Toyota Prius Prototype

Toyota Prius Prototype Review: “A styling that’s difficult to grasp for active right brain thinkers” by Naoto Shimazaki

This may be just my personal opinion, but its new style still surprised me. It felt like the first time I saw the Ferrari Enzo. For right brain thinkers, this is very difficult to understand.

As for the previous generation model, its styling is fascinating and tough, and its balance is well-ordered, except for its edgy headlamps. For the Mirai and the Nissan Leaf, such styling was necessary for their symbol. But as for the Prius, this kind of approach would be difficult for the active right brain thinkers to grasp.

It also has a great interior. The same goes for its appearance. It makes you feel calm when it has a dark color and that’s probably because it has many details. Moreover, as for its driver’s seat, the support it gives your body when you take a seat is excellent. Its back seat also has more overhead space compared to the previous generation model.

You could also feel its drivability. It has less noise and vibration when driving, and its wheels move steadily from low speed, so it has a gentle riding feel. The detailed specs regarding its weight difference are not yet confirmed, but since it is equipped with a Li-ion battery and 17-inch tires just like its fellow FF cars, it has a high-quality rideability, and I was able to feel its flexibility as a car. It felt natural as I touched its steering wheel and brake. Its hybrid system has natural power control, and if its engine noise would disappear, its high power performance would also be favorable.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
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 Claire Marie Sausora)