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Toyota calls its Prius an "Eco-Icon," and the latest generation should have plenty of available gadgets for technological and environmental die-hards. Among them are a solar-panel moonroof that powers modest air conditioning in hot parking lots and LED headlights that use less energy than conventional halogen lamps. The five-seat Prius competes with Honda's Insight hybrid, and indirectly against Volkswagen's Jetta TDI diesel.
The Prius v, Prius c and Prius Plug-In are covered in separate reports in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2013
A Special Edition version features a new Black Cherry Pearl exterior color, 17-inch alloy wheels and charcoal-colored seats with black accents and dark red stitching.
Exterior features include:
The dashboard has instruments mounted high atop the center portion, two glove compartments and a nublike shifter. The shifter itself sits close to knee level. The dash and doors have a matte-style finish, and the steering wheel has tilt and telescoping adjustments.
The steering wheel has touch-sensitive audio and climate controls, and the instrument display shows a replica of the actual controls when they're touched. Toyota calls it Touch Tracer, claiming it helps drivers keep their eyes on the road. Other information on the display includes fuel and energy consumption meters, as well as a depiction of power flow between the drivetrain's gasoline and electric components. Interior features include:
Under the Hood
The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine in the Prius is augmented by a number of high-efficiency tricks — among them an electric water pump, exhaust gas recovery, an efficient automatic transmission and optimized regenerative braking. Coupled with an electric motor, the drivetrain makes a total 134 horsepower. Mechanical features include:
Safety features include:
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