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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Comes well-equipped, with options only offered in packages
Can be loaded with such high-tech features as a rearview monitor and DVD navigation
Kelley Blue Book
Option packages are "capable of transforming this hybrid from an economy car to a near-luxury sedan
For 2009 Toyota has broadened the Prius’ appeal with models that start out spartan but can be equipped up to the levels of a luxury car.
ForbesAutos reports that the 2009 Toyota Prius "comes well-equipped, with options only offered in packages." Edmunds asserts that those optional features packages, of which there are five, are "capable of transforming this hybrid from an economy car to a near-luxury sedan." Edmunds adds that some of the more noteworthy optional features on Toyota's 2009 Prius include "a nine-speaker JBL premium sound system with an in-dash six-CD changer" and "leather upholstery and steering wheel" that replaces the standard cloth treatment on the seats. ConsumerGuide also notes that a "navigation system" and "antiskid system" are available as options on the Toyota Prius Touring edition.
When it comes to standard features, the 2009 Toyota Prius doesn't disappoint. Kelley Blue Book notes that "every Prius features...illuminated remote keyless entry, AM/FM stereo with CD," and a "tilt-wheel with touch controls." Moving up from the Standard to the Base models of the Toyota Prius, Edmunds finds that this Toyota 2009 "adds cruise control, different wheels and heated sideview mirrors," while the top-of-the-line Touring edition brings standard "16-inch wheels and Xenon headlights."
However, Cars.com notes that standard features "like cruise control and minor accessories have been deleted from the base trim level to lower the cost." While these features have been eliminated as standard fare, they have not been removed entirely from the Toyota Prius. If buyers still want cruise control, they can add it as an option.
With a laundry list of available high-tech options, the 2009 Toyota Prius allows you to save the planet in style.