Used 2015 Toyota Prius Hatchback
Toyota Prius Hatchback
The 2015 Toyota Prius is a one-trick pony with one very good trick: excellent fuel economy, no matter how you drive.
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As the best-selling hybrid in the world, it's no surprise that the 2015 Toyota Prius is the car most people think of when they hear the word "hybrid." With traditional and plug-in models available, the fuel-efficient 5-door hatchbacks pair a thrifty gasoline engine to an electric motor. Thanks to some very clever drivetrain programming, you'll get excellent fuel economy almost regardless of how heavy you are on the gas pedal. It does this with all the practicality of any hatchback, with a decently sized rear seat and plenty of cargo room. These days, the Toyota Prius faces stiff competition from the more refined Ford C-Max and Chevrolet Volt – both of which are more engaging to drive – but remains the hybrid to beat.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2015 Toyota Prius is all about fuel economy. If you're looking to get a hybrid to save the most gas, has the best reputation and killer resale value to boot, then the Prius is the king.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the Prius may get the best fuel economy, it's not much fun to drive. The Ford C-Max is more interesting to drive, while the 2-seat Honda CR-Z is a sporty interpretation of the hybrid formula. The Chevy Volt gets roughly three times the electric-only range of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid.
What's New for 2015
The 2015 Toyota Prius gets a special edition this year, while the rest of the lineup remains unchanged. The Prius Persona Series Special Edition adds dark-finish 17-inch wheels, heated outside mirrors, dark chrome accents inside, and is painted either Blizzard Pearl or Absolutely Red.
The 2015 Toyota Prius is not exactly exciting to drive, at least not in the traditional sense. Acceleration is leisurely at best, and an Eco mode even dials it down from there by reducing throttle input and even shutting off the air conditioning at stoplights to help save more fuel. Handling is best described as "safe," and braking and steering are both fine, if unexciting. On the highway, the Prius’ stiff and noisy ride can wear on you quickly. However, the real excitement comes when you look at the average fuel economy. Whether you're lead-footing it or trying to save, the Prius does everything it can to save gas, and it's very good at its job. By running in pure electric mode at low speeds such as parking lots, the Prius can easily top its already-impressive EPA ratings when driven conservatively, and match them almost regardless.
SOLAR ROOF PACKAGE
One option that shouldn't be exclusive to cars like the Prius is the solar roof package. A panel on the roof helps power a fan, venting heat from the interior on warm days. Why this isn't more common, we have no idea. Unfortunately, it's not available on the Plug-in Hybrid.
Despite its mostly deserved humdrum reputation, the Prius does offer a "Power" button. Press it, and you get a bit more urgency from the throttle when you step on the gas. While the difference is maybe improving from molasses to maple syrup, it's still welcome.
If you like driving the future, you'll love the interior styling of the 2015 Toyota Prius. The handsome contoured dash sweeps down into the center console, leaving a clever storage area underneath. Speaking of storage, there are nooks and crannies everywhere, offering enough space to put your cups, wallet, purse, phone and whatever else you carry around with you. The center-mounted gauges take a little getting used to, but they're clearly visible from the comfortable front seats. Rear-seat room is decent, as is cargo space under the hatch. Our one wish is for more color inside.
Other cars may mimic its styling, but there's no mistaking the 2015 Toyota Prius for anything else. It's not exactly sexy, but the 5-door hatchback shape cheats the wind with numerous touches, including its aero-sculpted wheels. The rearward "hump" to the roof looks good, and helps enhance rear-seat headroom. This year, the Prius Three model can be ordered with the Persona Special Edition, which adds special white or red paint, plus dark-finish 17-inch alloy wheels and special badges. In addition to a recharge port, Plug-in Hybrid models are distinguished by their special grille, wheels, door handles and lights.
Notable Standard Equipment
The base-model 2015 Toyota Prius Two hybrid comes equipped with a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, automatic climate control, height-adjustable driver's seat, auto up/down on all windows, push-button start, two 12-volt power outlets, a 6.1-inch touch-screen audio display and Bluetooth. Also standard is the Touch Tracer display, which displays which wheel-mounted control pad you're using on the center display, with individual controls lighting up red as you touch them. Prius Plug-in Hybrid models come more lavishly equipped, including things like navigation as standard equipment.
Notable Optional Equipment
Most options are bundled into the different model levels on the 2015 Toyota Prius. Opt for the Prius Three through Five, and you get upgraded audio systems including Entune, navigation, heated and power-adjustable driver's seat, and even 17-inch alloy wheels. Energy-saving LED headlights and fog lights are also available on higher trims. Prius Plug-in Hybrid models can be ordered with an Advance package, which adds active cruise control and a head-up display. Similar options are available on the top-of-the-line Prius Five, as well as a Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist and Intelligent Parking Assist.
Under the Hood
The 2015 Toyota Prius hybrid uses a fuel-efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine combined with a 60-kilowatt electric motor. The engine runs on gasoline, while the electric motor uses a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The 134 horsepower combination routes power through a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Plug-in Hybrid model uses a higher-capacity lithium-ion battery, which when fully charged from a power outlet gives the Plug-in an electric-only range of up to six miles. The EPA rates the Prius hybrid at 51/48 mpg for city/highway, but better economy can be achieved if you're careful with the gas, and use the EV mode frequently. The Plug-in Hybrid gets 51/49 mpg when running as a hybrid, or 95 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) by the EPA's plug-in-hybrid formula.
1.8-liter inline-4 engine + electric motor
98 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
105 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
80 horsepower/153 lb-ft of torque
Net output: 134 horsepower
EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy: 51/48 mpg (hybrid), 51/49 mpg (Plug-in Hybrid)
The base 2015 Toyota Prius Two starts with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,500, including the $825 destination charge. As you move up the ladder, you add about $2,000 each time, with the top-of-the-line Prius Five coming in around $31,000. Start adding option packages to that, and you can drive a fully loaded Prius Five off the lot for more than $40,000. Prius Plug-in Hybrid models start at about $31,000, with the Advanced package adding nearly $5,000 to that. However, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid is eligible for government EV incentives, plus it qualifies for single-occupant carpool-lane access in some areas, a solid incentive if you have a tough commute. Check out KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to find out what the Prius and Prius Plug-in are going for in your area. The Prius has historically retained above-average resale value and we expect the 2015 to do the same.
Toyota Prius Consumer Reviews
November 01, 2018
Perfect Commuter Car
We purchased this car to replace a 13 year old Camry as a commuter vehicle and we got so much more! While this is almost a perfect...
October 24, 2018
Great value Hybrid Vehicle
Third Gen Prius with well developed tech. Not a single problem with anything through the 5 years of ownership. Only negative point was...
October 24, 2018
Great gas mileage, comfortable for long drives
I have owned this car for 4 years. I love that it’s reliable, pretty low maintenance, economical to drive, quiet. It’s plenty roomy,...
October 23, 2018
One of the best.
First off, 7.1 out of 10 from car experts ??? They have to be kidding, right? Had the car since new, 115k miles on it later, zero, I...
September 28, 2018
The Best and the Most Reliable Car Ive Owned.
Love the car! Bought mine used with 165k miles and now it has 250k and counting. Everything is original except for water pump i changed...
July 02, 2018
Best value and performance
Great car 80,000 miles later. Oil changes and good to go. The only problem has been 4 flat tires, 2 needing replaced since putting on...
April 02, 2018
Great car and reliable quality
I think the Prius is the greatest workhorse of a car that there is. I drove it from Texas to Florida and back last year and it was a...
February 05, 2018
Pretty Nice Car. Highly Recommended!
I've owned this car for about 6 months and all I can say is it's amazing. Its never let me down and I've driven it almost everywhere....
June 09, 2017
Blue chip realiability
My Prius V, three is a very reliable car. It has about 42700 miles on it and to date, does not require much maintenance, other than tire...
Mark from Jersey
June 07, 2017
Great car for my particular needs.
I drive about 600 miles a week for my sales job. Living in NJ, they jacked the gas tax 23 cents a gallon, so we no longer have...