New 2015 Toyota Prius is probably one of the best fuel-saving vehicles on the market, except, of course, for electric cars.
Four vehicles are recognized as Prius cars: ordinary Liftback, wagon Plug-In Prius V, compact hatchback Prius C and hybrid Liftback. New Persona Series trim is added this year. Except for this one, Prius is a hatchback car, which is offered in these trim levels: Two, Three, Four and Five.
In total, design of this hatchback features high tail, dome-shaped roof and small vent hole. Its body surely has aerodynamic peculiarities. Interior design is quite attractive and somewhat hi-tech with all the surfaces, which are soft-touch, coated with hard plastic of different patterns and textures. Cabin has fair space and is very pleasant for your eyes for its light design, even though, in whole, there is not so much special about its appearance. Passengers who sit in a front will enjoy Multiple Information Display, which, however, is not as cool and organized as other competitors have. More information is provided on a screen for the driver behind the steering.
Liftback and Prius V are based on Hybrid Synergy Drive system that generates 134 horsepower using four-cylinder 1.8-liter ordinary engine and couple of electric motors. You can drive only on electricity with 30 mph speed, but this system also allows recharging battery during overruns and regenerative braking. 1.3 kWt-hour nickel-metal-hybrid pack of batteries is located under the rear load deck. Of course, you may increase performance by using ordinary engine with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 10 seconds. The only disadvantage is lack of good handling and riding stability. Plug-in model features more powerful 4.3 kWt-hour pack, which gives up to 11 miles of electrical driving. It enables driving at 50 mph, which is better comparing to standard version. With the charger on board you may recharge the battery in 2 to 4 hours.
Fuel economy remains the biggest advantage of 2015 Toyota Prius. 50 mpg (in the city/on the highway combined), which can sometimes reach 60 if you don’t drive too fast, is absolutely astonishing.
The 2015 Toyota Prius MSRP starts from $24,200 making it quite affordable.