The Cheaper 2023 Toyota Prius Hubcaps Are Awesomely Angular | Technoscoob
Like every thing else in regards to the redesigned 2023 Toyota Prius hybrid, even the standard aerodynamic wheel covers are markedly extra attention-grabbing than earlier than. For generations, Priuses have worn, primarily, hubcaps—plastic wheel covers designed to clean airflow over and across the wheels. Not like typical wheel covers, these items snap over light-weight aluminum wheels, not the plain-ol’ price range steelies you’d anticipate finding beneath hubcaps. (Tesla affords related covers on its EVs, and they’re purposeful sufficient to make a distinction in vary; take away them, and driving vary drops barely.) For the ’23 Prius, Toyota appears to have thought-about the wheel covers’ type along with their aerodynamic advantages, giving them an angular, extra three-dimensional high quality.
The end result? The hubcaps, which solely come on the entry-level Prius LE mannequin—the XLE and Restricted put on bigger, bare-faced aluminum wheels—give the Prius a Blade Runner-like look. Would we go as far as to say we desire the look of the LE’s wheel covers to the snazzier rims on the upper-level fashions? Possibly—the hubcaps actually vibe higher with the Prius’s newly wedge-like physique, clear surfacing, and futuristic-pod aesthetic.
Within the Prius’s darker colours, particularly, the gray-colored ‘caps give the hybrid a, dare we are saying it… sinister look? For those who’re questioning why, a number of months after the Prius’s large debut, we’re pointing this out, it is as a result of Toyota fired up its on-line configurator for the brand new hybrid. Searching the builder device, we noticed for the primary time the LE’s hubcapped wheels; like most automakers, Toyota tends to point out off solely larger trim ranges at launch, that means we discover out what the cheap fashions extra folks have a tendency to purchase truly appear to be later.
Anyway, we get how ridiculous this all should sound—by no means earlier than have the adjectives “sinister” or “cool” been used to explain any facet of any Prius ever. However the new-generation Prius is making an effort at up-ending that. The gasoline engine half of the powertrain has been upgraded from a 1.8-liter I-4 to a 2.0-liter unit; the mixed output of that engine and the electrical motors (that are fed by a brand new lithium-ion battery) is up large time, to only shy of 200 hp. The cabin is markedly nicer than earlier than, and appears extra purposefully futuristic, relatively than awkward and low cost.
As an added bonus, the Prius LE fashions are essentially the most environment friendly of the vary, and the least costly. A front-wheel-drive instance retails for $28,545 and delivers as much as 57 mpg metropolis, 56 freeway, and 56 mixed. The all-wheel-drive model drops these figures to 53/54/53 mpg and ups the worth by $1,400. Skipping the hubcaps for the larger coverless wheels on the XLE or Restricted (see above) prices you moolah and miles per gallon, with these variations’ effectivity dropping by a number of mpg. So, there you may have it—the newest shock with the brand new Prius? It is even snappy lookin’ in its least expensive type.