Toyota Prius α G

Toyota Prius Alpha Review: “It offers a smooth ride while also offering excellent fuel economy” by Naoto Shimazaki

The Alpha has undergone a facelift to show how much it has changed. When the old and the new Alpha are next to each other in the parking lot, the materials of the new Alpha’s inner structure and its bumper give it the look of a dress-up car. These also draw further attention to the car itself.

The model I test drove was the seven-seater Alpha G. The Li-ion battery in the center console between the front seats made its presence known just like before in the previous model. However, the newly used piano black panel made its ambiance and quality better, giving it the same comfort as that of a luxury car.

It comes with Radar Cruise Control and Pre-Collision Safety System that enhance the sense of security while driving. These features also help mitigate driver fatigue.

When compared to the earlier generations, the ride quality has been improved a great deal with its solid and smooth performance. It may be contradictory, but it is reminiscent of the luxury saloon Mirai. The sounds and vibrations generated from most road surfaces are faint because of the Yokohama dB tires, giving the car higher comfort.

The “ECO” mode gives sufficient power performance, but when you switch to “PWR” mode, it gives you even more performance. Hence, most drivers should be satisfied with it. I drove it normally for a few days without paying special attention to the mileage. The actual fuel consumption that I have calculated when refueling (full tank) was exactly 19km/liter. In line with the finer ride quality, I believe that this fuel mileage is adequate.

â–  Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/ Interior Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Foot Work: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)
Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)