The Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of Toyota’s well-known Prius gas-electric hybrid car. Introduced in 2017, it followed up the less creatively named Prius Plug-In available on the previous-generation Prius.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
Toyota has added Android Auto to the Prius Prime’s list of standard items; it joins the Apple CarPlay system carried over from 2020. The 2021 Prius Prime also gains a standard passive keyless entry system and a 120-volt power outlet.
The Upgrade package adds blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and the optional Tech package gets a new alloy wheel design.
Toyota offers the Prius Prime in base, Upgrade and Upgrade Tech trim levels. All three use a 1.8L four-cylinder gas engine that works with an electric motor to drive the car through a continuously variable transmission.
All Prius Prime models come with passive keyless entry, 15-inch alloy wheels, heated/power-adjustable side mirrors, and LED headlights/taillights/daytime running lights.
Inside, there’s satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, six-way driver and four-way front passenger seats, a heated steering wheel wrapped in synthetic leather, automatic climate control, and dual 4.2-inch info displays.
Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 suite comprises lane tracing assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian and bicycle detection, automatic high beams, lane departure alert with steering assist, and radar cruise control.
Prius Prime’s Upgrade package brings blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, wireless smartphone charging, passive keyless sensors on the front passenger door and trunk, navigation, an 11.6-inch touchscreen, an eight-way power driver’s seat, Softex upholstery, and a smart charging lid.
The Prius Prime Upgrade Technology Package adds rain-sensing wipers, a head-up display, fog lights, front parking sensors, a 10-speaker stereo, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated garage door remote.
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 full charge of the car’s battery, the Prius Prime is rated at 1.8 Le/100 km, and promises up to 40 km of all-electric range.
As a plug-in hybrid, the Prius Prime competes directly with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric Plus, the Hyundai Sonata PHEV, Kia’s Niro PHEV and Optima PHEV models, the Mini Cooper Countryman S E, and the Ford Escape PHEV.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed