>> A big idea started here. No -- here. The Toyota
Prius. This changed everybody's thinking about green
driving. Let's do some of our own and check the tech.
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>> The Prius changed the automotive marketplace.
Without it, everyday people might not have alternative
power train on their lips today. It opened minds by
being a new model you never mistook for any other,
hybrid only, and unashamed to be dorkidly green and
smart. And it didn't hurt that it was a Toyota. You
know, it's funny that for what the person knows as that
high-tech car, there's not a whole lot going on in terms
of tech in the head unit. We have the upgraded one.
It's a J B L audio system, but that's kind of where it
goes. There's no back seat entertainment, unless you
like looking out the side Windows. But this upgraded
unit does have the ability to swallow six discs of
standard CD or MP3 or WMA home burned discs.
[Inaudible] down here in the console, that's also part
of the upgraded audio packages. Here's the story on
satellite radio. This is a satellite radio-cable head
unit. Then you would dealer-install an adapter for
Sirius. But I understand at this point in history there
are no more adapters to be had. So it's kind of
academic, or it's an eBay hunt. Some other toys that
come in the better tech packages include a smart key,
let's see, a rear view backup camera. Clear, but no
fancy lines for trajectory. The navigation rig, also
optional, is really excellent in a limited way. It's
got a gorgeous interface, straight out of a Lexus, but
it doesn't have life traffic, it's not hard drive based,
it's relatively basic. But it looks really good and it
does have voice control as well as onscreen tech.
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>> On this swan song for the second generation Prius I
was struck by what remains an amazing cabin. Even more
so that it's inside a four-year-old car. The instrument
panel is that all digital display laid way back there.
There's not a gauge or needle to be seen. The central
touch-screen is relied upon, not just there to handle
optional bells and whistles. Ditto the buttons on the
steering wheel. And the dash behind that wheel --
utterly blank. The shifter for the electronic CDT is an
oddly delicate little thing with a weird pattern and a
push-button, the only way to engage Park. Under way,
audacious is not the word that comes to mind. The Prius
offers a combined 110 horse power, and supposedly
370-some odd foot pounds of torque according to specs.
But that's clearly not available at the wheels, because
we didn't rip the cover off any tires. And most owners
will play the feather-foot gaming, accelerating from
stop as gently as possible to see how long they can keep
their Prius in electric mode. But when pressed, this
car's electric motor raises its hand with the gas
engine, and surprising torque arrives to bail you out of
situations you thought the car was too gutless for. The
Prius is not a pretty thing. Even the new 2010 doesn't
make any such pretensions. But unlike the Honda Insight
it embarrassed into extinction, it's a real car with
practicality and innovation galore. The baseline of
Prius, about 22. 720 in delivery will bring it to you.
The big tech package, another 65. But just take it
plain and keep the Earth alive.
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