For 2019, the Toyota Prius went through a significant refresh that brought in more toned-down front and rear ends to help tame its polarizing looks and addition tech features inside. While these changes were welcome, the big news was the all-new Prius AWD-e model with all-wheel drive. With these changes still fresh, we expect no big changes to the 2020 Toyota Prius.
The Toyota Prius went through a huge redesign in 2016, but its wild looks arrived to modest reviews at best. In 2019, Toyota revealed an updated Prius with revised taillights and headlights that lacked the dramatic swoops that accentuated the already over-the-top looks. With this new, more toned-down design still fresh and receiving warmer reviews, we expect no changes to the 2020 Toyota Prius’ appearance.
Inside, the Prius’ 2016 redesign included gloss-white accents around the steering wheel and center console that were scratch magnets, but the cabin was otherwise a good design. In 2019, Toyota ditched the white accents in favor of more scratch-resistant piano-black accents. This refresh also brought in two more 2.1-amp USB chargers, a larger wireless charging pad, and a heated steering wheel on XLE and higher trims. We expect all these changes to remain the same in the 2020 Toyota Prius.
Under its hood, we expect the 2020 Toyota Prius to retain the same powertrain options as the 2019 model. This will include a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that will combine for 121 horsepower. In the standard Prius models, all the power will head to the front wheels, but the AWD-e model will boast a rear-axle-mounted 7-hp electric motor that will deliver extra traction from 0 to 6 mph. This system can also chime in at speeds up to 43 mph for as-needed traction.
Safety has been a focus for Toyota lately, and the current Prius is no exception with its standard Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, and more. We’re still waiting on crash test data on the 2019 Prius, but the 2018 model was an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and we expect the same for the 2020 Toyota Prius.