Toyota Prius 2011 Review and Price
If you are looking for the most fuel efficient car and still not sure which one to take, then 2011 Toyota Prius is the best choice for you. It is a revisit of 2010 Toyota Prius. There are some attributes that it retains like solar power ventilation system and rating of 50-plus-mpg. It is the third generation version of Toyota and is much large, powerful and fuel efficient than pre-2010 models. Choosing between both models is not a big deal because the retail prices of Toyota Prius are sure going to move upward due to normal annual increases.
Changes in 2011 Toyota Prius
Style: There is not much change in its styling. Toyota 2011 Prius has a space for five passengers and looks like a compact car from outside, but when seen from inside it looks like a midsize car. It contains large doorways due to high ceiling and chair like seating with plenty if space for head. A good lower back support is provided in the optional front leather seats. A good knee and toe space is provided for rear seaters. Dashboard gauges are not available in front of driver but at the top of instrument panel. There is high load floor and a small bin is available beneath the cargo floor.
Technical Specifications: Toyota Pirus 2011 has around-town speed due to Toyota’s Hybrid energy drive system. It contains a gas engine of 1.8-liter with four cylinders. Nickel-metal hydride batteries are used to provide power to motors and the output is 134 horsepower. There is no plug in capability and its Drive system uses the engine and regenerative braking to recharge. There can be a lot of gas saving when the batteries are sufficiently charged. Prius easily make pace with fast traffic although its accelerator is slightly languid. Its start stop does not make any noise and you can enjoy a lot while riding Toyota Prius.
Features: Toyota Prius 2011 has very low air conditioning load due to the combination of power sliding glass moonroof with solar panels. To have a set distance from traffic head it uses Dynamic cruise control. You don’t have to worry for its parking due to its Intelligent Park assist feature. Pre-collision feature save you from any unexpected clash. Voice recognition, Bluetooth phone, audio connectivity and rearview camera are included in the navigation package.
Pricing of Toyota Prius 2011
There was not much rise expected in pricing from 2010 levels. Its price range expected to be around $21,995-$28,300.Toyota Prius is basically introduced to give the competition to Honda insight that has a base price of $20,510. Pricing of 2011 Toyota Prius II can be around $23,000 to get all the features like EV mode, cruise control and steering-wheel buttons.
Fuel economy of 2011 Toyota Prius:
It can be seen from fuel-mileage ratings easily that the hybrid system of Toyota is most efficient in low speed and the start-stop feature can also be utilized with this efficiency.
Expected Changes In Toyota Prius:
Though, no huge changes are expected but some changes will be available in plug-in capability for 2011 Chevrolet volt. By the end of 2010 15 experimental plug-in hybrids can be seen in the market. A great advantage of plug-in capability is gas saving. This system depends on lithium ion batteries.
Competitors of Toyota 2011 Prius:
Honda Insight comprises of the same look of Prius but is smaller from inside and outside.
Ford Fusion Hybrid is very good for the environment conscious people and is a good competitor of Prius.
Toyota Camry Hybrid has a gas-electric version and a comfortable midsize car.