Toyota Prius Prototype

Toyota Prius Prototype Review: “The best evolution in this car’s history” by Kenichi Suzuki

Even just for a short time, I was able to test drive the all-new Prius Prototype, which is the prototype of the fourth-generation Prius. I test drove this model at the short course connected to the main grounds in Fuji Speedway, and I was able to compare the new model with the old one.

First, let’s start with the result. It had a remarkable performance. It had a high unification of both the driver and the car above anything else. Its response towards the steering, accelerator, and brake controls became more direct. You wouldn’t get annoyed with its response. Toyota was confident in allowing to test drive this model at the short course.

Further, I was able to drive it at a speed of 60km/h at the test driving area, which is similar to town areas. I was driving in EV mode almost the whole time. In comparison with the old model, its frequency of driving in EV mode has increased as expected. Its highly-efficient hybrid system contributes to the expansion of its EV performance. Further, since its engine’s noise and vibration has been reduced, it has a higher level of quietness.

In other words, the all-new Prius showed its competitive performance even on the short course and on common roads. Honestly, I thought “It has a great fuel consumption, but it doesn’t have a great performance,” until now. But after I test drove this car, I thought, “It has great fuel consumption and even better performance.” The distance of the evolution of this facelifted version is probably the Prius’s biggest leap in its history.

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

Kenichi Suzuki | Automotive Journalist (Automobile Journalists Association of Japan Member)
He conducts a wider scope of activities such as reviewing of new cars and cutting-edge technologies of EVs, interviewing developers and customers, and creating driving plans.
He specializes in conducting further interviews about the product backgrounds from the makers’ perspective.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)