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More technological whiz-bangery than any vehicle this simple to drive has the right to
Standard-issue Prius will be decently equipped
Los Angeles Times
A variety of options like the solar sunroof, Lane Keep Assist
In addition to having a technologically marvelous powertrain, the 2010 Toyota Prius gets plenty of high-tech gadgets and conveniences inside—including some you won’t find on other cars in its price range.
Reviewers at Cars.com contend that "Toyota has showcased a lot of technology in the new Prius because of the high-tech halo the hybrid holds in the market," and buyers of the 2010 Toyota Prius will not be disappointed with the features available on their green machines.
The new Toyota Prius comes in just one trim level, in the sense that all the vehicles will feature identical Toyota Prius exterior badging, but there are four different versions available. Cars.com notes that "the names Prius II, III, IV and V will be used on window stickers to differentiate models." The Los Angeles Times says that "the standard-issue Prius [the Prius II] will be decently equipped," featuring standard power accessories, cruise control, and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. Moving up to the Toyota Prius III, Cars.com notes that "an eight-speaker stereo with XM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth" comes standard, while the Prius IV adds "leather upholstery and heated front seats" and the deluxe 2010 Toyota Prius V "comes with 17-inch wheels, fog lights and LED auto-leveling headlights with washers."
Aside from the standard features you'll find on the 2010 Prius lineup, TheCarConnection.com's research shows that the automaker will also present buyers the choice of three different options packages. Jalopnik notes that Toyota is "offering a variety of options like the solar sunroof, Lane Keep Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and automatic parallel parking systems" for consumers with money to burn. Car and Driver reports that one of the available packages on the 2010 Prius is the "Navigation Package with Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera," while the "Advanced Technology package [comes] with radar cruise control, a precollision braking system and a new lane-departure system." Finally, in one of the more unusual packages offered on any vehicle today, Car and Driver highlights the availability of a "Solar Roof package" on the 2010 Toyota Prius which, as its name implies, "includes a solar panel (packaged with a sunroof) that powers a ventilating fan that helps keep the cabin cooler, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning."
The high-tech 2010 Toyota Prius offers something for everyone and adds to its already impeccable green credentials with a new solar-panel option.