This independent website contains detailed information on the Toyota Prius hybrid car.
It covers both the Prius 2 and 3 versions and includes a comprehensive review and test
drive, facts, images, video and user reviews plus a guide to other production
Visitors can also read about environmentally friendly alternatives to the hybrid
(electric, biofuel, LPG and CNG vehicles) by clicking the links on the right of this page.
Toyota Prius Hybrid Overview
The Prius is Toyota's contribution to the hybrid car market.
The term hybrid car simply refers to a vehicle that is powered using a combination of electric
and conventional internal combustion engines.
Of course it's not as straightforward as that with both engines complimenting each other depending on driving conditions.
This is reflected by the term Hybrid Synergy Drive which is Toyota's name for this propulsion system.
Put simply, the idea is that a petrol engine charges a high performance battery which in turn powers an electric motor.
The electric motor is used at low speed with the petrol engine cutting in at above average urban speeds.
On the face of it, there appears to be many positive aspects to this car.
Not only is the new Toyota Prius mpg listed as 72 on an extra urban cycle but it can reach 60 mph in just over 10 seconds
and has a low insurance group of 6/7. It's one of the safest cars in its class with a 5 star Euro NCAP rating
and for UK buyers there is no congestion charge or road tax to pay.
This website was started in 2005 by 2 British car enthusiasts following a
one week test drive around southern England in a Prius 2 T3.
This ground breaking green car was relatively unknown in those days and few sites existed that included a
prius review written from personal experience.
There were numerous commercial sites with information on engine size and mpg but very little insight from
those who had actually driven the Prius.
Since then the Prius has evolved with the introduction of the third generation vehicle in 2009 and following
another test drive this version has been added to the site.
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