2018 NWAPA Drive Revolution – Part 2

AFFORDABLE HYBRIDS By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Each year members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association meet to evaluate some of the latest and greatest environmentally friendly vehicles available to U.S. consumers. This year the competition was held at the Pearson Air Museum located on the grounds of the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve in Vancouver,…

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2016 Toyota Prius Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer The week we tested the 2016 Toyota Prius turned out to be one of the busiest weeks we’ve ever had. It was filled with appointments all over southern Washington and in the Portland metro area. Overall, we ended up driving nearly 500 miles, on freeways, city streets, in fast moving…

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2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid Test Drive

“2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco Liftback” Hybrid Pioneer Rewrites the Rule Book What would happen if a group of automotive journalists gathered together at the same time to test and evaluate a vehicle to see who could achieve the best mileage. The level of competitiveness would be simply amazing. Not only that, but the crazy…

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2012 Toyota Prius

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer In case you haven’t looked recently or noticed the difference in the swarms of Prii (that’s the official Toyota plural of Prius, as determined by a vote of Prius fans) on the roads, there are now four different versions of the popular Toyota hybrid.  When you put it all down…

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Test Drive: 2012 Toyota Prius C

A surprisingly enjoyable hybrid. I have never been much of a fan of the Prius. Don’t get me wrong; the Prius is an ingenious vehicle. Combining the best parts of gas and electric powertrains into one is brilliant—at least on paper. It is less brilliant, however, as an actual drivable vehicle….

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Toyota Adds a Pair of Prii

 Prius dealers are now receiving two additions to their Prius menu, a new wagon-like-like Prius v and a Prius Plug-in.  Prius v The Prius v is designed to meet the needs of growing families with active lifestyles while providing the same attributes traditionally found in the Prius DNA including Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive.  With 58…

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Test Drive: Toyota Prius v

More of a Good Thing Monterey, Calif. – By now nearly everyone is familiar with the Toyota Prius.  With more than one million of them on the American roads, they have become the standard for hybrids outnumbering all the other hybrids combined. What most people don’t know is there are now three Prius models, or…

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A Toyota Prius Performance Package?

A hybrid performance package sounds like a dichotomy doesn’t it? First shown at the 2010  Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show — the Prius PLUS Performance Package features components of the new PLUS hybrid performance line from Toyota Racing Development (TRD). The package was developed to meet growing demands by hybrid drivers to have their…

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Test Drive: 2012 Toyota Prius V Wagon

“2012 Prius V : Expands Toyota’s Hybrid family” The Toyota Prius for 2010 was better in nearly every way imaginable, moving from its pioneer status to that of a Hybrid icon. It was a genuine “Hyper-miler”. The claimed EPA mileage estimates were 51 mpg City, 48 mpg Highway, and 50 mpg combined which could be…

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More than one Prius is Prii

1.8 Million Vote on Plural Name For 10 years the automotive press has deliberated over what to call a flock of Prius or even a pair….is it Prius, Priuses, Prii or something completely different?  With other Prius versions in the pipeline Toyota need to come up with a plural name, rather than having everyone make…

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