Prius to be all-new in 2015 and could offer all-wheel drive

Toyota NS4 concept

The Toyota Prius – like it or not – is the most recognized and best-selling hybrid car on the planet. Although Toyota is not known for messing with a sales success very often – take the venerable Corolla for example – the Japanese automaker does plan to remake the Prius for 2015.

What might the 2015 Prius have in store for us? First off, the body style isn’t likely to change much. Not only is it iconic, it’s also – as we said above – instantly recognizable. The slippery body shape is so synonymous with hybrids that Honda even copied it for its second-generation Insight. If you were hoping for a less clichéd Prius for 2015, you’re out of luck.

Underneath the skin, Toyota is rumored to finally switch the battery pack over from nickel-metal-hydride over to a lithium-ion unit, much like the one in the new Prius Plug-in presently on sale. According to Green Car Reports, Toyota had intended a lithium-ion switch for 2010 but had to re-think the battery chemistry, pushing back the rollout. Will it bump up the gas mileage even more? Time will tell.

Delightfully for those of us in areas stricken with inclement weather or with ski resorts in the distance, the 2015 Prius could come with an all-wheel drive option. While this will make it more livable in the snow-belt states, the extra weight and complexity will draw on efficiency.

Lastly, the dashboard design will likely be re-hashed for 2015, allowing for more usable front passenger space.

There’s no word on the sportier version of the Prius that we were promised when the Prius C was first unveiled. We’ve heard rumors of a hybrid-powered Scion FR-S in the pipeline, so a sporty Prius seems unlikely at this point. But if that changes, we’ll let you know immediately. 

Have you been thinking about getting a Prius or other hybrid? Why or why not? Tell us in comments.


Vintage Electric readies the Roadster Speed Merchant, a souped-up ebike

Vintage Electric introduced the latest in its line of retro-styled premium performance ebikes for fall 2019. The Vintage Roadster gets styling cues from board track racing motorcycles and its power from a 1,123-watt battery.

Bored with stock? The best tuner cars are begging to be modified

Modification has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. Here are some of the best tuner cars you can find, ranging from American muscle standouts to Japanese drift cars.

Infiniti’s Formula One-inspired Project Black S may enter production

The Infiniti Project Black S is a Q60 luxury coupe enhanced with a Formula One-inspired hybrid powertrain. The 563-horsepower car can sprint from zero to 62 mph in under four seconds, according to Infiniti.

Toyota raises the curtain on 2020 Corolla Nightshade Editions

The 2020 Toyota Corolla SE sedan and hatchback with a CVT (continuously variable transmission) will be available in Nightshade Editions, joining the Toyota 4Runner, Camry, Highlander, and Sienna with the blacked-out trim style option.

Here’s why your Uber or Lyft car always seems to be a Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is one of the most popular cars sold in the United States, and not just with retail buyers. Uber and Lyft drivers love the Camry for its reliability, according to a new report.

The electric Volkswagen ID Buggy makes even Ferrari drivers stop and stare

Volkswagen traveled to the 2019 Geneva Auto Show to introduce an electric dune buggy named ID Buggy, and Digital Trends drove it in California. It's a modern-day tribute to the 1960s Meyers Manx.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Racing drones and robotic ping pong trainers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Infiniti will take on BMW and Mercedes-Benz with its own crossover coupe

Launching in 2020, the Infiniti QX55 will be a crossover coupe similar to models that have proven successful for BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Infiniti said the QX55 will have styling influenced by its early 2000s FX.

Limited-edition Subaru BRZ tS returns for 2020, WRX and STI get minor tweaks

Subaru performance cars remain mostly unchanged for the 2020 model year. The big news is the return of the limited-edition Subaru BRZ tS sports car, with production capped at 300 units.

The Bugatti Centodieci is only possible because of the latest design tech

Bugatti is celebrating its 110th birthday by releasing a limited-edition hypercar named Centodieci. It's based on the Chiron, but its engine makes 1,600 horsepower, and it's a tribute to the EB110 released during the 1990s.

Discover the engineering Easter eggs in the new 2020 Ford Explorer

The 2020 Ford Explorer received a ground-up overhaul, with major changes that include a new hybrid powertrain option. But even the engineering details of the new Explorer are worth checking out.

Type S concept marks the return of sportier Acura models

Not seen since 2008, the Acura Type S once signified the sportiest Acura models sold in North America. Acura will revive Type S with a concept car debuting at Monterey Car Week, followed by two new production models.

Beach to Baja: Dune buggies in the news, from VW ID concept to McQueen’s Manx

It was a big week for dune buggies. VW revealed an electric concept vehicle, the ID. BUGGY. Steve McQueen's Thomas Crown Affair buggy is headed to auction. Glickenhaus revealed the Baja Boot, a street-legal Baja-racing-capable dune buggy.

Starman on Tesla Roadster makes first orbit around sun, braces for loneliness

Starman and his Tesla Roadster, sent by SpaceX to outer space last year, have completed their first orbit around the sun. The people on Earth may be able to catch a glimpse of the cherry-red electric vehicle on November 2020.