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2003 Toyota Prius

2003 Toyota Prius
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The 2003 Toyota Prius is a revolutionary hybrid vehicle breaking records for sales, establishing a standard for a new class and achieving record breaking and segment leading sales in the process.

The 2003 Toyota Prius is a road-ready electric car that never needs to be plugged in, can travel with zero emissions and, incidentally, minimal noise, and achieves unheard of EPA fuel economy ratings, at least for regular cars. In an energy crisis, your average muscle car may go faster but it may not get as far at all. It has an EPA-estimated rating of 52 miles per gallon in city driving and 45 mpg on the highway and is certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and by the EPA as a super ultra low emission vehicle (SULEV). The Prius is no slow poke either, achieving the speed limit in most places and, due to the electric motor in primary control in urban situations, taking off with very high torque from a standstill.

Available Models
The 2003 Toyota Prius comes in one version, a sub-compact four-door with great styling, generous interior amenities, respectable power profile and good handling capability because of its low center of gravity and one hybrid engine choice.

Interior Features
This Prius has a single high trim level with automatic climate control and options like an in-dash 6CD changer, cruise control and a satellite navigation system. Power windows, door locks and steering, remote keyless entry, and heated power mirrors are all standard features as well. These are normally features only found on luxury cars or up-level trims but with the Prius consumers benefit from its first time status.

In fact, the 2003 Toyota Prius is showing that comfort, convenience and style do not have to suffer to save the planet.

Exterior Features
The 2003 Toyota Prius has distinctive and aerodynamic exterior styling with alloy wheels, fully integrated fog lights and a rear spoiler to add form and function enhancements.

A high efficiency 70-horsepower (at 4,500 rpm) 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline-fuelled engine is teamed with a 44-horsepower permanent-magnet electric motor to comprise the Prius powerplant. Electronic controls managed by the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) uses either electricity or gasoline or a combination of both to operate the vehicle in a power management system invisible to the driver.

Regenerative braking system adds further system efficiency. The electric motor converts heat generated by the brakes to kinetic energy and transforms it into useable electricity to recharge the batteries. This is one reason the Prius can achieve better fuel efficiency in urban driving than on the highway, where braking is less frequent. As more braking power is required, the computer phases in the regular brakes. The total result is that the Prius has better fuel economy in the city than it has on the highway.

Safety and Security
Dual front airbags, antilock brakes and an emergency inside trunk release are standard contributions to the safety record of the Prius.

2003 Toyota Prius Highlights

The Prius (the name comes from the Latin "to go before") never needs to be plugged in for recharging. It has an EPA-estimated rating of 52 miles per gallon in city driving and 45 mpg on the highway. These seemingly "reversed" figures reflect the unique powertrain that's optimized for maximum efficiency in the kind of stop-and-go driving most commuters experience.
Prius' powertrain teams a 70-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline-fueled engine and a 44-horsepower permanent-magnet electric motor. The electronic controls that make up the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) allow Prius to operate on either electricity or gasoline, or a combination of both. Sophisticated electronics keep the power management invisible to the driver.
Offered in a single, well-equipped trim level, the Prius features standard automatic climate-control, power windows, door locks and mirrors, an AM/FM/cassette stereo system and remote keyless entry with a security system and engine immobilizer. Options include a DVD-based navigation system, SRS side impact airbags, cruise control and daytime running lights.

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Fast Stats
MSRP from
1.5L 4-Cylinder
70 @ 4,500
MPG: City/Hwy
52 / 45

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