2014 Toyota Prius 5dr HB

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The 2014 Toyota Prius is one of the best hybrid hatchbacks on the market, offering excellent fuel economy and fantastic safety features. In spite of these perks, the Prius may disappoint many drivers with its low power output, cheap-looking cabin and unremarkable body. Those looking for a reliable hatchback should stick to gasoline-powered cars for the time being.

The 2014 Toyota Prius is one of the most recognized hybrid cars currently on the market, offering excellent fuel economy and relatively high safety standards. However, this car is a disappointment in every other way since its power output is minimal, while its appearance is anything but stylish. So, if fuel efficiency is your goal number one, then you’ll find it here – since it’s still miles better than the competition, which includes the Honda Civic Hybrid and Mazda3.

The five-door hatchback manages to be both aerodynamic and functional. The roof is “triangular” shape as it curves rearward at the apex, giving the car an almost sporty appearance and increasing headroom inside. Most models come with 15-inch wheels, but there’s also the option of adding 17-inch wheels in the Prius Five. The Plug-in model features a slightly different grille, wheels, lights and door handles from the rest of them, and comes with a port for the power cable on the right side and gas cap on the other. In short, Prius is not an ugly car, but it won’t turn heads either. It’s just average.

On the inside, thing seem just as uninspired as on the outside, if not more so. The design is modern and appealing, but there’s nothing particularly “mind-blowing” about it. The dash is particularly decent, thanks to its two-tone panels. However, upon closer inspection you’ll begin to notice just how cheap and dull the whole thing appears to be, especially on lower trims, with their gray, low-quality plastics and fabrics. There are some nifty features though. For instance, the steering wheel comes with a wheel-like control for the Touch Tracer Display, which regulates your fuel usage and controls hybrid-operation displays on the car’s LCD screen.

Under the hood of the 2014 Prius lies a double-edged sword – the car’s fuel efficient yet unproductive 1.8-litre four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine, connected to a 60-kilowatt electric motor. Both function in collusion with a continuously variable transmission and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The total horsepower output is 134, but that isn’t saying much. It takes 10 seconds for this vehicle to accelerate to the 100-kilometre mark – and that involves straining it. That said, the car runs on electricity alone, offering excellent fuel economy. Its EPA ratings are 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. Whether this engine is worth your money will be determined by how much you value decent power and acceleration. If amazing gas mileage is your ultimate pursuit, then there’s no engine that’s better than this one. Otherwise, we recommend steering clear of this one.

Despite its many flaws, the new Toyota Prius deliver surprisingly good safety features. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded it with the overall rating of five stars, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named it its Top Safety Pick+. It has also received an “Acceptable” rating in the tough IIHS small overlap test. Some of the features include seven airbags, standard stability and traction control, tire-pressure monitoring system and anti-lock brakes.

All-in-all, the 2014 Toyota Prius has high aspirations, but it’s unlikely to satisfy many drivers. If you’re looking specifically for a hybrid car, then we’d argue that there’s no better option out there for the same price. Honda Civic Hybrid and Ford Fiesta are close, but the Prius is still better. However, if you’re looking for reliance and power, then stay as far away from this one as you can.

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General Specs

EngineGas/Electric I-4
Horsepower @RPM134 @ 5200
Displacement1.8 L/110
Torque @RPM105 @ 4000
Fuel SystemSequential MPI
Fuel Economy (Hwy)4 L/100 km
Fuel Economy (City)3.7 L/100 km
Body typeHatchback
Drive TrainEMPTY
Power and Performance:

The most important performance statistic for the 2014 Toyota Prius is its gas mileage. The EPA rates this year's Prius Liftback at 51 mpg city and 48 mpg highway--giving a combined rating of the magic 50 mpg number. Just as important, the Prius will likely deliver on that rating--or within a 10-percent margin--for most drivers.

The Prius powertrain is made up of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine tuned for peak efficiency and supplemented by a pair of electric motor-generators. There's also the nickel-metal-hydride battery pack under the rear load deck. The motors can add torque to supplement the engine power, run the car solely on electricity under light loads at low speeds, and recharge the battery during regenerative braking--thereby recapturing otherwise wasted energy and recycling it to move the car when needed.

Running the car can drop gas mileage into the high 30s from the mid or upper 40s, but there's another disincentive too: Noise and vibration from the engine are well suppressed under most circumstances, but if the driver demands maximum power, the engine will howl plaintively as it runs up to the top of its speed range and stays there.

The Prius electric power steering is lifeless, limp, and betrays no sign of road feel--just like most other Toyota products--though it works fine. The low-rolling-resistance tires squeal on anything but gentle cornering, but roadholding remains decent even if the car discourages hard cornering. When the four-wheel disc brakes take over from the regenerative braking, they work fine, and Toyota's blending of friction and regenerative braking is second to none in the field.

Toyota quotes acceleration of just under 10 seconds from 0 to 60 mph, but the car is the antithesis of performance driving in almost every way. Indeed, the electronic control of virtually every aspect of the Prius mechanical operations leads drivers to focus on boosting fuel economy numbers rather than beating others away from the stop light. In pursuit of efficiency, Toyota also provides both a lower-powered "Eco" mode--which is even less fun than the regular mode--and an "EV" mode that directs the Prius to run only on energy from the battery pack until its 1 mile or so of low-speed electric range is depleted.

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Interiors and Special Features:

The 2014 Toyota Prius features straightforward controls that jut out toward the driver in a "floating console" that provides a storage tray underneath. It's stylish and also helps maximize cabin space. The digital instrument panel features a floating layer that displays audio, temperature and trip computer information when the driver touches those controls on the steering wheel, minimizing eye movement. Some drivers might find the overall design a bit too busy-looking, however.

The standard touchscreen operates many of the Prius' high-tech features and is, for the most part, smartly designed. The Entune system in the Prius Three and above can be a hassle, though, since you have to install an app on your phone and register for an account; plus, you always need an active data connection to use Entune.

Materials quality in the Prius is also disappointing, with harder and cheaper plastics than other cars in its price range. The corduroy-like texturing on the climate and audio controls seems nice at first, but collects oil from the skin and causes circular dark spots on most buttons.

However, the Prius remains highly versatile. The hatchback body style provides considerably more cargo capacity than a typical midsize sedan, and the backseat offers plenty of space for passengers. Sadly, taller drivers still have to contend with a steering wheel that's placed too far away. Even though there's a telescoping column, it doesn't come out nearly far enough to enable a comfortable driving position.

Originally appeared on Edmunds.

Safety features:

The Toyota Prius features six airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control, and holds the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award for excellent performance in front, side, rear and roof impacts.

Originally appeared on Vroom Girls.


Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) N/A
Brake Type N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft) N/A
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft) 21.6
Trunk Volume (ft) N/A

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) N/A


Cold Cranking Amps @ 0 F (Primary) N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) N/A


G/km Of CO2 Emissions 87 (Est)
Kg/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 20K km/year N/A


Displacement 1.8 L/110
Engine Type Gas/Electric I-4
Fuel System Sequential MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 134 @ 5200
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 105 @ 4000

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in) 58.7
Length, Overall (in) 176.4
Liftover Height (in) N/A
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.5
Track Width, Front (in) 60
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.7

Fuel Tank

Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) 45

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room (in) 38.6
Front Hip Room (in) 52.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.9
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume (ft) 93.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.6
Second Hip Room (in) 51.2
Second Leg Room (in) 36
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1


Battery Range (km) N/A
Cruising Range - City (mi) 2859.19
Cruising Range - Hwy (mi) 2644.75
EnerGuide Estimate - City (L/100 km) 3.7
EnerGuide Estimate - Hwy (L/100 km) 4
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - City N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Combined N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Hwy N/A


Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall N/A
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A


Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) N/A
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Torsion Beam


Front Tire Size P195/65SR15
Rear Tire Size P195/65SR15
Spare Tire Size Compact


Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A


Clutch Size (in) N/A
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.11
First Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Reverse Ratio (:1) N/A
Trans Description Cont. CVT w/OD
Trans Type 1


EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3042


Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 X 6
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact


Engine: 1.8L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder -inc: aluminum alloy block, Variable Valve Timing w/intelligence (VVT-i), electronically fuel injected, Tier 2 Bin 3 emissions rating, Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD), stainless steel exhaust system, Atkinson Cycle and EV mode
Transmission: Continuously Variable Automatic
Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
Front-Wheel Drive
4.11 Axle Ratio
Battery w/Run Down Protection
Hybrid Electric Motor
3979# Gvwr 816# Maximum Payload
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front Anti-Roll Bar
Electric Power-Assist Steering
45 L Fuel Tank
Single Exhaust
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
Nickel Metal Hydride Traction Battery


Wheels: 15" Aluminum Alloy w/Wheel Locks -inc: full wheel covers
Tires: P195/65R15 AS -inc: compact spare tire
6" Wheels
Steel Spare Wheel
Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Clearcoat Paint
Body-Coloured Front Bumper
Body-Coloured Rear Bumper
Black Side Windows Trim
Body-Coloured Door Handles
Body-Coloured Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
Light Tinted Glass
Variable Intermittent Wipers
Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
Black Grille
Front License Plate Bracket
Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
LED Brakelights


Radio: AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA -inc: audio auxiliary input jack, USB audio input, Bluetooth capability, 6 speakers, 6.1" display audio and phonebook and streaming audio via Bluetooth
Radio w/Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
Window Grid And Roof Mount Antenna


Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver and passenger fore/aft seat adjustments, seat recline and driver cushion height
Cloth Front Seats w/Cloth Back Material
6-Way Driver Seat
4-Way Passenger Seat
60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
5 Person Seating Capacity
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Proximity Key For Doors And Ignition
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Automatic Air Conditioning w/Steering Wheel Controls
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
Illuminated Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Cloth Door Trim Insert
Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
Day-Night Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
Front Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim
Cargo Area Concealed Storage
Roll-Up Cargo Cover
Cargo Space Lights
Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Systems Monitor
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Digital Display
Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Front Centre Armrest w/Storage and Rear Centre Armrest
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Engine Immobilizer
1 12V DC Power Outlet
Air Filtration


Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver Knee Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Centre 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Rear Camera

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