2016 Toyota Prius 1.8L Driven
2016 Toyota Prius 1.8L Driven. A pair of green marker flag entry cone for the course, and I'm ready to deal with rapid change and mini-slalom. However, I am in the Prius is not exactly the first, second or third choice for autocross participants.
As part of its overview of travel program for journalists, Toyota invited me to Orange County to experience the all-new Prius 2,016, including autocross in the framework of the program. Who spoke about the high level of confidence or ambition unfounded.
I slammed the accelerator to the first right, and the Prius gives everything for the effort, which amounts to 121 horses. Not exactly the start snapping necks even in its power mode. In the first round, I took the brake, then aim for the top. To my amusement, the body does not get the foul side and I crash through the cone.
The style and handling
2016 Prius, while far from sporty, allow manipulation modern midsize car, a substantial improvement over its predecessor.
And it is one of the main objectives of the Toyota Prius redesign for this, the fourth generation. During a presentation on the new Prius, Toyota CEO Bill Fay suggests that the new Prius customers want more than just energy efficiency, but also looking for a good and dynamic driving style.
To achieve the first, built 2016 Toyota Prius at the Toyota New Global Architecture firm, the new platform will also likely see used as a basis for other models. The new platform uses wishbones bar fully independent rear torsion instead of the previous Prius. Wishbone suspension let the song Toyota engineers a better car to handle.
The new suspension that definitely makes a difference on the ground cone, let me corrections quickly and maintain better control. Prius still screaming tires in hard cornering, and I had to apply a lot of steering input to control understeer, but handled like many other cars, midsize sedans and compact for commuting, I trained myself.
As for the category, the domed cover slightly and then dips downward to the cabin, and a strong sideline indent of geometrical contour. Liftback retains its spoiler, the splitting of the rear window. The rear is a little busy, and everyone in the Toyota design team must be a fan of the 50s, like the rear fender actually end in flippers, seen with tail lift.
Toyota increases some fuel economy, hitting an average of 52 mpg for the standard Prius, and 54 mpg with the new Eco thin. Prius hybrid powertrain, where all the magic happens, continue with a four-cylinder engine of 1.8 liters, there are no big changes there. Most Prius models will come with lithium-ion batteries, while Toyota will maintain its pack of nickel-metal hydride in the base model. Toyota Prius lighter power control module and revise the hybrid transmission, allowing better packaging.
Like the previous generation, the Prius is easily mixed with gasoline and electric motor, trapping the kinetic energy from braking to generate electricity and re-use for propulsion. It works as well as ever, and improving the fuel economy of the new Prius comes in large part due to aerodynamic efficiency and hybrid systems, without radical changes.
The combined power of the engine and electric motor for the front wheels only came to 121 horses, down from the previous generation 134. Toyota chalk that up to revised test methods and, honestly, I felt the strength was more periphery than enough for city traffic and everyday purchases.
Put everything to the test, I made the Prius a canyon road, climb to the top with lots of wide turns. Car tire well, monitor traffic and let me hunt slow car in front. Improved handling will keep comfortable in the corners.
The peaceful nature of the drivetrain, however, was used to amplify the sound of the wind. During this long journey, I could see the constant rush of air around the side mirrors and the whole body becomes boring, but starting up the stereo to cover sufficiently.
2016 Prius, Toyota remained conservative in innovation. That may have been studied and used for greater efficiency in transmission, it really is not necessary. In more than 50 mpg, no emotional moment for the Prius capless fuel economy.
The new Prius serves as a kind of showcase for a new set of driver assistance technologies of Toyota, and pre-collision braking is more likely to prevent some accidents. Toyota's philosophy with this technology, however, is not close to the quasi-independence of the other car. Navigation and technology applications Prius only brings more than other models.
Big win here is the manipulation. Although there is no sports car, the Prius feels much better behind the wheel than its predecessor. Styling, another major change, will remain polarized.
As before, the number of trim levels as the Toyota Prius two, three and four. Two basic models are $ 24 200, while the top model will go for $ 30,000. In the UK, the new generation Prius will start £ 23,295. Prices for Australia yet to be announced.