The 2010 Toyota Prius has received a variety of news for its arrival. While on the one hand it has received plenty of praise, on the other, the Prius is involved in two recalls. Still, for the 2010 model year, the Prius has undergone a complete redesign which has been met positively all around. Not only is the interior vastly improved, but the car gets even better mileage and a more spacious cabin and increased cargo capacity.
The 2010 Prius is larger, inside and out, that the car it replaces. Its gasoline and electric motors are more powerful than before, offering acceleration that now rivals a conventional four cylinder sedan. Its battery pack is also smaller allowing for more cargo space. The Prius is available in four trim levels: Prius II, III, IV and V. For 2010, the Prius has received a power boost. The 1.5-liter has been replaced with a new 1.8-liter inline four cylinder. The car's electric motor has also seen a boost. The combination is now good for 134 horsepower, which is a great improvement.
Drivers will now have the option of selecting more, or less, power with three driving modes- Eco, Power, and EV. Eco will be most fuel efficient, while EV mode will turn of the gasoline engine all together. The exterior for the 2010 Prius is larger in all dimensions, and lacks the horizontal bar across the rear window that posed visibility problems in the previous edition. The vehicle is more sculpted in styling with sharp creases that improve aerodynamics. The cabin offers more space in every dimension. The seats are comfortable and the optional leather surfaces are soft as well.
The materials used in the cabin are high quality, and the interior designs are pleasing as well.