Thursday, October 11, 2012

Conicelli Toyota and the Toyota Hybrid Family

Discover the full family of Hybrid Synergy Drive vehicles, from the original hybrid automaker....

Originally introduced in 2000, the Toyota Prius was the very first electric/gasoline hybrid vehicle to be sold in North America. Practically overnight, the remarkable fuel efficiency and environmentally friendly demeanor of the Prius turned it into a huge sales success, making Toyota the number-one selling brand of hybrid vehicles in America with well over one million sold.

Thanks to the enormous success of the Prius, Toyota has since expanded the lineup of vehicles powered by its legendary Hybrid Synergy Drive system to not only sedans and crossovers, but also to an entire family of Prius vehicles, including a compact city model, a family-friendly wagon and a hyper-efficient Prius Plug-In.

2012 Prius Family Introduction by Mike Shulski

Starting with the original, the 2012 Toyota Prius (MSRP $24,000) has not only captured the hearts and minds of American drivers, it has also captured the accolades of the industry. Named “2012 Best Overall Value” by Intellichoice and “Most Dependable Compact Car” five years in a row by J.D. Power and Associates, and selected as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2012 “Top Safety Pick,” the Prius also has the lowest fuel costs and lowest operating costs in its class according to Intellichoice. The Prius rewards its owners with a remarkable 51 mpg city and 48 mpg highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in America.

For those who are seeking a Prius with more compact dimensions for crowded urban environments, the 2012 Prius c (MSRP $18,950) is the perfect choice. Boasting all the benefits of Hybrid Synergy Drive, the Prius c features industry-leading fuel efficiency of 53 mpg city and 46 mpg highway. The Prius c also earned an IIHS “2012 Top Safety Pick,” rounding out its appeal as one of the safest, most affordable and most fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles in America.

With the looks and convenience of a stylish five-door wagon, the 2012 Prius v (MSRP $26,550) hits the mark for growing families seeking more cargo space. The “v” in “Prius v” stands for “versatility” – in this case, cargo space on par with most small SUVs, maxing out at 67.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. Even with the rear seats up, the Prius v still offers 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Of course, every other family vehicle falls short of the Prius v in fuel efficiency: 44 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. There’s no other family vehicle on the road today that offers such an ideal blend of fuel efficiency and cargo capacity.

For those who want to be on the bold frontier of next-generation fuel efficiency technology, the 2012 Prius Plug-In (MSRP $32,000) is your ride of choice. Operating for up to 15 miles and going as fast as 60 mph under pure electric power, the Prius Plug-In returns a miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) “fuel economy” rating approaching 100 mpg. Unlike other pure electric vehicles with limited driving range, like the Nissan Leaf, the Prius Plug-In also features a combustion engine for unlimited driving. Even if the Prius Plug-In runs out of battery power, it’s still fueled by the Hybrid Synergy Drive system found in every Toyota hybrid. The Prius Plug-In fully recharges in three hours on 120-volt power and 1.5 hours on 240-volt power, making it the perfect short-distance commuter that can potentially use zero fuel.

In addition to the Prius family of vehicles, Toyota also offers Hybrid Synergy Drive in two other popular models: the Camry sedan and Highlander utility vehicle. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the stylish 2012 Camry Hybrid (MSRP $25,990) is among the safest, most dependable and most fuel efficient family sedans on the road.

Thanks to improvements to the Hybrid Synergy Drive system and aerodynamic enhancements, the 2012 Camry Hybrid is a whopping 26 percent more fuel efficient than the previous generation Camry Hybrid, returning a remarkable 43 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. Unlike competing hybrid sedans that sacrifice interior space to accommodate batteries, the Camry Hybrid has actually gained 2.1 cubic feet of trunk space, for a total of 13.1 cubic feet. A wider body, longer wheelbase and more ergonomic interior panels have also helped the Camry gain head-, leg- and hiproom for greater passenger comfort.

For those seeking the expanded capabilities of a utility vehicle, the 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (MSRP $38,715) delivers the goods – literally and figuratively – with an outstanding combination of fuel efficiency and cargo capacity. Returning 28 mpg in both city and highway driving, the 2012 Highlander Hybrid easily accommodates most every growing family with 94.1 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats folded flat. Even with a second row of passengers, there’s still a generous 42.3 cubic feet in the cargo area. For those extra large families, the Highlander Hybrid can be equipped with third-row seating. In addition to its outstanding blend of fuel efficiency and roominess, the Highlander Hybrid is among the safest vehicles on the road, earning the prestigious IIHS 2012 “Top Safety Pick.”

If you’re searching for a dependable, safe, stylish hybrid with fuel efficiency among the best of any car on the road, there’s no vehicle brand better than the original – Toyota. Visit our showroom today and we’ll help you figure out which Hybrid Synergy Drive Toyota best fits your needs.

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