2015 Toyota Prius Overview

Zac Estrada
Automotive Editor - October 16, 2014

The Toyota Prius is still a byword for fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid technology. It's by far and away the most popular hybrid, with plenty of loyal owners. Despite the current generation beginning to get on in years, it remains a strong choice for buyers interested in saving fuel while still having a fairly spacious and practical car.

What's New for 2015

For 2015, the Prius gets a new Persona Series version based on the Prius Three trim level. Available in red or white, the Persona Series gets 17-inch alloy wheels with a dark metal finish, black leatherette seats, ambient interior lighting and metal-look accents everywhere inside.

2015 Toyota Prius

Choosing Your Toyota Prius

The Prius essentially comes four model grades, differing mostly in interior equipment and some comfort features like a sunroof and navigation. All are powered by the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor for a net 134 horsepower and with front-wheel drive and a CVT only, making a combined EPA estimate of 50 mpg.


The base Two trim level includes basic features such as power windows, locks and mirrors, 15-inch wheels, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, as well as what counts as essentials these days, such as Bluetooth hands free, steering wheel controls for audio and climate functions, automatic climate control, backup camera, USB port and keyless entry and start. The base Two ticks all of the boxes for a car of this size class and is a pretty good value considering all of the equipment.


The Three steps things up with more convenience items like navigation, the Entune app suite for connecting things like Bing searches and Pandora, as well as keyless access on the front doors and liftgate. Jumping up for this version also allows options such as 17-inch alloy wheels and the Solar Roof package, which is a moonroof equipped with solar cells to activate a ventilation system to keep the car cool while parked.

Persona Series

Based on the Three trim, the Persona Series adds cosmetic touches like 17-inch wheels with a dark metal finish, interior accents with a similar metal look, heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and black leatherette seats. It's a good choice if you like the equipment on the Three but want a more distinctive look than all of the other Priuses out there.


The Four adds more premium features such as the leatherette seats, an 8-way power driver's seat, JBL audio system and auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink. Opting for the Solar Roof package on the Four also nets a more elaborate 7-inch navigation screen and a head-up display.


The top Prius, the Five boasts all the luxury and technology a Prius can offer. Starting with 17-inch alloy wheels, the Five adds automatic LED headlights and front fog lights. The available Technology Package adds a head-up display, radar-guided cruise control, lane keep assist, pre-collision system and Toyota's Safety Connect apps.

CarsDirect Tip

The Prius is no luxury car, so it's unfortunate you have to opt for the top-spec car to get safety features like lane keep assist and a head-up display. That said, the Three is a strong value at around $26,000 for a car close to midsize sedan territory that also gets fantastic fuel economy.

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