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2004 Detroit Auto Show
New Car Reviews

Toyota Prius Named "Car of the Year"

by Jason Rzucidlo

The Toyota Prius is like the best car ever. It has everything that I want plus more. The person who designed this car was definitely a genuis.

The 2004 Toyota Prius was named the "2004 Car of the Year" by the North American International Auto Show. It also won Car of the Year honors from Motor Trend, Automobile magazine and several others.

The hybrid vehicle has the best fuel efficiency out of all the midsize cars in America. The Toyota Prius was the first electric-gas hybrid car in the world. It was introduced in 1997 and in America in the year 2000. It also has the lowest emmissions out of all cars made in America.

The Prius runs on gasoline and electric battery power. It comes with a hybrid synergy drive. You can drive the car in gas or electric mode and you can drive in both for twice the power.

The gasoline engine has 76 horsepower, up six from the previous year. The electric battery-powered engine has 67 horsepower up from 44 in the last year. It comes with a 50-kilowatt motor that produces up to 500 volts.

The 2004 model can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 10 seconds. It gives you an impressive 60 miles per gallon in the city. On the highway, you can get 51 miles per gallon.

The new Hybrid Synergy Drive lowers the emissions by a rate of 30%. It amounts to a 90% less emissions release than other gasoline-powered automibles. It has been certified a Super-Ultra-Low-Emission-Vehicle in California and other nearby states.

Safety is a major part of the Toyota Prius. All back seats come with 3-point seatbelts. There are two-step dual front airbags (SRS). It also comes with an anti-lock brake system (ABS) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).

On the luxury models, you get even more features. The air compressor for the air conditioning system is operated by the battery power. The steering wheel has buttons for the air conditioning and the AM/FM CD system. It gives you more control so you can leave your hands on the wheel.

There are a lot of standard features on the 2004 Toyota Prius. There is cabin filtration, cruise control, heated side mirrors, power windows and doors. It also comes with remote keyless entry. The hybrid comes in seven exterior colors and two for the inside.

The 2004 Prius also comes with a navigational system. There is a mini computer screen located right above where you would expect your CD player to be. It has an information display with readings on your gasoline, battery power, etc. It also serves as a map to get directions to and from places.

The 2004 Toyota Prius will hit dealerships in the fall. The manufacturer's suggested retail price will be $19,995. It is the same price from when it was introduced in America three years ago. However, there is a three-month waiting list because the car is so popular.

I love this car. I am interested in buying one. This is definitely my pick for Car of the Year.

 

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