2014 Toyota Prius Review

March 14, 2014
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In terms of resale value and fuel economy, the 2014 Toyota Prius still reigns in the market. It may not be one of the vehicles in the segment that deliver excellent performance, but if you’re looking for a good hybrid car, you can include the Prius in your shopping list.

NEW FOR THE 2014 PRIUS

  • standard daytime running lights on all models
  • optional panoramic sunroof on the Prius V Three

UNDER THE HOOD

The collaboration of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a 60-kW electric motor gives the 2014 Toyota Prius a total power of 134 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission or CVT distributes this power to the front wheels. The EPA fuel economy estimate is 51 mpg city/48 mpg highway/50 mpg combined.

ON THE ROAD

The 2014 Prius isn’t agile on the road. But its four driving modes—Normal, Eco, Power, EV—should give you adequate driving experience. The Prius is easy to drive around town. Steering is not so communicative, but it makes parking maneuverability easy without causing the hybrid sedan to feel too light on highways.

In general, the ride is comfortable, but the suspension does not handle severe road bumps well. The cabin is not also exactly serene because of too much road noise that penetrates the cabin.

INSIDE THE 2014 PRIUS

Inside the 2014 Prius is a straightforward layout of controls, but the design is unattractive. Some reviewers find it modern, though. But the abundance of hard plastics makes the sedan look cheap.

Prius’ interior may not be impressive but the sedan has commendable qualities. The seats come standard with cloth upholstery and they are supportive and comfortable. The rear seat offers ample room even for taller passengers. The cargo space is very generous—about 21 cubic feet—for a midsize sedan.

Some reviewers also praise the standard touchscreen display for its contemporary look. But the Entune system is disappointing because it requires you to download the app and register. You would also always need an internet connection to access it.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Toyota Prius has four trim levels: Two, Three, Four and Five. Here are the pieces of standard equipment that go with each trim:

The Prius Two has LED daytime running lights, 15-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, automatic climate control with air filtration system, 6.1-inch touchscreen display, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with USB port and auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, Touch Tracer Display, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, fold-down rear seat, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and keyless entry.

The Prius Three adds navigation system, Entune app suite, satellite radio, HD radio, and upgraded smart key.

The Prius Four is equipped with automatic headlights, leatherette upholstery, JBL audio system, heated front seats, 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, leatherette-trimmed steering wheel, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Prius Five features LED headlights with washers, fog lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Options include the following packages:

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE: JBL audio system, Entune, navigation system, head-up display, lane keep assist, dynamic cruise control, pre-collision system

DELUXE SOLAR ROOF PACKAGE: power sunroof with solar-powered ventilation system, JBL audio system, remote air conditioning system, navigation system, head-up display, sunshade


Photo credit: thecarconnection.com, toyota.com

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