Test Toyota Prius: Driving and dynamics (II)

We are without a doubt before one of the cars more savers than there are in the Spanish market. Unlike other proposals, does not have a motor tight, or lose a cylinder, it is neither small, nor diesel, nor is it as expensive as a plug-in, or you have a bad driving experience. It is the new benchmark in its category, waiting to see how the unfolding of the Hyundai IONIQ, and other anti-Prius in development.

In any circumstance of use, the new Toyota Prius consumes less fuel than the models precedents, and the driver can hallucinate with the averages so low that it can be done, without putting in any practice dangerous driving techniques or extreme. Just have to monitor minimally the indicators, and the car will reward us with a thirst very contained. Spends so little that is competitive with models with LPG from the factory (higher consumption, but fuel is much cheaper).

In the screen below, we see the average achieved -according to the computer – on several days of the test. The car has a very exhaustive control of the consumer by minutes, miles, days, weeks, or months. Until it is able to take into account how much it has cost each litre refuelling to say the actual spending on gas (I have not been able to configure it, so that marks 0,00 €/litre). lovers of the efficient driving will be thrilled with this car, without any doubt.


In almost 12 years testing cars, no petrol car I have spent less than the new Prius

The engineers have spun very fine with the new generation. The whole engine/transmission has slimmed down in size and weight, the placement of elements increases the space available for the trunk, while making more efficient use of energy. Although officially has lost power (from 136 to 122 HP) I I have not noticed any difference of performance between the new model and the previous, you must bear in mind that he has also lost weight.

Officially it is 0.2 seconds slower accelerating to 100 km/h (at 10.6 s)

In Spain only sells the Prius with batteries NiMh (lithium was not available) and wheels of 17″. Even with this combination, it spends less gas than the Prius ECHO of previous generation, with tires 15″, and that the Prius comes full of equipment. Versions basic and intermediate have been removed from the catalog, you can only choose the most complete, which is equivalent to the Prius Executive previous (2010-2016).

The average consumption in the test has been 4,6 l/100 km real, even though the computer said 4 exact. That average can be lowered, as part of the test has been made with a requirement higher. with Respect to the Prius represents a savings of nearly 1 l/100 km, which is not much in absolute terms, but it is a big difference in relative terms. Approvals 3.3 l/100 km, consumption that can be played with a driving, very accurate and without any rush.


The gasoline engine has been deeply revised, as well as all the hybrid. The energy losses have been reduced remarkably

Toyota has done with the Prius 4g everything you dreamed of, the owners of the 3g. The 100% electric works up to almost 120 km/h, when the previous model had to engage the petrol engine to 78 km/h, even without consumption. You can roll with electric propulsion more time. In fact, in the full test, that exceeds 1,000 km, a third of the distance has been done with the gasoline engine off or without consuming (34%), in all kinds of ways.

One of the historical problems of the Prius has been the feeling of artificial acceleration by the transmission e-CVT, as well as the noise of admission that the engine is producing. That has been left behind, the engine is more silent at all times, that includes all the little noises of the electrical part. The feeling of acceleration is more natural and progressive, and also seems to walk more, although the timer does not say that. Higher the speed, the greater the difference, because it has better aerodynamics.

If the previous model was already very quiet in general, the modern it is even more so. It is not only that is better isolated, is that it generates less noise. The ride quality is superior, although the feel of the steering that I like better on the previous model. Another effect observed is that the hybrid battery lasts longer, and can accumulate more energy than before. Whatever we do, we’re going to consume less. Also needs to cover the radiator, already has a curtain regulator series.

The following video shows us all the screens of the on-board computer, as well as other systems of the car:

Every time we finish a trip and turned the engine off at all, we will have a screen that will tell us the trip information (consumption, time and average speed) at the same time that scored the driving for acceleration, maintenance of a constant rate, deceleration, efficient (refill) and use of the air conditioning. The result is given in a 100. Get scores of over 90% it is not difficult to, although it helps to have experience driving hybrids.

For example, there is no recourse to the trick of using dead center to force the gasoline engine to remain idle for more time. In fact, in the current model the “N” position of the lever is almost unusable. The program “B” of the change is only necessary for long descents, as in the Port of Lions (N-VI). You can travel tens of kilometers without the use of disc brakes, it is enough to know to anticipate and to use regenerative braking with a slight application of the brake pedal.

The results are not as striking above 120 km/h, when the part 100% electrical works less, the gasoline engine does 90% of the work, still the consumption is very content, and similar to what would make a diesel of the size and similar power. I can think of no reason why a diesel is preferable to this hybrid system, an improvement of all the above, except that you think in higher performance or more power. To consider few of its 122 HP is to overcome average door-to-door 110 km/h, that is to say, we go a little past.


The tires are the same size on 17″, and tires weigh 0.7 kg less

now let’s Talk of behavior. The new proportions of the car, a rear suspension of double wishbone (independent) and a relocation of the elements that lower the center of gravity, make the Prius the more dynamic that it has been manufactured. The chassis now seems far beyond the possibilities of the engine. For a driver quiet will be very comfortable, for one very stressed out will go better than expected, but it is not sold as a sports, or what it is.

Attacking my ports of mountain common the fact that the car is going much better, just has lost a bit of precision in the steering. no misses stiffness. The series tires, brand Toyo, they are silent and have a surprising efficacy, at least when new (about 5,000 km on this unit). To start screeching there is that driving is very unusual for a driver of a Prius. It may surprise a lot that get behind the wheel and not know about it.

is Not plug-in, for that you have to wait for the Prius Prime

To everyone who asked me, I said the same thing. a car Is superb until we decided to get off and see him behind. Once seated behind the wheel, we will have a driving experience very full, both to the rhythm of Sunday, as in driving more dynamic. Who doesn’t like your design, you will have a very high level of satisfaction with the new Prius, especially the lovers of the low consumption. There are No tapes to change, no diesel makes it better.


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