Product Type: Toyota cars
Newest Review: ... mpg, that's pretty quick. It is full of technology and gadgets. With the top spec Prius, you get Sat-Nav, Head Up Display, Adaptive Cru... more
Member Name: JJ2010JAYJAY
Advantages: Economical, Cheap To Run, Pretty Quick, Great Quality Interior
Disadvantages: Sat-Nav Could Be Better, Price Is On The Expensive Side (Over £20,000 Standard)
The Prius has always had a reputation of being a slow, boring car. But that couldn't be more wrong. I have a 2011 Prius 10 and it has been a pleasure to drive. In EV mode, the car is pretty much silent. It can go up to 31 mph for 1.2 miles on electricity. This may not seem like much, but it regenerates energy through braking and deceleration.
People say that it isn't as economical as it is claimed to be, but it is. I can easily get 60mpg out of it, but driving carefully, you can definitely get it up to 70-80mpg. You have to know how to drive it to get the best mpg's.
0-62 is said to be 10.4 seconds, but with a full battery and in power mode, it can do it in about 9.7 seconds. And, for a car that can do 60-70 mpg, that's pretty quick.
It is full of technology and gadgets. With the top spec Prius, you get Sat-Nav, Head Up Display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Heated Seats, Solar Panel Sunroof, Intelligent Parking Assist, Rear View Camera, Smart Entry system, and the list goes on.
Cruising at 70mph, it is quite quiet and doesn't feel like you are going that quick. It handles reasonably well, but it does feel like a big car going round a corner.
The Sat-Nav has bluetooth telephone connection and saves songs from CD's onto a hard drive. It's extremelly good, however, the one fault with it is that the Sat-Nav map is a bit slow at responding and is a bit jerky. It also gets a bit confused at times and takes about 15 seconds to figure out where you are. There is no major problem with it though.
The Intelligent Park Assist feature is quite fun to play with. You press the button and slowly drive past the parking space, it then gives you a couple of instructions on the Sat-Nav screen and parks itself. It's quite funny to see the steering wheel turning on it's own.
The Prius 10 has 17" black alloy wheels and it comes in either black or white. It also has a subtle body kit and leather seats with the words 'Prius 10' in the two front seats. However, there have only been 1000 made.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this car to anyone trying to save money or wanting a decent size family car (with LOTS of leg room!) It has a 5 year Toyota warranty with an incredible 8 year warranty on the battery. My car has done 11,000 miles since new in April 2011 and there hasn't been any problems with it yet, but of course, it's not that old.
Summary: Great Family Car and Great Way To Save Money. Full Of Gadgets and Lovely To Drive