Toyota Prius 1.8 Review
THE Hybrid Theory


17 Dec 2016
 

Introduction and Exterior

In its fourth generation, the Prius has attained cult status, from being the butt of jokes involving Vegans, to even family dog, Brian Griffin of the adult themed cartoon, Family Guy owning one.

The Toyota Prius carries on Toyota’s efforts to bring sustainable energies into everyday motoring. In its fourth generation, the Prius has attained cult status, from being the butt of jokes involving Vegans, to even family dog, Brian Griffin of the adult themed cartoon, Family Guy owning one.

It does look like the world cannot get enough of the fuel sipping compact, with approximately 8 million units sold worldwide to date, establishing it the Prius as the best-selling hybrid in the world.

Exterior

Taking some of its design inspiration from the Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell concept car, one would notice right away, the origami-ish (love it or hate it) rear tail lamp styling, and the radically designed front LED headlamp cluster, which drops downward to meet the fog lamps halfway. The side silhouette does give a hint of the 2002 Toyota Celica compact sports coupe.

Nothing really sporty here, the Prius sits on 195/65R15s, and is built for passenger comfort. Wait… Are those are wheel caps covering aluminium rims? Supposedly so, to improve on aerodynamic efficiency, I believe. Removing the wheel caps does reveal quite a nice set of 15” aluminium rims.

The Prius features large door apertures and plenty of window glass, while the blackened C pillar gives the impression of wrap-around quarter glass windows.

The rear windshield features a small split lower unit, a little like the Honda CRX of the early 1990s, and above it, a decorative wing raises the rear profile.


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