There's lots to love about the new Toyota Prius Prime and Toyota dealerships who subscribe to VehiclesTEST will see the review streaming next month.
The VehiclesTEST team tested the Prius during evaluations on the East Coast in July and found the car with its gas-electric hybrid system that has a range of 600-plus miles. The driving range makes it a top performer in the United States.
Its Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain that offers 121 total system horsepower through the 4-cylinder engine and electric motor. The lithium-ion battery can be recharged with a standard household outlet in less than six hours.
All that technology adds up to an EPA rating of 55 mpg city, 53 highway and 54 miles per gallon in combined driving. In electric-vehicle only mode it has an EPA estimate of up to 25 miles at highway speeds. During our driving test in EV Auto mode we achieved an as-tested fuel economy of 100 miles per gallon over the 120 miles of driving we used only 1.2 gallons.
Our test drivers found the electric motor and continuously variable transmission gave the Prius Prime a responsive attitude. During performance testing the Prius Prime went from zero to 60 mph in 10.5 seconds and had a highway passing time of 7.3 seconds. It ran the quarter mile in 17.6 seconds at 77.3 mph at the end. Interior noise at highway speeds was a relatively quiet 70 decibels, and our tests confirmed the curb to curb turning diameter of 33.4 feet.
Look for the complete VehiclesTEST video review when it starts streaming automatically in August for Toyota video subscribers.