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Old 11-16-2022, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2023 Toyota Prius - WOW!

Toyota has made a BIG change with the new Prius / Prius Prime

The Prime has:
A 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid with 220 horsepower
A 0-62 mph time of 6.7 seconds
A 50% increase in EV range
1.5 kW power outlet

Toyota decided that we could have performance and efficiency in the same vehicle and it isn't even ugly

https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/toyota/38225618.html




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Old 11-16-2022, 11:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Autoweek has the best summary I've seen:

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Old 11-22-2022, 02:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Why does it remind me of a Lamborghini somehow?
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I think the interior is a big upgrade as well. No more instrument cluster in the middle of the dash - Toyota moved it to in front of the driver were it belongs.

The only miss in the interior for me is the traditional gear shift lever. It just takes up space in the center console and blocks access to the cup holders. Considering there is no mechanical connection to the transmission a giant lever isn't needed for leverage. It should have had a low profile rotary shift knob.
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I used the shift lever extensively in the Gen III. Since the car would start the engine above 60 MPH, I'd shift to neutral just before crossing that threshold, thereby keeping the engine off. I'd also shift to neutral to coast.

I can get used to wherever the control is, but the lever was pretty intuitive and accessible.

I'm a big fan of the bridge style center console so that things can be stashed out of sight below, and other stuff can be placed above where it's easily accessible.

Wish this car was hideous so I could get it at discount at some point in the future.
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I used the shift lever extensively in the Gen III. Since the car would start the engine above 60 MPH, I'd shift to neutral just before crossing that threshold, thereby keeping the engine off. I'd also shift to neutral to coast.

I can get used to wherever the control is, but the lever was pretty intuitive and accessible.

I'm a big fan of the bridge style center console so that things can be stashed out of sight below, and other stuff can be placed above where it's easily accessible.

Wish this car was hideous so I could get it at discount at some point in the future.
I've always found the bridge style center to make a cabin feel cramped. I don't have kids though, and don't keep masses of things in my cars.
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Bridge style is nice for road trips where you want to put a snack down somewhere within reach, without it flying about when you take a corner. Or perhaps a place to put a parking stub. Anything to prevent things from falling into Satan's crack (between the center console and seat).

I keep only a few things in the center console, like flossers, mints, a few quarters, and a couple pens. I keep a very uncluttered vehicle.
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Bridge style is nice for road trips where you want to put a snack down somewhere within reach, without it flying about when you take a corner.
As one does in a Prius.

I liked the Insight's spacious, open cabin. I could sit cross-legged in my seat with cruise control on, and tuck bags of snacks in next to the handbrake.

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Man, I'm really missing my Gen III now. I viewed it as an appliance, but it's been my 2nd favorite car (first was a 1996 Subaru Legacy)... but I like actually driving the TSX more, which is why it stayed.

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