures. The 136DIN hp engine provides powerful performance with world-class environmental credentials. Prius accelerates to 62mph in 10.4 seconds, providing outstanding driving dynamics and quiet top speed cruising.
Yes, the Prius has space for up to five adults and a large luggage capacity of 446 litres with the seats up, or 1120 litres with the rear seat down. Rear passenger headroom has also increased by 12mm compared to the previous Prius.
We would always recommend that the Prius is maintained at one of our Toyota service centres. All Toyota centres are able to service the Prius.
No, Prius has come first in JD power awards both in 2007 and 2008 and also has the lowest warranty claim rate of any Toyota model.
Prius has a lower life cycle assessment impact than a conventional vehicle. Compared to a conventional petrol and diesel vehicle the CO 2 emissions of Prius are 37% less with similar figures related to the production process. Specifically designed eco-friendly factories use sustainable materials and processes at all stages. We recycle and re-use as many parts as possible. Our recyclable plastics are used to make features such as the instrument panels. Over 95% of the vehicle weight is recoverable and over 85% is recyclable.
The Prius is the perfect size for family, business and every day trips. Large enough to be comfortable and safe on long journey, small enough to be manoeuvrable and fun in town.
There are no hidden costs. In fact the only secret is the extremely low overall ownership cost, the most economic in its class. Hybrid Synergy Drive® means you buy less petrol – and benefit from an eight-year/100,000 mile warranty on its hybrid components and a standard five-year/100,000 mile warranty for the rest of the car. Low maintenance costs, no road fund licence and high residual values.
Electric vehicles are powered solely by an electric motor, operating efficiently at slow speeds only – without emissions. Hybrid vehicles combine the best of petrol engine technology with an electric motor to assist with powerful acceleration and high speed driving performance.
London commuters driving a Toyota Prius in and out of the city centre are exempt from the congestion charge once registered with Transport for an annual £10 renewal fee.