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Old 03-23-2021, 06:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sadly Toyota’s 3 row Prius V does not exist on this continent, maybe you could import seats like the think guys?
IIRC the 7-seater also has a different battery pack located at another position, in order to provide legroom for the 3rd row seats.

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Old 03-23-2021, 08:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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We almost bought a used Prius v when we decided instead on the used Avalon Hybrid. The two cars were similar in price and other specs, with the hatchback vs sedan being the major difference. I think what I liked most about the Avalon was the multi "gear" selector for going down mountain passes. Plus it was red and not a lame white or grey like the v's we were looking at.
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Old 03-27-2021, 02:46 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I think what I liked most about the Avalon was the multi "gear" selector for going down mountain passes.
That sounds interesting.
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That sounds interesting.
I wonder how it works? It's all planetary gears...
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I wonder how it works? It's all planetary gears...
The gearing is simulated. But it gives me 6 levels of engine and regenerative braking without using the brakes. Depending on how loaded the car is and how steep the road is I can go from anywhere from "2nd" to "6th". If it's really bad and I need to creep slowly down the hill there's also the "1st" option. This is better than just one engine braking option that may be way too little or way too much engine braking.
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I wonder how it works? It's all planetary gears...
Just like newer CVTs simulate fixed gears on a sequential mode, considering how the HSD simulates the behavior of a CVT it doesn't seem to be so much of rocket-science to attempt this feature with the HSD too.

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