2017 Toyota Prius

Buyer's Guide

The Toyota Prius has changed the way Canadians think about eco-friendly motoring. Over four generations and nearly 20 years, the Prius has gone from a quirky, niche compact sedan to becoming the world's most popular hybrid with nearly four million cars sold across the world.

Redesigned just last year, the latest Prius rides on an all-new platform and sports a new look that's unlike anything else on the road. While it's only slightly larger on the outside, on the inside it's considerably more spacious in terms of passenger and cargo room. The Prius maintains its futuristic interior styling with a centrally mounted instrument cluster and pod-style shifter, but features greater use of soft-touch interior plastics for a more upscale feel.

Despite its growth in size, this is the most efficient Prius yet. With a fuel economy rating of just 4.4 L/100 km city and 4.6 L/100 km highway, only a handful of plug-in electric cars can best it. Drivers can select from several driving modes including normal, eco, power, and an EV-only mode allows the car to be driven for short times solely on electric power.

All versions are powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that's mated to a pair of electric motors. The system makes a total of 121 horsepower and drives the front wheels through a CVT.

The only changes of note for 2017 are the inclusion of standard heated seats and Toyota's Safety Sense P package on all trims. Safety Sense P includes lane departure warning, automatic high beams, radar cruise control, and emergency autonomous braking.

A plug-in hybrid model will return later in 2017. In addition to featuring distinctive exterior and interior styling, it also receives a new name: Prime.

The Prius is available in three trims: Prius, Prius Technology, and the Prius Touring. Unusually, the Touring is available only in Canada's three biggest metro areas: Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Standard Equipment on the Prius includes a six-speaker audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen display, USB and Bluetooth, reverse camera, proximity key with push-button start, cruise control, automatic climate control, power heated exterior mirrors and a full-colour TFT instrument cluster display.

The Technology trim level adds a power moonroof, a larger 7.0-inch infotainment display, wireless device charging, leatherette-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, and additional sensors to lock and unlock the rear doors and liftgate.

The optional Advanced package adds blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, leatherette upholstered seats, eight-way power adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and a tire-repair kit.

The Touring includes much of the above equipment plus navigation, fog lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

With the additional equipment, the starting price of the new Prius climbs slightly to $27,055, with the range-topping Technology trim with the Advance Package selling for $32,365.

2017 Toyota Prius Specifications

There are 4 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $27,190 MSRP
4.5
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
121 hp @5200 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Hatchback
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
5dr HB $27,190 5 Hatchback
5dr HB 121 hp @5200 rpm 105 ft-lb @3600 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB 178.7" 69.3" 57.9" 106.3"
5dr HB
5dr HB Cloth Seats
5dr HB
5dr HB
5dr HB Technology $29,825 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Technology 121 hp @5200 rpm 105 ft-lb @3600 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Technology 178.7" 69.3" 57.9" 106.3"
5dr HB Technology
5dr HB Technology N/A
5dr HB Technology
5dr HB Technology
5dr HB Touring $30,425 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Touring 121 hp @5200 rpm 105 ft-lb @3600 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Touring 178.7" 69.3" 57.9" 106.3"
5dr HB Touring
5dr HB Touring Premium Synthetic Seats
5dr HB Touring
5dr HB Touring
5dr HB $32,990 4 Hatchback
5dr HB 121 hp @5200 rpm 105 ft-lb @4000 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB 182.9" 69.3" 57.9" 106.3"
5dr HB
5dr HB Cloth Seats
5dr HB
5dr HB

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Toyota / Prius

Average Rating

2004 Toyota Prius

by jakudicon on 10-25-2012
Gas Sipper!
The Toyota Prius certainly lives up to expectations with its fuel economy. Averaging 45 to 50mpg, this zippy eco car is worth every penny, especially for city drivers. The interior is roomy, and the aerodynamics are brilliant. At 250 000km and counting this car has proven to be the most reliable one I've owned to date.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2008 Toyota Prius

Trim: Standard
by cheepncheerful on 10-15-2012
Only buy this if fuel economy is your #1 priority
I like the idea of the Prius - I'm all for hybrid technology - but the reality is a car that just isn't very fun to drive. I drove this car for several weeks as a rental and while it is undeniably good on gas & the "joy stick" shifter was a novelty (at first) it just doesn't have the things that I love in a car i.e. an engine that puts out more than 80 hp and actually makes noise. The Prius is quiet - too quiet for my taste. As far as exterior styling I like the steeply sloped front end on the '08 the interior is "meh" - kind of plastic-y looking, not very exciting. And I'm afraid "not very exciting" is my overall feelings towards the Prius.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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2012 Toyota Prius

by Andrea on 10-12-2012
Go Prius and You'll Never Look Back
This is the best car out there right now. It is luxurious, comfortable and the investment in the car for itself is essentially an investment in not having to be a victim of fluctuating gas prices. I fill up maybe every three weeks or so with moderate driving. On the highway when you need a bit of a boost in speed you can hit the PWR mode and you feel like you're in a racecar.

Can't say enough good things about the Prius- I'm in love.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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