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I've been thinking about buying a Prius for a while. The efficient gas mileage, the famous Toyota reliability, and straightforward infotainment are all big pluses. But I can't stand the way the newer Gen 4/2016-2020 Prius vehicles look: with the crazy, asymmetric slants, the floating roof, and cheap looking grill, I wince every time I look at them. I can't stand the thought of being seen in public with one of these, and I'd be surprised if many people think the present exterior look is an improvement. The Gen 3/2015 and earlier models were beautiful: a sleek, smooth, even and symmetrical design. I'd buy a Prius in a heartbeat if I could get the 2020 mileage, electronics, and infotainment in the body of a Prius from 2015 or earlier. Does anyone know if a redesign to something like the previous generation is a possibility? Maybe this would help Toyota reverse its falling Prius sales figures.
 

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Maybe you should look at the OTHER hybrids in the Toyota lineup.
I would suggest a C.......but they aren't available in the US anymore.

P.S. Please do NOT duplicate your posts in more than one sub-forum.
That just fragments the discussion and tends to be confusing.

I will delete your other identical post.
 

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No other small sedans with AWD, as far as I can tell. If Toyota could get rid of the rear wraparound glass and scrunched accordion look back there in favor of the Gen 3's rear , I'd be on board with the new Prius.
 

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That doesn't make sense to me.
AWD typically saps your fuel efficiency......so why would you put that on a car who's primary purpose is fuel efficiency ???

If this really means that all 4 wheels are "driven", then it would add some weight too, no matter how the drive is applied to the two other wheels.

So....it says "on demand" and that kind of arrangement is typical of "4 wheel drive".
The term AWD usually applies to full time 4 wheel drive.

I don't like it when companies screw around with a well known convention and try to re-define it.
 

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AWD or 4WD on a Prius is much more fuel efficient than AWD or 4WD on a non-hybrid. You get the best of both worlds--a vehicle that can handle icy roads while saving you money at the gas pump. That's what I'm looking for.

What I really dislike about the Gen 4 Prius is the back: the elongated rear under a floating roof with wraparound glass and a scrunched accordion look. If Toyota would just redo that along the lines of the Gen 3, I'd buy a new Prius, but the current look bothers me way too much.
 

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Starting in 19 the Prius has an all wheel drive version. The rear wheels are driven with their own electric motors so the is no drive train losses. The 4 wheel drive is not active full time but only when selected.
 

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I'd buy a new Prius, but the current look bothers me way too much.
Well YOU have a problem that nobody can help with but YOU.

If aesthetics really ARE that important to you then it seems you have two choices:
Look for something else
OR
Suck it up and learn to live with the "look".

Continuing to crab about it in a forum like this accomplishes nothing useful.
 

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The rear wheels are driven with their own electric motors so the is no drive train losses.
There is always some additional loss when extra wheels are driven, regardless of how that is accomplished.
And the extra motors adds extra weight too.
 

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Well YOU have a problem that nobody can help with but YOU.

If aesthetics really ARE that important to you then it seems you have two choices:
Look for something else
OR
Suck it up and learn to live with the "look".

Continuing to crab about it in a forum like this accomplishes nothing useful.
I disagree. If Toyota's smart, it cares about learning what buyers think so it can sell more cars. Forums like this one provide a mechanism for those potential buyers to say what they're thinking. And if you don't care about views other than your own, then you probably shouldn't be in the moderating business.
 

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SIGH.
The thing you don't understand is:
The likelihood that "Toyota" will see anything posted in a forum like this is a bit less than zero.
And the likelihood that they spend time caring about what ONE SINGLE PERSON thinks is even less than that.

But if you really don't get that......just keep on posting.
I won't be wasting my time responding anymore.
 

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Let me assure you, I'm not the only person who's not a fan of the new Prius look. Anyone who disagrees can look at the steadily falling Prius sales figures. Or look at one of the many reports critical of the look, like the report pasted below, as well as the many reader comments describing the new car as hideous. Toyota can just keep doing what it's doing and ignore people like us, but the Prius is going to become less and less popular if they do so because we'll just buy other cars.

https://www.greencarreports.com/new...brid-sales-have-tanked-here-are-4-reasons-why
 

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Kudos to Toyota, they're actually doing it! A Yaris crossover mini-SUV with AWD and hybrid capabilities. It should be even better than the past or present Prius cars for people like me.
 
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