Toyota Prius 4g against Toyota Prius 3g, exterior and interior (I)

When it appeared in 2009, the third-generation Toyota Prius was a remarkable step forward compared to the 2003 model. It was designed with the aim of like it more, but without leaving of side its green credentials in a matter of aerodynamics. They have sold over three million units. The new one is very much influenced by the Mirai, the model of a hydrogen fuel cell.

The wheels are the same, 215/45 R17

The drive of red color is not strictly in series, because they didn’t have daytime running lights in the lower grille, or with tinted of moons back, or with the same tires, nor with the protections of parking. Moreover, it is totally valid for this comparison. Seeing one and another model, the proportions have changed substantially.

The new one is 60 mm longer, 15 mm wider and 20 mm shorter. The aerodynamic coefficient turns to be the best in the world (next to the Tesla Model S) and has been prepended that to the aesthetic, pure and simple. In fact, it seems disproportionate in several aspects, such as the nose crushed, or the amount of the sheet regarding the area of the wheels in the rear.


The new design is more risky and polarizing, under any point of view, although it is the rear more difficult want. Having hybrid models of cutting most conventional, Toyota may return to risk with the Prius and has not sought to be another blockbuster that would please the largest number of buyers. The previous model was more proportionate in general.

Look at the highest point of the body, in the Prius 3g coincides with the B-pillar, while the Prius 4g has between the pillar A and B. you can Also see that the 3g has two humps in the roof, and the 4g does. The radio antenna short-changed by a type shark fin. Interestingly, both gates of trunk reach the same height when opened.

The luggage capacity has improved significantly, if it is in conditions of equality (both with spare wheel temporary), 12 litres (457 litres). Without the spare wheel the Prius 4g comes to 502 liters of capacity. The Prius 3g with solar panels to roof had no spare wheel, but not reaching 500 liters.


the inside doesn’t seem to virtually nothing, as happened in the previous generation jump. The Prius 3g wanted to surround the driver with the console floating, while the Prius 4g you prefer to be around more to the view. The visibility improvement when going to the dashboard lower, the screens and the HUD to give more information. However, the wheel of the Prius 3g is preferable for the buttons that you have and to be slightly flattened (elliptical).

gone are the interiors intact in plastic (even in high range), greatly improving the new model. The Prius 3g took a step backwards with regard to the Prius 2g, even as it became more ergonomic and with more regulations for the driver. While in the new the visiblidad has improved, it is not a very big difference, in addition, the rear visibility is just as bad for the rear spoiler, which cuts the horizon.

Is lost, the double glove compartment on the right side, and the hood center only opens in the direction of the driver, when before it tilts back. To change, the rear doors now there are holes slides. Between the front seats there are two drinks equally, but bother you a lot less in the current model. In terms of buttons, there is not that much difference, since the Prius 3g not to sin of excess in this regard.


Interior Prius 3g Executive (model 2012)

the changes made in the insulating material and the intake of the engine make the Prius 4g is more quiet. In the Prius 3g model 2012 (restyling) already improved in this regard, because the 2009 model analyzed is louder with acceleration strong. There is little difference in the noise of the tires, it depends on what you bring each car’s footwear. If the wheels are exactly the same, the new model should be a tad more quiet in that sense.

The air that cools the battery now is always going filtering, a hoot

The comfort of the occupants is tremendously similar. In the rear seats would be appreciated a little more space for the head, although the transmission tunnel is less bulky on the previous model. The Prius 3g was a model very suitable to fill the five seats (with passenger central thin), so the Prius 4g as little matches that capacity. The space available for the legs will be thankful for the passengers, though one of them is fucking huge.

Better is the Prius 4g with respect to the air conditioning, because instead of a single zone has two, and cut the flow of air to the spaces that are not occupied. The slight tinting of the moons of the new model is also advantageous in that sense, the Prius 3g I had all the moons the same, even in the model Executive, which is comparable to the unique finish of the current. Not only get less heat, it also lowers the ultraviolet (UV) radiation.


Interior Prius 4g (model 2016)

At the time of driving, is a bit more complicated because there are more menus to take into account, and their corresponding submenus. In this aspect, the outgoing model is more simple and has a lower learning time. They are best placed some controls, such as the opening of the fuel tank, the switches for the heated seats, or the USB socket (outside the chest).

I don’t think that has an interior that is clearly better the the other, it is more a matter of taste, personally to me is more convincing to the previous design, although I prefer the technological deployment of the new. Is more justification for what is paid for it in the new model, gives the impression of being a car more sophisticated and of higher quality.

The owners of the previous model will find that it has not been so out-of-date, the Prius 3g Prius 2g was more noticeable the difference of years, and that the Prius have life cycles that do not exceed six years. On the other hand, the owners of the new will not see many gowns of a taxi, since neither Madrid nor Barcelona has been approved. Toyota wants those cars from falling into other hands, taxi drivers can always go to the Prius+.