Tag Archives: Prius

Peek-a-boo: New Braking Problems Pop Up in the Prius


2010 Toyota Prius

Just when you thought that Toyota had a grasp on its malfunctioning accelerator woes, new revelations cast doubt on the brake system of their vaunted 2010 Prius (I can almost hear the muffled cries of chetsu! from across the Pacific). Before you rush out to your already besieged local Toyota dealership, know this: no recall has been announced on the 2010 Prius. Continue reading

Vehicles from the 2009 LA Auto Show


AutoBlog at the LA Auto Show

Last week was the LA Auto Show. While we didn’t get to go and check out the latest vehicle models and upcoming releases, AutoBlog was there to provide complete coverage of the event.  There are many highlights from this event, but of particular interest is the Audi R8 Spyder (the hotness), the Cadillac CTS Coupe (very pointy), the Special Edition Dodge Vipers (very electric) and the Toyota Prius Plugin (very Green).   Check it out when you get a chance, you won’t be sorry. We also were able to find out about a layaway vacation plans site while researching the new vehicle models.

Even Now, Truck Accessories Are Tops – SEMA 2008


Extang Tonneau Cover on 2009 F150 Platinum Edition - SEMA 2008

Think trucks and truck accessories are dead? The 2008 SEMA Show proved quite the opposite. Two new full-size trucks, the 2009 Dodge Ram and the 2009 Ford F-150, are driving hundreds of new parts to the aftermarket arena.

Sure, accessories for green vehicles like the Smart Fortwo and Prius were given plenty of press ahead of the show. But there was little depth behind all of the high talk, as 2009 Ford F-150 accessories and 2009 Dodge Ram accessories outpaced parts for fuel misers by a cavernous margin.

Clearly, SEMA’s sharpest parts producers still want and need to be in the truck business. The big economic and environmental guns at their collective temples demand that a few highly publicized bones be thrown in trendy directions. Still, virtually no manufacturer suggests that green car accessories can replace the green lost when truck sales are sagging.

That’s probably why SEMA 2008 pushed a massive lot of 2009 F-150 accessories, but did so with little fanfare. Performance exhaust systems, suspension lift kits, lowering kits, style bits like billet grilles and body kits, and the usual utility suspects like tonneau covers and side steps all made their debut.

The wave continued on the Mopar side. 2009 Dodge Ram accessories sharpened the horns of the latest 1500 from Auburn Hills. Lifts, slams, truck bed accessories and bold bull bars premiered at SEMA 2008, allaying some fears that this Ram is more Caravan than Power Wagon.

Ford itself bolstered the 2009 F-150’s excitement with eye-attracting show concepts like the much-anticipated Raptor concept and a loaded jobsite dreamboat courtesy of DeWalt. While Chrysler’s Mopar booth focused on Challenger muscle, 2009 Dodge Rams roamed throughout the show floor as the showcase truck for dozens of brands.

The hot story of SEMA 2008 may be about trying to make traditional accessories and performance parts for non-traditional vehicles. Behind this public face, though, truck accessories are alive and well – especially if you’re sizing up a great deal on a 2009 Ford F-150 or Dodge Ram. Expect no shortage of add-ons for the latest editions of these mainstay half-tons.

Image caption: Extang’s latest tonneau cover on a showy 2009 F-150 Platinum Edition.

AutoAnything did some Homework: Toyota Prius vs. VW Jetta TDI


Popular Mechanics had a post on their site comparing Toyota’s Prius to the new diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta and they got some interesting results. 

The Prius dominated in city driving with 44.7 miles per gallon compared to the Jetta’s 32 MPG.  This is likely due to the Prius’s hybrid powertrain system: when you stop at a light or stop sign in the Prius, the engine shuts off, so you don’t burn ANY fuel.  Interesting to note is that their Prius got 3 MPG less than it’s EPA rating while the Jetta for 4 MPG more than it’s EPA rating.

Although the Prius wins in city driving, the Jetta wins for highway cruising.  At a constant 65 mph, their Prius got 44.8 MPG while their Jetta TDI got 45.4 MPG.  Although not a huge difference, its cool to see that diesels are still a great option for excellent fuel economy.  The Popular Mechanic’s article said that the TDI gets a $1,300 tax credit for using “Lean Burn Technology” and the Prius’s tax credit is no longer available, making the Jetta $1,320 cheaper than the Prius.

Moral of the story: If you do a lot of city driving, get a Prius.  If you’re mostly on the highway, want to save some bucks and like the smell of a new Volkswagen, check out the 2009 Jetta TDI.

 

Read the Full Review Here: Prius vs Jetta TDI

What Car will Give You the Best MPG’s?


Check out this video.  It will give you comparisions of the real world fuel consumption of todays most fuel efficient vehicles: the Toyota Prius, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the Ford Focus, and the Smart FourTwo.

Want to improve the fuel economy of your current vehicle, take a look at a few gas saving products like performance chips, the Fitch Fuel Catalyst, performance car air filters,