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2021 Toyota Prius

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2021 L 5dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $24,525
2021 LE 5dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $25,735
2021 LE 5dr AWD-e Hatchback Price:   -  From $27,135
2021 XLE 5dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $28,575
2021 XLE 5dr AWD-e Hatchback Price:   -  From $29,575
2021 20th Anniversary Edition 5dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $29,875
2021 Limited 5dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $32,650
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2.8 (Fair)

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Toyota Prius returns largely unchanged as it celebrates two decades on the market worldwide. Toyota is celebrating with a limited 2020 Edition, making – you guessed it – 2,020 of them. It gets special black wheels and black exterior trim.

The only minor changes for the Prius lineup at large this year are the additions of Android Auto compatibility to most trims, pedestrian and bicyclist detection, and automatic high beams.

This generation of Prius is starting to age, and we expect a full redesign in the next couple years.

Choosing Your Toyota Prius

Including the limited edition, this year’s Prius comes in five trims: L Eco, LE, XLE, 2020 Edition, and Limited. After destination fees, prices start at $25,520 for the L Eco and extend up to $33,645 for the Limited.

Engine Choices

The Prius sticks to one powertrain, and performance isn't a strong suit. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine teams up with a 53-kW electric motor for a total of 121 horsepower. The system utilizes an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on the LE and XLE trims for $1,000 (XLE) or $1,400 (LE). AWD models use a separate motor to power the rear wheels at speeds up to 43 mph. That makes the Prius one of few all-wheel-drive hybrids on the market, although the low clearance may be a deterrent for snow-state buyers.

The Prius remains a star in the efficiency department. The base L Eco trim uses skinny low-resistance tires, which help boost efficiency to an EPA-estimated 58 miles per gallon city, 53 mpg highway, and 56 combined. The other trims achieve 54/50/52 mpg (city/highway/combined), while AWD variants return 51/47/49 mpg.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

All Prius models seat five passengers in relative comfort. Second-row space is only average with 33.4 inches of rear leg room, but sculpted front seat backs make it feel bigger.

The trademark hatchback shape is good for practicality, opening up 27.4 cubic feet of space behind the seats. Fold the second row, and capacity expands to 50.7 cubic feet.

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Safety Features

Every Prius comes with advanced safety technologies like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high beams.

The LE and above add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors to the mix. The Limited alone gets adaptive and auto-leveling headlights.

Last year’s Prius was an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and we see no reason why the new model won’t get the same honor. The only safety ding is rearward visibility, which is interrupted by the Prius’s double-window design.

Connectivity

The Prius keeps its 7-inch infotainment system, but this year it supports Android smartphones in most trims. The system also comes with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, satellite radio, wi-fi hot spot capability, and three USB ports.

The XLE and above add wireless charging, while the top Limited trim gets a larger 11.6-inch touchscreen, navigation, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, and a color head-up display. Oddly, the range-topping trim loses Android Auto compatibility.

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L Eco - From $25,520

In addition to being the cheapest Prius, the L Eco is the most efficient. That’s thanks to tiny 15-inch wheels, which join LED lights to decorate the exterior. Inside, the L Eco keeps things basic with manually-adjustable front seats, fabric upholstery, and the base infotainment display. Keyless entry and push button start are standard.

LE - From $26,730

The Prius LE gains a few handy upgrades like a rear window wiper, blind-spot monitoring, and parking sensors. A marginally heavier weight means that the LE isn’t as efficient as the L Eco, but it keeps the 15-inch wheels.

All-wheel drive is available for an extra $1,400 at this trim. For drivers who upgrade, Toyota adds in fog lights and alloy wheels.

XLE - From $29,570

As it pushes closer to $30,000, the XLE trim pushes toward luxury. The wheels swell to 17 inches, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are included. The numerous interior upgrades include wireless charging, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, and an eight-way power driver's seat. All-wheel drive is available for an extra $1,000.

The XLE trim is the first to unlock feature bundles. Techies will want the Advanced Technology Package ($800), which adds a head-up display and auto-leveling headlights. The other option is the Premium Convenience Package ($515), which tacks on a power moonroof and unique 15-inch wheels.

2020 Edition - From $31,295

The limited 2020 Edition is essentially a Prius XLE with aesthetic upgrades. The wheels are blacked out, as are the shift knob, side mirrors, and portions of the front grille. Custom badging decorates the exterior and the floor mats, and the rear deck lid sprouts a spoiler.

All-wheel drive is not available on the 2020 edition. Oddly enough, the packages from the XLE trim aren’t available either.

Limited - From $33,645

The Limited trim is the most luxurious a Prius can get, although it compromises in some areas. Most notable is the infotainment system, which grows to 11.6 inches but loses Android Auto compatibility. Navigation is included, as are all the features in the Advanced Technology Package.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 Toyota Prius struggles to make a case for cost against its Toyota Corolla Hybrid sibling, which is cheaper and nearly as efficient. The Prius L Eco trim makes the most sense for commuters, but an XLE with all-wheel drive may be the best value.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Class-leading efficiency
  • Recognized model
  • Ample cargo space
  • Available all-wheel drive
Cons
  • Polarizing design
  • Lots of interior plastics
  • Unexciting driving
  • Tight rear head room
Expert Rating
2.8 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

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

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

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

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

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

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Contributing Editor

Let's save gas. The chief purpose of the Toyota Prius has always been its fuel economy. That priority hasn’t changed over the past 20 years, although styling has played a more significant role.

Depending on the trim, the 2021 Toyota Prius earns up to an EPA-estimated 58 miles per gallon city, 53 mpg highway, and 56 combined for the base L Eco model. This one comes with additional aerodynamic features and low-rolling resistance tires, squeezing out a few more miles than the other trims.

Most Prius models get 54/50/52 mpg (city/highway/combined). You can also choose one with all-wheel drive, which lowers fuel economy to a still very respectable 51/47/49 mpg.

Radical styling prevails. Toyota has long stood by the Prius’ jelly bean looks, contending that its shape was the most sensible for its coefficient of drag or wind resistance. The lower the number, the easier it is for any model to improve its efficiency.

But Toyota hasn’t rested on its laurels. Instead, beginning in 2017, an all-new Prius changed the look, to give this vehicle more definition.

The current iteration employs triangular design elements across its body, including the headlights, hood, side wedges, and to the rear. The hatch glass is divided by a spoiler, an approach taken by the Hyundai Ioniq, a competing model with a much less controversial visage.

Inside, the drama continues, but the focal point remains the horizontal touchscreen display. It measures 7 inches in most trims, but a whopping 11.6 inches in the Prius Limited. The Prius’ space-age design is tempered by the down-to-earth use of plastics throughout the cabin. Plastic seems like a contradiction to the Prius’ environmentally friendly mission.


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Safety is a winning recipe. Toyota has been at the forefront of all things safety, and that’s apparent in the Prius. All models come with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver assistance features. This means items such as lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control are standard. We still see luxury models charging extra for at least some of these features.

Also available is blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors. The latter are helpful, as the thick rear pillars and split glass on the hatchback can impede visibility.

Furthering the Prius’ safety credentials are mostly top scores from the federal NHTSA and the insurance industry-backed IIHS. Both give the Prius high scores in almost every category.

Android users no satisfied. Toyota trailed most competitors in making its vehicles adaptable for third-party software enhance, such as smartphone compatibility. The automaker told us that they wanted to ensure that its proprietary systems remained untouched by outside involvement.

We saw Apple CarPlay compatibility first, but Android users had to wait as Toyota ironed things out with Google to pave the way. This year, Android Auto joins Apple CarPlay, closing a gap that has persisted longer than anyone wanted. We like both systems and think the included “maps” feature is an ideal substitute to the typical spend-up navigation system.

Final thoughts. Competition in the segment is mixed, as most manufacturers aren’t participating or have withdrawn their offerings in the face of low sales. The 2021 Toyota Prius is, by far, the leader here – Toyota sells more hybrids than all other competitors combined.

We like the Prius, but are intrigued that the similar-sized Toyota Corolla sedan now offers a hybrid variant. The Corolla Hybrid eschews the Prius’ polarizing design, while nearly matching the dedicated hybrid in efficiency. Your dilemma is choosing the body style that’s right for you.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
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
58 / 53 / 56 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
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
58 / 53 / 56 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
11.3 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$43
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
50.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
93 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
180.0 "
Exterior Width
69.3 "
Exterior Height
57.9 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
37.4 "
Front Legroom
42.3 "
Rear Legroom
33.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,010 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
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
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 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/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
1
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
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Pre-collision System (pcs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) W/steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Tracing Assist (lta) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System With Low-light Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Automatic High Beams (ahb) 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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