I have always wanted to review an electric car for a week to see how it would work with a family. Without the right plug and other necessities, I recently had a chance to do the next best thing. I just spent a week test driving the 2016 Toyota Prius V a Hybrid, and had a great time.
I admit, I had some preconceived thoughts going in when it came to the Prius. I envisioned a teeny tiny car that topped out at about 40 miles per hour. Before I even started the car, my first thought was erased. The Prius is a nice mid-sized 4 door car with plenty of room.
My first driving experience was pretty impressive too. I quickly discovered the different driving modes which give you control of your driving experience. The driving modes played a huge role in how you drive the Prius.
Eco – used to get the best fuel economy – pickup is sluggish, but MPG is incredible!
Power – I was most impressed with the Power Mode, it has surprising acceleration and came in very handy in multiple situations. However of course you lose some of your MPG.
Normal – The best of both worlds, Normal is a good combination Eco and Power, responding and adjusting to how you drive.
The exterior of the Prius shows a very good looking car, with sporty lines and a car that looks much cooler and modern than the original models of the Prius. Can you believe the Prius has been in the US since 2000, its amazing how it has grown up.
When you get to the interior of the Prius, you are very surprised by how roomy it is inside, there is plenty of space for the driver and passenger and there is surprising room in the backseat as well.
It is kinda funny, my most interesting experience in the Prius was when I first tried to park the car. Toyota has moved to a Park button on a couple of their models. I experienced a bit of confusion, uncertainty and was perplexed for about 5 seconds until I looked around and saw the button with the capital P on it that you simply had to push to put it into park. It actually is very easy and simple to use and having the gear shifter where it is does free up some space in the car.
The most impressive thing about the Prius is the miles per gallon. It seems like you can drive a couple of hundred miles and the needle doesn’t even move on the Prius. It is able to consistently get over 42 MPG. There are a couple of different models which tip the scales as high as 58 MPG for the Prius, which is just ridiculously awesome!
Toyota continues to impress and my opinion of the Prius has changed completely, it is a car that would work for a young driver, seasoned driver and a family, it really is great at everything, especially saving you money at the pump.
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