The largest automaker in the world, also the biggest company in Japan, has decided to treat us to a behemoth of a gallery with probably its most important modern automobile – the hybrid Prius.
To get things tasty, they also revealed the pricing details for the 2016 Prius in its US specification form – available to order beginning with $24,200. The model that could be treated as the green automobile revolution initiator (though it certainly wasn’t the first hybrid on the market) has also been mocked by many as the Pontiac Aztek of modern days – due to its quirky design, naturally – but the Japanese carmaker still blesses it with adjectives such as “modern, dramatic” and “emotional”, also calling the wedge shape now being part of popular culture and too familiar to change. More importantly, the all new Prius is bigger in every respect compared to the outgoing model.
Toyota also promises fuel economy ratings of 54/50/52 (city/highway/combined mpg) and an upcoming Eco version that could lift the numbers to 58/53/56 mpg (EPA figures have not been released for either). It will also be delivering for the first time the TNGA architecture or the Toyota Safety Sense P, a multi-feature safety package that bundles many safety assist systems such as automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure alert with steering assist, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and automatic high beams. Six trim versions are on store for the time being: the base is the Two at an asking price of $24,200, followed by Two Eco ($24,700), Three ($26,250), Three Touring ($28,100), Four ($28,650), and Four Touring ($30,000).