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2019 Toyota Prius Prime

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Overview

The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime takes everything that's great about the regular Prius, but adds the ability to travel up to 25 miles on nothing but electricity. The plug-in hybrid can also be charged at a charging station or from a standard outlet, which is something the normal Prius can't do. For consumers looking to get in on the electric future who don't want to worry about range anxiety, the Prius Prime's ability to run on both electricity and gasoline makes it a better option than a pure electric vehicle.

What's New for 2019

The Prius Prime enters the new year without any significant changes.

Toyota Prius Prime

Choosing Your Toyota Prius Prime

The Prius Prime's plug-in hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that's paired to a continuously variable transmission. Giving the plug-in hybrid its electrified abilities is a 53-kilowatt electric motor and an 8.8-kWh battery pack. Combined output for the entire system is 121 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard.

When acting as a hybrid, the Prius Prime is rated by the EPA to get up to 54 miles per gallon combined. On electricity, the vehicle gets 133 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). Speaking of electricity, the Prius Prime can travel 25 miles without using any gasoline. When electricity runs out, the vehicle can travel an extra 615 miles on gasoline for a total range of 640 miles.

Charging the Prius Prime doesn't take too long, but the times vary depending on what kind of voltage you're using. A standard 120-volt outlet will yield a fully charged battery in five hours and 30 minutes. Using a 240-volt charger brings that time down to two hours and 10 minutes.

The Prius Prime is available in three trims with no packages available across the range:

Toyota Prius Prime

Plus

Pricing for the base Prius Prime Plus starts at $28,280 (all prices include the $930 destination charge). Standard exterior features include quad-LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, heated side mirrors, and 15-inch wheels. On the inside, the Plus trim comes with a 4.2-inch multi-information display, a SofTex-trimmed steering wheel, fabric-trimmed seats, heated front seats, push-button start, a 7-inch touchscreen, Toyota's Entune infotainment system, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and SiriusXM.

When it comes to safety, the Plus trim comes with Toyota's Safety Sense P system as standard, which includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

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Premium

Moving up to the mid-level Premium trim costs $29,980. Over the base trim, it brings a smart charging cable lock, predictive efficient drive, SofTex-trimmed seats, a Smart Key System, wireless charging, an 11.6-inch touchscreen, and navigation.

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Advanced

The range-topping Advanced trim starts at $34,280. It adds LED fog lights, LED accent lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a JBL audio system, 10 audio speakers, Safety Connect, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, park assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert over lower trims.

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While not as tech forward as some of the other electrified options on the road, the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime gives consumers the option to switch between traveling on electricity and gasoline, which makes range anxiety obsolete. It might not have the range to compete with the Chevrolet Volt, but it's much more affordable and is well equipped in the mid-range Premium trim.

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Even more efficient. The biggest headline for the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime is its gas mileage. The regular Prius already gets an impressive 52 miles per gallon combined, according to the EPA. When running as a hybrid, the Prius Prime ups that number to 54 mpg combined. That’s better than both the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

In electric-only mode, the battery is good for 25 miles of range. That’s less than the two rivals, but not by much 2 and no one is expecting the Prius to go hundreds of miles on a charge. The EPA also gives the Prius Prime a combined rating of 133 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe).

A pricier Prius. The affordability of the Prius is dented somewhat in Prime form. Starting at $28,280 including destination, the Prius Prime is $3,580 more expensive than a base-spec Prius. That’s also $2,010 more than an Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, but $1,215 cheaper than the Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

The Prius Prime also gets its own trim structure. Instead of the L, LE, XLE, and Limited trims on the traditional Prius, the Prius Prime has Plus, Premium, and Advanced options. The Premium and Advanced trims loosely correspond to the XLE and Limited Prius, although the Prius Prime versions are around $1,200 more expensive.

But more luxurious, too. Although the starting price is higher, the Prius Prime starts with a nicer feature set than the base Prius. A Prius Prime Plus comes with a nicer audio system, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, navigation, and heated front seats. The Prius Prime retains the Prius’ sterling safety record, with standard active safety tech and a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS.

What the Prius Prime loses is cargo space. Thanks to a more sedan-like roofline, the Prius Prime has just 19.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats. That’s still good by sedan standards, but it’s more than 10 cubic feet less than the hatchback-like Prius. It’s also slightly less than the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid.

The sacrifice may be worth it to some buyers for looks that are less polarizing than those of the Prius. The Prius Prime smooths out some of the Prius’ bolder choices, resulting in a more conventional (though still bold) exterior.


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Still not fast. Like its sibling, the Prius Prime is clearly geared for fuel economy, not fun. Power remains the same at 121 horsepower, which is enough for town driving but anemic for highway passing. Steering is light and numb, and the suspension is built for comfort over cornering.

The Prius Prime lacks one other major option from the Prius: all-wheel drive. The Prius added available motors to the rear wheels for added all-weather confidence, but the Prius Prime remains front-wheel drive only.

Final thoughts. The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime scores a few major points: it retains the safety and comfort of the Prius while improving on the already impressive efficiency (and the less impressive styling).

But the Prius Prime still comes with compromises. It also keeps the lackadaisical acceleration of the Prius, and it loses some of the hatchback practicality. The efficiency gain is small, as is the electric-only range. With cheaper options available from both Toyota and competitors, the Prius Prime is best for dedicated eco-warriors.

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Specs & Features

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Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 95 HP / 105 ft.lbs.
Transmission
CVTi-S 2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
Not Available
Passenger Capacity
4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 95 HP / 105 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
Not Available
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
11.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$43
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
91 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.9 "
Exterior Width
69.3 "
Exterior Height
57.9 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
43.2 "
Rear Legroom
33.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,365 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
16.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Aluminum / 15.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Toyota Safety Sense C Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 25,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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