Most people don't remember Harry Dey. In 1896, he developed the Armstrong Phaeton, which had a gas engine, onboard battery, electric starter and motor, and regenerative braking. It was ahead of its time -- 101 years ahead, to be exact. It would take until 1997, with the introduction of the Toyota Prius, for a commercially viable hybrid car to be available on the streets around Los Angeles and Northridge. The 2017 Toyota Prius at Keyes Toyota is a vehicle with a 20-year history to uphold, but it shows how far the technology has evolved.
2017 Toyota Prius Details
The Toyota Prius underwent a major redesign as it entered its fourth generation in model year 2016. With so much new -- the first use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, a restyled and more aerodynamic exterior, a more spacious interior, and reduced weight -- there really wasn't much left to do with the 2017 Toyota Prius. There are six trim levels. Five of them (Two, Three, Three Touring, Four, and Four Touring) repeat from last year, while the even lighter Two Eco loses the spare tire and uses a lighter LiION battery for better fuel economy.
The hatchback body style remains. So too does the powertrain from last year, which combines a PZEV-rated 95 horsepower 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 105 lb.-ft. of torque. It's paired to a 71 horsepower / 120 lb.-ft. torque electric motor, making for a net output of 121 horsepower and plenty of torque on demand. A CVT is used when the car is moving under gas power, and fuel mileage is an EPA-rated 52 miles per gallon (combined) except in the Two Eco trim, where that figure increases to a combined 58 miles per gallon. That comes in handy when you're navigating traffic around Los Angeles.
2017 Toyota Prius Safety and Special Features
All trims of the 2017 Toyota Prius have the Toyota STAR Safety System™, consisting of Vehicle Stability Control, ABS, Traction Control, brake assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and Smart Stop Technology. Other active safety features may vary by trim level, with features like rear cross-traffic alert available only on the upper trims. In its standard form, it gets a five-star NHTSA safety rating, and with optional crash prevention and mitigation features, it gets an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.
When it comes to special features, we suggest aiming for the upper trim levels. That's where you'll find more options, or -- in the case of the Four Touring trim -- lots more featured as standard equipment. That's also true of standard features like Entune™ Audio, where the feature set is far more robust in the upper reaches of the lineup. Ask your Van Nuys Toyota dealer for details on each trim's unique features and amenities.
Buying a 2017 Toyota Prius
The customers Keyes Toyota serves from Los Angeles to Northridge tend to take their new Toyota cars for granted. They know they can count on low cost of ownership, retained resale value, dependability, and a fun drive. Among all that, it's easy to forget just how innovative the 1997 Toyota Prius was, and how vital the car remains 20 years on with the 2017 Toyota Prius. We invite you to the Keyes Toyota showroom at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA to get behind the wheel and see for yourself exactly how good it is.