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What you must know before buying the Toyota Prius Prime

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - September 4, 2020
  • 2021 Prius Prime is here
  • Rebate: Get $2,500 cash back (2020)
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 36 mo. (2020)
  • Lease: $249/mo. for 36 mo. (2020)

2021 Prius Prime is here:

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

The Clean Vehicle Rebate on the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is worth up to $1,000. The California DMV also offers a green sticker for single-occupant use of carpool lanes. These are all on top of the deals from Toyota and the $4,502 federal tax credit.

The 2020 Prius Prime's offers see plenty of updates this month, including a boost in cash rebates and a huge promotional lease improvement. We expect no new offers for Labor Day.

The carryover 2021 Prius Prime is arriving now, and it arrives with a relatively small cash rebate and no lease offers.

While the Prius Prime is available nationwide, unlike some other plug-in hybrids, it is very scarce in certain parts of the country. Be prepared to do some serious searching to find one that suits your needs.

Toyota's offers are regional and expire on September 30, 2020. All deals mentioned here assume a Southern California location unless otherwise noted.

Cash rebate boosted:

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime boasts a $2,500 rebate ($500 increase). This is on top of any federal and local rebates, but it's not stackable with the low APR offers below.

The 2021 Prius Prime gets a $500 cash rebate.

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 0%:

The 2020 Prius Prime gains 0% APR for 36 months this month and 2.9% APR for 72 months. It also continues to offer 60-month financing at just 1.9% APR.

Buyers cannot combine this low APR offer with the cash rebate.

There are no APR offers on the 2021 Prius Prime.

Lease from $249/mo.:

Qualified leasees can get a 36-month promotional lease on the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime LE that runs $249 ($40 decrease) per month with $1,999 due at signing.

With a $305 ($40 reduction) effective monthly cost, the 2020 Prius Prime is a great value relative to its MSRP.

There are no promotional lease offers on the 2021 Prius Prime yet.

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2021 Toyota Prius Prime: Model Preview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor

Model Preview

Though Toyota has offered a plug-in model since 2012, the first-generation Prius Prime arrived in 2017. Toyota based the Prime on the standard Prius, but it carried a unique look with its exclusive headlights, taillights, and interior styling. The Prius Prime has remained mostly unchanged since its debut, but an update in 2020 brought in a new seating configuration, standard smartphone integration, and a few other features tweaks. We expect the 2021 Prius Prime to be a carryover model.

As a carryover model, we expect the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime to roll in with the same basic styling it’s had since its 2017 debut. This will include its slitlike headlights, wing-shaped taillights, a swoopy roofline, and more. The only change we’re anticipating is the Wind Chill Pearl paint option replacing Blizzard Pearl.

Inside, the current Prius Prime replaced the fixed rear center console with a far more useful center seat. It also gained standard smartphone integration and two rear USB ports. Other than these updates, the interior has remained the same since its 2017 debut. We expect its interior design to remain unchanged in 2021.

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Under its hood, all has remained the same since its debut, and we expect this to continue into 2021. If this is the case, the 2021 Prius Prime will include a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor that combine for 121 horsepower and a 25-mile all-electric driving range. Unlike its hybrid sibling, the Prius Prime has no all-wheel-drive option.

The current Toyota Prius Prime is an IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to “Good” crash safety ratings in all tests except the “Acceptable”-rated passenger-side small-overlap test. Also helping it achieve this TSP status are its “Acceptable” headlights and “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking system. We expect the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime to continue with the same safety ratings and features, but it’ll likely lose its Top Safety Pick status due to new IIHS criteria, which requires a “Good”-rated passenger-side small-overlap test.

This plug-in hybrid will compete with the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In, Honda Clarity Plug-In, and Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

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