Peoria, Illinois (PressExposure) April 07, 2009 -- Car and Driver named the 2010 Toyota Prius among their "10 Biggest Debuts at the Detroit Auto Show." The 2010 Prius won acclaim with by increasing horsepower and fuel economy at the same time, creating a more usable interior, and adding a slew of new features the people at Peoria Toyota, the premier Peoria, Illinois Toyota dealer, eagerly await its arrival.
The new Prius will boast a sunroof packages with solar panels that power an interior-cooling fan. The fan will be able to be controlled remotely in order to cool the vehicle before the driver gets in and is expected to reduce the need for air conditioning.
The most major change in the 2010 Prius from the 2009 model is the front. The headlights are more aerodynamically shaped and the new generation sports a more aggressive grille, with a new look that is split by the front logo. Overall, these effects create a sportier, more forward-leaning stance for the new Prius.
The side of the 2010 comes in with a fresh design as well. The line running along the center of the doors in the previous generation has been moved down toward the wheel wells, which gives the new generation of Prius a taller look than the previous one. Its rocker panels are larger and flare slightly at the rear wheel well, adding to the new, sleeker image.
The 2010 Prius also features radar-based cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, and the Toyota pre-collision system, which retracts seatbelts and applies brakes when a collision is imminent.
Adding to the familiar Prius operating program, three additional driving modes can be selected. The familiar EV-Drive mode allows battery-only propulsion at low speed with limited range. Power mode increases throttle sensitivity for what Toyota calls a "sportier feel." Eco mode "helps the driver achieve their best mileage."
As Toyota promised at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Prius will get 50 mpg. The official EPA rating for the 2010 Prius will be 49 mpg city/50 highway for a combined rating of 50 mpg. That comes in at a significant increase over the 46 mpg that the 2009 model gets.
The 2010 model also receives a system designed to prevent collisions via a front-mounted radar that monitors the distance of the vehicle ahead and adjusts brake pressure when it senses a collision to be imminent. The system also retracts the front seat belts to minimize the possibility of injury.
The staff at Peoria Toyota expects anyone looking for Peoria fuel efficient vehicles to like what they see in the 2010 Prius. With its range of options and upgrades in fuel efficiency, horsepower, and interior space, there is already excitement surrounding the new Prius. At Peoria Toyota they are expecting much more excitement from their Peoria and Bloomington Toyota Prius fans when this car hits the show room.