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Prius Prime

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Automotive Editor - March 13, 2018

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2018 Toyota Prius Prime OVERVIEW

A plug-in version of Toyota’s flagship hybrid, the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime starts at $27,995 (including the $895 destination charge). Built on the same platform as its standard hybrid sibling, the Prius Prime is available in three trim levels, includes a tablet-sized infotainment screen, and an EPA-estimated 25 miles of all-electric driving. The lack-luster driving performance withstanding, the Prius Prime is catching up on its chief rival, the Chevrolet Volt, and should be carefully considered for those looking to join the plug-in hybrid revolution.

What's New for 2018

The Prius Prime debuted in 2017 and Toyota has made no significant changes for 2018.

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Choosing Your Toyota Prius Prime

The primary difference between the standard Prius and the Prime is former's plug-in capability. Consumers can connect the Prius Prime to a 120-volt wall outlet or a 240-volt Level 2 EV charger, soak up juice for a few hours, and then cover 25 miles on electrical power alone.

Each Prime is powered by the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 95 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. The 53-kilowatt electric motor is added to deliver a combined output of 121 horsepower. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission which supplies power to the front wheels.

While in hybrid mode, the Prius Prime returns an EPA-estimated 55 miles per gallon city and 53 mpg highway, for a combined 54 mpg. With a fully charged battery, the Prius Prime is rated at 133 miles per gallon equivalent and can cover up to 640 miles on gasoline and electrical power.

Consumers looking to purchase a 2018 Toyota Prius Prime have three trims to select, the Plus, Premium, and Advanced. There are no available option packages. The Prius Prime does qualify for a $7,500 federal income-tax credit, although that is not included in this pricing.


The Prius Prime Plus is the base trim, starting at $27,995 (including the $895 destination charge). The Plus features the usual accoutrements for an affordably priced Toyota – there's a seven-inch touchscreen operating Toyota's Entune infotainment software, navigation, a rear-view camera, a six-speaker audio system with USB connectivity and SiriusXM satellite radio, split-folding rear seats, and a 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster.

As is the case with most new Toyota products, the automaker's Safety Sense P system is standard, boasting an advanced array of active safety gear at no cost to automakers. The Prius Prime's setup includes adaptive cruise control that operates at all speeds, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.


The Prius Prime Premium (please say that five times, fast) starts at $29,695. This trim picks up where the Plus leaves off and adds a Qi-compatible wireless charging system, LED headlights, heated eight-way power front seats with lumbar support, and a smart charging cable lock.

The primary upgrade is the huge 11.6-inch multimedia display which includes AM/FM/MP3/WMA playback capability, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, and the extra technology goodies bundled in the Plus infotainment system.


The upper-tier trim of the Prius Prime is the Advanced which starts at $34,095. The Advanced adds LED fog and accent lighting, a heated steering wheel, a color head-up display, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an intelligent parking assist program, and a cargo area sliding tonneau cover.

The same 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system is included but now works alongside a JBL premium audio system that includes ten speakers. An auto-dimming rearview mirror that includes a HomeLink universal transceiver is also a standard feature in the Advanced.

The Advanced includes multiple added safety features including road clearance sonar and parking assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and Toyota’s Safety Connect service which includes emergency roadside assistance. This is a subscription-based program, but the Advanced comes with a three-year trial.

CarsDirect Tip

Plug-in hybrids offer the best of both worlds for consumers, providing the EV range for the daily commute and some errands, but with none of the range anxiety inherent in full EVs. In the Prius Prime's case, it lacks the range of a Chevrolet Volt, but rings up at a more accessible price point, particularly in Premium guise. The standard active safety gear, though, makes any Prius Prime a smart buy.

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