The 2011 Toyota Prius is an ideal vehicle for those of us who are in the market for a fuel efficient vehicle. The 2011 Prius is a virtual rerun of the 2010 Prius, and it retains it 50 plus miles per gallon rating and innovative options. The Prius represents the third generation version of the world's most recognizable hybrid, and following a full redesign for the 2010 model year, the Prius is larger, more powerful, and more fuel efficient than the second generation model.
The 2011 Toyota Prius uses Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive System, which allows it to move at around-town soeeds on electric power alone. Sensors decide when to employ engine power or a combination of gas and electric propulsion. The gas engine is a 1.8-liter four cylinder. Two small electric motors are powered by nickel metal hydride batteries, which all together produce 134 horsepower. The 2011 Prius also has the same Drivers Mode settings that allow you to choose which power mode you want. The engine start-stop is unobtrusive, ride quality is good, and noise is well muffled.
The EPA estimates that the 2011 Prius can achieve 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway. These ratings ar by far the highest of any car sold in the US. For the 2011 model year, the Toyota Prius has not changed and remains a highly aerodynamic fiver passenger car with a low hood, radically swept back windshield, with an arching roofline and tall tail. The car has compact-car exterior dimensions but enough interior room to qualify as a midsize. Inside, the high ceiling creates large doorways that give plenty of headroom.
The rear seats have generous knee space, but the bench isn't big enough for three adults. All dash gauges are digital, and rear seats fold flat to reveal a larger cargo space.