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2016 Toyota Prius Could Be Better With Manual

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The all-new Toyota Prius might be the best car when it comes to fuel economy but it is also the worst in terms of design. Styling aside, we still believe that the Prius is competing with the handbrake up because it still have the potential to return even greater fuel economy.

This can be achieved through replacing the CVT gearbox with a standard manual. Toyota kept on claiming that the CVT transmission is one of the major reasons to how they were able to save more fuel but this comes with a lesser-end performance.

Besides, CVT gearboxes require high pressure fluid to operate and maintaining this pressure requires significant energy to produce heat. Such a setup will allow higher parasitic loss, in which we are referring to fuel economy.

Such a thing is not needed with a manual and it can actually aid in returning better fuel economy figures. Heck, having a manual on-board a Prius will at least make the car a little more fun to drive. Wouldn’t you agree?

1 Comment

  1. Bob Wilson

    January 2, 2016 at 8:47 am

    The Prius e-CVT uses two electric motors to leverage the engine power through one planetary gear and the fixed mechanical gears. It has fewer mechanical gears and moving parts than a manual transmission which also means no clutch, no shifter, and no reverse gear.

    There are many excellent YouTube and instructive web sites showing how it works. But the bottom line, No manual transmission diesel comes close to Prius efficiency in city driving and only parity at interstate speeds.

    Bob Wilson, Huntsville, AL