If an outstanding fuel economy is what you are looking for, you shouldn’t look further than the new 2017 Toyota Prius. It also offers a significantly improved driving position, a better and quieter riding, and an ample cargo space. Its release date, although speculative at the moment, should be expected sometime in the middle of 2017.
The mildly redesigned Prius further cements its reputation as one of the best fuel-efficient vehicle you can find in today’s segment with its appealing ad-ons. However, this doesn’t mean that the Prius is coasting on its fuel consumption success. Much has been done on its exterior and interior departments in order to make it appealing to its existing customer base.
The exterior design remains much the same but a few tweaks can be seen on its front fascia especially the sharper creases throughout its outside. The changes may be challenging to like but they were nonetheless expected. The color palette carries over unchanged. Existing users of the Prius will find its interior intoxicating partly due to the technology galore available. The seats also receive additional bolstering and upgraded upholstery over the previous model.
But let’s keep it real folks! Anyone looking to buy a Prius will not be interested much in the interior appointments or the exterior design but more on fuel economy numbers. That said, EPA says we should expected a combined city/highway rating of 52 mpg. Well, is that too much than you expected? Guess what, there is the Prius Eco trim model that returns a combined rating of 56 mpg. Whoa! Now we are talking, aren’t we!
There is more to like on the Prius than the obvious one – fuel consumption. One standout that you’ll most definitely find compelling is the additional head-and legroom which is ample enough to keep 6-footers comfortable even on long trips. Also, it offers a more natural orientation than the outgoing model, which to some, offered a rather odd upright driving position.
We could go on-and-on about the desirable credentials the Prius offers but the bottom line remains it’s an impressive hybrid vehicle that many people will without a doubt find desirable. Very few cars pose any real threat to the new 2017 Toyota Prius. Those that can dare though include the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid, and the 2017 Chevy Volt.
Offered Trims – 2017 Toyota Prius
Six trims are offered for the new 2017 Toyota Prius: Four Touring, Four, Three Touring, Three, Two Eco, and the base Two. Separate reviews are offered elsewhere on the blog for both the larger Prius V and the compact Prius C trim.
Exterior Colors & 2017 Toyota Prius Interior Pictures
Even though it’s released date is still a contentious issue at this point in time, our mules have compiled some of the features and accessories certain to be available on the Prius once it is offered.
The Prius Tow base model offers standard accessories and featurs such as a 6.1” touchscreen display, cloth upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, LED running lights, 15-inch wheels, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, LED automatic headlights, a height-adjustable driver seat, voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, a CD player, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.
The Two Eco steps up with a lightweight inflation kit, illuminated keyless entry, a lighter lithium-ion hybrid battery, and ultra-rolling resistance tires.
The Prius Three trim model gets you HD and satellite radio, white interior accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen, and smartphone app integration.
The Prius Four trim model offers pre-collision warning system, a full-speed adaptive cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, a unique rear bumper styling, lane-departure warning and mitigation assist, and LED clearance lights.
2017 Toyota Prius Engine Specs
Under the hood, both the 1.8L four-cylinder engine and the pair of electric generators work in synergy to yield an output of about of 121 horsepower which is then fed to the front wheels via the unique electronically controlled CVT.
A time of 9.8 seconds, a few tenths quicker than the previous model, is required to get past 60 mph with the 2017 Prius Three model.
EPA projects the fuel economy will stand at 50/54/52 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the Three, and 53/58/56 mpg with the Prius Two Eco.
Price & 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-in Release Date
The 2017 Toyota Prius’ release date should be expected in the middle of 2017. As for its price, rumors allege the window sticker will feature a base MSRP of $24,200.
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