Toyota’s Prius has been regarded as the most iconic hybrid, but it’s also given some ground to hybrids from other brands in the past. Hyundai’s Ioniq is more efficient and Honda’s Insight is more pleasant in its handling, and Toyota’s Corolla hybrid is more affordable and offers comparable fuel economy. Additionally that they all look nicer. Although Prius Prius is the complete opposite of pleasure driving and high-performance (or anything else that is akin to performance in fact) Its comfortable interior and efficient fuel consumption are the features that many buyers are looking for. However the Prius comes with all-wheel drive, which isn’t available on many hybrids and Toyota’s renowned reputation for reliability.
What’s New for 2020?
The facelift of last year’s model and the introduction of an all-wheel-drive system, the year 2020 will be mostly a carryover year to the Prius. L Eco, LE, and XLE models now come with the 7.0-inch touchscreen instead of the previously 6.1-inch screen (Limited models have the 11.6-inch touchscreen). The latest addition to the lineup is Amazon Alexa and support for Apple CarPlay. Toyota’s Safety Connect, which offers an automatic emergency response, is now available on every Prius.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Although it’s tempting to move into the XLE model due to its heated seats, power-adjustable seats and the wheel a broader proximity-key function, as well as a charging wirelessly for your phone, for us, these features do not seem worth the extra $4,000 compared to an L Eco. This L Eco provides the necessities and some extras like passive entry on the driver’s door , and adaptive cruise control. It’s the cheapest model in the Prius family. If you’re looking to get AWD, we would recommend opting for the XLE AWD-e model to get the heated seats as well as the steering wheel on its own.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The hybrid engine in the Prius isn’t able to deliver exciting or even entertaining acceleration. Its sluggishness shouldn’t be granted the benefit of the doubt, because other rivals show that acceptable performance should not be sacrificed for the sake of world-class fuel efficiency. All-wheel drive versions have the electric engine that operates independently from the hybrid system and drives both rear wheels. The 2020 Prius has little in terms of refinement and enjoyment in the driving. However, the steering effort is well-weighted and the response to your inputs are fast, making the steering feel vibrant. The feedback from the road isn’t present the steering is dull on the center. Braking is a typical gremlin for hybrid vehiclesthat make use of friction braking and regenerative. Inconsistent or numb feedback from the pedal, as we experienced in the Prius, is often the trade-off and, combined with the low-rolling-resistance tires that most hybrids wear, can make for longer braking distances in our testing than we would expect from other similar-size non-hybrid vehicles.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA says that the most efficient Prius Eco will get as much as 58 miles per gallon when in the city and 53 mpg when on the highway. Other front-drive models are EPA evaluated at 54 mpg in the city, and at 50mpg when driving. People who travel primarily on highways and prefer to follow the flow of speedy traffic could be disappointed discover that the Prius scored 46 mpg in our 200-mile highway test (which we carry out at a constant speed of 75 mph) which was below it’s EPA ratings by four milliliters. Although we haven’t yet tested an all-wheel drive model but the EPA estimates that it’ll earn 52 mpg in the city and 48 on the highway.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Take into consideration that a greater-than-average portion of the cost for the Prius is used to fund its powerful engine and the amount of plastic used in the interior makes sense, even since it left us wishing for more trimmings. The interior could be trimmed in extravagant leather but we’d have a problem with the centrally mounted information gaugesthat require drivers to take their eyes off of the road for too often. The passengers have plenty of room to stretch across the Prius. There’s enough room for four people with six feet thanks to its upright seating. However, some rivals provide more room for passengers in the back. The design of the body hatchback of the Prius ensures plenty of room for luggage behind the rear seat however it’s not the largest vehicle in the current lineup. The dash-mounted shifter makes storage space on the front seat and rear cubby storage only has two small pockets on the doors and small cup holders in the armrests that are located in the middle of the seat.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The standard infotainment system of the Prius is simple to use and includes an option to add a Qi wireless charging pad. The optional 11.6-inch touchscreen that resembles a tablet is featured on the top trim levels, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not yet available.