I was stuck on a mountain road in the back of a slow BMW 228i snaking through the funniest turn, waiting for a trucker lane when it dawned on me: This Prius looks one of a kind… Good.
Full disclosure: Toyota let me borrow the new Prius for a week and I’m doing my best to keep the MPG below 47 and my in-car efficiency score below 28 out of 100. A full review is in the works.
I have become very used to the general size of new cars. faces are big and blunt, with giant hocking grills Even that On all electric cars. BMW is just as badass as any other carmaker, with the long muzzle rising higher and higher off the ground. It’s retro in a way. The only other BMW that has a brand new M3 or M4-like grille is a 1930s BMW 328. We’re back in the style of car design from the 1960s Ever since crossovers began to become more and more popular.
Through the windshield of this Prius, these other modern cars Couldn’t have sounded more exotic.
There’s nothing retro about the inside or outside of the Prius, unless you get past the dinky Echo graphics somewhat retro touch mid to late 2000s. There’s no big, wide tachometer like you’ll find on most auto-only family hollers nowadays, there’s no round dial for the speedo either. Hell, there’s no gauge cluster in front of you. There’s only a few digital readouts in the middle of the dash, usually but without a hitch telling you how fast you’re going or if your headlights are on. The most prominent display on the car is just a green “Ready” that informs you that the car you are driving at the moment is actually on.
That windshield view also sets the car apart In that, well, you have a really big view through it. The hood is low and dips away, enough that you wouldn’t see a Prius if it weren’t for a tiny lip on its top far ahead of you. heyLD Honda from the ’80s and ’90s pull this trick. It’s not the best for parallel parking, but it’s a treat to feel weightless on the road.
When you step out of the car, you begin to appreciate the utterly aerodynamic shape of the thing. It’s a big tack and not much else, something like the car style of the 1970s never stopped evolving. There is also a somewhat substantial rear spoiler on the rear of the Prius. You start to wonder what sports cars would look like if they followed this same principle. And then you shake your head, trying to figure out what screw loose in your head you’ve been dreaming about Sports car version of the Prius.