I have never really driven that many cars before before. Since I was old enough to drive, the guys in my life all drove pick up trucks or SUV’s. My Dad never owned a car as long as I have been born. Since getting my first vehicle, I have only owned SUV’s.

When I was presented with the option to drive a 2010 Toyota Prius for 2 weeks I was unsure how I would like it. It took me a few days to get use to it. My main distraction (and yes, it was as huge distraction at first) was being so low to the ground. I was not a big fan of this. Especially while driving next to tractor trailers.

I pride myself on not being your “typical chick”. My family consists of mostly males. Dad, Brothers, Uncles, Cousins… My brother can rip an engine part an put it back together blind folded…..So, I know a decent about about cars. I could change my own oil an tire if I needed to. Hybrids are quite different than anything I have ever sat behind the wheel of.

My Aunt owns a Hybrid and my knowledge is limited to great on gas and you can’t hear them running. When it was delivered, I was excited. I got behind the wheel, grabbed the keys and looked at them rather stupid. I looked next to the steering wheel an sat back. Okay, what do I do? There is no key… It is just a Fob with Lock, Unlock and panic buttons. After about 5 minutes I realized, well duh, its a push button start. I will admit the was pretty cool and funny at the same time.

The boys and I went on a trip and it didn’t take long before I was comfortable driving the Toyota Prius. One of the funniest things that happened to me was I stopped for gas. Whats funny about that you may be wondering? It took me way to long to figure out how to open the gas tank. The door had no button, no key hole… not even a little lip to flip it open. After 10 minutes of feeling a frustrated, my 8 year old son points out the nice lever inside the car that pops open the tank door. Pretty much the same as when you pull the lever to pop the hood.

There is a nice amount of space inside the car as well. I traveled 1000 miles round trip with 2 little boys and didn’t have any problems.  The trunk is roomy and it has an additional storage compartment under the trunk “floor”. Sadly I didn’t get a picture of this. It is a good size though.

The only thing that about this design that I wasn’t very pleased with was the back window. It was a bit hard to see out of it at times because of how the glass is separated. There is an image below.

All around I really had a great experience with the 2010 Toyota Prius. If for no other reason, I would say that I loved driving 1000 miles and it only costing me less then $50 for gas! lol

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ExteriorTires and Wheels 

  • Alloy wheels
  • 17 x 7.0 in. wheels
  • Steel spare wheel
  • P215/45R V tires
  • All season tires
  • Inside mounted spare tire
  • Temporary spare tire

Roof and Glass

  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Rear defogger
  • Intermittent rear wiper

Towing and Hauling

  • Cargo tie downs

Measurements

  • Width: 68.7 in.
  • Height: 58.7 in.
  • Length: 175.6 in.
  • Ground clearance: 5.5 in.
  • Front track: 59.6 in.
  • Rear track: 59.4 in.
  • Wheel base: 106.3 in.
  • Cargo capacity, all seats in place: 21.6 cu.ft.
  • Maximum cargo capacity: 39.6 cu.ft.
  • EPA interior volume: 115.3 cu.ft.
  • Gross weight: 0.25 in.
  • Curb weight: 3042 lbs.

Exterior Options

  • Special Color
  • Door Edge Guard
  • Lower Door Molding
  • Rear Bumper Applique
  • Clear Protective Film
  • Alloy Wheel Locks

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

  • Base engine size: 1.8 L
  • Cam type: Double overhead cam (DOHC)
  • Cylinders: inline 4
  • Valves: 16
  • Valve timing: Variable
  • Torque: 105 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
  • Horsepower: 134 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Turning circle: 36.0 ft.
  • Base engine type: hybrid

DriveTrain

  • Drive type: front wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable-speed automatic
  • Brake hill holder

Suspension

  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Torsion beam rear suspension
  • Front independent suspension
  • Front and rear stabilizer bar

Fuel

  • Fuel type: hybrid
  • Fuel type: regular unleaded
  • Fuel tank capacity: 11.9 gal.
  • Range in miles (cty/hwy): 606.9/571.2 mi.
  • EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 51/48 mpg

Mechanical Options

  • Remote Engine Start

Safety

Safety & Security

  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Child seat anchors
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Front fog/driving lights
  • High pressure washers headlamps
  • Auto delay off headlamps
  • LED headlamp
  • 2 front headrests
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Rear center 3-point belt
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Front height adjustable headrests
  • Rear folding headrests
  • Passenger head restraint whiplash protection system
  • Driver head restraint whiplash protection system
  • Self-leveling headlights
  • Tire pressure monitoring

Safety & Security Options

  • V.I.P. RS3200 Plus Security System

Warranty

  • Basic: 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
  • Drivetrain: 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
  • Hybrid Component: 8 yr./ 100000 mi.
  • Free Maintenance: 2 yr./ 25000 mi.