2017 Toyota Prius Overview
The 2017 Toyota Prius has come a long way since it was first introduced as a highly practical hybrid that put efficiency above everything else. While efficiency is still what drives the Prius, it is now incredibly stylish and packed with features and power, making it easy to mistake this for a non-hybrid vehicle if you don’t see the model’s name. Between its efficiency, safety, technology, and comfort, drivers around the world love the Prius, which is why Toyota has had to expand the lineup to include larger and smaller variations of this model. The original is still going strong and is one of the favorite hybrids worldwide.
Gone are the days when hybrids looked boring. The 2017 Toyota Prius shatters expectations with its bold styling and sleek shape, the latter of which also helps with aerodynamics and, therefore, enhances fuel economy. It has a nice stance that is low and wide to show its athleticism and improve responsiveness when driving. Features like the bi-LED elements within the headlights and the available integrated accent lights and fog lights ensure you can clearly see and be seen in every situation and add a heavy dose of style. There is a matching pair of LED taillights for efficiency and visibility on the opposite end of the Prius, as well. Nearby, you will see the rear spoiler that helps the Toyota cheat winds while enhancing style. Complete the styling of your Prius with available 17-inch alloy wheels that catch the eye of everyone around you.
When the Prius first hit the market, it was a futuristic option thanks to its hybrid powertrain and affordable pricing. Now its futuristic nature continues with the interior that has the latest advances and more, such as a smart seat design that lets you stretch out in any position. The front bucket seats have been redesigned to include deep side bolsters to help you stay comfortable on road trips. You can also get 8-way power adjustment and power lumbar for the driver to ensure you are definitely up to a long drive. Upgrade them with SofTex upholstery and heating. Speaking of the seats, the rear ones split 60/40 and fold flat as a standard feature, letting you expand the cargo area. Keep them upright to enjoy 27.4 cubic feet or fold them down and get 65.5 cubes for cargo.
Toyota included advanced noise insulation methods to deliver a very quiet interior, and you will notice a smooth ride thanks to the suspension tuning. For a higher-end feel, add the available moonroof to your 2017 Prius that lets you enjoy a breeze or just look outside with the touch of a button. For added convenience, there are controls right on the steering wheel for things like Bluetooth, audio, and the Multi-Information Display. Customize the steering wheel with SofTex trim and tilt and telescoping adjustment. Even the climate control system in the Prius is advanced, letting you cool or heat only the front seats when alone to boost efficiency.
The 2017 Toyota Prius is packed with cutting-edge technology, like a dual 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display that comes standard and features customizable screens with information on things like efficiency, real-time driving data, navigation, and more. Opt for the Head-Up Display in color to see crucial information right on the windshield so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. You can also add Qi wireless charging so you never have to worry about keeping a charging wire in your Toyota again.
Like most Toyotas, the 2017 Prius comes standard with the Entune Audio system complete with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, inputs for USB and auxiliary audio, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free. You can also upgrade this system to a version with the App Suite and integrated navigation, along with features like HD Radio Predictive Traffic plus Doppler Weather. Audiophiles will want to consider upgrading to the version with Premium JBL Audio for its ten JBL GreenEdge speakers spread throughout six locations.
Starting with the 2017 model year, Toyota made the Safety Sense P system standard on the Prius. This package of active safety features helps you prevent a collision or minimize the impact if one does occur. The system is standard in the 2017 Prius and gives you a Pre-Collision System complete with lane departure alert, automatic high beams, steering assist, pedestrian detection, and full-speed dynamic radar cruise control. Hill start assist is also standard in the Prius.
There are also some technology features on the Prius you may not have seen before. The available Intelligent Clearance Sonar checks for stationary objects when you are slowly pulling out of your parking space or actually parking. If it anticipates a collision, it will give you an audible warning, reduce the motor or engine output, and even automatically apply brakes. The available Intelligent Parking Assist system can automatically control your steering so you are gently guided into that open parking space. If you want even more safety, configure your 2017 Toyota Prius with Safety Connect telematics, blind spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Efficiency and Hybrid Powertrain
The 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gas engine in the Prius is paired with a 53-kilowatt electric motor to give you 121 net horsepower. Depending on the trim you choose, your Prius will have either a 1.2-kilowatt-hour nickel-metal-hydride battery or a lighter and more compact 0.75-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. When configured correctly, the newest version of the popular Toyota Prius can deliver as much as 58 mpg in the city with the Prius Two Eco. Of course, it is filled with features to enhance this efficiency like its aerodynamic underbody panels and stabilizing fins, sleek lines, and active grille shutter.
While the 2017 Toyota Prius may be known for its efficiency, it can also make a name for itself with performance. The double-wishbone rear suspension ensures a smooth ride and responsive handling. You can opt for the Touring trim for a unique suspension that delivers a thrilling drive experience perfect for winding roads.
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