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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
More room in the front cabin
Los Angeles Times
Cargo area is larger
Car and Driver
Roomier and more plush than the cabin of the new Honda Insight
The 2010 Toyota Prius represents an improvement over its predecessor in nearly every way, but few changes receive more attention in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com than those Toyota makes in terms of cabin comfort.
The first two generations of Toyota Prius models were wonderfully fuel-efficient, but unfortunately your body began to tire from the uncomfortable seats long before the gas tank approached empty. In the new 2010 Toyota Prius, reviewers are pleased to find upgraded seating arrangements that include both more room and more livable seats both front and back. Automobile Magazine reports that "the front seats are noticeably wider, more adjustable, and more supportive" on the new Toyota Prius, "addressing a major customer complaint." The Los Angeles Times also notes that the 2010 Prius offers "more room in the front cabin and a little more legroom in the back." Rear-seat room is aided by the fact that "the peak of the roof has been moved rearward for improved rear headroom," according to Car and Driver, while the "front seats have been contoured to increase rear kneeroom."
The Toyota Prius' usefulness for running errands increases for the 2010 model year with the addition of more cargo space throughout the vehicle. Car and Driver takes a ruler to the trunk and reports that the "cargo area is larger," while The Los Angeles Times notes that "more room in the front cabin" offers more nooks and crannies for small-item storage. Car and Driver also observes that "storage cubbies abound" inside the Toyota Prius' cabin, which makes it easy to stow your wallet, purse, iPod, or other accessory out of sight.
Some consumers have been disappointed with the interior materials on previous generations of the Toyota Prius. Fortunately, Automobile Magazine notes that the interior of the 2010 Toyota Prius is "an upgrade over the previous car's." Car and Driver agrees, pointing out that the "interior materials have taken a marked step up in quality from those of the previous Prius." Automobile Magazine loves the "nicer materials" that debut on the 2010 Toyota Prius, while Car and Driver feels that "there is plenty of Lexus influence in the interior design" and construction.
The 2010 Toyota Prius features improved construction quality and better sound-deadening materials, which makes for a significantly quieter ride. The Los Angeles Times reviewers note that the new Toyota Prius is "quieter, with noise attenuation materials wadded into every crack and pore." Car and Driver agrees, reporting "the only significant sound we noted on our drive was some wind noise coming from the mirrors at highway speeds."
The 2010 Toyota Prius still isn't up to the quality levels found on Toyota's Lexus brand, but the newest generation of Prius is certainly a step in the right direction.