Consider the Toyota Prius for a Hybrid Car

by : Gregg Hall

Hybrids are one of the fastest-growing segments of the car market today. The benefits of buying a hybrid car are so extraordinary that every car manufacturer wants to get in on this particular segment of the car market. There are two particular manufacturers who stand out as leading the way: Honda and Toyota. This article is going to explain why you should look into buying a Toyota Prius.

Toyota has done an amazing job of developing this car. Listen to some of the different awards which have been given for this hybrid: Motor Trends Car of the Year for 2004, 2004 International Engine of the Year, and 2004 North American Car of the Year. That is quite the prestigious list of awards given to Toyota. With recognition such as this, it is no surprise that the Toyota Prius stands as one of the top hybrids within this growing and competitive segment of the market. With such attention and publicity given to it, a very long waiting list has developed.

Some of the developments include stripping away the need for the car to plug in so that the electric battery can recharge. Originally with most hybrid cars, this was the case. Within the Prius, there are two electric motor generators and engineers built the engine so that they receive their power from the gas engine. This allows the electric motors to be recharging while the engine is in use. Also, when someone brakes the vehicle, there's a certain amount of kinetic energy which is created due to friction. This kinetic energy is transformed into electric energy and this helps recharge the electric batteries as well. Toyota continues to remain on the leading edge of hybrid technology with the developments it has made on the Prius. This history of development has continued towards their other cars as the next paragraph will talk about.

Toyota did a good job of rebuilding the engine but also much care was taken to build in more creature comforts for the car. The Prius has been made wider and taller so that more people would be able to buy the car and have better view of the road. Toyota has enjoyed a great deal of success with this vehicle so did expand its lineup to include both its Camry along with Lexus. If you do not want to buy a Prius, look into the other options which Toyota has to offer. Given its track record with the Prius, you can have a good idea that the other cars in the hybrid car segment will be built with the same precision and care shown in building the Prius.