Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius

2021 Toyota Prius

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

Cons: Visibility to rear corners; rear-seat legroom

CG Says: The 2021 Toyota Prius adds Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist to its list of standard safety features. There is also a 2020 Edition to commemorate Prius’ 20 years in America. The “2020” is the number units to be built. 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 4-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. Standard safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights. 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: $25,520
LE: $26,730
AWD-e LE: $28,130
XLE: $29,570
AWD-e XLE: $30,570
2020 Edition: $30,870
Limited: $34,645
Prime LE: $29,215
Prime XLE: $30,995
Prime Limited: $34,995

Base Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder/electric (Prius)
Horsepower
121
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
51-58
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
47-53

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