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2020 Toyota Prius Prime: Preview & Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 24, 2019

Model Preview

Since debuting in 2017 as the Prius’ plug-in sibling, the Toyota Prius Prime, has remained a carryover model. Despite a fast-changing segment around it, we expect the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime to remain unchanged.

On the outside, the Prius Prime has always been the Prius’ more reserved model in terms of styling. Though it seems backward for the more technologically advanced model to be the more timid in terms of looks, it is what it is. We expect these looks to remain the same when the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime hits showrooms. Some of the highlights of the 2020 Prius Prime’s exterior will include its standard LED headlights and more traditional-looking horizontally oriented taillights.

Inside, we expect no changes to the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime’s looks. We expect to see the same scratch-prone gloss-white trim, center-mounted digital gauge cluster, acres-of-black dash, and available 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen to carry into the 2020 Prius Prime unchanged.

2018 Toyota Prius Prime

We expect the power behind the 2020 Toyota Prius to remain the same, meaning it’ll continue with a 95-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine for 121 hp. With its 8.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime will retain its 25-mile EV range, putting it 4 miles short of the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, 28 miles short of the Chevy Volt, and 23 miles short of the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.

Toyota has turned its focus to safety lately, and it shows in the current Prius Prime’s safety ratings. It comes standard with 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 Prime, but the 2018 model was an IIHS Top Safety Pick. We expect the same for the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no pricing yet for the 2019 or 2020 Toyota Prius Prime, but with no changes in 2019 and no anticipated updates in 2020, we expect only mild pricing changes compared to the 2018 Prius Prime’s MSRP range of $28,230 to $34,230 (destination fees included). This isn’t your final net price, though, as the IRS also offers up to a $4,502 tax credit on the Prius Prime.

Keep in mind, new tax laws will cut this rebate in half the quarter after Toyota reaches 200,000 units in total plug-in sales. In the third and fourth quarter after hitting the threshold, the rebate will drop to 25 percent of the original amount. A year after hitting the threshold, the tax rebate disappears. Most estimates point toward a 2021 target for Toyota crossing the 200,000-unit threshold and starting the phase-out countdown.

The 2020 Toyota Prius will compete against the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, and the Chevy Volt.

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Pictured: 2019 Prius Prime

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