As Toyota is trying to regain its customers’ trust, the Japanese car manufacturer has just released a press release meant to bust some of the myths going around about the Prius.
One of the myths is related to the start/stop button on the dash. The myth states that the button will not turn off the Prius while it’s running. Toyota says that pushing and holding the button on the dash for about three seconds will shut off the ignition system on the vehicle – even if it’s in gear and moving along the roadway. Newer models may have different control logic – you only have to press the button briefly to shut down the vehicle.
Another myth says that the brake system on the Toyota Prius is not able to stop the car at speed with a wide-open throttle condition, but according to Toyota the brake system on each of its models is capable of overpowering the driveline to stop the vehicle. All you have to do is apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal – use two feet if needed, to bring the vehicle to a halt.
According to people badmouthing the Japanese car manufacturer, the Prius transmission would not go into Neutral when an attempt was made to put it in that mode. Toyota says that the Prius does have an electronic link between the shift lever and the transmission. The driver should place the Prius in Neutral by moving the shift lever to the “N” position – to the left side of the shift gate, and hold it there for a second – this will put the Prius transmission in Neutral.
This just goes to show that a lot of the bad things you might have heard about Toyota are just rumors. If interested in a model from the automaker's line-up, you should check out the facts.