The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Takes a Big Design Leap Away From Its Predecessors

Mar 02, 2017 04:10 AM EST | Yen Palec

The Toyota Prius is regarded as one of the pioneering models of the hybrid car technology. In fact, the car is widely considered as the model that brought hybrids into the mainstream consciousness. Despite the noble idea that shaped the Prius, many have sharply criticized the appearance of the car model which many have pointed out as ugly.

Despite the fact that owners of the Toyota Prius can save up hundreds of dollar a year in fuel, many motoring experts have shown their disappointment with regards to its design. That is until the release of the Toyota Prius Prime.

The Prius Prime looks aggressive compared to previous Prius models. Some analysts pointed out that Toyota has finally designed the Prius to look more like a car, rather than a failed tunnel experiment. The redesigned front façade is carried to the back of the vehicle as well.

The rear window which sports a concave dip right in the center is regarded is an innovation in terms of design, according to Engadget. As a whole, the 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid still has some design cue taken from its predecessors, but Toyota was bold enough to make some revolutionary changes on the design and they should be properly commended for it.

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime has an 8.8kWh battery pack which is in the car's trunk. Toyota claims that the Prius Prime has a pure electric range of 25 miles before the gas engine kicks in. When it comes to charging time, the battery pack can be charged from zero to full in as little as two hours using a 240V charger, according to Electrek. Using 110V charges will take more than five hours to fully charge the battery.

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime costs $27,100 before federal tax credits are factored in. It may not be as pretty as a Porsche or a BMW, the Prius Prime can definitely stand on its own.

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