The ultimate road warrior's hybrid hatch.

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Want a hybrid? These days, you've got plenty of options to choose from. There's an array of choices for just about any preference, from luxury hybrids to small fuel-sippers and even sporty cars powered by a gas-and-electric powertrain. Even with all these choices, you should definitely consider the 2019 Toyota Prius. This is the ultimate road warrior's car—a comfortable vehicle that fuses advanced power technology with the practical benefits of a hatchback body style and a design that has evolved into a modern classic.

Here's what you'll find in this 2019 Toyota Prius review:

Key Specs & Features

  • The 2019 Prius is equipped with a base 1.8L four-cylinder engine that makes 95 horsepower and is mated to a 53-kWh electric motor to produce a total of 121 horsepower.
  • An all-wheel-drive (AWD-e) system comes optional on 2019 Prius LE and XLE trims.
  • The base model 2019 Toyota Prius L Eco gets an EPA-estimated 56 combined mpg with the 1.8L hybrid engine.1
  • The base model 2019 Toyota Prius includes a standard 6.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth® capability, a USB port, and two rear charging ports.
  • The 2019 Toyota Prius seats five passengers and offers 93.1 cubic feet of passenger space and 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Simplified, Mature Styling

Since its initial debut in 1997—and especially during the notable second generation—the Prius has gone through a styling evolution. The 2019 Prius calms the edges and smooths the angles for a lower profile and overall more mature design. Since the start of the current fourth generation in 2016, the Prius style has grown even more sophisticated, but long-time Prius fans need not be worried, the egg-shaped body is still a key touchstone in this hybrid's design philosophy.

2. Less Stops at the Pump

No matter how nice the styling or comfortable the interior, there is likely one main reason you're drawn to the Prius: fuel economy. The 2019 Prius boasts an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined.1 The combination of a hybrid powertrain, aerodynamic design, and low resistance tires makes for a polite fuel sipper. The 2019 base model Prius L Eco sports an EPA-estimated 58 mpg city, 53 mpg highway, and 56 mpg combined.1

3. Room to Stretch and Stow

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When it comes to comfort and space, the 2019 Prius has plenty to offer. For example, comfortable front seats and a spacious 33.4 inches of legroom in the back give passengers room to move and relax. There's also 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats as well. In fact, spacious passenger and cargo room has always been one of the hallmarks of the Prius, and the 2019 model doesn't disappoint—it's more accommodating than ever.

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4. Advanced Technology in the Cabin

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The 2019 Toyota Prius makes technology a part of the driving experience. Even on the base L Eco model, high-tech infotainment and connectivity features are plentiful. Some features include keyless start, Bluetooth, a 6.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, three USB charge ports, and more. Higher trims showcase more technology, such as the top-of-the-line Limited trim for the 2019 Prius which features a massive 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

5. Hybrid Technology

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Since 1997, the Toyota Prius has been a strong contender in the hybrid market. The 2019 Toyota Prius has a 1.8L four-cylinder engine mated to a 53-kWh electric motor that combines for a total of 121 horsepower. Saving that power is a lithium-ion battery pack (nickel-metal hydride for the AWD-e version), and for 2019, there's an available all-wheel-drive system that uses two motors on the rear axle.

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What You Need to Know

2019 Toyota Prius Trims

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L Eco – Standard equipment on the base 2019 Prius includes 15-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and cloth upholstery.

LE The next trim configuration for the 2019 Prius includes standard equipment such as a rear window wiper, front seatback pockets, a spare tire, parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring.

XLE – Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, automatic wipers, SofTex® simulated-leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver seat, and a wireless charging pad.

Limited – The top-of-the-line Limited trim adds adaptive headlights, a heads-up display, a navigation system, an 11.6-inch touchscreen, and a 10-speaker premium JBL audio system with satellite radio.

2019 Toyota Prius Available Colors

2019 Toyota Prius exterior colors include:

  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Classic Silver Metallic
  • Electric Storm Blue
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Sea Glass Pearl
  • Supersonic Red

2019 Toyota Prius interiors include:

  • Black Fabric
  • Black SofTex
  • Harvest Beige Fabric
  • Harvest Beige SofTex
  • Moonstone Fabric
  • Moonstone SofTex

Similar Vehicles

Honda Insight

The 2019 Honda Insight is a compact sedan with a hybrid powertrain. The Insight brings function and practicality to the hybrid buyer. Power comes from a 1.5L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 151 horsepower. The powertrain in the entry LX model gets an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined.1 Standard equipment on the base LX model includes cloth upholstery, a five-inch display for audio, Bluetooth connectivity, and 16-inch wheels. The 2019 Honda Insight EX trim also includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity.

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf Plus is an electric vehicle (EV) that was redesigned in 2018, giving it more power. The 2019 Nissan Leaf gets 214 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque while boasting an EPA-estimated range of 226 miles (base model).2 The 2019 Leaf charging time is an estimated 7.5 hours using a 240-volt outlet. The base model Leaf S gets standard equipment such as keyless ignition, automatic climate control, a five-inch display screen, and more. The Nissan Leaf is based on a hatchback body style.

Chevrolet Bolt

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV is based on a hatchback body style. Debuted in 2017, the Bolt has remained largely unchanged since then, only undergoing minor equipment and color adjustments. The EPA-estimated range of the Bolt is 238 miles, thanks in part to a flat lithium-ion battery installed on the car's floor.2 Power-wise, the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt delivers 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. The base model Bolt LT offers standard equipment such as 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth interior, keyless start, an eight-inch information display, and a 10.2-inch touchscreen.

The Bottom Line

Back in 1997, the Prius took the world by storm as the first hybrid car to be mass-produced. Today, the 2019 Toyota Prius is still a strong contender, with advanced powertrain technology and a spacious and practical interior.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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