Toyota fourth generation hybrid comes with refined road manners in form Toyota New Global Architecture, rich suspension improves ride and handling, new chasis makes hybrid a better driving. Rear suspension now comes up with independent arm helps to deliver more controlled ride. At highway speed there is fair amount of road noise, Steering is non-communicative while corners are cut sharp, this iteration has surely improved accuracy. Brake pedal is unpredictable, requires more friction and regenerative braking.
Toyotal Prius Four Touring equipped with park assist, active safety suit (adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning), navigation system, leather seats, wider tires used, 17 inch wheels. 179 feet to stop from 70 mph, takes 10.5 seconds, more weight than Eco, considering all these it seems updates are more cosmetic. 1.8 liter four cylinder seems straining when urgent thrust made at highway speed, while electric motor produces midrange torque at lower speed suitable for city driving.
With a gentle foot, maximum time spent in EV mode, provides 54 mpg in city, energy displays on 6.1 inch central display or on 4.2 screen next to digital speedometer. Gas electric drivertrain with revision works more smoother now, there is hardly any power delink between motor and engine. In summer its very much possible to run Prius on electric mode. Rear seats with ample head and leg room, seats with sculpted cushions. Rear seats folds easily to get 27 cu.ft. cargo. Seat heater controls are well below center stack which is hard to reach. Infotainment touchpad screen occupies knobs for relative functions, also available simple climate controls.
Large front glass area offers clear visibility despite seat position is low. Available backup camera and blind spot warning system.
Toyota prefer to have a different look for a hybrid by giving more curves, angular rear and front fascias, rear end vertical LED bars.
Plastic used for interior, white trim pieces on center stack and steering wheel, storage for phone.
Best Prius till date, it can't stand against VW Golf and Mazda 3, so Toyota has much to do with in driving dynamics in upcoming iterations.