Toyota Prius Prime

Plug-in Hybrid

EV=25
Total=640
Range

Seats 5

19.8ft3 Cargo

L=182.9
W=69.3
H=57.9

8.8kWh Battery

Toyota calls its Prius Prime the company’s most advanced hybrid yet. With an EPA-estimated 133 MPGe and 54 combined mpg it’s one of the most efficient cars in its class and one of the most efficient hybrids in America. In 2018, it was the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the USA. These days, the Prime represents 35% of the total Prius family sales. It was the second best-selling EV in the USA in 2018, with sales of 27,595 units, beat out only by the Tesla Model 3.

Prime’s cutting-edge, lightweight materials, advanced technology, total range of 640 gas and electric miles and affordability make it one of the most desirable plug-ins on the market. The hybrid can drive up to 25 miles in EV Mode using its 8.8kWh battery for power.

For 2018, the Prius Prime earned the Automotive Science Group’s BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE Award for its 133-MPGe EPA rating, its 25-mile electric range, low manufacturing footprint, usage of biodegradable upholstery and dashboard materials, and end-of-life recyclability. ASG’s annual study found the Prime to hold the smallest carbon footprint of any model year 2018 car in the North American market. In ASG’s data-driven automotive life-cycle assessment, the Prius Prime not only won its class, but also outperformed all 1,664 (with trim variants) vehicles assessed.

In ASG’s all-around performance assessment – the combined environmental, social and economic performance analysis - the Prius Prime furthered its winnings to earn the highest distinction as ASG’s BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE CAR OF 2018. The PHEV outperformed all conventional and alternatively powered vehicles to take the top honor.

The California Air Resources Board has given Prime a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) III, Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) 30 Rating. A SULEV is a super-ultra-low-emission vehicle: SULEV emissions are 90% cleaner than the average new model year car.

Because it’s a plug-in, the car is eligible for up to a $4,500 Federal Tax Credit and a potential $1500 California Rebate. A Current EV representative can explain how you can qualify for these incentives.

The 2020 Prime comes with five seats now instead of four, and Toyota finally added Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, making them standard.

There are 3 Prime 2020 models: LE ($27,600 MSRP), XLE ($29,500 MSRP), and Limited ($33,500 MSRP).

All of them use a 1.8Liter 4-Cylinder ECVT Hybrid Engine (ECVT), and Permanent magnet AC synchronous motors. Standard on all trims: an Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission; Front-Wheel Drive, Power-assisted ventilated front disc brakes; solid rear discs with integrated regenerative braking and the Star Safety System; and a Sequential multi-point EFI with Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i).

Standard safety features on all three trims include: Star Safety System which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and; Smart Stop Technology (SST); a Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System; and Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) which includes: a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

The LE trim’s In-Car-Entertainment system includes: Audio Plus, six speakers, a 7-in. touch-screen, AM/FM, CD player, Scout GPS Link compatible with up to 3-year trial, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay & Amazon Alexa compatible, a USB media port, two USB charge ports, hands-free phone capability, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. Connected Services include Safety Connect with 3-year trial, Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon with up to 2 GB within 6-month trial, and SiriusXM with a 3-month All Access trial. The XLE and Limited trims add additional multimedia features.

Prius Prime features visually striking Quad-LED projector headlights and available LED fog lights and accent lights. In the rear, the taillights are equipped with LEDs that producer brighter light and consume less energy.

Optimized placement for the battery pack lowers the car's center of gravity. Using a larger battery than the base Prius, Prime provides 25 pure-electric miles before the gas engine and electric motors take over. Replenishing the battery using a regular wall 120-volt socket takes around 5.5 hours. Level 2 (240-volt) charging time is a little more than 2 hours.

Here’s what Kelley Blue Book says about the Prime’s updated interior: “For 2020, Toyota has made notable improvements. The biggest change is that there are now three rear seats instead of two, giving this PHEV 5-seat capacity like the original Prius plug-in (the Prime name was affixed to the current generation Prius PHEV). Rear-seat passengers now get USB ports for the first time. There are changes up front as well. While the dash continues to be dominated by a bright, easy-to-use 11.6-inch vertical touch screen, that screen now controls two new features: Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. To give the interior a more upscale look for 2020, the automaker replaced the previous Prius Prime’s white accents with black ones. And, paying special attention to detail, Toyota also moved the seat heater buttons to put them in easier reach, and added extenders to the sunvisors.

The Prius Prime interior’s layout has visual cues that resemble other Toyota products, but there are important differences, too. The driver doesn’t face a typical instrument cluster. Instead, speed and other important info are displayed on a narrow screen above the large touch screen.

Says Car & Driver: “The Toyota Prius Prime has a unique spot atop the Prius hierarchy, with an exclusive plug-in-hybrid powertrain and distinct styling differences. While the two Toyota hybrids ride on the same platform and have similar interior arrangements, only the Prime can travel up to 25 miles on electricity alone. Its divergent exterior is more attractive than the traditional Prius, and the Prime can be had with an enormous touchscreen infotainment system.”

Motor Trend on Prime's construction: "Like the standard Prius Hybrid, the Prius Prime features the extensive use of high-strength steel in its construction to keep the body lightweight and strong. Aluminum and carbon fiber also helped keep the car’s weight in check. The hood, for example, is made of aluminum, and the rear hatch is built out of carbon fiber. As a result, the Prius Prime is expected to have one of the lowest drag coefficients among sedans. To help it cheat the wind even better, the Prius Prime also comes with automatic grille shutters for better aerodynamics when the radiator doesn’t need cooling."

Prius Prime comes standard with a no cost maintenance plan for 2 years or 25,000 miles. 24-hour Roadside Assistance is also included for 3 years and unlimited miles. The Hybrid System Warranty is the best in the business: 120 months / 150,000 miles.


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Specs

Performance:

  • Engine: 1.8-Liter 4-cylinder Aluminum DOHC 16-Valve with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), EV/ECO/POWER Modes; 95 hp @ 5200 rpm (71 kW @ 5200 rpm), 105 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm (142 N•m @ 3600 rpm)
  • Sequential multi-point EFI with Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i)
  • Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) III, Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) 30
  • Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Emission Standard: Tier 3 Bin 30
  • Permanent magnet AC synchronous motor
  • Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)
  • Lithium-ion (Li-ion) Battery
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS); power-assisted rack-and-pinion
  • Power-assisted ventilated front disc brakes; solid rear disc with integrated regenerative braking and Star Safety System
  • Basic Warranty: 36 months / 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain Warranty: 60 months / 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid System Warranty: in California (CA Emission state): 120 months / 150,000 miles
  • Additional year of Roadside Assistance100 for a total of 3 years of Roadside Assistance from date of purchase

Interior:

  • Back-up Camera
  • Leather Seats
  • Parking Assist
  • Apple Car Play
  • Navigation
  • Lane Departure Alarm
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Auto Emergency Braking
  • Smart-flow climate control system with pollen filtration
  • Remote A/C System
  • Integrated backup camera
  • 4.2-in. color dual Multi-Information Display (MID) with customizable screens including Energy Monitor, Hybrid System Indicator and Eco Score, Eco Savings Record, Drive Monitor, Eco Diary, climate control, driver support systems, audio system content and navigation system content
  • Predictive Fuel-Efficient Drive (XLE, Limited)
  • 5-passenger seating with 60/40 split fold-down rear seats with center armrest and cup holders
  • SofTex-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio, climate, Multi-Information Display
  • Heated steering wheel (Limited)
  • Digital instrumentation with speedometer, hybrid system power meter, fuel gauge, odometer, current fuel economy, shift-position indicator, EV/hybrid mode indicator, and drive mode indicator
  • Soft-touch upper door trim with chrome accent, SofTex-trimmed door armrest area with chrome interior door handles
  • Smart Key System on driver's door with Push Button Start (LE)
  • Smart Key System on three doors with Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry (XLE, Limited)
  • Power windows with auto up/down
  • Dual sun visors with extenders and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Power door locks
  • Rear center console with armrest and two rear cup/bottle holders
  • Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging with charge indicator light (XLE, Limited)
  • Cargo area lightweight tonneau cover (LE, XLE)
  • One front 12V auxiliary power outlet
  • Rear dome light
  • Cargo area light
  • Front door storage pockets with sculpted bottle holders; rear door storage bottle holders
  • Foot pedal parking brake
  • Charging cable for standard 120V outlet
  • In-Car Entertainment: Audio Plus — includes six speakers, 7-in. touch-screen, AM/FM, CD player, Scout GPS Link compatible with up to 3-year trial, 90 Siri Eyes Free,81 Apple CarPlay & Amazon Alexa compatible, USB media port, two USB charge ports, hands-free phone capability, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. Connected Services — Safety Connect with 3-year trial, Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon with up to 2 GB within 6-month trial, SiriusXM with 3-month All Access trial (XLE and Limited add more features)
  • Star Safety System — includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA)95 and Smart Stop Technology (SST)
  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • Driver and front passenger front seat-mounted side airbags, passenger seat cushion airbag, driver's knee airbag, and front and rear curtain shield airbags
  • Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P)52 — Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) includes lower anchors on rear seats
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • Vehicle Proximity Notification System (VPNS)
  • Safety Connect — includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle
  • Color Head-Up Display (HUD) with speedometer, navigation, Hybrid System Indicator, battery charge, and Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) alerts (Limited)
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) (Limited)
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Tire Repair System

Exterior:

  • Quad-LED projector headlights with auto-off feature (LE)
  • Quad-LED projector headlights with auto on/off feature (XLE, Limited)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature
  • LED taillights and stop lights
  • Patterned acrylic grille overlay with active grille shutter
  • Heated power outside mirrors with folding feature
  • 15-in. 5-spoke alloy wheels with two-tone wheel covers and P195/65R15 tires
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Dual-wave rear glass design
  • Carbon-fiber-reinforced-polymer rear hatch
  • Charge port with illumination and charge indicator light
  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers (Limited)
  • Smart charging cable lock (XLE, Limited)
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