Toyota Prius Prototype

Toyota Prius Prototype Review: “Its potentiality that corresponds to my desire in driving it” by Yoichi Moroboshi

I test drove the 4th-generation Prius at the outer circumference of Fuji Speedway. It was an advanced test driving for a prototype car that doesn’t have a license plate yet.

I think the greatest feature of the all-new Prius is that it has a double wishbone rear suspension. This Prius is not just an ordinary hybrid 4-door model with great fuel efficiency, but according to Toyota, they aim for this model to be a car that you can enjoy while driving. Formerly, just like the Corolla Levin that was badged as the reigning national car, the all-new Prius may also be heading towards that level.

When I actually drove this car, its performance was excellent. When I controlled the steering wheel while driving through the corners, this car’s nose responded straight up; thus, it was able to reliably clear the corners. Its rear suspension strokes well and gets a good grip. In other words, it is the type of car that has great stability even on rough roads.

Further, it has excellent riding comfort. There were foreign substances on the road inside the test driving course so I was able to test at different levels, and I was able to compare the new and old Prius cars. Not only did the all-new Prius respond well when I drove on slopes, but it also had reduced shaking after surpassing those slopes, making me feel great.

Its power unit has been greatly improved, and it gave off a feeling that it outputs an outstanding performance mostly towards fuel consumption. Then when I stepped on its accelerator pedal, it synchronized with how deeply I stepped on its accelerator so it was able to move forward powerfully. This model is really excellent.

I thought it was just a normal 4-door vehicle with good fuel consumption, but when I drove it a bit, it expressed its potential. It would be nice to have this kind of Prius.

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

Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive Journalist
He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)