As the original hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius could be called the poster child for environmentally friendly cars. Since Toyota first launched the Prius, many other from competitor brands have introduced ‘green’ hybrid vehicles. However, the 2017 Toyota Prius has upped the game even further with a new plug-in model, the Prius Prime, which has been designed to travel 22 miles on only electricity.
2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in features
• While fuel economy for the plug-in model has not been released, Toyota is projecting a figure equivalent to the non-plug-in Prius;
• Double the electric range to 22 miles with a top speed of 84 mph;
• Fully charged in approximately 5 and a half hours from a standard household electrical outlet;
• A range of 600 miles with a fully charged battery and a full 11.3-gallon fuel tank.
2017 Toyota Prius styling
The styling of the non-plug-in model has remained unchanged from 2016. The Prime plug-in model, however, has received a complete front end remodel, measuring 2.4 inches longer and 0.6 inches wider to differentiate it from its sibling. Some of these styling changes include thin LED-headlamp enclosures around a blacked-out center section (removing the lower “fish lip” look of the non-plug-in Prius), as well as a revised back design that includes a wraparound LED tail-lamp integrated into the spoiler.
Safety features on all models
All 2017 Toyota Prius models will now include Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) as a standard feature, previously only available on the most expensive trim models. TSS-P includes radar-based adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking to a full stop (including pedestrian detection), lane-departure warning with steering correction, and automatic high-beam headlight control.
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