With hybrid technology becoming more commonplace throughout Toyota’s lineup (and those of other automakers), the Prius is no longer the standard-bearer it once was. Toyota faces the challenge of differentiating the Prius from the rest of its efficiency models, and this year they have a new market: adventurers. With hatchback practicality, a brand new all-wheel-drive system, and roof-rack attachments, the 2019 Toyota Prius aims to please four-season eco warriors.
What's New for 2019
The biggest addition for 2019 is an optional all-wheel-drive powertrain. The Prius also sees a few minor interior and exterior tweaks, plus new standard tech. The old numerical trim structure has been ditched in favor of a more traditional naming system.
Choosing Your Toyota Prius
All Priuses (Prii?) share their power sources: a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine in combination with two electric motors. In all-wheel-drive models, those motors can power the rear wheels, although only up to 43 mph. Together, the system is good for 121 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque.
These numbers are hardly inspiring, but the fuel economy is. Every version of the Prius manages more than 50 miles per gallon combined, according to the EPA. Thanks to tiny tires, the L Eco trim is the most efficient of the lot, achieving 58 mpg city, 53 highway, and 56 combined. Other front-wheel-drive trims aren’t far behind at 54/50/52 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Even the AWD models don’t get too thirsty. With Toyota’s AWD-e system, the Prius still manages 52/48/50 mpg despite a mild weight penalty. AWD Priuses also get nickel-hydride batteries for better low-temperature performance (the rest of the line uses lithium-ion units). All-wheel drive is available as an option for either $1,000 or $1,400 depending on trim.
The Prius’ other claim to fame is its cargo capacity. Thanks to the liftback shape, most trims boast 27.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the seats. With the rear seats folded, that number jumps to 62.7 cubic feet, which rivals some crossovers.
For 2019, the Prius’ four trims get more conventional names: L Eco, LE, XLE, and Limited.
Although the upgrades to the XLE trim are comprehensive, better value lives at the bottom of the 2019 Toyota Prius range. The L Eco is a fairly affordable way into Prius ownership, and the Prius LE is the cheapest way in for AWD buyers.
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