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The Toyota Prius’s New Family

2012 Toyota Prius C concept

Way back, oh, about 10-12 years ago, a new concept was released. The Toyota Prius offered the best in class fuel efficiency that many Americans could not live without. Over the ensuing years the Prius remained true to its original concept, improving on fuel efficiency and adding a few comforts here and there. The 2012 Toyota Prius has been revamped and a few siblings have been added to the family.

2012 Toyota Prius V

The Prius V is a wagon version of the Prius. It is 6 inches longer and three inches taller than a Prius hatchback. It also has a longer wheelbase, which seems to improve the comfort of the ride. This version offers 44 city/40 hwy mpg. The downside could be its higher MSRP, but you will regain most of that difference at the pump.

2012 Toyota Prius PHV

The PHV stands for plug-in hybrid vehicle. Toyota is the logical company to merge plug-in technology with a hybrid car. The PHV is capable of driving 13 miles without use of the gas engine, unless you hit the pedal too hard. According to official reports from Toyota, the PHV lacks the acceleration of the other Prius models. It has a 0-60 of 11.3 seconds compared to 9.8 for other versions.

2012 Toyota Prius C

The Prius C is aimed directly at crowded urban markets. It is scheduled for launch in the spring of 2012. It is smaller than a standard Prius by 20 inches, but offers greater fuel efficiency and a lower price tag. Toyota is being close-lipped about the exact numbers on mpg, but estimates the Prius C will come in around $19,500.

The 2012 Toyota Prius is a whole lot more than your mother’s Prius was ever intended to be. Toyota has added safety features as well as creature comforts. This may be the end of the image that a fuel efficient car is cheaply appointed.

1 Comment September 29, 2011

Toyota Camry: Car Of The Past And The Future

2012 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Motor Corporation quietly replaced its slow selling Corona with the Camry in 1983. Offering front wheel drive, a small 4 cylinder engine, and very little else, the Camry has gone on to become one of the top selling cars around the globe. In the process, Camry has helped Toyota cement its position as a top automaker internationally.

The 2012 Toyota Camry marks the seventh generation of a car that has been the top seller in America 13 out of the last 14 years. The Hybrid Synergy powertrain in the new Camry offers 200 horsepower while delivering 41 combined mpg. Add those numbers to the stylish exterior and the comfortable interior and you may wonder how to make your Camry stand out from the rest. Here are a few tips to do just that.

Chrome and more chrome. A chrome billet grille, chrome mirror covers, and chrome door handle covers. The norm is to blend every aspect of the car by using a single color. Chrome gives an eye-catching contrast that will make your car standout wherever you go.

Under the hood, you can add TRD race ready parts. Radiator caps, oil caps, and oil filters from TRD can give your engine compartment the beefed up look that you want.

The Toyota Camry has come a long way from its 1983 origins. It has evolved from an underpowered subcompact into a well appointed ride with the hybrid availability that acknowledges the future.

Leave a Comment September 21, 2011

The 2011 Lexus CT 200h: The Premium Hybrid

2011 Lexus CT 200h

Historically, hybrids have had several strengths. Fuel economy is tops on the list. The 2011 Lexus CT 200h adds engaging handling and an affordable MSRP. The 200h is related to the HS 250h and shares a powertrain with the Toyota Prius. That is where the similarities end. The 200h is designed specifically for better handling than either model by giving it a lower stance and special suspension components. The CT is also upgraded with drive modes. In Sport mode throttle and steering are modified for quicker response. Once you own a CT 200h, you may want to make it your own. Here are a few ways to do just that.

Unfortunately, the 2011 Lexus CT 200h comes with a standard antennae that does nothing to add to the aesthetics of the car. Your best bet to improve that, is to add a shark fin antennae. There is very little work to be done. The shark fin will screw into the original equipment base and, then covers it.

Another unfortunate aspect of owning a premium hybrid is that they are on the top of the governments list of the most stolen cars. You can protect your 2011 Lexus CT 200h by adding wheel locks. At least if someone takes your car, you can keep them from getting all of the parts that they want. says that the 2011 Lexus CT 200h offers ”a driving experience that’s sharper and more enjoyable than you’ll find in most other hybrids.” All you need to do is personalize yours to make it stand out even more.

Leave a Comment September 15, 2011

Three Ways To Personalize Your Sonata Hybrid

2011 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is manufactured with an aggressive stance and stylish interior. Despite, or perhaps because of, this many Sonata hybrid owners want to personalize their car to help it further capture the imagination of their passengers. There are plenty of products to buy to do that. Here are three that put function in front of frivolity.

The rear bumper of your Sonata hybrid is one of the first areas to show wear from loading and unloading luggage, groceries, and whatever else you carry around. Putting a rear bumper protector on your car will keep the paint in showroom condition.

Murphy’s Law says that some time in the first month you own your car, someone will scratch your Sonata hybrid with a grocery cart or the door of their car. You can prevent that by adding body side moldings.

The third way to personalize your Sonata hybrid is to add a Hyundai first aid kit. The kit includes everything you might need in an emergency and fits into a durable case emblazoned with the Hyundai logo.

Personalizing your Hyundai Sonata hybrid should be practical before it becomes about added style. After all, why gild the lily if it isn’t necessary.

Leave a Comment September 10, 2011

Honda Hybrid Parts: All About The Future Of Your Car

2010 Honda Insight

When you think about Honda hybrid parts, the first thing that might come to mind are performance parts. While there is nothing wrong with improving the performance of your car, you may want to think about protecting it from everyday wear and tear, as well.

The two most essential Honda hybrid parts to use to protect your car’s interior are all weather floor mats and cargo liners. Nothing eats away at your carpet like mud and road salt. That’s not to mention what standing water can do to the floorpan area. Also, many Honda models do not come with exterior trim along the doors. Body side moldings can protect your Honda from grocery carts and carelessly opened doors.

Alright, let’s skip past the practical and into the Honda hybrid parts that will help your car perform better. Why not start by lowering your car, then adding a carbon fiber hood for weight reduction. You can always put a hood scoop on top of the new hood to finish the look.

When you are in the market for Honda hybrid parts, shop around. Look for the parts that are custom fit for your model and come with a guarantee. Buy smart and you will save.

Leave a Comment September 2, 2011

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