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#1 of 433 2010 Prius
Feb 09, 2009 (1:33 pm)
Is it time, yet, for a dedicated 2010 Prius thread? I see a few mentions in other threads, but it's hard to find and dig it out. It won't be that much longer before they hit the street ,so why not.
Release details are out. So what is everyone's favorite new feature? The styling? More power? Better mileage? More creature comforts?
I don't know if I'd spring for it, but the integrated solar panels and the associated climate control (that circulates air to keep the parked car's interior closer to outside air temps) seems fairly neat.
The improved mileage is more important to me than the improved acceleration.
#3 of 433 Thanks for the new thread!
Feb 09, 2009 (7:42 pm)
Does anyone have a firm "on-sale" date for the 2010 Prius? I sure hope this car isn't delayed like the 2009 Corolla was.
I've heard April '09 as a tentative date and that would be fine but I have a feeling summer '09 is more likely.
#5 of 433 Re: Thanks for the new thread! [dodgeman07]
Feb 10, 2009 (11:40 am)
I haven't seen anything firm. The Toyota site still isn't talking. I imagine they will wait until a reasonable amount of the 2009 models have sold and are off the dealer lots.
Feb 10, 2009 (12:19 pm)
Looking through the Toyota site and the new features:
I wonder if the radar in the collision-avoidance system sets off everyone's radar detectors? Lane Keep Assist is cool, but I probably wouldn't pay for it.
I like that this Generation has the three drive modes. The solar roof and starting the A/C from a fob are both cool, as is the "touch tracer" that displays the steering wheel controls on the instrument panel as you adjust them.
Jury is still out on the LED lights. If they are as directional, with as sharp of cutoff, as some HID and projector headlights, I don't think I'd like them. Oh, I'd enjoy having them from the driverís seat, but not like the fact that every time I hit small bump or crest a hill or an intersection, the front end jumps up enough to blind oncoming traffic. That is why I've avoided HID and/or projector bulbs up to this point.
My wife's motorcycle has a projector low-beam and it drives me crazy as she follows me. Every bump, crest, or accel/de-accel sequence changes the brightness enough that it looks like she is flashing the light. I often have her turn on her high beam as it is a standard bulb/reflector and not a projector and is less of a bother than the "flashing" projector beam. While these types of headlights don't act quite as bad in cars, they are still pretty aggravating for other traffic anytime the front of the car lifts enough to raise the bean angle.
The new body style looks good and seems to give more headroom front and back which will be a big plus. They moved the roof line "bulge" further back with great effect. Itís interesting to compare images of the 2009 and 2010 side by side. The changes become more apparent when doing so.
It will be interesting to see one in person when they hit the ground.
#8 of 433 I ordered a 2010 Prius
Feb 10, 2009 (7:07 pm)
I am glad this site exists because I just ordered a white 2010 Prius.
My $500.00 downpayment is conditional on the price of the Prius and its options.
Similar to Chadx I am interested in the solar sun roof as an option.
Collision avoidance, park assist, lane-keep assist sound fine and well but I hope to rely on my own senses and experiences in terms of collision avoidance, lane-keeping skills and parking. If I cant rely on my own senses than I should not be behind a steering wheel to begin with.
LED lights? I can live without those too.
Delivery? I was told ending May. April they should have testers at dealerships. I live in Toronto Canada so delivery dates may be different in the USA.
The things I like about the Prius are interior dimensions(similar to the Accord and Camry with much more leg space and more cargo space), fuel efficiency, high technology that is not even found in expensive luxury cars, practical hatchback and last but not least a history of solid reliability.
I drive a 07 BMW335i and it has been dreadful in terms of never ending reliability issues. I paid $3.2K for 17 inch Bridgestone snow tires and my car is still undriveable during minor snow flurries. Also an endless amount of speeding tickets occured since owning my BMW335i. I just hope I dont get traffic tickets for going too slow with my Prius as I try to maximize fuel consumption.
#9 of 433 Re: [chadx]
Feb 10, 2009 (8:06 pm)
Very helpful site in terms of option packages available for the 2010 Prius.
This particular link is the best site I found so far in terms of info about the 2010 Prius:
#10 of 433 Re: [dewey]
Feb 10, 2009 (8:27 pm)
Good link. Finally nice to see some details. Disappointing how some features are not available without adding a bunch of other things or how one feature means you can not have another, but hopefully this is just the "first batch" and the individual options will be available in a better mix and match in the future.