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2011 Toyota Prius Styling

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The third-generation Prius still is recognizable as a Toyota hybrid, but there's more wedge in its stance, more crease in its profile, catchier cues in its arrow-inflected headlamps and taillamps, and more room. Frankly, it takes someone accustomed to seeing Prius models to tell the difference between the old, pre-2010 model and the new one from the outside, but the slightly drawn-up-and-back roofline aids space and gives it slightly different proportions. Aerodynamics have been improved, too. The overall effect of the styling changes, aside from making the car look just a bit more aggressive, is an industry-lowest drag coefficient of 0.25, which helps the Toyota Prius achieve over 50 mpg.

Inside, a flying-buttress console—really, a swooping mass of hard plastic, with a storage bin beneath—adds some visual interest to the Prius' wide, low dash, with its small joystick-like shift knob, available mouse-like Remote Touch controller, and digital, distantly mounted gauges. Other than the unusual instrument-panel design, the 2011 Toyota Prius has the look and feel throughout of an inexpensive compact.

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