2017 Toyota Prius Driving Impressions

The 1.8-liter internal combustion engine makes 95 horsepower, and the 53-kilowatt electric motor makes that 121 horsepower combined.

The batteries are located under the rear seat, whether it’s the base Two’s nickel-metal-hydride battery pack that’s been in every Prius for the last 20 years, or the lighter and more compact lithium-ion battery pack that’s in every other model in the line.

The engine is not as refined as the Chevy Volt’s, but it’s quieter than it used to be; and it still lets you know you’re in a Prius.

The ride is good enough to make you forget, at least for a few times during the 65 miles that we drove it. Because the seating position is 2.3 inches lower than the 2015 model, it feels sportier. It feels like a compact to mid-sized hatchback.

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