Here's where versatility meets practicality.
If you’re looking for a hybrid vehicle that can handle both your driving needs and your family’s needs, the Toyota Prius is a great choice. The Prius is designed with fuel-economy in mind, combining a gasoline engine with an electric motor. The Prius has been a huge success since its launch in 2000 and has expanded into a range of models. There's now a plug-in hybrid version, the Toyota Prius Prime, along with the subcompact Prius c. To learn more about the fourth-generation of this vehicle, check out our Toyota Prius review below:
Reasons to Buy
1. Fewer Stops at the Pump.
A green-conscious choice, the 2016 Toyota Prius has excellent fuel economy with an estimated 54 mpg city and 50 mpg highway (in its standalone 1.8 liter engine).1
2. Convenient Design.
3. Distinctive Styling.
The sharp-edged look with dramatic taillights that debuted in 2016 makes the Prius stand out on the road.
4. Plenty of Tech Features.
The fourth generation Toyota Prius comes with numerous tech options included Entune™ Premium Audio and access to some of your favorite apps like iHeartRadio®, Facebook®, and Pandora®. This model also offers Integrated Navigation and a JBL® Premium Audio System.
5. Nice Price Tag.
If you’re looking for a green-conscious choice on a budget, the Toyota Prius delivers. Average price for a 2014-2017 Toyota Prius at CarMax is less than $19,000.2
What You Need to Know
Models and Trims
The 2017 Toyota Prius comes in five trim levels including:
- Prius I - The base trim offers front-wheel drive, LED headlights and taillights, a backup camera, and cruise control.
- Prius II - Offers EV mode, passenger seatback pocket, available satellite radio, Smart Key system, and Touch Tracer Display.
- Prius III - Adds a JBL® Audio System, integrated SiriusXM® satellite radio capability, and Bluetooth® technology.
- Prius IV - Adds three-door Smart Key System, step lamp, driver and front passenger water repellant windows, auto dimming mirror, and HomeLink®.
- Prius V - Offers 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, head-up display, and LED headlamps with auto leveling.
Toyota Prius Hybrid Powertrain
All Prius models are hybrids, meaning they have an electric motor that is designed to add to the power provided by the engine. With the exception of the Prius Prime, they can drive short distances on electric power alone before turning on the engine.
Toyota Prius Interior
Toyota Prius Exterior Colors
The 2016-2018 Toyota Prius comes in seven exterior colors:
- Blizzard Pearl
- Blue Crush Metallic
- Classic Silver Metallic
- Hypersonic Red
- Magnetic Gray Metallic
- Midnight Black Metallic
- Sea Glass Pearl
Toyota Prius Average CarMax Prices2
- 2014-2017 - Average price less than $19,000.
- 2018 - Average price less than $26,500.
Key Specs & Features
- All Prius models are four-door hybrids with a hatchback.
- All seat up to five passengers with a compact design.
- The 2016 Toyota Prius has excellent fuel economy with an estimated 54 mpg city and 50 mpg highway (in its standalone 1.8-liter engine).1
- The 2016 Prius offers six trim levels and plenty of standard features such as a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth® connectivity with voice recognition.
Years in Review
2013 Toyota Prius - Available alongside the Prius v wagon and subcompact Prius c, the 2013 Prius was produced in five trim levels. Standard features on its base trim include a multi-information display with navigation, auxiliary audio jack, USB port, and Bluetooth® capability.
2014 Toyota Prius - There were no significant changes from the 2013 Prius.
2015 Toyota Prius - The 2015 model was the last year of the third-generation Prius, and offered an additional rearview camera. It’s base trim also added LED tail and stop lights, a rear spoiler, and 15-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.
2016 Toyota Prius - Arrival of the fourth-generation Prius with distinctive styling and a slightly bigger cargo area. Trim level V was discontinued.
2017 Toyota Prius - The Toyota Prius Prime was introduced and the Toyota Prius v wagon was discontinued.
2018 Toyota Prius - There were no changes made for the 2018 model year.
Overall, the Toyota Prius is a versatile load carrier with a light and airy cabin. The Prius’ quiet engine makes for comfortable road trips and urban commutes. If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s compact, works with your budget, and has plenty of style, then the Toyota Prius is certainly worth a test drive!
- 1st - Toyota Prius - Best Hybrid Cars (2018)
- 3rd - Toyota Prius c - Best Hybrid Cars (2018)
- 10th - Toyota Prius v - Best Hybrid Cars (2018)
- 1st - 2016 Toyota Prius - Best High MPG Cars (2018)
- 2nd - 2013 Toyota Prius c - Best High MPG Cars (2018)
- 4th - 2013 Toyota Prius - Best High MPG Cars (2018)
- 1st - Best Hatchback Cars (2018)
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.
2Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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