Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius

2020 Toyota Prius

Pros: Outstanding fuel economy; front-seat legroom; cargo space

Cons: Visibility to rear corners; rear-seat legroom

CG Says: The 2020 Toyota Prius gains standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa functionality, along with a Safety Connect telematics system. The Prius Prime now seats five (previously the back seat only held two passengers) and gains standard satellite radio. Prius is Toyota’s hybrid compact hatchback sedan and the Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid version that Toyota claims has an all-electric range of 25 miles. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor produce a combined 121 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the only transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and an available on-demand AWD system operates 0 to 6 mph and, if needed, up to 43 mph. Toyota Safety Sense (forward collision warning and mitigation, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights) is standard on all models. LED headlights and keyless entry and starting are also standard. Parking assist, Siri Eyes Free, and head-up instrument display are available. Legroom is generous up front, but only adequate in the rear. The Prius is simply a fine car—a fine car capable of breaking 50 mpg.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices L Eco: $25,280
LE: $26,490
AWD-e LE: $27,890
XLE: $29,330
AWD-e XLE: $30,330
Limited: $34,455
Prime LE: $28,705
Prime XLE: $30,605
Prime Limited: $34,605

Base Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder/electric (Prius)
Horsepower
121
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
52-58
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
48-53

Optional Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder/electric (Prius Prime)
Horsepower
121
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
54
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)
133