4 Great Things You Didn't Know About the Prius

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Prius owners and fans extol the Toyota hybrid's gas mileage, which is unquestionably worthy of the praise, but focusing solely on mileage does the spunky car an enormous disservice. If you're thinking about buying a new or pre-owned Prius, there are scores of reasons that go far beyond the cost of gas. Remember, it wouldn't have nearly as many fans if it only had the one virtue.

It Has Impressive Long-Term Reliability

There's a winning chance that a Prius will last for an amazingly long time. Its reliability is good news for anyone who's not eager to buy a new car every few years. Consumer Reports ran a test showing that, over time, even a Prius with hundreds of thousands of miles on the odometer can perform as well as a car fresh off the lot. Obviously, taking care of the car is necessary, but it's nice to know you don't have to curb your driving habits.

The Cool Factor of a High-Tech Car

Once upon a time, the thrill of driving a hybrid was enough to boost the popularity of the Prius, but its high-tech delights go beyond that. In new incarnations, even the powertrain is a technical marvel, with an upgraded Atkinson-cycle engine purring under the hood, faster combustion, and an exhaust-gas recirculation system.

There's also the sleek dashboard to consider. Everything is digital, from the time and your speed to the energy monitor that allows you to glimpse what's going on inside your car. The setup manages to look simple and elegant, as well as user-friendly. That means there's no fear of getting distracted behind the wheel while you try to figure out the dash.

Smart and Green

The green status of the Prius is one of its main selling points, of course. The Eco mode is a huge saver, although people who haven't been behind the wheel of a hybrid often worry about energy-sucking features and the risk of a dead battery at an inopportune time. In addition to being green, however, the Prius is also smart. A switch over to Eco mode optimizes the car, cutting or limiting unnecessary devices and features that suck power.

Second-to-None Safety

The Toyota Prius incorporates the Star Safety System, which includes a host of features:

       
  • Enhanced Vehicke Stability Control
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  • Traction Control
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  • Anti-Lock Brake System
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  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
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  • Smart Stop Technology
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  • Brake Assist

The car is also full of airbags and advanced airbag systems for the driver and passengers in the front and back. There are also anchors and tethers meant for children in the back seats, which is a standout feature for child safety and improves the struggle of buckling in a safety seat. Other standard features include a system that monitors tire pressure and a Vehicle Proximity Notification System. Hill Start Assist Control and an engine mobilizer also come standard on many models.

Although the Toyota Prius has definitely earned its popular reputation as a car with excellent gas mileage, it has more to offer than that. Gas mileage only takes you so far, making it worthwhile to consider other factors, such as long-term durability, updated tech, and top-of-the-line safety features.

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