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#5203 of 7508 Re: Prius radio [rpgolfer] Edmuinds rates it as "OK"
Sep 27, 2004 (9:38 am)
Edmunds rates the the stereo as only OK (see below). Most people who are not audiophiles will find the radio acceptable. One quick way to improve the sound quality for only a couple of hundred dollars is to buy upgraded speakers. However, because the radio is so integrated into the multi-function dispaly, this is about the only improvement you can make
http://www.edmunds.com/new/2004/toyota/prius/100326481/roadtestar- - ticle.html?articleId=100988&editorialpage=page002
Full Test: 2004 Toyota Prius
MORE ABOUT THIS VEHICLE
• Road Test • Specifications and Performance
• Stereo Evaluation • Second Opinions
By Philip Reed
Date posted: 12-04-2003
System Score: 7.0
Components: Our tester was equipped with the optional JBL sound system, which gives you a six-disc CD changer and nine speakers. Most of the functions must be accessed through the center touchscreen menu, but there is a round volume knob and AM/FM/tape/CD buttons that do not require going into the touchscreen menu. Most of those features are also duplicated on the steering wheel. Although it requires pushing a conventional button, the center-mounted screen, and then a touchscreen button on the audio page, there are a good number of adjustments available. Thankfully, a midrange adjustment is included.
There are lighted indicators for the six CDs the changer can hold and those numbers, with corresponding lights, are displayed on the dash and separate from the main menu screen. This is bit confusing because they look like radio station presets or CD changer selectors, but really they're just letting you know a CD is already occupying a certain disc position. Also, the power switch is somewhat confusing. For some reason, the volume knob can be depressed, but that does not turn the stereo on or off. Just below the volume knob is a separate "PWR" switch. It's not very intuitive.
Performance: The JBL system sounds OK, but not great. The speakers are simply overwhelmed, resulting in a somewhat muddy-sounding stereo. Dropping the midrange and bumping the treble up two or three clicks really improves the sound quality. Unfortunately, the side effect is that highs will sometimes sound shrill or squeak as the volume is raised. Bass reproduction is fine; in fact if anything, the system is too bass-heavy — a complaint that seems valid on many factory audio systems.
Best Feature: Bass reproduction.
Worst Feature: Lack of physical buttons to control radio presets and CD changer.
Conclusion: An OK system considering the price of the car. Frankly, I doubt anyone is buying a Prius because it has a killer sound system. But should you want to listen to music while not wasting precious resources, the optional JBL stereo is perfect for everyday use by non-audiophiles.
Sep 27, 2004 (12:35 pm)
I don't know how similar it is but I have the JBL system in my Solara and I find it sounds nice. I can even listen well at 22 with the top down on the freeway. Of course, I'm usually listening to news or my limited music and I'm not much of an audiophile.
Oct 01, 2004 (6:24 am)
While it's well-known that Toyota is planning a production increase for the Prius, it's been hard to get numbers with any precision. Several news sources have put out today an announcement that Toyota has committed to 100,000 Prius for the North American market in 2005. If true, this should go a long way toward finally bringing supply and demand into some balance, with positive effects for all concerned. [This effectively doubles the number of cars originally targeted for our market.]
#5206 of 7508 100,000 Priuses to North America in 2005
Oct 01, 2004 (8:26 am)
Just read in today's newspaper that Toyota is slated to deliver 100,000 Priuses to North America in 2005 to meet demands. I also recently read that Toyota is going to make Priuses in China to help with production. Is it true that the '05s are basically the most popular packages from '04? Are there any upgrades or changes to the better?
#5207 of 7508 Daytime Running Lights.
Oct 02, 2004 (8:10 am)
Does anyone know the reason for Toyota's decision not to have daytime running lights installed on the 2005 Prius, delivered in this country, but they are on the cars delivered to Canada?
#5208 of 7508 Re: Daytime Running Lights. [frankie33]
Oct 02, 2004 (11:16 pm)
It's the law in Canada to have all car sold there equiped with DRL. Put that feature here in US models, that's another $300 added to MSPR.
#5209 of 7508 Re: Daytime Running Lights. [little_pogi]
Oct 03, 2004 (5:34 am)
"that's another $300 added to MSPR."
Why would it cost $300 to add DRL? They are standard on all GM vehicles since the early 1990s. DCC can add them with a quick firmware change to the onboard computer. I think some states require DRLs. I know they are mandatory where I work in Alaska.
#5210 of 7508 Re: Daytime Running Lights. [frankie33]
Oct 03, 2004 (6:54 am)
HID Headlights are an option in the US, but are not available in Canada.
Canada apparently requires DRL, and since HID headlights cannot be run at reduced power, they are not compatible with DRL. Thus, there is no HID Headlight Option in Canada.
Presumably, it would be confusing to offer DRL on some cars (Halogen Lights) in the US and not on other cars (HID Lights), so they just left the option off.
The incremental cost of adding DRL to a US car would be negligible, and certainly less than the HID light option.
If you're in the US and you want the effect of DRL, you can always just leave your lights on all the time. They will turn off when you turn the car off.
However, they'll be running at full power instead of the reduced DRL power.
#5211 of 7508 Re: Daytime Running Lights. [tempusvn]
Oct 03, 2004 (7:57 am)
Thanks for that detailed explanation. Leaving lights on at full power would use more fuel. I believe DRL use the high beam at reduced power so that they effectively become noticeable to approaching vehicles early, yet they won't be blinding to the other drivers.
There must be some way to have HID and DRL. What do they do with luxury vehicles in Canada? Surely they have both?
#5212 of 7508 Re: Daytime Running Lights. [tempusvn]
Oct 03, 2004 (8:22 am)
thats true, or GM would take them off of all their cars/trucks and save many millions of $ and not even lower the price of the vehicle to reflect the cost.