2004 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test


2004 Toyota Prius: The Bar Graph, Old vs. New

October 14, 2010

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I've always dug the "last 30 minutes" efficiency bar graph display in our 2004 Toyota Prius. However, for the third generation (2010 --), Toyota switched to a smaller, less colorful dash-mounted display (after the jump).

The idea behind the new display, of course, is to keep your eyes pointed closer to the road ahead, rather than on the navigation screen, as you're playing the fuel economy/recharge-the-battery-pack game. I'm sure Toyota's legal team prefers the new display.

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But I prefer the old display. And I find that when I drive a third-gen Prius, I'm less interested in playing the game. And if you're driving a hybrid, you need to play the game -- that's what you do to make up for the lack of involvement.

So which is it going to be for you -- the cool-looking bar-graph display of old or the new, ergonomic, lawyer-friendly, eyes-closer-to-the-road display?

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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