Over the years, I’ve driven many different variants of the Toyota Prius. This time around, I decided to do something decidedly different with the halo green car. I made the 225 mile round-trip journey to Sam’s Club in Cheyenne, WY with my two sons. Loaded down with cargo, facing stiff 20+ MPH crosswinds and a nearly 3k foot elevation gain along with 80 MPH speed limits, the 2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring had its work cut out for itself. Could it return the vaunted 52 MPG combined fuel economy? Could it handle the $250+ in groceries, the kids and myself? Would it drive this truck snob nuts being behind the wheel for that long? Lots of questions. Here are the answers.
A recent survey by Polk has confirmed what we have known for a while, the jury is still out on whether Hybrid’s make financial sense to buy. The survey stated a simple fact, 65 percent of Hybrid owners won’t buy another one.
NOTE: The Prius PLUS package has been out a while now, but this post was forgotten about until just recently. Hopefully you enjoy it even though it’s not as timely as it should be.
The Toyota Prius hybrid has never been synonymous with the word “performance,” unless you are talking about how well the compact hatchback does at the fuel pump. In a seeming effort to get some of that sports car adrenaline flowing amongst those shopping for the Prius, Toyota has announced the availability of the Prius PLUS Performance Package, which can be ordered on any version of the 2011 model.