The new generation Prius Prime 2017, is a better version of Toyota’s famous Prius. The next generation Prius has a larger battery that allows an EPA-rated 25 miles of all-electric driving. The car has a good standard active safety technology and an exclusive cabin. The single powertrain of the Prius is efficient. But it can’t match the electric driving of Chevrolet Volt. The new generation Prius has improved its driving aspect. Still, there is more room for improvement as it checks fewer boxes than Volt.
What is New in Prius Prime 2017
The Prius Prime was created from the latest-generation Prius of 2016. The new Prius Prime features an improved powertrain, updated interior, and restyled exterior. The redesigned rear and front ends of the car separate it from the standard Prius.
The new Prius is available with the same powertrain but with 3 trim levels. We would select the mid-level Premium trim. The features it provides are:
- •11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- •Leatherette trimmed front seats
- •Qi wireless charging pad
The advanced trim levels include active safety technology. The additional features it offers includes blind-spot monitoring and self-parking.
Engine and Transmission
The Prius Prime has a 1.8-liter inline four engine that works with an electric motor and a battery pack. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) helps to maximize the efficiency of the vehicle. The Prime changes effortlessly and smoothly between gas and electric propulsion. The 3 driving mode of Prime (Power, Normal and Eco) tries to affect the acceleration.
The Prius Prime can charge at a standard 120-volt household, it takes 5.5 hours. On the other hand, it will take 2 hours to charge from a 240-volt outlet.
The new Prius Prime is a great choice for customers who are fuel-conscious. The great EPA ratings show that it is better than its competitors. But the limited electric driving is a drawback of the Prius Prime. Irrespective of the trim levels, all the models have the same EPA rating. The electric-driving of 25 miles is more than enough for daily travel.
Performance and Driving Impressions
The Prius has good driving dynamic irrespective of an inflexible accelerator pedal and sometimes rough ride.
The new Prius needs 10.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. In order to accelerate from 50 to 70 mph, it needs 7.0 seconds. The response to the accelerator is slow as the driver has to push through the pedal. Trying to match the flow of the traffic while staying in the Eco-zone is useless. It only gives you a very slow speed.
Steering and Handling
The new Prius Prime has much better handling than the previous generations. The straight-line performance of the new generation Prius is slow that quick steering irrelevant. Prius is comfortable for the trips around the town. The ride might be uncomfortable when it come across the flawed pavement.
Therefore, Prius Prime adds flexibility and efficiency to the Eco package with its electric range. But the drawbacks can make it frustrating to live with.
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