2018 Toyota Prius

 



Almost two decades after the first Toyota Prius was introduced in the U.S., the world “hybrid” has become common. Around the world, the name Prius is synonymous with the term and Prius leads in North American hybrid sales. The Prius is one of the world’s most fuel-efficient vehicles without a plug.

Every generation of the Prius has one key element in common: it exceeded the fuel efficiency of the previous generation. The latest version of its Hybrid Synergy Drive combines the output of a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and two motor/generators. This is done through an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission (CVT). The regenerative brake system switches the motor into a generator to recover the wheels’ kinetic energy as electrical power, storing it in the hybrid battery.

The fourth-generation Prius uses smaller and lighter hybrid components than before. This includes a lithium-ion hybrid battery that replaced the nickel-metal hydride battery (excluding the Prius One and Two standard grade). The battery’s smaller size and lower profile allow it to be located under the rear seat, rather than beneath the luggage area. This means that the 2018 Prius is able to yield more cargo space. The Prius Two Eco grade provides the highest fuel efficiency thanks to its lighter weight and further optimized aerodynamics.

Toyota offers the 2018 Prius in seven model grades. Each model is equipped as standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). TSS-P provides a comprehensive bundle of active safety features designed to help protect drivers and passengers from harm and includes: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/ PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

On the inside, the Prius is anchored by a central gauge panel. The panel features dual 4.2-inch full-color TFT (Thin Film Transistor) multi-information displays, and content can be changed using steering wheel controls. The display background color can even change depending on the selected drive mode like red or blue.

The display provides a tons of hybrid energy information and more. The driver can choose how much information to receive by selecting either Simple or Segmented display modes. Simple mode shows a large vehicle speed display, remaining fuel, drive mode indicator, outside temperature, odometer functions and cruising range. The Segmented display presents more detail about hybrid operation, including instantaneous fuel economy, hybrid battery state of charge and a suite of ECO functions to encourage efficient driving habits.

 The Prius is all high-tech inside, as well, connecting with devices and music through its Entune Audio systems. Wireless charging (except base Prius One, Two, and Two Eco grades) works with Qi-compatible phones or other devices.

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