13 Oct '15, 8pm

No AWD For US-Market 2016 Toyota Prius

After 15 years on the U.S. market as a front-wheel-drive only vehicle, the 2016 Toyota Prius will remain such, and despite rumors to the contrary, will not receive all wheel drive. According to a brief e-mail by Toyota media rep Sam Butto today, there will be “no AWD in the U.S. market for the 2016 Prius.” Other markets following a news release last night are reporting a new E-Four all-wheel-drive system available, presumably on certain trim levels, of the fourth-generation hybrid. The system uses an electric rear motor to effectively create all-wheel traction, useful especially in snow, and slippery conditions. Toyota’s electric AWD approach is seen in the U.S. in the Lexus RX 450 h hybrid crossover and Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The novel setup enables traction-sensitive AWD that senses front tire slippage and works automatically. It is mechanically independent from the f...

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