When I think of the Toyota Prius, it takes me back to when the model first came out in 2000. It was one of the first hybrids in the world to be mass-produced. Everyone was curious about it and I knew at least 2 people who had one in college- and loved it. It’s no wonder as less gas money to spend is valuable for broke college students. For anyone, really. I last tested the Prius a few years ago and got to see what the hype was about. It was actually a pretty cool car but the 2024 Toyota Prius (Limited) has gotten some even cooler upgrades. From the design to the interior. Read on to learn more about my experience.
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The Prius gets a new sleek design
The 2024 Toyota Prius boasts a redesigned exterior that seamlessly blends aesthetics with functionality. Its smooth curves and sharp details create a modern silhouette. The Prius continues to set the standard for eco-conscious vehicle design.
Next-Level Hybrid Technology
The 2024 Prius is packed with high tech features. This includes “Advanced Park,” which is designed to assist you with parallel parking or backing into a parking space, This hands-free parking system uses cameras and sensors, along with steering control, and acceleration, braking and gear changes, to help you get into that perfect spot. The “Panoramic View Monitor” helps you check your surroundings using four cameras to display a panoramic view on the display. There’s also an animated virtual view from above to give you a bigger picture of what’s around the car. You will also find with six USB-C ports inside plus a charging slot for your phone. Just to name a few…
Safety Features for Peace of Mind
Safety is always a priority with Toyota, featuring Toyota Safety Sense, a comprehensive suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies. From parking assistance to all around monitoring cameras, you’ll have peace of mind when driving this car.
Is the Prius comfortable?
Surprisingly so! For the driver and front seat passenger, that is. The front seats are pretty comfortable plus they’re heated and ventilated. The brand uses SofTex®-trimmed front seats that are 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat including power lumbar support. The passenger front seat has 6-way adjustable. Warning: if you’re over 5’5 you will have to duck into the backseat in order to not bump your head. Other than that, it’s all good. Remember, this is a small sedan that’s kind of on the sporty side.
- Color of the model tested: Guardian Gray
- Price of the model tested: $39,094
- Horsepower 194 FWD, 196 AWD
- MPG (city/highway)Up to 57
- Engine 2.0L 4-Cylinder Hybrid
- Transmission Electronically controlled Continuous Variable Transmission (ECVT)
- Drivetrain Standard Front-Wheel Drive, Available All-Wheel Drive
- 0-607.2 FWD, 7.0 AWD Seconds
- Power lift gate
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Single zone climate control system with pollen filtration
- 8-speaker Premium JBL Audio system
- 12.3-in. Toyota Audio Multimedia with wireless Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatibility, USB media port, five USB charge ports, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via bluetooth, SiriusXM (optional).
- Toyota Safety Sense
- Panoramic View Monitor
- Front / Rear park assist, Advanced Park (optional)
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The 2024 Toyota Prius offers a blend of innovation and sustainability, and driving excellence. Here’s my overall opinion.
While EVs may be taking over, the Toyota Prius remains a leader in its class as it offers a hybrid option. I drove this car for the week and never had to fill up the tank. It is so economical on gas and I love not having to plug it in. This is a great option for someone looking for an eco-friendly vehicle to run errands or get to and from work; etc. I like it for college students, too. It drives quietly, smoothly and it’s a lot of fun. The interior is futuristic and minimal but comfortable. The panoramic glass roof makes drives nicer as you can appreciate the scenery around you. It truly ties in the brand’s sustainable efforts with nature. There’s also plenty of trunk space which is a must for me. If you’re in the market for an eco-conscious car, I recommend looking into the Prius. There’s no commitment to going full electric and you get the best of both worlds.