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2008 Toyota Prius Review

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Many of us have long believed that the latest Toyota Prius model was the first hybrid car available on world markets, when, in fact, the Prius is in its third generation at the global level and in its second in Canada. Here's some trivia for you: The first Prius was sold only in Japan and was available by special order on other markets, such as England.

The Prius is known for its love affair with aesthetics that are off the beaten path.

Another interesting Prius fact is that it is currently the only car on the market that is noiseless during regular driving.

A unique look
The Prius is known for its love affair with aesthetics that are off the beaten path, and this generation is no exception. However, the third/second generation (depending on the case) is becoming stale. The Prius's look started off as contemporary, but now that the rest of Toyota's line has incorporated many of its aesthetic elements, the Prius looks like nothing more than a big Yaris. With an interior similar to that of its sister, the Camry, the Prius is considered a mid-size sedan.

The Prius's roof line and hatch give it a uniqueness that makes it stand out in its segment. Of course, you either love its style or you don't. In fact, everything related to the Prius's design or look is unconventional: its contour, its dashboard, even the gearshift lever is one-of-a-kind. However, one thing to which the Prius remains true is Toyota's trademark flawless interior and exterior finish.

Flawless interior
The interior is equally unique: In a word, the dashboard is special. The instruments, including the analog odometer, are concentrated in the upper portion of the dashboard at the base of the windshield. Everything else is centred in the central console, which is protruding and quite intrusive in the cabin.

There are few gadgets other than the central screen, which indicates drivetrain in real time.

The instruments, including the analog odometer, are concentrated in the upper portion of the dashboard.