The 2014 Toyota Prius: World’s favorite Hybrid car still delivers

2014_toyota_prius-pic-1The 2014 Toyota Prius is the most famous hybrid vehicle on the planet and an ambassador for environmentally responsible driving. For 2014 it is available in four configurations and loaded with features to maximize fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and minimize ownership costs.

On the outside the normal Prius with its distinctive shape has been updated with its streamlined shape, tallish profile and large headlamps. It certainly looks a shade more substantial than the first generation Prius that looked a little ungainly. From the side and from a distance it is hard to mistake it for anything else.

In the 2014 Prius, the propulsion system is built around a highly efficient Atkinson Cycle 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with a lightweight aluminum alloy block, a high-torque electric motor, high-capacity storage battery and sophisticated power management system. This combination delivers 134 net system horsepower and seamlessly shifts between gas engine, electric motor or a combination of the two to maximize power and efficiency at every speed, under any driving condition. Coupled to a continuously variable transmission, the result is impressive torque for smooth and confident acceleration through a large speed range, remarkable fuel efficiency of 3.8 L / 100 KM (city/highway combined), and tailpipe emissions that are a fraction of those from a conventional mid-size vehicle.

The Hybrid Synergy Drive also enables many features unique to hybrids, from the added power and efficiency of regenerative braking to four driver-selectable driving options (Normal, Power and ECO plus Electric Vehicle operation for short distances) to suit any style and driving condition. Hybrid-powered comfort, convenience and style features include an automatic in-cabin temperature control system, an ECO Drive monitor, Touch Tracer steering wheel-mounted controls for HVAC and audio systems, and more. Additional standard features include: a six-speaker, 6.1” display audio system; Bluetooth connectivity for personal electronics; power door locks with touch-sensitive driver door handle lock/unlock and key lockout protection features; the Toyota Smart Key System with Push Button Start; power windows with auto up/down function on all windows; tilting/telescoping steering column; map lamps; power adjustable heated exterior mirrors; 15” aluminum alloy wheels with locks; and more.

Safety is always standard on a Toyota, so every 2014 Prius features seven airbags (dual-stage driver and front passenger, driver knee, front seat mounted side, and front and rear head/side curtain) plus Active Front Headrests with Whiplash Protection, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters. As with every new Toyota since 2011, the 2014 Prius is also standard equipped with the six active safety technologies of the Star Safety System: Antilock Brake System, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Smart Stop Technology work together to help drivers avoid potential accident situations. On the road the 2014 Toyota Prius is easy to drive with no vices at all. It offers truly stupendous fuel economy, and if that is the most important thing to you it is the only car I can s rule recommended. It is also very comfortable and enjoyable to drive. You can’t really go wrong with this.

The 2014 Toyota Prius starts at an MSRP of $26,105.