2007 Toyota Prius Overview

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2007 Toyota Prius Overview

While most of the Toyota hybrids ascend beyond the typical Toyota buyer's price range, the Prius offers the best fuel efficiency of all for just over $20,000. Toyota and Lexus built two types of hybrid vehicles: some are geared towards performance and others towards efficiency. The Prius is the latter.
For 2007, Toyota has added a Prius Touring model. Aiming to offer a more aggressive appearance and a bit more hybrid diving excitement, Toyota was equipped this car with foglights, a rear spoiler, xenon headlamps, 16 inch alloy wheels, and a special sport-tuned suspension. Two models are offered this year, and both now include side and side-curtain airbags as standard safety features. The base model includes automatic climate control, cruise control, a trip computer, a CD six speaker audio system, steering wheel controls, and 15-inch wheels.
The Prius can be finished with a long list of options, but these add-ons are organized into expensive packages. Both models are eligible for items like a JBL audio system upgrade with an in-dash CD changer, a DVD-based navigation system with voice-activation (includes Bluetooth and rear backup camera), Vehicle Stability Control, and the SmartKey system.
The Prius base and Prius Touring use the same engine and transmission. The foundation is a 1.5 liter DOHC inline four, which generates 76 horsepower and 82 pound-feet of torque on its own. The modest engine is paired with two electric motors. One motor is used for engine startup and to recharge the 201-volt battery. The other provides power to the front wheels. The cumulative total is about 110 horsepower. Hybrid Synergy Drive uses a continuously variable transmission, doing away with ordinary toothed gears for a system of transistors. No shifting is required.

The strongest selling point for this pioneering hybrid is fuel efficiency: 60 mpg in city driving and 51 mpg on the highway. City mileage is higher because the electric motor can handle more of the workload at lower speeds.

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    Low Gas Mileage

    Most of my driving is short distance, stop & go, and I am seeing that sometimes the engine doesn't shut down when I am stopped. I'm also seeing mileage as low as 33, perhaps due to that. Just a shor...

    5,659 views with 12 answers (last answer 2 days ago)

    Car Problems

    I bought a 2007 Prius Touring anout a month ago or so. It has 66,000 miles. It has a salvage title, it got hit from the back at 59k miles. A dealership bought it a fixed it and sold it to me after ...

    11 views with 4 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    Smart Key Fob Will Lock All Doors When You Push Lock On Fob But Drivers Do...

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    2007 Prius Fails To Go To Ready Mode

    A few months after puchasing a used 2007 pruis it started failing to go into ready mode intermittently (then proceeds to flashing squares around park and drive indicators and fuel level flashes). I re...

    26 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)

    07 Prius Noise When Accelerating On Highway

    When accelerating it start to make noise like a fluttering sound and seems like it has a loss of power. I check all the fairings for security all good. Not sure if it the motor, engine, or batter...

    12 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)