Toyota is an enormously popular global brand, and the Prius is one of its rising stars. The poster automobile for hybrid vehicles the world over, Toyota has been redefining the idea of clean motoring ever since it introduced the Prius some years back, the 2018 Toyota Prius continuing to pursue the efficiency and performance the automobile company is known for.
The 2018 Toyota Prius is the first of company’s hybrid vehicles to be constructed using the Toyota New Global Architecture. The result is a Prius that has shed even more weight than its predecessors, this then increasing its performance and fuel economy.
Externally you wouldn’t mistake the 2018 Prius for anything else; the model retains the Prius’ iconic shape, this making for a design that is hardly noteworthy but which should combat wind and friction more efficiently. Boasting 17 inch allow wheels and color keyed side mirrors (with integrated turn signals), the Prius manages to combat wind resistance and maintain a level of style and sophistication even while producing an exterior image that could be described as sinister by some.
The layout of the interior has been described as conventional by a few critics. The instruments are located in front of the driver (not up near the windshield as seen in many modern vehicles), and there are nooks and crannies scattered all over the place, availing space for phones, cups, wallets and the like.
Rear seat room and cargo space could be described as decent, with drivers and passengers unlikely to take note of any drastic improvements in head or leg room. The tailored stitching on the comfortable SofTex trimmed seats brings about a marked improvement on the interior’s entire image, with additional touches such as the illuminated foot wells, the dark chrome visible on the gear shift, steering bezel and door handles injecting a sense of style into the cabin.
Additional technological features of note include a heads-up display, remote air conditioning system, smart key mechanism, backup camera and a push button start to mention but a few
The 2018 Toyota Prius utilizes a 1.8L four cylinder gasoline engine complimented by a 60kw electric motor (which makes use of a nickel metal hydride battery unit). With a variable automatic transmission producing a combined horsepower of 134, the 2018 Prius boasts a combined fuel economy of 50mpg, providing relief to the wallet as well as the environment.
Fuel economy will adjust depending on which one of the three drive modes (EV, Power and ECO) one is using.
Considering the bevy of safety features it brings to the table (lane keep assist, airbags, safety connect, pre-collision system and vehicle proximity notification) this 2018 model more that than lives up to the Prius name.
2018 Toyota Prius Hatchback Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota Prius will hit the markets in end of 2017, with the price tag hovering around the $30,000 mark.