The Prius family has expanded since the first Prius hit the road as the premier hybrid option for drivers seeking a “green” transportation alternative. Remaining true to its reputation and commitment for innovation, Prius holds over 1,000 patents that are either registered or still pending. Recognising that the original one-size-fits-all Prius does not suit every driver’s needs, Prius now competes in the wagon, subcompact and electric hybrid market, offering Prius C and Prius V which are perfect for Perth driving.
The hybrid powertrain technology that is at the heart of every Prius continues to drive sales. This technology creates gas economy by using an electric motor and gasoline engine together as a way to save on fuel requirements. The electric motor takes over for the gas engine when the vehicle is operating at lower speeds or sitting at traffic lights in idle mode.
Starting at a base price of $33,990 plus on-roads, this traditional Prius model now known as the Liftback version, boasts an enviable 50 m.p.g. in tests. The pricing remains competitive when compared to other hybrids being sold in today’s market. It is noteworthy that the Prius embodies practicality in terms of comfort too, offering generous legroom even for tall passengers and plentiful storage and cargo spaces.
Even though efficiency is the hallmark of Prius design, there are notable stylish changes that make the Prius more attractive when measured against sporty competitors. The third-generation Prius design is sleeker now with aerodynamic bumpers, and a roof designed for efficient airflow to reduce resistance. Other noteworthy exterior improvements include new outer mirrors and LED headlamps as stylish upgrades.
Prius V Wagon
Consumers looking for a roomier version of the original Prius will be pleasantly surprised by the extra space found in the Prius V Wagon. Built to accommodate seven passengers, this wagon is clearly designed for families on the go. Positioned to compete in the wagon and SUV market, this model is spacious with the added benefit of fuel efficiency that so many families demand when they take to the road for longer drives.
In addition to extra head room added for those taller Prius drivers, the Prius V gives its passengers an extra couple of inches of shoulder and head room when compared to the Liftback model. Starting at a base price of $35,990 plus on-roads, this new model is priced to easily compete as a spacious hybrid worthy of consumer interest. The only drawback that some drivers will notice is the lack of power when accelerating.
One easy way to keep the Prius inventory models straight is to associate the Prius C with city driving. A full 19 inches shorter than the Liftback, it is easy to park and manoeuvre on busy city streets. This vehicle has a 1.5-liter engine, which is smaller than the 1.8-liter engines of the other Prius models. They come with a sunroof option and appear sportier, for an in town look that could be considered a bit more hip than the other models. The word “cute” comes to mind, qualifying this model as a great starter car at a low base price of $23,990 plus on-roads.
Erin Warbrook is a freelance writer based in Perth, Australia, who loves driving her Prius from Kalamunda Toyota around the city and to the beach.