BY H. THROTTLEAUTOMOTIVE COLUMNIST
The “Electric Storm Blue” four-door Prius XLE Hybrid is an-all wheel drive sedan that has a manufacturer’s suggested list price of $28,820. A few options can raise the price several thousand dollars that includes an advanced technology package.
The 2019 Toyota Prius is a smart car and people who drive them are equally smart. The car performs excellent for how it is designed to perform with a 1.8L four-cylinder engine and battery assist that provided 55 miles per gallon during the week’s test drive.
The seats are deep and comfortable but have to be adjusted by manual levers, surprising at first, but they do adjust to comfortable positions easily.
A hybrid Prius is a different type of car and a prelude to the ever fast advancing electric car world. This car really works well, drives extraordinary well and has plenty of freeway acceleration. The electric boosted power steering works well with the overall low gravity of the car. The fuel economy averaged 55 mph. for the week and I only used the battery power on one occasion, fearing that I might actually run out of fuel on a trip back from Ft. Collins.
Toyota is a leader in their “Safety Sense” features that lead to a perfect overall safety rating on this Prius XLE. The features include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. Almost every day in the routine commute I see front end collisions with drivers looking at the smashed grills and dented rear ends. Some of this from tailgating too close and the majority from using smart phones while driving.
Other safety features include lane departure alert, automatic high beam night lighting, dynamic radar control that allows the car to maintain the same distance from the lead car, lane tracking assist, and sign reading assist on the center control board.
This is a powerful easy synergy drive system where the driver has one gear forward and the transmission adjusts to the driver required speed at every level, slow or fast. The odometer has large numerals showing the driver’s mileage, time of trip, and fuel consumptions in the center console, rather than in front of the steering wheel.
The car is quiet when starting without the roar of the starting gasoline combustion engine. Air conditioning works very well, and the radio system is easy to operate but did miss the XM satellite radio program and was limited to the standard stations.
A great car for frugal drivers who want quality and economy.
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