Hybrid Fuel Efficient Cars - 2010 Toyota Prius
Toyota is already on its 3rd generation of the Prius with the 2010 Toyota Prius II Hatchback. This four-door Toyota hybrid has become a hit with consumers because of its great fuel economy, acceleration and reasonable price. The Toyota Prius, like other hybrid vehicles, has a special powertrain that combines a gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine with an electric motor. The powertrain allows the Prius to deliver higher fuel economy and lower emissions compared to regular cars.
The 2010 Toyota Prius II Hatchback has a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.8-liter gasoline engine that produces 98 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque that is used in conjunction with two electric motors and a special planetary gearset that functions as a CVT. The total system power for the 2010 Toyota Prius II Hatchback is 134 hp.
The Toyota Prius II Hatchback is the most fuel-efficient car offered by a major manufacturer in the U.S. for 2010. The Prius boasts more powerful electric and gasoline motors in 2010, while the Prius II Hatchback's battery pack is smaller but powers the car for longer than the 2009 Prius edition. There is competition for Prius from the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, and the new Honda Insight. Prius performance, exterior and interior rank very good.
The 2010 Prius comes standard with six airbags and electronic stability control. The front seats feature anti-whiplash active headrests. The 2010 Toyota Prius has basic warranty coverage for the first three years or 36,000 miles, in addition to warranty coverage on its hybrid technologies. J.D. Power and Associates provides a Predicted Reliability rating & the 2010 Toyota Prius got a score of 10 out of 10.
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