The 2017 Toyota Prius: A Flagship Model Continues Innovating
With the 2017 model of the Toyota Prius, the Japanese automaker counts two decades since it became a shaper of a future containing gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. After its debut of a hybrid concept car at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show, the first generation of Priuses saw their introduction to the driving world in late 1997. Since then, this vehicle has undergone four generations of designs, improving on key aspects such as power delivery, interior room, aerodynamics and even the inclusion of more eco-friendly bioplastics as part of its assemblies. The fourth generation, which includes the 2017 models, factors in design modifications to improve its agility and greater gains in fuel economy. Thus, the 2017 Toyota Prius stays a strong contender in this category.
A Multi-Category Winner
The 2017 Toyota Prius is the undisputed champion in fuel economy, with the Prius Four Touring version ranking in at a whopping 54 MPG in terms of EPA city miles. When contrasted with the equivalently priced Ford C-max Hybrid SEL, the best the Ford can muster is 41 MPG. That’s still pretty impressive, but this comparison clearly favors the Prius, and the Toyota may be the better choice for those with their minds on their money. Save on fuel usage, and you’ll save some greenbacks in the process. The approximately $2,800 difference between the Prius’ and the Ford’s price tags may be a swaying factor towards the Ford, but keep in mind that the Prius also comes with standards such as a navigational system and a backup camera, which must be added as options on the Ford. Throw in almost three extra feet of cargo volume—27.4ft³ in the Prius versus 24.5ft³ in the Ford—and the Prius still comes out on top.
Finally, the 2017 model factors in several key improvements. These include a more aerodynamic body and a lower center of gravity for better handling. Additionally, Toyota’s Safety Sense package focuses on reducing front collisions, lane drift and aiding drivers in reduced visibility conditions.
Looking Towards the Future
When hybrid cars began to gain popularity in the United States, the Toyota Prius’ name ended up on the lips of many drivers, automobile reviewers, bloggers and industry experts. This model heralded a further move towards eco-friendly driving. In the eyes of many it set a high bar for fuel efficiency, increasing expectations for better gas mileage throughout the industry. Unsurprisingly, the 2017 model continues to deliver with a sleek shape, upgraded features and fuel economy that makes it an enviable paragon in the automotive industry.