2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Drive Review

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Hybrid Mode
Once the EV-only cycle has been consumed, the gasoline engine starts automatically to work with the electric motor in typical hybrid fashion. Although drivers will experience a noticeable increase in power when the gas engine comes to life, they will also notice the transition from silent running to a somewhat buzzier driving experience. The engine revs will vary with the continuously variable transmission, and under high load the sound can be intrusive.

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