New 2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback
Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback
The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime combines all that’s good about the standard Prius, then adds a plug-in option with 25-mile pure-electric range.
2019 Toyota Prius Prime Pricing
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2019 Toyota Prius Prime KBB Expert Review
The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime is the plug-in version of the world’s most popular hybrid car. It delivers outstanding fuel economy, but unlike the standard Prius, can be driven solely on electric power for up to 25 miles. Should the battery become depleted, the gasoline engine takes over allowing the Prius Prime to continue on its merry way, and at an EPA-estimated 55 mpg, that way can be as far as 600 miles. Numerous driving modes help maximize fuel efficiency, including a Recharge mode that uses the gas engine to recharge the onboard battery pack. Even more attractive is the Prius Prime’s price, which after tax incentives undercuts the standard Prius’ bottom line.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient small car with cutting-edge technology both in the cabin and under the hood, the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime deserves your full attention. On short trips, the Prius Prime behaves like any other electric car, but its combined gas/electric 600-mile range makes it far more practical.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Chevrolet Volt offers the same benefits of a plug-in hybrid with twice the electric-only range of the Prius Prime. If you need room for five, the standard Prius or even the larger Camry Hybrid might be a better choice.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime carries over with no major changes of note.
Few cars drive as smoothly or as effortlessly as the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime. From behind the wheel it feels small but substantial. Its steering is light and outward visibility is excellent thanks to a low hoodline, which makes the hybrid easy to maneuver in and out of tight parking spaces. The Prime's suspension smartly trades handling prowess for an excellent freeway and around-town ride, but the Toyota’s small footprint and low center of gravity give it an unexpected agility no small crossover SUV or full-size SUV can match. It feels light on its feet and it’s quick to change direction. Acceleration, even in Power mode, isn't exactly brisk, with Toyota saying it reaches 60 mph in about 11 seconds, but the Prime is quick enough to satisfy most drivers, and the powertrain is incredibly smooth, combining electric and internal-combustion power with little noise or vibration. And the 8.8-kWh battery pack can drive the Prius Prime for up to 25 miles in pure-EV mode, so if your commute is short you won’t burn a drop of gasoline.
TOYOTA SAFETY SENSE P
Toyota’s commitment to safety is evident with the Prius Prime’s standard Safety Sense P, a complete suite of driver assists that includes autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam assist and lane-departure warning with steering assist.
INTELLIGENT PARK ASSIST
Standard on the Advanced trim, Intelligent Park Assist can help guide the Prius Prime into tight parallel-parking spaces. The system employs a series of sensors mounted around the vehicle along with sonar to identify a space and steer the Prime into place. All that is required of the driver is to work the brake pedal and gear selector.
The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime’s interior is thoroughly modern, with a massive 11.6-inch touch-screen display that, on Premium and Advanced trims, serves as the nerve center for the car’s infotainment, navigation and heat/vent/AC controls. The screen employs tablet-like controls such as pinch, zoom, tap and swipe gestures. Seating is spacious, but due to the Prime’s unique powertrain layout the rear center seat has been replaced with a center console, reducing total capacity to just four persons. The driver’s seat sits lower than in most hybrid cars, giving the Prius Prime a sports-car-like feel. The stubby shifter and center-mounted digital instrument cluster, however, seem a bit unconventional.
There’s no risk of the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime getting lost in a crowded mall parking lot. It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. It wouldn’t look out of place driving around Hill Valley’s town center in Back to the Future Part II. Although it’s the same size and basic wedge shape as the standard Prius Hybrid, Toyota borrowed some cues from its hydrogen-powered Mirai to give the Prius Prime a face all its own. The multi-lens headlights are all LED and look sleek and modern alongside the unique grille treatment. In back, LED taillights wrap horizontally around the trailing edge of the carbon-fiber hatch, which sports "dual-wave" glass and the same carbon-fiber loom as the high-tech Lexus LF-A exotic sports car.
Notable Standard Equipment
There's the plug-in hybrid drivetrain plus all the various trimmings, of course. The base Prius Prime Plus skips the cool touch screen, though, in favor of a 7.0-inch color infotainment display with an integrated rearview camera and navigation, USB port, and phone and music connectivity through Bluetooth. Also standard is Toyota Safety Sense P, which bundles full-speed adaptive cruise control, pre-collision with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high beams. Cloth covers the heated seats, push-button start is standard, and fog lights dress up the exterior. With no spare tire, three years of roadside service also come standard.
Notable Optional Equipment
If you want more features, Toyota asks you to buy more Prius Prime. The mid-level Prius Prime Premium gets SofTex faux-leather seats, including an 8-way-power-adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry, and Qi compatible wireless smartphone charging (sorry, iPhone users). It also gets the big 11.6-inch infotainment screen. Opt for the top-line Prius Prime Advanced and you'll get a similar screen but backed by a premium JBL sound system. The Advanced also gets a remotely controlled climate-control system, heated multi-function steering wheel, color head-up display, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and backup sensors with parking assist.
Under the Hood
The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime’s 95-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine does most of the work moving the little car around. Two electric motors put out a combined 76 kW, and when gas and electric motors are all running together, create a combined output of 121 peak horsepower. The 8.8-kWh battery pack holds enough juice to move the Prius Prime solely on electric power up to 25 miles at speeds up to 84 mph. The EPA rates the Prius Prime at 133 MPGe, which makes it the segment leader when it comes to combined overall fuel economy. With a dedicated 240V charger, the Prius Prime can recharge in about two hours, or just over five hours using a standard 120V outlet. There is no fast charge port for the Prius Prime.
4-cylinder hybrid (1.8-liter engine with 53- and 23-kilowatt electric motors)
95 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm (1.8-liter engine)
105 lb-ft torque @ 3,600 rpm (1.8-liter engine)
121 net horsepower (1.8-liter engine plus combined electric output)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 54 mpg city/highway combined, 133 MPGe (EV mode)
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2019 Toyota Prius Prime Plus is pretty reasonable at around $28,300, including the $930 destination charge. A Prius Prime Premium starts just over $30,000, and the top-level Advanced runs about $34,000. Factor in roughly $4,000 in federal tax credits, and the plug-in Prius, with all its fancy hardware, actually undercuts the standard Prius by about $2,400. That's a pretty solid deal however you look at it, and it’s why we awarded it a KBB Best Buy Award in 2017. It's also important to note that the 2019 Prius Prime is less expensive than the Chevrolet Volt by several thousand dollars, although it doesn't have the Volt's 50-mile EV range or its 5-passenger capacity. It's also less expensive than the Ford Fusion Energi. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid for their 2019 Prius Prime, and note that it's a wise investment, as Prius models tend to hold their value.
Toyota Prius Prime Consumer Reviews
Mel o drifter
February 11, 2019
Forget where the gas cap switch is!
Currently at 97 mpg in local travel. After 25K miles at 72mpg, this includes trip from Vancouver BC to Calgary and back (mountains!). ...
November 18, 2018
The most fun to drive plug in hybrid car.
Hybrid eco mode at 50 plus mpg. Ev mode 39 miles on a single charge! If you know when to take your foot off the gas pedal. Normally...
April 10, 2018
If you like great gas mileage...
This is a wonderful car. It is all electric in town for us. When we go on trips it gets between 55 and 70 mpg which is remarkable. The...
December 21, 2017
I bought this car as my daily driver commute car. It is very nice and comfortable, easy to drive, and very efficient. I charged it up...
First Ever Review
July 29, 2017
Electric in town plus range on the highway.
I had to go to Oregon to buy this car, and it was worth it. I consistently get 34 miles of electric driving before the hybrid mode kicks...
July 11, 2017
Great car -
Some reviews say the style is polarizing. I love it. Its good to be unique. The lines on the car are very forward, with a much...
April 20, 2017
Great reliable car, super on gas
This is my third Prius, love the fact that I have to drive 25 miles to work everyday and a 5 1/2 hour charge overnight gets me there...
February 01, 2017
Best car i have owned
Over my lifetime I have owned pick-up trucks by different manufactures, and most recently a Toyota Highlander, but I had always wanted a...
January 23, 2017
Very nice car. Feels solid and with great mileage
I just got this car a couple of weeks ago and I love it. It is a commuter car with a better feel that the regular prius. On EV is quiet...
December 25, 2016
The best Prius yet
We have had this car for a bit more than two weeks now, and I can say that Im impressed with the overall feeling and driving comfort of...
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