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2005 Toyota Prius

The second-generation Toyota Prius, introduced for the 2004 model year, is now the best selling gas-electric hybrid vehicle in the United States and the world. The most fuel-efficient midsize car in America, the Prius delivers on the promise of exceptional fuel efficiency without compromising performance, comfort and safety expected in this segment.

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Toyota Prius is the Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Car in America and the World's Best-Selling Hybrid

Source: Toyota | Published: Mon Sep 26, 2005

Since the launch of the second-generation Prius in the fall of 2003, extraordinary demand for Prius has far outstripped supply. To help meet this heavy demand Toyota will increase worldwide Prius production by 50 percent from 10 thousand vehicles per month to 15 thousand per month for 2005.

The first Toyota Prius was the world's first mass-produced gas-electric hybrid vehicle when introduced in 1997 (2000 in the U.S. market). It has since become the best-selling hybrid vehicle in the U.S. and the world. U.S. market sales have steadily increased from 5,600 in its first year on the market to nearly 25,000 in 2003 and are on track to exceed 45,000 in 2004.

The new Prius was the first Toyota product to employ Hybrid Synergy Drive, the company's third-generation gas-electric hybrid powertrain technology. The new system produces more power from both the gasoline engine and the electric motor, giving the Prius acceleration comparable to a four-cylinder, automatic transmission midsize car. The Prius can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in about 10 seconds.

Hybrid Synergy Drive yields exceptional fuel efficiency in the Prius, with an estimated EPA rating of 60 mpg in city driving, 51 mpg on the highway and 55 mpg in combined driving. The seemingly "reversed" city/highway figures reflect the unique powertrain that's optimized for maximum efficiency in the kind of slow-and-go driving that most urban commuters experience.

Prius not only provides the best fuel efficiency ratings of any midsize vehicle sold in America, but returns even higher combined mileage rating than any compact sedan sold in America.

The Prius (the name comes from the Latin "to go before") was named "North American Car of The Year" for 2004 and claimed the top honors in the "2004 International Engine of the Year" competition. In addition, several major publications recognized the significance of the Prius, with Motor Trend Magazine naming it "Car of The Year," and Car & Driver Magazine including Prius on its "10 Best Cars" list. Ward's Auto World named Prius on its "Ten Best Engines" list.

Toyota Prius: Dramatic Design with Outstanding Utility

The second-generation Prius rides on a midsize platform, with a wheelbase nearly six inches longer than the previous model. The 106.3-inch wheelbase provides generous interior room, plus a smooth ride. The five-door liftback design not only looks like nothing else on the road, it is also one of the most aerodynamic production vehicles in America. Its super-low 0.26 coefficient of drag (Cd) helps to minimize interior noise and enhance fuel mileage.

With its striking "monoform" design, the boldly styled Prius provides enough passenger and cargo space to be classified as a midsize car: 96.2 cubic feet of passenger room compared to 101.7 cubic feet for the Toyota Camry. The rear seat in Prius provides a generous 38.6 inches of legroom.

Rear cargo room measures 16.1 cubic feet, nearly as much as the Camry trunk capacity. The liftback design, combined with the standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks, gives the Prius outstanding cargo capacity and flexibility. ...Toyota Prius: Page 2

Legend: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission
Type I4
Displacement 91 cu in (1497 cc)
Power 76 hp @ n/a RPM
Torque 82 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
Redline n/a
Electric Power 76 hp @ 1200-1540 RPM
Electric Torque 295 lb-ft @ 0-1200 RPM
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission Continuously Variable
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Disc - Drum
Tire Size Front - Rear 185/65 R15
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 175 in
Width 67.9 in
Height 58.1 in
Curb Weight 2890 lbs
0-60 10 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 60/51
Origin & Price
Origin Japan
Base Retail Price (MSRP) $21,275

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