Toyota Prius E

Toyota Prius Review: “The E-grade that looks plain but has natural performance” by Naoto Shimazaki

The E-grade is a “fuel consumption special” grade. It was stated in the catalog that its fuel consumption is 40.8km/L, and with just this kind of grade from its previous condition, it was equipped to the Plus α. And even though its body weight is now above 1,320 kg (the standard model is at 1,310 kg), it has already exceeded 39km/L and the main grade (37.2km/L).

It is contrary to my expectation of it as a model that was edgily tuned, because its actual performance was even more comfortable than what I had imagined. Particularly, it has better ride quality than the S-grade with 15-inch tires, as well as the one equipped with 17-inch tires (Touring Selection grade); such settings are not usual for cars with low grades. Its movement, steering feel, as well as its natural response did not make me feel any incompetence and unreliability towards its 15-inch tires.

The E-grade is equipped with a Li-ion battery just like the higher grade model to make it even lighter (minus 15kg). Moreover, it is said that its soundproofing materials have been more or less diminished. Nevertheless, I didn’t mind its sound and vibration level when driving; instead, I was more fascinated about its relaxed performance.

I did not feel any dissatisfaction and stress towards the power performance of this new model. It may be plain, but it might be a great choice to have with its latest functions that have potential.

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)