Review: 2020 Toyota Prius AWD-e

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  1. Tideland Prius

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    Wasn't sure whether to continue adding it to the review repository or start a new thread. LMK what you guys think.


    Car Review: 2020 Toyota Prius AWD-e | Driving
     
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    Doesn't the Driving reviewer have 'Brake' wrong? My understanding is that 'B' forces the ICE to provide the 'engine braking' that would normally be accomplished by regenerative braking in an attempt to prevent the system from overcharging the traction battery during downhill descents, etc.
     
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    The media hasn't gotten the "B" mode in a Prius right since the beginning. It's easier to comprehend on an EV.

    B will engage the engine under most circumstances to provide engine braking, yes. Under 18 or 22 km/h, it will keep the engine off and actually provide slightly stronger regenerative braking.

    With the onset of EVs, I think most just assume it works the same way as an EV - provide stronger regen.
     
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    That’s always driven me crazy for years how ever review gets it wrong!! If B mode was simply stronger regen, I’d use it all the the time! B mode was basically compliance with road regulations of at least the USA. I guess it can come in handy, but I rarely use it.
     
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    The thing is, when you’re testing 100 cars a year, it’s tough to learn everything and even when you do, you might mix them up between models or manufacturers.

    I find Alex Dykes from AlexonAuto the most detailed. He tends to mention things that forum members and owners would know. His videos are longer but it’s more informative imo.
     
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    Oh yes! I forgot about him. Yes he makes awesome content!
     
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