2011 Toyota Prius

In a period where people are getting more environmentally-conscious, green cars increasingly become a significant sector in the industry. And as far as green cars are concerned, one undeniable option for prospective buyers is the 2011 Toyota Prius, which boasts an array of perks including high fuel efficiency and the highest levels of safety.

What makes the car advantageous compared to others in the market is that Toyota has been producing the Prius line since the 1900s, which means that the car giant has already perfected its vision regarding its 2011 edition. Toyota gave the latest Prius a larger legroom, a more generous compartment, and most of all, an excellent engine boasting the best fuel-saving mechanisms.

134 Horsepower

The 2011 Prius was given a 1.8 hybrid Powertrain engine that unleashes 134 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. Compared to other green cars in the market, these specifications are not superior, but consider the Prius’ price range and its brilliant fuel usage and you’ll say that the car’s a steal. The car runs an average of 51/48 mpg per highway, sparing you significant amount of gas allowance in traveling long distances. Sure, the Prius is not the speediest green car in the market, but it is not designed for car owners who have a penchant for races either.

The body of the 2011 Prius follows the exterior design elements of its predecessors. At first glance, you can already sense that it came from the house of Toyota. The car does not have unique or peculiar elements that make it remarkably monstrous or incredibly beautiful. But since Toyota has been boasting about the possibility of an electric car since the 1990s, the Prius has received immeasurable media attention in TV, radio, print, and online, making its exterior memorable and iconic.

The interior of the Prius, as mentioned, has a very huge compartment, making it a top green car option for owners who "live" in their cars. The car follows the contours, seats, dashboard, and high-tech perks of its previous editions, which means that it is also criticized for the same reasons. The rear seat design is a bit cramped. The predominating material is plastic, a trait that turns off car owners with discriminating aesthetics.

An Excellent Choice

Since the car is fresh from Toyota, the 2011 Prius has not yet undergone most government and insurance agency transportation tests. It is however not difficult to assume that the new Prius exhibits the same level of safety as the 2010 edition, which means that it is excellent. Light cars suffer in the aspect of safety, but Toyota has engineered the Prius’ so well against collisions as proven by the praises it received from car critics and reviewers.

People in search of a green car have a number of options to be pitted against the 2011 Prius. Other manufacturers have attempted successfully to try and match the Prius, which has raised the bar in making hybrid automobiles. Those improvements have come at a higher price; however, the Toyota Prius has maintained its dominance in the hybrid market.

All in all, the Prius 2011 is a great choice for drivers who are interested in helping the environment by using an environment-friendly vehicle that boasts excellent fuel economy. The car’s exterior and interior do not disappoint. Most of all, the Prius, being a pioneer in the green car industry, boasts of a quiet driving experience.

The SuperCars Overall Rating = 73 /100

What others say:

"The Prius is the most economical five-passenger car on the road that doesn't have to be plugged in.”Consumer Reports

"51 mpg city! The 2011 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage hybrid on the market, but that doesn't get in the way of practicality or comfort.”The Car Connection

"The 2011 Prius has gone from eco-novelty commuter to the vehicle of choice for those desiring to spend less on fuel and more on comfort and versatility.”KBB

"Awkward driving position; disappointing interior materials; overly busy gauge cluster; iPod adapter only available with navigation system.”Edmunds

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Midsize Hybrid Base Price: $ 23,520.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 11.9 gallons Miles Per Gallon: 51 city / 48 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 175.6 in. (446 cm) Width: 68.7 in. (174 cm)
Height: 58.7 in. (149 cm) Weight: 3042 lbs (1380 kgs)
Wheel Base: 106.3 in. (270 cm) Ground Clearance: 5.5 in. (14 cm) unladen
Luggage Capacity: Max. Cargo Vol. 21.4 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5
Performance
Engine: 1.8 Liter Aluminum DOHC 16-Valve (VVT-i) Displacement: N/A
Horsepower: 98 hp (73kW) Max RPM: 5200 rpm
Torque: 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Transmission: Electronically Controlled continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)
0-60 mph: N/A 1/4 Mile: N/A
Available Trims
Option:Prius Three MSRP: $24,520; MPG: 51 city / 48 hwy
Option:Prius Four MSRP: $27,320; MPG: 51 city / 48 hwy
Option:Prius Five MSRP: $28,790; MPG: 51 city / 48 hwy