Toyota has launched its hybrid models long back. Toyota Prius The Prius is one of these segment-defining Gasoline-electric vehicles that stands out from the crowd for many reasons. It is a compact hatchback that features an extremely unique exterior that is hard to ignore on the roads. The Prius offers a smooth ride and quite predictable steering responses. In the hybrid segment, it presents itself in the first row of popular cars with the most powerful statement made on its eco-friendly powertrain.
What’s New for 2018?
At the Toyota dealership Meridian, they showed us the 2018 Toyota Prius that hasn’t received much significant change for its 2018 edition, except for the 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is now being available for the upper Four and Four Touring trims.
Engine and Powertrain
The powertrain of the 2018 Toyota Prius consists of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that work in pair with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The combination can make a 121 horsepower in total. The battery pack is made of nickel-metal-hydride used in the base models One and Two while the lithium-ion is used for all other trims.
The Exterior Look
The 2018 Toyota Prius is a compact hatchback that looks irresistibly smart in the road. Even with its short stature, it has just the right things in its body that help make the rides comfortable, especially with its upright seating position.
To describe the design in words, we can say that the mart look borrows its attractiveness from a horizontal bar that cuts across the two-piece rear window. The headlights are angular in shape to avoid the direct attack on the eyes of the upcoming drivers. The body is made of kinked sheet metal, that is appreciated by some while not by many.
The Interior Feel
The 2018 Toyota Prius is available as a trim in sumptuous Nappa leather. The interior design though not posh looks neat and tidy with a well-organized distribution of seats at the perfect upright position. The center-mounted information gauge is placed logically near the driver, to make it easily accessible as well as readable.
The dash-mounted shifter of the 2018 Toyota Prius frees up a good amount of room for the storage cubbies near the front row. The rear cubby storage is limited into two door pockets while there are a couple of cupholders placed right at the center-seat pull-down armrest. The total cargo space you get to load your stuff is 25 cubic feet.
On Road Performance and Fuel Economy
Our test drives at Meridian Toyota dealership gave us a ride in the Prius that was flawlessly smooth and harmonious as it doesn’t allow the unpredictable road jerks enter the cabin and disrupt the tranquility of the ride. Handling the Prius is all that you would yearn for and the best part of its performance is its Fuel economy in which it is the king among its rivals. The new Prius has earned an EPA estimate that counts unbelievable 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway. As a hybrid hatchback, that is the best way the 2018 Toyota Prius can serve your purpose.