There have been significant changes in the automobile industry since hybrids were introduced into the marketplace. With Toyota’s new hybrids, the public helps the environment as well as save money on gas.
A test-drive was scheduled from Las Vegas to Los Angeles with a stopover of five nights before returning. This was long enough to experience the car’s versatility, safety features and performance under different conditions. This test-drive allowed for both highway and city driving.
While driving alone during the six-and-a-half-hour trip to Los Angeles, the Lane Assist was important. When a driver strays across the marked lanes, the Lane Assist sends warning signals to prevent accidents. This automatic response system would be most helpful if a driver falls asleep at the wheel or was distracted. Lane Assist uses a camera mounted on the front of the car.
Many of Toyota Prius V’s safety features are integrated to work together. The Lane Assist works with the Radar Cruise Control system. Once the Radar Cruise Control system is activated, a counter-steering force is automatically applied.
The Radar Cruise Control sets the distance between the driver and the car in front to adjust the speed.
These responses automatically adjust the way the car and the driver continue along the road. It is reassuring to know the car’s safety features are automatic as they work to protect the driver and passengers.
Running out of gas is a problem that worries many drivers on trips. Since Toyota invented the hybrid that is not a big problem anymore. When driving a hybrid, the gas engine continues to switch over to the electric motor to keep using the battery.
The long highway drive was comfortable thanks to the wide bucket seats.
After arriving in Los Angeles, it was time to experience heavy traffic in a large city. The Radar Cruise Control system acts to prevent accidents during quick stops in the city.
Angie White, Product Marketing Manager for Toyota Motor Sales, explained about their hybrids, “Prius V stands for versatility. It is bigger with more cargo room for trips. Now we have a family of products that you can choose based on your lifestyle needs. Three of the four Prius have combined 50 MPG ratings.”