Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

About Toyota Prius

The basic concept that’s propelled the Prius to hybrid leadership for two decades worldwide (16 years in the U.S.) is unchanged: an internal-combustion engine augmented on demand by an electric motor, sending power to the front wheels. But as the 4th-generation Prius rolls into showrooms, Toyota’s pioneering Hybrid Synergy Drive is more efficient, fuel-economy ratings are highest of “any vehicle without a plug,” according to Toyota USA boss Bill Fay, and a plug-in version is on its way. However, there’s a lot more to the new Prius than chart-topping fuel economy. Edgy styling. Robust chassis rigidity. Upgraded interior design and furnishings. Improved road manners. Quiet operation. It will be surprising if the Prius doesn’t sustain its hybrid-sales leadership.

2016 Toyota Prius
What's new for 2016?
2016 Toyota Prius

The 106.3-inch wheelbase is unchanged, but everything else is new. New foundations – Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), far more rigid. New unit body, longer, lower and wider, with snappier styling. New interior, with improved materials, upgraded infotainment and more room. New, more efficient engine and transmission. New independent rear suspension.

2015 Toyota Prius
What's new for 2015?
2015 Toyota Prius

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.

2014 Toyota Prius
What's new for 2014?
2014 Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius hybrid and plug-in hybrid remain unchanged for model year 2014.

2013 Toyota Prius
What's new for 2013?
2013 Toyota Prius

There are no styling, specification or equipment changes to the Prius for 2013, though a new trim package is added, the Persona Series Special Edition.

2012 Toyota Prius
What's new for 2012?
2012 Toyota Prius

The 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid gains some new styling, with a revised front end, new headlight and taillight designs and new 15-inch wheel covers on the Prius 2. A host of new audio systems is added, including Toyota's Entune. Entune is a subscription infotainment service similar to Ford's SYNC that uses voice-recognition software for many of its functions, and includes apps for Bing, Pandora and Movietickets.com.

The new Prius Plug-in Hybrid uses a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged in 3 hours via a standard power outlet or half that time on a 240-volt line. The car can travel in electric-only mode for 11 miles and at speeds up to 62 mph, then works as a regular Prius hybrid after the battery discharges.

2011 Toyota Prius
What's new for 2011?
2011 Toyota Prius

A low-cost entry level Prius I is added for 2011.

2010 Toyota Prius
What's new for 2010?
2010 Toyota Prius

For 2010, the Toyota Prius enters its third generation, with a thorough revamping that includes new styling inside and out, a larger, more powerful engine and, as expected, even better fuel economy.

2009 Toyota Prius
What's new for 2009?
2009 Toyota Prius

There are no major changes for the 2009 Toyota Prius. An all-new model is due out in 2010.

2008 Toyota Prius
What's new for 2008?
2008 Toyota Prius

For 2008, Toyota will increase Prius production and add more packages to the already lengthy option list.

2007 Toyota Prius
What's new for 2007?
2007 Toyota Prius

For 2007 the Prius receives front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags. A new Touring trim debuts and includes a firmer suspension, 16-inch wheels, integrated fog lights and xenon headlamps.

Consumer Reviews

An Excellent Improvement

By on Friday, June 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "See Complete Review: Best is Dynamic Cruise + BSM"

Cons: "Less storage; High Price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had a 2013 Prius that I replaced with this Four Touring. The handling and ride is much better. Because I purchased a more expensive model, the features are also better. Things that I really like: Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Dynamic Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Better Rear Camera and Object Closeness Warnings... (It triggers each time I pull into the garage). Minor Plus: QI Charging for my Cell Phone. The MPG is much better than my prior Prius. When I drive to work, I usually got in the low 40's. Now I get in the low 50's. I like them moving the P/R/D stick. Negatives: I miss some of the storage that I used to have: 1) The Split Glove Box.; 2) The Storage Space under the Carpet in the Back. Overall, just a better car."

29 people out of 31 found this review helpful

No hesitation to recommend the 2016 Prius Four.

By on Saturday, August 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "The safety technology & high gas mileage"

Cons: "1 Not 2 Glove Boxes = Less Clutter Right?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"One reviewer noted the annoying beeps. The backup beeps can be changed to ONE single beep. I changed it on my 2014 and now on my 2016. I wear hearing aids and the beeps were totally unbearable. (Talk to a younger "Techno Savey" kid at the dealership to change it for you). The Lane Departure Beep and the Blind Spot & Pedestrian Beeps can be turned down. An Adaptive Cruise Control trick in city traffic, say 40 MPH: As you determine that a car in front of you is coming up fast, and your Prius will make an automatic and abrupt stop, due to traffic flow, pull the control lever up towards the steering wheel spoke, and THEN YOU apply the brakes to come to a stop or slow down. When the car in front of you moves, or traffic begins to flow again, push the control lever up towards the windshield and the car will continue at the preassigned speed of 40 MPH. If you brake first the adaptive cruise control goes off and you cannot turn it on again under 27 MPH. Now if the traffic is totally stop and go, let the Prius take you up and down in speed. When it goes to 0 MPH and the car in front of you moves, you only need to slightly touch the gas pedal and off you go again at 40 MPH. Multiple times I have driven for 35-45 minutes on the freeway set at 70 MPH, with speeds ranging from 70-50-35-10-5, and 0 and only touched the gas pedal to continue from 0 MPH and never once touched the brake pedal. I enjoyed the great sound system with incredible speakers as others were on the brakes, on the gas, and switching lanes constantly. The 2016 Prius generation Four is competitively stylish and people stop to look at it and admire it's amazing body lines. The Power Mode allows you to merge into freeway traffic without any fear. The 2016 has a normal replaceable 12 Volt battery under the hood instead of the very special and expensive Toyota 12 Volt replacement battery $250 located under the right rear passenger seat. Leave your dome light on and it will cost you $250. I know because I did it on my 2014. The large strange looking orange wires to the electric motor are gone. The ride is better and there is less road noise. The split rear window vision limitation I'm sure will be resolved in the future. Perhaps it will improve on the 2017 which will get better gas mileage and will have a regular household charge ability."

11 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Overall a great car

By on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great mileage, comfortable, quiet"

Cons: "no spare tire, white and black dashboard is odd"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After owning a 2011 Prius for 115,000 miles our new Prius is even better. The car is much quieter and more comfortable than the prior model. Ours is equipped with all the technology packages which make the car safer and more pleasant to drive. The dynamic cruise control makes long distance driving easier, as regular cruise control can be used less and less. After 4000 miles I am consistently getting mileage locally in the low to mid 60's and upper 50's to low 60's on the highway !"

21 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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