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

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 !"

18 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Reliability and more!

By on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Solid driver, very quiet!"

Cons: "Seating average, not as comfortable."

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

"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 the new shape grabbed my attention. Mostly the car does very well. Variable MPG from the computer, but I average at least the government estimates and I drive like an old man! Some issues with lighting. Wish all models had the automatic on feature of the lights. Mine has the sensor in the dash, but I don't get the option until a higher level of trim. Door lights and rear trunk light are standard bulbs, not LED so the light is very dim when exiting the car, or searching for things in the trunk. Very quiet car with mostly comfortable seats. Padding in door handles and center arm rest are thin. I agree with Micah Mazio that reviewed the car . . . lots of good stuff, just a few dings here and there."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

best Prius yet

By on Friday, January 6, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "handles well, great gas mileage,looks & price good"

Cons: "wish it had auto dimming rear view mirror standard"

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

"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 gives you a lot more room inside. I have been averaging 51-55 mpg since I have had the car. I haven't had a single issue. It handles great around curves because of it's low center of gravity. When going on long trips you don't get driver fatigue from the seats. The seats sort of wrap around you like a glove a little. The rear seating is perfect for large and/or tall people. The acceleration is excellent. I love the radar cruise control. I don't have to do manual braking with it. It does it all for me. Even in commute traffic. I would highly recommend this car as an economical, safe, and practical car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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