In the battle of the ultimate hybrid, whose green will reign supreme? The new Prius and the Honda Insight go head-to-head in this Web video. The reviewers look at handling, design, miles per gallon, and overall value. Although the Insight has a lot of personality and is less expensive, the reviewers picked the Prius.
Toyota confirmed the rumors circulating that the company planned to build a cheap, fuel-efficient hybrid to compete directly with the Honda Insight. The plans were announced in an interview given by Akihiko Otsuka, chief engineer for the 2010 Prius, to Japan's Nikkei newspaper.
The Yaris Hybrid is expected to retail for under $20,000 and be on sale in Japan as early as 2011. Currently, the most expensive conventional gasoline engine model tops out at $15,880. The 2009 Yaris is equipped with a four-cylinder 1.5-liter engine, and the four-speed automatic achieves 29 mpg in the city and … Read more
The most important thing to remember about the much-anticipated 2010 Prius model update is that Toyota is, at its heart, a conservative company. Add to that Toyota's desire not to spoil the continued success of the previous Prius model, and you get a new car that isn't radically changed from its predecessor.
The Prius still uses Toyota's Synergy hybrid system, a full hybrid system that propels the car under electric power at low speeds. It's still shaped like a speed bump, with a hatchback and a quick drop-off at the back. And the cabin tech still uses a DVD-based navigation system, and lacks a USB port or iPod integration for the audio system.
However, Toyota did give it a slightly bigger engine, a 1.8-liter four cylinder, increasing the power, and at the same time increasing the fuel economy. Some reshaping around the grille and hood brings in Toyota's new design language, while the roof peak has been moved back a bit to increase rear head room and create better aerodynamics. The cabin now includes a floating console and a shift lever with a more traditional layout than the previous one. And Toyota gives the Prius some new tech tricks, such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic parking.
We got our hands on the new Prius during a preview event, and found that it drives very similarly to the previous generation. The net horsepower from the new power train comes out to 134, over the older model's 110, which you can feel during hill climbs and acceleration at speed. Toyota claims a 0 to 60 mph time of 9.8 seconds for the new model. It's hardly a drastic change in power over the old car, but it is usable. … Read more
In this satire of a Nissan ad, starring Andy Richter and James Adomian, a Prius owner smugly extols the advantages the Prius has over his neighbor's car, a Hyundai Elantra, with a fatal result. Nissan denies any involvement with the production.
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Probably the only race that Buick and Jaguar would finish in a tie is the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS), but both are on the top of the leader board this week. Each rank highest in vehicle dependability in a tie. Buick improves from a sixth-place ranking in 2008, while Jaguar improves from 10th place. Following in the top-five rankings this year are Lexus, Toyota and Mercury.
Toyota garners five segment awards for the Highlander, Prius, Sequoia, Solara, and Tundra. Lexus follows with four segment awards for the ES 330 (in a tie with the … Read more
Toyota has announced that it has developed the world's first rear-seat center airbag.
In the event of a side-on collision, this new airbag will deploy from a fixed rear-seat console to prevent injury from passengers colliding with each other or the console itself. We're assuming that the inclusion of this center airbag system eliminates the rear-center seating position.
We're all for vehicles protecting their passengers in the event of a crash, but between your standard front airbags, side-curtain airbags, knee airbags, rear-curtain airbags, and now rear-center airbags, how long will it be before the vehicle just fills … Read more
Mitsubishi, the car company that's more known for its tuner toys for boys than its low carbon footprint vehicles announced that its all-electric iMiev was selected as a finalist for the World Green Car competition, a category of the World Car of the Year awards. Other contenders include the Honda FCX Clarity and the Toyota IQ.
To be nominated for the title, the vehicle must use an advanced power plant technology that minimizes emissions, be in production or have at least 10 experimental prototypes close to production available for individual or media fleet testing, and be available in at … Read more
TOKYO--Toyota Motor Corp. is adding two safety technologies to luxury sedans in Japan and likely will use them next on Lexus models.
One is a radar system that detects probable front and side collisions and warns the driver.
The other is a rear seat that prepares passengers for accidents by automatically adjusting to a more impact-cushioning position, Toyota said in a release.
Toyota said the features will appear soon on a Japan-market vehicle. The company did not name the vehicle, but local media say it may be a redesigned Crown Majesta, due late this month.
Toyota says the technology is … Read more
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