The Toyota Prius wasn't the first hybrid in the world, but it's arguably been the most popular, emphasizing its eco-friendliness with an advanced powertrain and aerodynamic styling. Roughly 20 years later, the Prius competes in a crowded segment, but manages to stand out with its spacious interior and fuel economy figures, while its dramatic styling ensures the Prius is still an easily recognizable car on the road.
What's New for 2018
Changes for the 2018 Toyota Prius are minimal. The large 11.6-inch HD Multimedia Display is now standard on the range-topping Prius Four and Prius Four Touring trims.
Choosing Your Toyota Prius
Power for the Prius continues to come from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 95 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. Two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack are on hand, boosting output to a combined 121 hp. Power is put down through the front wheels via an electric continuously variable automatic transmission.
The Prius has always put fuel efficiency first, and the 2018 model doesn’t disappoint. The Prius lineup is capable of netting 54 miles per gallon in the city and 50 mpg on the highway, which results in a combined rating of 52 mpg. The Prius Two Eco is even more fuel efficient thanks to a few upgrades.
The Two Eco benefits from the lithium-ion battery pack from higher-trim levels instead of a Nickel-Metal Hydride unit and a tire-inflator kit that replaces the spare tire. These changes result in a weight savings of 65 pounds over the regular Prius Two. The Two Eco also gets special Dunlop low-rolling-resistance tires. The changes may not sound revolutionary, but they allow the trim to get 58 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway, resulting in a combined rating of 56 mpg. Those figures make the Prius one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, only trailing behind the Hyundai Ioniq.
The Prius’ design is definitely an interesting one, but the liftback blueprint results in an ample amount trunk, with a cargo volume of 24.6 cubic feet. The low rear bumper and large opening also make loading cargo into the vehicle a breeze.
There are seven Prius trims to choose from:
With the addition of active-safety features to the Prius’ list of standard features last year, going with lower-end trims is more attractive than ever. The Prius Two Eco is the most fuel-efficient of the bunch and is just $480 more than the standard Two, making it the trim to opt for. Consumers wanting some more tech features can opt for the higher trims, which brings the ability to add interesting external design cues as part of packages.
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