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Now that our three-month long term review of the Toyota Prius has completed, one of the main features that we felt lacking in the Toyota Prius has been added.

Toyota has today announced its third-generation Prius hybrid environmentally friendly car will be come with the option of bigger wheels and tyres. Adding a much needed sporty look to the car.

Making use of five-spoke 17-inch wheels, the upgrade to the Toyota Prius which has been available in other countries for some time will certainly add more appeal to the car visually.

Despite the larger size the new 17-inch alloys will not affect fuel economy and and are wrapped in low rolling resistance tyres.

Interestingly if you’re going for an i-Tech model (top of the range) and you want the 17-inch wheels, the solar moonroof option will not be fitted due to extra weight.

However if you pick the wheel option on the entry-level Prius, you also get satellite navigation and intelligent park assist (IPA).

Unfortunately a space-saver is still in the boot instead of a full spare. The Toyota Prius which takes the title of the world’s best-selling hybrid vehicle has so far found 1.6 million customers.

PRICING*

  • Prius (15-inch alloys with wheel cover): $39,900
  • Prius (17-inch alloy wheels, sat-nav and IPA): $45,500
  • Prius i-Tech (15-inch alloys with wheel cover) $53,500
  • Prius i-Tech (17-inch alloy wheels, no moonroof): $52,000



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