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2015 Toyota Prius Overview
Price Range: $24,200 to $30,005
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- 50 mpg combined
- New Special Edition trim offered
- Patriarch of the Prius family, which is now four models strong
Despite numerous attempts to knock it off the throne, the 2015 Toyota Prius remains the king of the hybrid cars and champion of the eco-friendly set.
The Prius family has expanded the past few years and now includes Prius v, Prius c, and Prius Plug-in models. But the original Prius shouldn’t get lost in the shuffle and still has plenty to offer. It still sports that now familiar wedge shape, and 15-inch wheels and LED taillights that use less power are standard. Optional is a power tilt/sliding moonroof that offers ventilation to help to keep the car cool in the sun when it is sitting drawing power from roof-mounted solar panels. For 2015, a Special Edition trim is being offered that features unique 17-inch wheels and darkened trim pieces.
Under the sheetmetal, the Prius features an advanced full hybrid drivetrain. “Full hybrid” means that the Prius can run solely on electric power, at low speeds the gas engine will shut down and the Prius can glide around silently on electricity if the battery has enough juice. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine has its own bag of eco-tricks, such as an electric water pump and exhaust gas recovery which increase efficiency. The Prius also utilizes a CVT and regenerative braking, which recharges the battery when slowing. Total output is 134-horsepower.
Fuel economy figures are sky-high, 51/48 mpg city/highway which is good enough for 50 combined mpg. The 2014 Prius also offers four distinct driving modes: Drive (normal), Eco (for increased efficiency), Power (for acceleration), and EV-Drive (drives as long as possible in electric mode).
The Prius has a uniquely styled interior, with the instrument panel pushed to the top of the center stack instead of sitting in front of the driver.An electric nub shifter sits to the left of the center console and the passenger side has two glove boxes for storage. The Prius seats five passengers on standard eco-friendly cloth (leather is optional). Automatic climate control, USB/iPod port, Bluetooth connectivity, and push button start are standard. Also standard is Toyota’s Touch Tracer Display technology which shows a replica of the touch-sensitive steering controls in the instrument panel so drivers do not have to look down at the wheel to see the controls. A navigation system, heated front seats, and the Entune multimedia system are optional.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, active front head restraints, all-disc antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system. The Prius also received a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and a four-star overall rating from the NHTSA for its performance in crash tests. Optional safety tech includes radar-based adaptive cruise control and a lane departure prevention system.