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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Want a 2019 Toyota Prius with all-wheel-drive? Don’t miss its competitors

So you want a Prius: More specifically, one that can challenge a Canadian winter. You’re not alone: Toyota’s Prius is, after all, the most popular “electrified” vehicle of all time, Toyota having moved more than six million of them — if you count the entire Prius family — a number that represents almost half of all hybrids — not just Toyota — that have ever been sold. Half of all the hybrids ever sold by any manufacturer.

What’s new, as you no doubt surmised from the title, is that four-wheel motivation has been added to the Prius’ repertoire. Like so many all-wheel-drive hybrids, the Prius conversion is accomplished without a mechanical connection, the rear wheels now driven by an electric motor, thereby eliminating the friction and drag a mechanical AWD system might have engendered. It must work because, despite weighing some 65 kilograms more than a front-wheel-drive Prius, the AWD-e version’s overall fuel economy is rated at only 0.3 L/100 kilometres less than the standard FWD version — officially, the Prius AWD-e is rated at 4.5 L/100 kilometres in the city and 4.9 on the highway. It averaged about 5.4 during its stay at the Booth manse.


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