Test Toyota Prius: Equipment and conclusions (III)

In the last decade, the Toyota Prius was a car that was sold with unique equipment, very complete, and priced somewhat high. Now come back the same. The only version that there is to the sale brings in all, the only options are leather upholstery -our unit does not have – and the choice of body color. There are basic versions, or no more equipped. And all of this costs 29.990 € .

The unit tested, with PIVE, and blue paint, I would go out for 29.740 euro

The tested model includes alloy wheels 17″, climate control bizona, multimedia system with JBL speakers, limited connectivity to the Internet and web browser, front seats heating, adaptive cruise control with radar braking and automatic, HUD color, charger inductive mobile phones (Qi), front headlights Bi-LED, rear view camera, parking semi-automatic (IPA)… All this comes from series.

In the range international versions exist that spend a little less (and are less equipped), and the versions mid/high have battery, lithium-ion, a little more compact and that offset the weight of a part of the equipment, although they are more expensive. Toyota Spain has decided for a balance, and can only be NiMh. In addition, we will not see any uniformed service as a taxi in Madrid or Barcelona, since that’s not going to be approved officially. In other cities it may be.


Of the two interiors available, this is the most sober and sad, he favors more the clear interior

So, the Prius will leave the sentence of car and taxi drivers, and it will become more exclusive to be a car that rubs the 30,000 euros. do you consider It expensive? If we take into account all the equipment that you have, and which is competitive in some aspects with sedans in the D segment, we cannot say such a thing. For that price you will find faster cars, but none that eat less without the sacrifices to change.

on the other hand, over the long term is competitive with models that use LPG or CNG, and plug-in hybrids of the competition (considerably more expensive) it takes an eternity off the face of the new Prius. Later there will be a version plug-in of this car, called the Prius, Prime, that will be more expensive, but more interesting for those who move a great deal for urban area and do a little road.

The maximum benefit in efficiency it will be given to drivers who do not exceed the legal speed limit. This, in addition to a no-brainer applicable to almost any car, also has a technical reason: the hybrid system dispenses with much of the gasoline engine below 120 km/h. In fact, during this test, 34% of the total distance has been done without spending a single drop. Above that speed the car is very efficient, but no longer shines so much.


Although it is a bit more difficult to manipulate, the new instrumentation has practically everything and helps to wring out the beneficial use of every drop of fuel

who convinced him any previous version of the Prius, you’ll love the new model. To anyone looking for a car that spend very little, but do not want to know anything about engines tricilíndricos, fuels less available, diesel fuel, smaller cars, or expensive solutions that exceed 30,000 euros, should assess the new Prius.

There is a form of payment similar to leasing, Pay-per-Drive

surely the versions unless equipped with tires of 15″ arrasarían in the guild of the taxi, since that can compete in cost, livability, and capacity of the trunk with rivals such as the Dacia Lodgy to GLP or the Toledo/Rapid TDI. But Toyota doesn’t want you in our country. The Prius will be less common, and you drive it, you know very well what has been purchased. In fact, its design is so fancy, to make ostentation of driving a Prius, in the same way that buying an SUV is going higher and exhibits design.

therefore, if we consider all the variables, it is a car that has a very reasonable price, a product round. To the above arguments we must add the security. It is not only available with five-star EuroNCAP, is that it has best active and passive safety than the preceding model. The only thing that is missing is the automatic call to emergency service (e-Call), which is not yet mandatory, and you will have more forward nostrils.


The system Toyota Touch 2 & Go is fairly complete, but lacks advanced connectivity with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, and is a little slow for some things

you Can avoid many accidents or bumps fools

The system precolisión Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) will slow the car if there is a risk of imminent collision or violation of a pedestrian, although it is not useful with pets loose. In fact, the system is so rigid that does not allow you to park “to the touch”, it slows down in the dry a couple of inches of another rear bumper and leave the car stuck momentarily. On the road it will apply the brakes faster than a driver bit hustlers or little experienced, and that is worth its weight in gold.

The detector of lane change has not seemed effective enough to prevent an exit path for the numbness, but it can help with distractions spot. Regarding the recognition of signs, it tends to confuse the speed limits of roads adjacent to, as a way of service. And with regard to the control of road lighting, it takes a little more “them” than in other systems of competition and can momentarily blind a little more.

But the function of adaptive cruise control, available in the Prius Executive newly retired, has been improved. It is a luxury as dialing a speed and that the car is suited to the traffic. Just be aware of the steering wheel, door mirrors, and a speed limit lower than with a radar in the vicinity. Have all this in a car of D segment is more costly than more than one imagines, and may involve choosing the top-of-the-range engine that we’re not going to take advantage of.


The new headlights Bi-LED (like the Prius Executive) are a delight driving at night, although too extravagant

Yes, the design is unlikely noses, but the same thing happens with the BMW i3 or the Chevrolet Volt, are cars that maximize efficiency, and in the same way that a sporting boasts of its performance, the Prius boasts some of the distance that you can travel with each litre of petrol. Costs repostarlo the same as a utility (43 liters), but spend the same or less, with the convenience of a car much larger and more expensive, and with performance suitable for the overwhelming majority of the population.

Cars like this be able to overcome future restrictions of access to the cities, especially your version plug-in (still not sold), but has the advantage that it is not necessary to search special fuels, gasoline stream and moliente and throw miles. It should be as reliable as the previous model. No, I correct, more reliable. The batteries are better protected by a filter in your outlet vent, so that you can drive without any fear with all the windows down, avoiding long-term problems due to lack of cooling observed in the Prius 3g.

And for the rest, this car has already given arguments with their ancestors. The parts that did not have not break it (turbo, flow meter, FAP, clutch, wear parts last longer (tires and brakes) and drives like any automatic car. experts in the efficient driving can get off of 4 l/100 km without doing weird things, and will pick up more affection in spite of its odd design. In the future, the more Toyota will benefit from the latest generation of the hybrid system, the best by far, but the result will not be as so good.