2010 Toyota Prius walkaround

2010 Toyota Prius walkaround

Chris Risdon is the Senior Product Education Specialist from the University of Toyota. Risdon shows us what is new for the 2010 Toyota Prius and takes us for a ride.

The first-generation Prius was rated 41 EPA combined mpg, and when you stopped at a light the air conditioning stopped. There are no belts, and the air conditioning gets very cold.

But the car doesn’t get really hot if you have the solar panel on the roof. The solar powered ventilation system prevents the interior air temperature from rising while the vehicle is parked. This means you use less air conditioning when you get back in the car to cool it down.

The 2010 Toyota Prius has increased it’s weight and engine size, and it’s miles per gallon. The EPA estimated city/highway mpg rating of 51 in the city, 48 on the highway and a combined 50 mpg for the new Prius.

Prius will come in one model with four different trim levels: II, III, IV and V:
* A Navigation Package available on Prius models III, IV, and V, includes a voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system with a JBL AM/FM/four-CD changer with integrated XM satellite radio, MP3/WMA playback capability, hands-free phone capability via Bluetooth® wireless technology, eight speakers and a backup camera.

* A Solar Roof Package, available in Prius models III and IV, includes all contents in the Navigation Package, a power tilt/slide moonroof with a solar powered ventilation system and a remote air conditioning system.

* An Advanced Technology Package, available in Prius model V, includes all contents in the Navigation Package; a Pre-Collision System; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; Lane Keep Assist (LKA); and IPA.

The new Prius will be certified as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) and an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) in California, as well as those states adopting California emission standards. The AT-PZEV certification requires the SULEV exhaust standard linked with the ability to meet a zero-fuel-evaporative standard, a 150,000-mile durability demonstration, extended emissions system warranty, and technology deemed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to advance future fuel cell vehicles. In the rest of the country, Prius will be certified as Tier 2, Bin 3. The new Prius will produce over 70 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.