New 2019 Toyota Prius Hatchback
Toyota Prius Hatchback
The 2019 Toyota Prius gains optional all-wheel drive, making America’s best-selling hybrid car an even more attractive prospect.
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America’s best-selling hybrid moves to solidify its position, adding new features to keep it one step ahead of competitors like the Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, Chevy Volt and Honda Insight, not to mention larger hybrid sedans like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Adding to the 2019 Toyota Prius’ impressive reputation for safety, reliability and fuel economy is the availability of all-wheel drive (AWD), a first for a hybrid car in this class and one that promises to make the Prius a better year- round companion. Although no longer the fuel-mileage king, the Prius’ futuristic design helps it stand out from more traditionally styled hybrids, and with four trim levels from which to choose, there’s a Prius to fit just about every taste and budget.
You'll Like This Car If...
The dependable 2019 Toyota Prius is a boldly styled hybrid offering great value, safety and features. The roomy interior will surprise you, as will the impressive fuel-economy figures. A new all-wheel-drive option makes the Prius a winter must-have.
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If you find the Prius’ look to be a bit too futuristic, you can find equally capable hybrids with a more traditional design in the Hyundai Ioniq, Chevy Volt or even the larger Toyota Camry. The Prius isn’t terribly quick or powerful, nor is it much fun to drive. Apple CarPlay isn’t available yet, and Android Auto probably never will be.
What's New for 2019
For 2019, the Prius gains a low-speed all-wheel-drive option and gets a mild facelift and a revised interior with additional rear-seat USB ports and sun-visor extensions. The old numbered trim designations have been jettisoned in favor of Toyota’s traditional naming structure.
Smooth and precise, the 2019 Toyota Prius is comfortable, quiet and easy to drive. It’s also agile. It’s not a sports car by any stretch of the imagination, but it offers surprisingly sporty handling, which could not be said of previous versions. Body roll in the corners is kept to a minimum, and the steering, although not on par with the Mazda3 or Honda Civic, is light and fairly precise. The ride is agreeable, even on choppy urban boulevards, and it’s very happy on the highway, feeling more substantial than its predecessors, which lacked stability especially in windy conditions. There’s also a satisfying burst of power off the line, which makes the Prius feel quicker than it is. Its zero-to-60-mph time of about 10 seconds isn’t going to thrill, but there’s more than enough power when you need it. And the fuel economy is exceptional, which is of course the point. Drive it like Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit and you’ll still average over 45 mpg.
The Prius’ AWD-e system employs an electric motor at the rear wheels to deliver traction-enhancing all-wheel drive at speeds under 43 miles per hour. At speeds up to 6 mph, the system is fully engaged, helping with acceleration and traction, after which the Prius reverts to front-drive until wheel slippage brings the AWD back on line.
TOYOTA SAFETY SENSE P
At Toyota, safety is a priority, which is why unlike its competitors, every Prius regardless of trim level comes standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense P technology. The system includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams plus lane-departure warning and assist.
Toyota’s Prius for 2019 gets an interior makeover, with more upscale features like Piano Black trim on the steering wheel and center console, and a reimagined Tesla-like 11.6-inch touch-screen display on the new Limited trim. The seats are wide and supportive, with an impressive amount of legroom both front and rear. The traditional Prius dash concept remains to this day, with the center-mounted instrument cluster placed high up at the windshield’s base. The wireless charging pad is now larger, and the heated-seat buttons moved to a position just forward of the cup holders. Faux leather is offered on higher trims and is also used on the steering wheel that is now heated on XLE and Limited trims.
Priuses of the past were considered boring to look at. They weren’t unattractive, but they didn’t excite either. This time Toyota’s design team took a few chances and the exterior design of the 2019 Toyota Prius is anything but uninteresting. No, it probably won’t win any beauty contests, but its futuristic lines and avant-garde lighting certainly stand out in a crowd. This Prius has presence. It’s larger too, longer, lower and wider than previous models, and more aerodynamic. Its low hoodline doesn’t just cheat the wind to improve fuel economy, it also improves visibility for the driver, which helps in tight parking lots.
Notable Standard Equipment
The feature list for the basic Prius L Eco makes it clear that “basic” does not mean “stripper” for this car: Witness the dual 4.2-inch customizable color information displays, 6.1-inch color touch screen, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD Entune audio, 2.0 USB port, Bluetooth streaming, Siri eyes-free, 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and push-button start, cruise control, tilt/telescope steering column, heated outside mirrors, rearview camera, stability control, traction control and eight airbags. Toyota’s Safety Sense P has full-speed dynamic cruise control, capable of bringing the car to a complete stop. The system also includes a pedestrian-detection feature, lane-departure warning and steering assist, which will make small steering corrections for you, and automatic high-beam headlights.
Notable Optional Equipment
Options vary by trim and most are grouped into packages. Among the more attractive features are a power tilt/slide moonroof with a sliding sunshade, color head-up display, upgraded touch screen, navigation, Entune 10-speaker JBL audio, advanced voice recognition, as well as the standard Prius LE and XLE features, and a good many others. This year a massive 11.6-inch HD Multimedia Display, which is rivaled only by those in more expensive Teslas, now comes standard on the top-of-the-line Prius Limited. All-wheel drive is available but only on the LE and XLE trims.
Under the Hood
Powering the 2019 Toyota Prius is Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, which has been adapted to a number of the company’s vehicles. It’s also been licensed to other carmakers. It consists of a 95-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, which runs on old-fashioned gasoline, an electric motor and an automatic transmission. Combined output is a respectable 121 horsepower, but it’s the powertrain’s smooth function and delivery that impress, and of course its industry-leading fuel economy. An all-wheel-drive option pairs this powertrain with an electric motor that powers the rear wheels at speeds up to 43 mph. AWD-e is permanently engaged at speeds up to 6 mph, after which it becomes a part-time system only coming online when it senses the front wheels slipping. The additional electric motor adds seven horsepower and 40 lb-ft of torque to the standard Prius’ output. The Prius runs on regular-grade gasoline to keep operating costs low. This is a traditional hybrid; if you’re looking for a plug-in hybrid, Toyota offers the Prius Prime.
95 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
105 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
Permanent magnet AC electric motor
71 horsepower, 120 lb-ft of torque
Magnet-less electric motor (AWD)
7 horsepower, 40 lb-ft of torque
Total system output: 121 horsepower (FWD), 128 horsepower (AWD)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 54/50 mpg, 58/53 mpg (L Eco), 52/48 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 Toyota Prius is available in four trim levels: L Eco, LE, XLE and Limited. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) range from about $24,700 for the L Eco to over $33,000 for the top Prius Limited. All-wheel drive adds another $1,400 and $1,000 to the LE and XLE’s bottom line, respectively. Prius pricing compares favorably with hybrid competitors like the Chevrolet Volt, but costs more than the lesser-equipped, entry-level Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro. While Toyotas are some of the top cars in the resale market, the Prius won't fare as well as its stablemates as it ages. To make your best deal, be sure to check KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price that shows what others in your area have paid for their 2019 Toyota Prius hybrid.
Toyota Prius Consumer Reviews
September 09, 2018
Im loving this car!
I have not had this car for very long but so far I love it. Ive had small crossover SUVs for my last couple of cars. But Ive wanted...
May 11, 2018
Best Prius Yet
I have the Prius III. This is my third Prius. My first was awesome. I averaged 54 MPG in mixed driving. This Prius beats that one hands...
October 25, 2017
Glad I bought my Prius
I love the Prius Three I bought. I have learned to drive it and optimize my mileage. I took it camping this last summer and went over...
October 15, 2017
Best value for around town.
My mileage is 55, yes 55 MPG according to computer. Urban legend says manufacturers make MPG computers high. Roomy back seat. Hatch...
April 06, 2017
Of all 3 generations, this is the best yet.
As someone who has owned and driven all 3 generations of Prius, this one is the best. Dont get me wrong, I loved all the other models...
January 06, 2017
best Prius yet
I have owned 4 Prius and this is by far the best Prius I have driven. The redesign gives it a much more sleek and dynamic look. It also...
November 29, 2016
Reliability and more!
I have read the Consumer Reports on Prius going back for years. Very reliable cars. And that is what tempted me to buy this one, plus...
November 25, 2016
Technology Has Kinks
For the most part I love my car. However I think that the dealer added car alarm causes problems. Once after I locked my car, the...
November 14, 2016
LOVE the moonstone interior. Great safety specs. If you have the lane departure on and you swerve out it will put you back in your lane!...
October 31, 2016
This car has been surprisingly fun to drive. I didn't like the styling but when I drove it after trying out the Honda's and Ford's I...
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