When Toyota asked if I would like to celebrate Mother’s Day with a new 2017 Prius Four for an entire week and visit to the Phoenix Zoo for the Dia del Nino celebration, it was an easy, “yes, please.” The 2017 Toyota Prius Was Named Best Hybrid Car for the Money by U.S. News & World Report and I was looking forward to trying it out for our family during a busy week. My eight year old daughter was very excited when the red car was delivered to our driveway and asked if she could ride in it to school everyday.
Although the car is much smaller than our regular ride, proud minivan mom here, it comes with a big punch and long list of awesome features.
- Advanced integrated safety
- Beautifully efficient exterior
- A comfortable high tech interior
- Performance like no other
- Technology to wow
- Utility and Convenience for all the fun!
With it’s EPA estimated 58 MPG city, the Prius family is estimated to have reduced almost 12 million tons of CO₂ emissions from being released into the atmosphere. That’s reason enough to want to permanently drive the Prius but after spending a week with the hybrid vehicle, I have many other reasons for loving it too.
The new Prius body feels much different than my early expectations. It’s sleek and dramatic looking much more like a sedan than a hatchback.
Safety features include an integrated backup camera, blind spot monitor, rear crossing traffic alert and more. With so many reasons to need to know what is behind your vehicle, I definitely appreciate the camera that comes standard on all models.
Skeptical about how the Prius would comfortably fit my family, we were pleasantly surprised by the smart seat design. Our youngest daughter’s carseat and a booster seat fit well in the back while the front seat feels like an upscale experience with access to the fully customizable Multi-Information Display. Cargo space is generous and easily handled our weekly groceries.
The navigation was flawless and I appreciated how it helped our family with traffic expectations during our many adventures. While my oldest daughter was at rock climbing practice my sister-in-law and I took our youngest daughters to the Phoenix Zoo for the Dia del Nino celebration. We visit the zoo often but this day was special because it was full of activities celebrating culture in Arizona.
Our daughters are just six weeks apart and the cutest little two year old friends. They had so much fun exploring together during our day out.
Goats in the petting zoo were the girls’ favorite animals of the day. At two each zoo visit finds new exhibits and animals to love. So much can be learned about animals and conservation by young visits to local aquariums and zoos.
Our warm day at the Phoenix zoo ended with ice cream cones and two toddlers very ready for an afternoon nap.
Choosing to drive a hybrid vehicle is good for the environment, but choosing to drive the 2017 Toyota Prius Four is a decision your family will love too. Where would you love to go in a new Prius?