New 2010 Toyota Prius by sparkunder19


									  B4        Autos                                                                                                       The Epoch Times                                                                                            March 26 – April 1, 2009

        2009 Toyota
        Tacoma Prerunner
        Double Cab
        4X2 V6
        By DURHL CAUSSEY                           had brought their dirt bikes and
                                                   were having a great time further
           Last week heavy rains                   up the hill. The Tacoma with
        descended across Texas, with               an available 236-horsepower V6
        up to five inches of rain fall-            with 266 lb.-ft of torque has a
        ing across the Dallas area. But            Tow Package good for 6,500 lbs
        by Saturday a clear, blue sky              as well as a Class-4 hitch, supple-
        beckoned those of us imprisoned            mental engine oil cooler, trans-
        indoors to come out and play.              mission oil cooler, and heavy-
           A midmorning call from one              duty battery should I decide to
        of my college students ask-                get a bike.                                                                                                                                    The interior of the Tacoma. COURTESY OF TOYOTA
        ing me if I had a vehicle to go               Overfenders, outside mirrors,
        “Mudding” pricked these old                black front and rear bumpers,
        semi-retired ears. I said I did and        and deck rail system made my
        to meet me at a large open area            Tacoma look all the better once I
        near my house. Thirty minutes              had washed off the mud.
        later he arrived at the place driv-           Inside cloth front bucket seats
        ing his “sissy” truck. I was driv-         with adjustable head rests and
        ing the ‘09 Tacoma.                        power windows/doors/locks/mir-
           The Tacoma has a 236HP                  rors made for great comfort
        V6 DOHC 24V engine with a                  inside despite all the flying mud
        5-speed automatic transmission.            outside.
        Coil Over Shock Double A Arm                  EPA fuel economy estimates
        Fr. Suspension and Outboard                are 17-city mpg and 21-highway
        Mounted Shocks made the event              mpg. The manufacture’s sug-
        more comfortable while not                 gested retail price was $23,000.
        taking any of the fun out of the              In class the following Monday,
        activity.                                  my muddy buddy asked if he
           I was a little timid at first, but      could tell my history class what
        finally got into the spirit of the         we had done over the weekend. I
        activity as I roared around the            approved. Fortunately, he exag-
        mountain base drenching fel-               gerated a little about my skills
        low racers with mud and hardy              and bragged on the Tacoma.
        laughter.                                  A young lady, who sits in the
           Tacoma has a government                 front row and has spent most of
        safety rating of five-star in fron-        the class time this semester on
        tal driver crash and passenger             her cell phone, smiled and said,
        as well. Fortunately this never            “Man, Mr. Caussey, that is so
        had to be tested, and for an old           cool. That’s as cool as George
        guy I held my own. Electronic              Washington discovering elec-
        Brakeforce Distribution Control            tricity by flying the airplane in a
        with Traction Control kept me              storm.”
        competitive without endangering               Which just proves, I may be a
        others or myself.                          better driver than college profes-
           The course was well laid out            sor. Oh, well! The weather fore-
        by other “mudders” before we               cast indicated more rain for the
        arrived. I simply followed the             region later on in the week.
        course as fast as I could and had
        the best time of my life. Tacoma              Durhl Caussey writes a car
        is definitely built to handle the          column read around the world. He
        punishment of off-highway                  may be reached at this paper or
           There were several guys who

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Toyota Tacoma. COURTESY OF TOYOTA

New 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sound quality.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Each successive trim level adds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          more equipment. Additionally, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Technology package is offered. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          package includes dynamic radar

Toyota Prius
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cruise control, lane departure and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lane correction systems, pre-colli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sion and park assist, a feature that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          will almost parallel-park the car for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you. A sunroof with a solar panel is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Toyota has positioned the Prius to
By KELLY FOSS                                   now a larger 1.8 liter 4 cylinder unit.                                                                                                                                   cover a broader market space. For                                Toyota has learned like so many oth-                                                                                                                                      those wanting a nicely equipped,
                                                ers that if you can increase the torque                                                                                                                                   more capable, and more comfort-
    Toyota is about to introduce its            of the engine, which allows it to run                                                                                                                                     able midsize sedan, Toyota has it
third generation hybrid sedan, the              at lower rpms, even though the dis-                                                                                                                                       covered. For those wanting their
Prius. The Prius was introduced 10              placement is greater, the performance                                                                                                                                     Prius with more luxuries and some
years ago. Though Honda was the                 and economy also improve.                                                                                                                                                 truly advanced technology, they can
first to bring hybrids to the North                 Airflow under the car has been                                                                                                                                        have them all.
American market, over the years,                optimized to reduce wind resistance                                                                                                                                          According to the April 2009
Toyota has dominated in sales. In               and make the vehicle quieter. A more                                                                                                                                      Consumer Reports magazine, the
great part, their success was the result        aerodynamic and slippery body is                                                                                                                                          previous generation 2008 Prius was
of a conscious decision, from the               now rated at a very efficient .25 cd.                                                                                                                                     one of only two vehicles sold in the
beginning, to develop their hybrid              Subtle changes to body panels eke                                                                                                                                         US market to receive their “three
synergy drive technology internally             out small efficiency improvements                                                                                                                                         red dot rating” for the best reliabil-
and to not depend on outside sup-               and actually enhance the appearance        2010 Toyota Prius. COURTESY OF CAR-DATA.COM                                                                                    ity, customer satisfaction, and low
pliers or development partners. That            of the vehicle. Whereas the Prius was                                                                                                                                     ownership cost. The new 2010 cur-
has allowed them to get sufficient              somewhat nondescript before, the                                                                                                                                          rently being launched is significantly
experience and production volume                new model has more character and           the driver’s line of sight. The Prius     tion display gives the driver data on    a full suite of airbags: front, side, and   better than that vehicle.
to deploy the technology broadly                is visually more interesting. The new      still has a keyless entry system, and a   fuel economy, range, and how power       side curtain, plus driver knee bags.           When asked about a plug-in ver-
throughout both the Toyota and                  tail lamps for example have updated        push-to-start button.                     is being delivered; all of which allow      This year the Prius is packaged          sion of the Prius, we were told that
Lexus brands.                                   styling, are aerodynamic, and use              The shift lever has been rede-        the driver to truly maximize the         in four models, Prius 2, 3, 4, and 5.       no specific date for such a vehicle
    The Prius is a purpose-built hybrid         LED technology, which uses 88 per-         signed and positioned in a more           economy of the vehicle if he chooses.    The base Prius 2 comes with a full          had been announced; but the Prius
model that has single handedly sold             cent less electricity.                     “traditional” location on the flying          On the safety side, the Prius now    suite of equipment. This includes           is designed to accommodate that
about 700,000 of the 1,000,000 total                The signature bump-up in the           console. The functionality remains        comes with four wheel disc brakes        air conditioning with an electric           technology as well as lithium ion
hybrid sales of all vehicles sold in            roofline has actually been moved           the same, but the eye catching electric   and Toyota’s Star Safety System.         compressor, power windows with              battery packs, if and when, that
North America over the past 10                  rearward giving an additional 4            blue knob looks better. There is also     This includes ABS anti-lock brakes,      auto up/down, power locks, cruise           decision is made. Toyota contin-
years. Not willing to give up its mar-          inches of headroom for rear passen-        a clever armrest, cup holder, audio       Brake Assist, Traction Control,          control, tilt and telescope steering        ues on its path of offering a hybrid
ket dominance but always ready to               gers. This fine-tuning of the vehicle      plug-ins, and a power point with          Brake Force Distribution, and VSC        wheel, and driver seat height adjust-       option on all their models. Toyota
introduce new technology, the third             created a significant increase in the      stowage in a space below the shift        stability control. Additionally, the     ment. The base audio system has             will also offer an EV or battery vehi-
generation 2010 Prius is a significant          interior space of 5 cubic feet. Other      lever. The audio, climate, and where      front seats have active headrests, and   an auxiliary-in plug, and excellent         cle likely by 2012.
step ahead.                                     additional interior upgrades can be        applicable, navigation controls, are
    The styling of the Prius is iconic so       found in the new model. The front          all now on the bottom screen; and
the new model, though thoroughly                seats are more supportive and com-         the driver and vehicle data are on the
changed and updated, looks very                 fortable. Increased fore-aft seat travel   upper information display.                  GO ONLINE FOR OUR
similar to the past one. To develop             and height adjustment on the driver’s          Three drive modes are available
this new car, Toyota had 2,000                  seat are now offered. The headrests        in the new Prius, and are control-          FREE ELECTRONIC
engineers working on the project,
which started in 2004. Their Hybrid
                                                on the rear seats will now fold flat for
                                                greater visibility. There is a hidden
                                                                                           led with buttons on the instrument
                                                                                           panel. The EV mode uses only
                                                                                                                                       NEWSPAPER AND
Synergy Drive, the core of the hybrid           storage bin under the cargo floor          electric power to the extent that it’s      NEVER MISS AN
technology, is 90 percent new and
importantly, 20 percent lighter. The
                                                that is large enough to stow the cargo
                                                area’s roller-blind tonneau cover. The
                                                                                           available at the time. The ECO mode
                                                                                           modulates the drive experience and
                                                                                                                                       EDITION AGAIN.
result of the effort is a vehicle that has      steering column now tilts and tel-         optimizes the vehicle for maximum
more capability and has a 51 city, 48           escopes, and both audio and climate        fuel economy. The PWR mode offers             You can now
highway, combined 50 mile per gal-              controls are on the steering wheel.        more direct power delivery and                view more of our
lon EPA fuel economy rating. In real            To help keep the driver’s eyes on the      would be used for time when immedi-           overseas editions in
world day-to-day driving, the average           road, a new Touch Tracer Display           ate power is needed, such as, driving
owner should actually be able to do             feature projects an image of the steer-    up a steep mountain road. The ECO             the same easy-to-
better than that.                               ing wheel controls on the information      mode would be used most of the time           read PDF format.
    The engine of the new Prius is              screen so the button selections are in     in day-to-day driving. The informa-

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