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Overall, the 2011 Toyota Prius is iconic, but it's still more future-appliance than future-chic.
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sportier, more handsome look

looks like a water bug

the same oddly shaped hybrid that almost two million buyers love

Some reshaping around the grille and hood brings in Toyota's new design language, while the roof peak has been moved back a bit to increase rear head room and create better aerodynamics.

Styling remains instantly recognizable, but the fat-foreheaded look of the prior model is reduced somewhat
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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.


Overall, the 2011 Toyota Prius is iconic, but it's still more future-appliance than future-chic.

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