The Toyota Hybrid That Started a Revolution

Posted Monday, Mar 23, 2015 by nhtwpprod

Not only did the Toyota Prius start the trend in gas/electric hybrids by becoming the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle in 1997, it continues to lead with state-of-the-art technology and even better fuel efficiency. North Hollywood Toyota is proud to be your Prius dealer. 

What Exactly Is a Hybrid?

Gasoline powered engines deliver the ability to travel long distances, but the price of gasoline is volatile, and usually rising. These engines also create large amounts of pollution. Electric powered cars don’t rely on gasoline and aren’t affected by pump prices, and produce little to no pollution, but the range is limited and charging times are slow. Hybrid cars were developed to put the best of the two together.

While hybrids do have a gasoline engine, it is much smaller and cleaner than traditional gas engines. It is sufficient to propel the car down the highway or for normal driving situations. When extra power is needed, the electric motor and battery provide the necessary boost. The hybrid can also turn the gasoline engine off, using the electric motor at lower speeds. In the Prius, that limit is around 15 miles per hour.

The Prius, then, can run on gasoline only, electric motor only, or a combination of both as needed. This combined with lighter materials results in increased mileage efficiency and lower emission rates. 

Prius Technology Still Leading Edge

The Prius comes with such features as the Star Safety System™, which provides stability and traction control, an anti-lock brake system that also features Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology®, Vehicle Proximity Notification, Hill Start Assist Control, and an advanced airbag system. On models with Solar Roof packages, the air conditioner can be remotely started with the key fob from up to 30 yards away—no more Sahara Desert when you get into your car after it has been sitting for hours in the hot sun! Another cool feature is the Touch Tracer Display, which eliminates having to look down at the steering wheel when accessing the controls on the steering wheel. Cutting-edge technology, innovation, and safety—that’s the Prius.

The popular Prius Hatchback comes in 3 models, 5 trim options, and 7 eye-catching exterior colors, including Barcelona Red Metallic and Blizzard Pearl. With 5-passenger seating, power adjustable driver’s seat, a spacious interior, Smart Key System, and Head-Up Display, the Prius is packed with features. It’s hard not to find a combination that’s right for you!

Come to North Hollywood Toyota to Find the Prius Model Right for You

There are over 50 hybrid models sold in the U.S., and the Prius is still the best selling hybrid in the world. That’s because the Prius has 14 years of dependability and innovation behind it. Based on IHS Automotive statistics, 95% of all Prius models sold in the last 10 years are still on the road.

North Hollywood Toyota is your place to find the best deals and sales on the Prius. Whether you are in the market for a new car, or wanting to find the best quality used car on sale, visit our dealership in North Hollywood on Lankershim Blvd., or give us a call at 800-800-6730 today!