Toyota Prius Prototype

Toyota Prius Prototype Review: “A more improved performance and riding comfort through TNGA” by Hiroshi Matsushita

The next generation Prius had a huge advancement in its performance as it was based on the development method called Toyota New Global Architecture (TGNA). Aside from having a remarkably sporty performance and stable steering control, it also has a great riding feel compared to the existing models.

The all-new Prius is has three modes: the Eco, Normal, and Power modes. However, the Eco mode is comparable to the existing normal mode. Its running performance was made a little bit sporty.

When I chose Power mode as I drove this car, I felt its quick response towards its acceleration. I did not experience the ‘rubber band’ effect, which was said to be common in the existing models.

In contrast to that, when I drove in EV mode, its performance was expanded more, and it had better fuel efficiency even when I pulled off my foot from the accelerator and the engine stopped as I was cruising at a high speed.

Its steering stability became even better because the basic platform has been reformed by the TNGA. I test drove this car at a short course in Fuji Speedway, and I found out that it has a big difference in terms of behavior compared to the existing models. It also has a different level in terms of entering the control of skidding prevention equipment.

Its more improved body rigidity also contributed to a comfortable riding experience, and it guaranteed a pleasant riding feel from entering a rough road.

The more fascinating next-generation Prius has a higher price of 200,000 yen compared to its base grade as it has better fuel consumption that reaches 40km/L, and is also equipped with latest safety technologies. I think the all-new Prius is a satisfactorily fascinating car, price increase and all, due to having a price that is suitable for its high-quality improvements.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Hiroshi Matsushita | Car Critic
Born in 1951 in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture. Former journalist for the car industry and editor of a car magazine, now a freelancer. Known for his strengths in economic discussions of cars and money, such as tax, insurance, and various expenses. Writes an online diary.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)