2010 Toyota Prius Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Toyota Prius - Road Test Specs

2010 Toyota Prius Hatchback

(1.8L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)


Model year2010
Base MSRP$22,800
Options on test vehicleJBL Sound System With CD Changer and Bluetooth.
As-tested MSRP$25,570 (estimated)


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4, Atkinson cycle
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,798cc (110 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
Valvetrain16 valves, double overhead camshafts, variable intake valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)13.0:1
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)98 @ 5,200 (gasoline engine); 36 hp (battery pack); 134 maximum when blended
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)105 @ 4,000 (gasoline engine)
Transmission typePlanetary-type continuously variable transmission
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)Final-drive ratio: 3.267


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent torsion beam, coil springs and integrated stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist power rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)19.1:1
Tire brandYokohama
Tire modelAvid S33
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP195/65R15 89S
Tire size, rearP195/65R15 89S
Wheel size15-by-6-inch front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front10-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rear10.2-inch solid disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.3
0-60 mph (sec.)10.1
0-75 mph (sec.)15.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.3 @ 79.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsUsing "power" mode doesn't change wide-open throttle performance. It does, however, seem to improve transient response. Otherwise, Prius hates power braking. Just wood it and go.
Braking commentsLong-travel, somewhat awkward pedal still doesn't feel "normal." Performance, however, is on par for the segment.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Non-defeatable stability control makes skid pad an exercise in wood-it-and-steer. The electronics do the rest. Slalom: Same story here. Keep it smooth and stability control remains at bay. Start chopping at the wheel and it gets slower.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)30
Temperature (°F)60.7
Wind (mph, direction)5.0 mph NE

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)51 city/48 highway/50 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)45.7 (52.2 on 115-mile fuel economy loop)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)11.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,042
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,060
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.2/39.8
Length (in.)175.6
Width (in.)68.7
Height (in.)58.7
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Track, front (in.)60.0
Track, rear (in.)59.8
Legroom, front (in.)42.5
Legroom, rear (in.)36.0
Headroom, front (in.)38.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)21.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)39.6


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles (hybrid-related component coverage: 8 years/100,000 miles or, in California-emissions states, 15 years/150,000 miles; hybrid battery only: 10 years/150,000 mile for all 50 states)
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsDriver only
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard
Emergency assistance systemOptional (test car not equipped)
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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