As the most popular hybrid sedan on the market, the 2009 Toyota Prius has nothing to prove. Yet, it makes a bold statement with an ultramodern profile and incredible fuel economy. Sufficient power dispels the myth that hybrids are weak. Recently named the most fuel efficient model in America by the EPA, the Prius is also affordably priced. Prius stands unchallenged in fuel economy except for the Honda Civic Hybrid at 40 mpg city and 45 mpg highway. Toyota seems to believe that going green shouldn't have to empty an individual's wallet. One of the only issues with the Toyota Prius is that the exterior might be too futuristic for some buyers.
In the interior, the 2009 Prius is equipped with a push button start, remote keyless entry, a six-speaker CD player with MP3 compatibility available, and power windows and locks. Audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel as well. A voice-activated DVD-based navigation unit is available with a package upgrade, while Bluetooth can be added as well. Bluetooth connectivity allows drivers to make hands-free calling with simple voice commands or the touch of a button. Leather-trimmed seating and steering wheel are available as added features too.
The exterior of the Toyota Prius has a sloping effect and is streamlined while still having a commanding presence. Included with the 2009 model are 15-inch lightweight alloy wheels, power side view mirrors, halogen headlamps, and solar energy-absorbing glass. This glass will prevent a great amount of UV rays from entering the interior of the Prius, which is beneficial for passengers' skin and can prevent the temperature from unnecessarily rising inside as well.
Under the hood, the 2009 Prius comes standard with a 110 horsepower 1.5L two-mode hybrid I4 and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. The two-mode system allows the Prius to be driven purely on electric power, solely on gasoline, or a combination of the two. Basically, the electricity can power the Prius up to a certain speed, and then the gasoline will either join in with the electricity or take over completely depending on the driving demands. Regenerative braking provides consistent repowering of the battery because every time the brake pedal is pressed, a burst of power is generated and directly stored for later use. Probably the most remarkable aspect of the Toyota Prius is its fuel economy at 48 city MPG and 46 highway MPG. This model simply has the best fuel efficiency of any vehicle on the market.
In general, the 2009 Toyota Prius is nothing to scoff at. With a base price of $22,000, most buyers will be able to get their hands on one. The fuel estimates cannot be beat, and eco-conscious buyers will be thrilled with the decreased exhaust emissions. However, those that are looking for crossover-like spaciousness will need to actually look at a crossover. It simply cannot have everything. That's what next year is for.