Prius Hybrid Unveiled Locally

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

The new Prius Hybrid was rolled out in Meridian Monday at John O'Neil Johnson Toyota.

"Now you see that they are showing up on dealership lots, and there will be more and more in coming days," said Rick Martinez, Toyota retail development manager.

It's a hybrid car with new technology that makes it more environmentally friendly and easier on your wallet.

It gets up to 50 miles to the gallon. There are no belts or hoses to replace, so this car is inexpensive to maintain and keep running.

Some have solar panels that will power fans to keep the car's inside temperature around the same temperature as the outside air. It was among the top 10 vehicles sold last year.

"We want people to understand that this is a mainstream vehicle," Martinez said. "This is not something that you have to worry about the batteries running out. If you do worry about that, we have an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the hybrid components."

And maybe it's a good thing that the Prius is becoming more popular since the car is much more environmentally-friendly.

"Environmentally speaking, the first thing you think about is the fuel mileage. It's going to get better fuel mileage," said Martinez. "Some of the neat things are that it's almost completely recyclable. The batteries are completely recyclable."

Here's another perk. You can hardly hear the engine.


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