Impressive fuel economy. One of the main reasons for even considering the 2020 Toyota Prius is because of fuel economy. While not the most efficient hybrid on the road – that title belongs to the Hyundai Ioniq – the Prius is in second place.

The EPA rates the Prius Eco at 58 miles per gallon city, 53 mpg highway, and 56 combined. For comparison, the class-leading Ioniq Blue is rated at 57/59/58 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Opt for the regular Prius and you’re still looking at 54/50/52 mpg, while even all-wheel-drive models get 52/48/50 mpg.

Loaded with safety features. Every Prius comes with Toyota Safety Sense P as standard. The suite brings forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. That’s a strong list of features for a vehicle that starts at $25,155.

Available features include parking sensors, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

More capable than other hybrids. In addition to having all-wheel drive, which no other hybrid in its class has, the Prius has one of the largest cargo holds for a hybrid. Behind the rear seats, the hatchback has either 24.6 or 27.4 cubic feet of space, depending on the trim. In total, there’s 62.7 cubic feet of space.

The Prius has a lot more cargo space than the Hyundai Ioniq and Honda Insight, two of its biggest rivals. The Prius’ total cargo capacity even matches some small crossovers.

With all-wheel drive and a spacious cargo area, the Prius has almost become the anti-hybrid with its capability.

Toyota Prius

One too many curves. While other automakers have come out with hybrids that look more along the lines of a regular car, the Prius continues to be radically styled. An angular nose, dramatic lines, and an awkward rear end all make the Prius stand out – in a bad way.

The interior’s not nearly as bad, but Toyota has made it an important point to ensure that the Prius looks different from hybrids. Don’t look for a traditional instrument cluster or easy sight lines out of the vehicle. Everything’s located centrally on the dashboard, which takes some time to get used to. But the sloping roofline and hefty rear C-pillars result in a constricted view out of the back of the vehicle.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Toyota Prius doesn’t raise the bar like the original hybrid did, but it’s still a great option. Offering all-wheel drive and one of the more spacious cabins in the segment, the Prius goes beyond being efficient. Now that it comes with Apple CarPlay as standard, the Prius’ exterior design is its only major downside.

The Prius may be a good option for consumers seeking fuel economy, but it doesn’t exactly excite in the way it drives or looks. We can understand the lack of sportiness, but the Prius could benefit greatly from a new design.

Other automakers have caught up in terms of efficiency and some are much cheaper. The Hyundai Ioniq Blue is more efficient and roughly $2,000 cheaper. The Honda Insight isn’t as efficient, but is approximately $1,300 cheaper. It’s much more enjoyable to drive, though, and it looks like a normal car.

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