2020 Toyota Prius Prime

Buyer's Guide

History/Overview

This is Toyota’s sole plug-in model, which is a head-scratcher when you consider how early this company got into the hybrid game, not to mention how quickly the electric vehicle market is growing.

The Prius Prime builds on the standard Prius but adds a higher-capacity battery that can be charged while the car is parked.

Toyota redesigned the Prius into its current, fourth generation in 2016 and added the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Prime in 2017. The standard car received a refresh last year, and the Prime once again follows a year later with its own update for 2020.

What's New / Key Changes from Last Year

This year, the Toyota Prius Prime gains a third rear seat (for five seats total); standard Apple CarPlay and satellite radio; two new USB ports for the rear cabin; black interior accents (replacing white); a sun visor extender, and relocated seat heater buttons for easier access.

Available Trims

Toyota offers the Prius Prime in three trims: base, Upgrade and Technology. A four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor combine for 121 hp and an unspecified amount of torque. The transmission is a continuously variable automatic. Unlike the regular Prius (which is covered in its own buyer’s guide entry), the Prime is not available with AWD.

Standard Features

Beyond 2020’s additions, the Prius Prime’s standard features list carries over from 2019. It includes LED headlights and taillights, passive keyless entry (driver’s door only), automatic climate control, heated and synthetic leather-trimmed steering wheel, a six-speaker stereo with 7.0-inch touchcreen, cloth seating with manual six-way driver and four-way front passenger adjustments, heated front seats, power windows with auto up/down, cruise control, forward collision detection with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams and dynamic radar cruise control.

Prius Prime’s Upgrade package adds an 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation, softex upholstery and a power driver’s seat.

Finally, the Technology option brings a 10-speaker stereo, intelligent parking assist, parking sensors, head-up display, fog lights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage door opener, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert and rain-sensing wipers.

Fuel economy

Toyota’s fuel consumption estimates for the Prius Prime are 4.3/4.4 L/100 km (city/highway) when running as a gas-electric hybrid. With a fully-charged battery, it’s rated at 1.8 Le/100 km.

Competition

Prius Prime has a handful of direct competitors. Hyundai has the Ioniq Electric Plus and the Sonata PHEV. Kia has PHEV versions of its Niro wagon and Optima sedan. If you want to stretch the Prius Prime’s competitive envelope, expand your horizons to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Mini Cooper Countryman S E.

Chevrolet recently stopped building the Volt PHEV, so it’s only a Prius Prime competitor as long as there are examples left on dealer lots. Likewise for the Ford Fusion Energi, but Ford will move its PHEV tech into a crossover model soon enough.

2020 Toyota Prius Prime Specifications

There are 2 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $32,990 MSRP
4.4
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
Auto $32,990 5 Hatchback
Auto 121 hp @5200 rpm 105 ft-lb @3600 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
Auto 182.9" 69.3" 57.9" 106.3"
Auto
Auto Cloth Seats
Auto
Auto
Upgrade Auto $34,990 5 Hatchback
Upgrade Auto 121 hp @5200 rpm 105 ft-lb @3600 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
Upgrade Auto 182.9" 69.3" 57.9" 106.3"
Upgrade Auto
Upgrade Auto Premium Synthetic Seats
Upgrade Auto
Upgrade Auto

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