In 2016, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius arrived with a funky look, a mildly overcooked interior, and a thrifty powertrain. Toyota toned down the design a touch and added optional all-wheel drive in 2019, while 2020 brought in standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to go with a larger standard touchscreen. The 2021 Toyota Prius looks to be mostly a carryover model, save for one special-edition model.
In terms of outward design, we expect the 2021 Toyota Prius to continue with the same revamped appearance the hybrid received in 2019. While the overall design is still wild, this new look toned things down with more subtle front and rear lighting. What we expect to change in 2021 is the addition of a range-topping 20th Anniversary Edition that’ll come in two color options, Wind Chill Pearl or Supersonic Red, and include leatherette upholstery.
Other than a handful of feature and option tweaks over the years, the Toyota Prius’ interior has remained the same since 2016. We expect this trend to continue in the 2021 Prius, as we expect it to retain design cues like the chunky steering wheel, winglike dash applique, raised center stack, electric gear shifter, gloss-black accents, and central-mounted gauge cluster.
Under its hood, other than the 2019 addition of electric all-wheel drive, the Prius has remained the same since 2016. We expect this to continue in the 2021 Prius. If this is the case, it’ll include a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor for a combined 121 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. We expect AWD-e to remain an option in 2021.
The current Toyota Prius is an IIHS Top Safety Pick with its “Good” crash test ratings in all but the “Acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small-overlap test. It also has “Acceptable”-rated headlights and a “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking system. We expect the 2021 Toyota Prius to continue with the same safety ratings and features, but it may lose its Top Safety Pick status, as the newest IIHS Top Safety Pick requirements include a “Good” rating in the passenger-side small-overlap test.