Toyota’s 2023 Prius is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the range

Toyota unveiled the latest Prius at an event on the eve of the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the model is said to be the most fuel-efficient entry in the lineup yet. The company designed the 2023 Prius, which will be available in LE, XLE and Limited classes, with a low center of gravity, a wider stance and a lower driving position. Its roofline is 2 inches lower than its predecessor and 1 inch wider at the rear. Toyota was clearly aiming for a sportier, more modern look, aided by the larger wheels in the XLE and Limited variants.

Of course, the new Prius also brings performance improvements. It uses Toyota’s 5th generation hybrid powertrain and a new lithium-ion battery that offers a 15 percent increase in performance compared to the range’s old nickel-metal battery technology. This means the company was able to design a smaller and lighter battery for the vehicle without sacrificing performance. Since the Prius is still a hybrid and doesn’t only rely on electricity, Toyota has also equipped it with a larger two-liter petrol engine.

The automaker says the front-wheel drive variants are rated at 194 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, quicker than the 9.8 seconds of the outgoing FWD vehicles. The four-wheel drive models are rated at 196 hp and have the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds. All models have three driving modes: Eco, which improves fuel economy, and Power and Sport modes, which improve throttle response.

Other features include half a dozen USB-C ports and the Toyota Audio Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Toyota’s connected service Drive Connect also gives owners access to an intelligent assistant that can follow voice-activated commands and cloud navigation that can download the latest available map, traffic and routing information from the cloud. And if drivers are having a really hard time finding their way to their next destination, they can also use the Destination Assist feature to speak to a live agent at any time of the day

To support the driver, all variants of the vehicle have a blind spot monitor with rear traffic assistant and a front and rear parking assistant with automatic braking. The Limited version features a panoramic monitor that offers a live 360-degree rotating view around the vehicle and a hands-free system that can assist drivers with parallel parking or reverse parking.

In addition, the 2023 Prius will be equipped with the latest version of Toyota’s Safety Sense generation, which enables a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with assist steering and cruise control. A new addition to the feature, and to the Prius as a whole, is Proactive Cruise Assist, which provides gentle braking around corners or when it detects a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist in front of the vehicle.

Toyota has yet to announce pricing and availability for the 2023 Prius, but promises to make another announcement with those details before the end of the year.


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