Natae Rayner, a product education manager with Toyota, sat in the passenger seat of the 2010 Prius at Skylight in lower Manhattan and reeled off its many virtues. Not that there was anything wrong with the 2004-2009 second-generation car, she said, but this new one rocks.

Rayner is on the road, talking about the car’s virtues at Prius Connection events in New York (where I met her), Detroit, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s no secret that the east and west coasts are Prius hotbeds, and Toyota is targeting enthusiasts and current owners, hoping to get them to upgrade in a down economy.

The 50-miles-per-gallon car with the slippery .25 coefficient of drag has some really cool features, but Rayner is the professional. First she explained it all to me, then she did it all again for our video camera. The results are below: 

Jim Motavalli ( @jmotavalli ) writes about cars, technology and the environmental world to anyone curious enough to ask.