By Mario Cywinski
TOYOTA PRIUS: THE ORIGINAL GREEN MACHINE
the 2016 model has an all-new exterior and interior design with standard LED headlamps and DRLs, a TFT gauge cluster, and front passenger seat cushion airbag. New available features include but are not limited to wireless charging, navigation system, satellite radio, power moon roof, rain sensing wipers, heads-up display, seven-inch display audio, smart entry, eight-way power driver’s seat, and power lumbar support.
“The 2016 Toyota Prius is ready to win over new fans with bold new styling, a more dynamic fun-to-drive spirit, and rewarding fuel efficiency,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President of Toyota Canada Inc. “Rebuilt from the road up, what we’ve achieved with this vehicle in terms of dynamics and technology makes as strong of a statement about the future of mobility as when we released the first generation and pioneered an exciting class of vehicles.”
An interesting technology added to the new Prius is the exhaust heat recirculation system, which uses the exhaust gases to speed up engine coolant warm-up. This allows the hybrid system to turn off the engine earlier and more often.
New to Prius is the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system. It includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam and full-speed dynamic radar cruise control. Other safety features included on Prius are: Toyota Star Safety System, eight air bags, active front headrests with whiplash protection, and tire pressure monitoring system.
It is available in three trim levels Prius, Prius Technology and Prius Touring, each with an increasing number of standard features. Prius trim offers an upgrade package which adds Toyota Safety Sense and heated front seats.