The overall comfort while driving a Prius isn't exactly spectacular, but it's not an ox-driven cart either. The suspension setup is a very good compromise between a rather sporty feel during more "dynamic" driving and the somewhat plush feel of any mid-size Toyota. The only thing that could prevent the well being of the passengers from the suspension comfort point of view would probably be the 17-inch wheels with low tire walls.
As for the seating comfort, there are numerous manual controls for the front passenger seats so even the most pretentious ones can feel just fine. There's not a lot of side support but then again, there's no way anyone would buy a Prius to drive it like a maniac. The rear seats are comfy enough, while the overall room available is enough for four or even five adults, as long as the ones sitting in the rear aren't very tall.
The creature comforts for the model we tested aren't over the top, especially when considering the drivetrain's technology level, but the basic necessities were present. Stuff like a very effective single-zone automatic climate control or electrically-controlled lumbar support on the front seats were available, but there was also something that we didn't actually understand and that might prove to be a downside if the car has to fit five persons for a longer ride.
On the right side of the rear seats, near the side bolster there's a cooling duct, that apparently uses air from the car's interior to cool the batteries. In the car's manual it was specified that under no circumstance that cooling duct should be blocked by a passenger or luggage, since it might cause a malfunction on the car's battery cooling system. Strange but true, especially since there's a very high chance that someone might actually sit on it and cover it on a longer drive. Other than that, the Prius actually feels like a well made mid-size compact car that offers quite a bit above the minimum comfort for its passengers. Continue reading