Car reviews - Toyota - Prius - i-Tech 5-dr hatch
9 Jul 2004
The suspension is all-coil, with anti-dive MacPherson struts at the front and a redesigned anti-lift torsion beam arrangement at the back. The U-shaped rear beam contains a built-in stabiliser bar and the gas-filled dampers use what Toyota calls "multi-leaf linear control" to control body lean when cornering yet still absorbing road shock. The rear suspension controls toe (the amount by which the wheel varies from a straight-ahead position) via specially designed bushes. Despite this, and all of Prius' ancilliary equipment, the rear load space retails a usefully flat floor.
Did you know?The amount of lead and chloride in the Prius has been reduced, with one tenth the lead content of the original Prius and one tenth the Chloride (vinyl chloride). It also uses recyclable "Super Olefin Polymer" for the bumper covers, cowl louvre, pillar garnishes, rear door trim and upper door trim
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