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 3 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

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Toyota / Prius

Average Rating

2006 Toyota Prius

by Prius-owner66 on 11-25-2016
Not your average car
My first hybrid experience, and it was love at second sight. The first test drive was odd, to say the least. The road feel, and the silence was disconcerting. However, from the second test up until now I've been hooked. Great mileage, absolutely no repairs, and any recalls done promptly and with expert care and service.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2010 Toyota Prius

Trim: GREY
by CarlRichardson on 12-06-2014
comfortable & smooth ride
This is our 2nd. car which we no longer need. I have enjoyed the average 45MPG economy and performance and dependability of this car.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

2008 Toyota Prius

by Dan_Ott on 10-15-2014
Gentle to mother earth (and to your wallet)
I owned a Camry V6 before, and from day to night, I cut my combined gas consumption by almost half.

The cabin is as roomy as a Camry's too.

Reliable, it is not the fastest, but it does everything I need, and 4 can travel (incl. a 6 foot 3).

The down side: it makes you hate very large unnecessary SUVs or pick up toys who burn 3-4 times more gas.

Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
2/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
5/5
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