2010 Toyota Prius

2010-toyota-prius This right here, folks, is the reason for the new Honda Insight.  The 2010 Toyota Prius, rebuilt and upgraded.  The design is no surprise at all – you can tell this is a Prius from a mile away.  The same basic cheese wedge shape sticks around – and why not?  It’s about as aerodynamic as a car can be, at least it’s the best we’ve come up with so far.  The inside is a step up as well, with a decidedly futuristic direction.  It fits the Prius image, even that funky gearshift.

Toyota promised a combination of more power and better fuel efficiency with the new Prius – and they delivered. 

2010 Toyota Prius Specs

  • 98 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine ( Up from 1.5 liters )
  • 80 HP electric motor
  • 134 Combined HP
  • Estimated 50 MPG combined ( EPA has not yet tested )
  • reduced weight transaxle ( 20% lighter )
  • Direct cooling system for inverter
  • Enhanced regenerative braking system
  • cD of 0.25
  • Available solar cells on the roof – to power a new ventilation system

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Love the looks or hate them, the 2010 Prius will sell quite well, though its sales might be tempered a bit with the rough economic climate.  The solar cells on the roof are a great idea.  Though solar technology isn’t far enough along to provide enough power to actually charge the Prius batteries, this is a first step.  Perhaps we’ll see some great advancements in solar technology, so that every car will have solar cells.  It might sound far fetched, but someone has to start the ball rolling, and get people thinking.  Toyota has a hit here, by staying with a working formula.  Unique hybrid-ness, great efficiency, more power.  Win, win, win.

Published on January 22, 2009 in Hybrids,Toyota

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