The 2014 Toyota Prius seems to have it mostly figured out. At the first initial glance, the Prius has aerodynamic design elements as a top priority. The low swooping hood provides the driver with a well above par visibility of from the front windshield. The rear view also gives the driver a wide visibility angle with a low reaching back windshield.
Not much has changed in the grill, headlights, and taillights design but the look manages to hold up well in style with only marginal room for improvement. When lifted, the trunk door expands at wide angle making it much easier for taller drivers unload and load items without the annoyance of having to overly bend or contort to accomplish the usual item transporting tasks.
The blue tint Halogen headlights equipped with LED DRLs perform extremely well giving nighttime drivers the extra reassurance of safety in illuminating the road ahead. The heated side-view mirrors are also a plus when cold climates come in to play. The plug-in port is easy to find and most importantly operate. Overall, the exterior design is well thought, and gives off a fluid but subtle combined look.
The interior of the Prius is also well thought out between its doors as well. The heated driver and passenger seats are supportive while offering just enough cushioning to achieve a slightly above average comfort level. The heated seat activation switches are a bit awkwardly located and require a lower reach, but when activated, the front seats don’t waste any time to get you on the road to comforting warmth.
The rear seat leg room is adequate and comes with a (60/40) split fold down rear seat to help facilitate the task of hauling larger items. The console display is fairly well assembled without becoming too confusing and cramped for the driver to navigate. The buttons are well made and avoid having that cheap -type of feel.
Centered on the front console is a 6.1” Touch-screen which displays the very helpful backup-camera and audio system. The auto climate-control system is a breeze to operate and performs flawlessly. Located just a bit above the touchscreen is the digital speedometer and hybrid battery level monitor. This display is also clear, concise, and easy to read. The stereo system is up to par and manages to actually impress with its sound clarity and sharpness.
The drive is smooth with only a slight hint of road noise. The ECO mode option is definitely worth considering if gas station trips are not your favorite visiting sites. When ECO mode is deactivated there is a slightly noticeable jolt in acceleration. Although, not too much of a change to compensate for the loss in fuel efficiency. The hybrid power kicks in at stop lights or when just simply idling.
Ultimately, the Prius is extremely quiet and at times you may not even know it’s still on. This will take some getting used to but will turn into a peaceful, pleasurable experience knowing that your Prius is not burning gas without cause.
- Driver and passenger Advanced Airbag Systems
- Side curtain airbags
- Driver and front passenger seat mounted side airbags
- Engine immobilizer
- ABS brakes, brake assist (BA), Smart Stop Technology (SST)
- Blizzard Pearl
- Barcelona Red Metallic
- Classic Silver Metallic
- Nautical Blue Metallic
- Sea Glass Pearl
- Super White
- Winter Grey Metallic
Overall, the Toyota Prius plug-in is a top performer. The Prius is a more than worthy contender in the ranks of practicality, fuel efficiency, crash protection, and overall performance. Simply put, Toyota’s plug-in Prius just makes sense.