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N/A city / N/A hwy

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What you must know before buying the Toyota Prius Prime

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - October 5, 2019
  • 2020 Prius Prime is here
  • Rebate: Get $1,500 cash back
  • Finance: From 3.9% APR for 60 mo.
  • Lease: $339/mo. for 36 mo.

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The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is in showrooms now. Other than a new center seat in the rear and the same trim levels as the standard Prius, the 2020 Prius Prime is a carryover vehicle.

Toyota Prius Prime buyers may be eligible for up to a $4,502 IRS tax credit, and shoppers in California can apply for a $1,500 to $3,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate. The California DMV also offers a green sticker for single-occupant use of carpool lane. These are all on top of the deals from Toyota.

The 2020 Prius Prime gets a big lease payment cut, but it will still be a hard sell.

Toyota's offers are regional and expire on November 4, 2019. All deals mentioned here assume a Southern California location unless otherwise noted.

Cash rebate remains:

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime continues with a $1,500 rebate in October. This pales in comparison to the $3,500 rebate the 2019 Prius Prime had before selling out, but it is a nice starting point.

Members of the military may be eligible for a $500 discount for taking out a loan through Toyota Financial. Unfortunately, Toyota's college grad rebate excludes the Prius Prime.

Finance from 3.9%:

The 2020 Prius Prime is available with 3.9% APR for 60 months or 5.35% for 72 months. You cannot combine these low APR offers with the cash rebate.

Lease from $339/mo.:

Northern California shoppers can get a 36-month promotional lease offer on the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime LE that runs $339 per month ($20 reduction) with $2,499 due at signing.

Despite the big payment cut, its $408 effective monthly cost ($20 reduction) is still a terrible value relative to its MSRP.

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LE (Northern California)
$339Monthly Payment
Term Length (months): 36
Due at signing: $2,499
Mileage: 12k
MSRP: $28,555
Deal Valid in: Northern California
Expiration: 11/4/19

This ranks as an excellent deal based on our expert analysis of: vehicle price, length of lease term, amount due at signing, monthly payment, etc.

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CarsDirectPricing as of 10/13/19 in 20149
MSRP
$28,705
Sales Price
$28,611
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$0
Target Price
$28,611
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$412/mo
Finance Estimate
$415/mo
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2020 Toyota Prius Prime Overview

Neil Cumins
Automotive Editor

Expert Rating

2.85 (Fair)
MPG
City / Highway

Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime becomes a full five-seater for the first time, while still offering plug-in hybrid versatility and a larger battery pack than the standard Prius.

What's New for 2020

The big news is in the back, where a fifth seat gives the Prius Prime a huge dose of added practicality. Two rear USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility, and black interior accents are also newly standard, while model names have been brought into line with other Toyota ranges.

Toyota Prius Prime

Choosing Your Toyota Prius Prime

The Prius Prime is powered by a combination of a 1.8-liter gas engine and an electric motor, jointly producing 121 horsepower and 105 pound feet of torque. An electronically controlled continuously variable transmission supplies power to the front wheels.

Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 55 miles per gallon city, 53 mpg highway, and 54 combined, which is outstanding. Electric mode delivers an EPA-estimated 133 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe) combined.

The Prius Prime's lithium-ion battery pack supports a 25-mile electric-only range and contributes to an estimated overall range of 640 miles. According to Toyota, it can charge in less than 5.5 hours from a standard power outlet, or approximately two hours and 10 minutes at a 240-volt (Level 2) charging station.

Hybrids tend to major on technology, and the Prius Prime is no exception. It’s possible to control the infotainment system via Amazon Alexa, as well as manage smart-home devices by voice control. A 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and a customizable color information display is also standard, but the top two trims get an 11.6-inch touchscreen.

The Toyota Prius Prime is available in three trims, with no packages available:

LE

The Prius Prime LE costs $28,530 (all prices include the $930 destination fee). LED daytime running lights function automatically, while quad-LED projector headlights turn themselves off and the heated power outside mirrors fold away.

Safety features include smart stop technology, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning with steering assist. Radar underpins the adaptive cruise control and vehicle proximity notification systems.

XLE

Retailing for $30,430, XLE models gain a smart charging cable lock, automatic on/off headlights, push button start, and remote keyless entry.

The infotainment system is upgraded to an 11.6-inch split-screen portrait touchscreen, additionally benefiting from integrated navigation and a 10-speaker audio system. The SofTex-clad front seats include eight-way power adjustment and power lumbar support for the driver, while Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging also comes as standard.

Limited

There’s a substantial $4,000 price jump to the $34,430 Prius Prime Limited, though specification levels are significantly improved. The most noticeable upgrade is a color head-up display that presents teh driver with speed, navigation, battery, and safety information.

On the safety front, the Limited gains blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, park assist, LED fog lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Additional newly standard equipment also includes a JBL 10-speaker premium audio system, a heated steering wheel, and a cargo area cover.

CarsDirect Tip

Although the extra safety and comfort features on the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime Limited are very welcome, the XLE provides the best blend of equipment for the money. Its portrait touchscreen is a big improvement over the LE’s 7-inch unit, while also providing navigation, wireless charging, keyless entry, and push button start.

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