2020 Toyota Prius review

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52 city, 48 highway, 50 combined

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Get to know this great hybrid hatchback.

One of latest versions of the classic hybrid, the 2020 Toyota Prius is a compact car that has a lot to offer. Undoubtedly, the hybrid engine is responsible for a large slice of the appeal, with an EPA-estimated gas mileage of 56 mpg combined, but it has a lot of other qualities, too.1 It could be a great choice for you if you are looking for a roomy vehicle with a comfortable cabin that can seat up to five people, and also has a high storage capacity. It's a practical choice for your daily transport needs, as well as a good solution for long-distance trips and family vacations. The 2020 Toyota Prius is available in four trim configurations and comes equipped with plenty of tech features. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive offered as an option.

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What is new for the 2020 Toyota Prius?

  • Prius trims have been upgraded with Apple CarPlay as standard equipment this year.
  • Full Roof Rack features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Limited trim now comes with CD Audio as standard equipment.
  • The LE trim now comes with Power Seat(s) and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The XLE trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

2020 Toyota Prius trims

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L Eco



  • Includes heated front seats, wireless device charging, a heated steering wheel, 17-inch wheels, and synthetic leather upholstery, among other things.

  • View all Toyota Prius XLEs in stock


5 reasons to buy the 2020 Toyota Prius

1. Hatchback capability

2020 Toyota Prius: Cargo space | CarMax

Sure, the Prius is known for its hybrid powertrain, but it's also pretty practical. With 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space (up to 65.5 cubic feet with the 60/40 split rear seats folded), a generous 33.4 inches of rear legroom, and seating for five, it's an impressive traveling companion, perfect for short weekend getaways.

2. Available AWD

2020 Toyota Prius: XLE Trim| CarMax

If you regularly drive in inclement weather, you'll love the Prius' available AWD. Toyota calls it "AWD-e," and it gives the Prius even more go-anywhere capability. The Prius AWD-e is only offered in the LE and XLE trims for the 2020 model year, so keep an eye out for those if AWD is a must-have feature.

3. It's got the tech

2020 Toyota Prius: Infotainment Screen | CarMax

The 2020 Toyota Prius isn't just a technological marvel under the hood—it also has the latest tech features on the inside to make your drive that much better. You'll find a standard seven-inch touchscreen with built-in Apple CarPlay® and Amazon Alexa® integration. If you're looking for some extras, you'll find wireless phone charging and a larger 11.6-inch screen available as well. Plus, while the standard audio system is solid, the available premium JBL® audio is even better.

4. Stand-out styling

2020 Toyota Prius: Front grill and LED headlights | CarMax

You won't mix up the 2020 Toyota Prius with another vehicle—it stands on its own. The Prius has a striking design and details like standard LED headlights and taillights, plus available fog lights with LED accents that add to the wow factor. If the stock 15-inch wheels aren't big enough, the optional 17-inch wheels should do the trick.

5. Hybrid powertrain

2020 Toyota Prius: Engine | CarMax

Of course, one of the biggest reasons to buy the Toyota Prius is its state-of-the-art hybrid system. The 2020 Prius gets an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined to help you on your way.

 If you need more, the L Eco trim gets an EPA-estimated 56 mpg combined.
 Clearly, the Prius' reputation precedes it—it truly is a fantastic hybrid car.

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The Ford Fusion Hybrid is a roomy and versatile sedan with an attractive exterior design and a high storage capacity. Models from 2017–2020 have 12 cu-ft of trunk space, can seat up to five people, and are powered by a base 188-hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor.

2017–2020 Fusion Hybrids come with plenty of standard features, such as:

  • Ford's SYNC® 3 infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Height-adjustable driver seat

  • 17-inch alloy wheels

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Toyota Prius an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota Prius 6th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Toyota Prius features and specs

XLE 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Head Up Display
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.3"/R 33.4"

Head room

F 39.4"/R 37.4"

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Color options

2020 Toyota Prius: Color options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Blizzard Pearl (Extra cost)

  • Classic Silver Metallic

  • Electric Storm Blue

  • Magnetic Gray Metallic

  • Midnight Black Metallic

  • Sea Glass Pearl

  • Supersonic Red (Extra cost)

Interior colors:

  • Black Fabric

  • Moonstone Fabric

  • Harvest Beige Fabric

  • Black SofTex®

  • Moonstone SofTex®

  • Harvest Beige SofTex®

Interior details

The 2020 Toyota Prius comes with standard cloth upholstery, with optional simulated leather seating surfaces (standard on XLE and Limited). Power seats are standard starting with the XLE trim; manual seats are standard on L Eco and LE trims. Interior colors include black, moonstone (gray), and harvest beige. You'll get 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place, and 117.7 cubic feet of total interior room.

Child seat details

There are two sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats, along with a tether anchor on the rear middle seat of the 2020 Toyota Prius. You can fit a rear-facing convertible seat, a forward-facing convertible, an infant seat, and a booster seat. The LATCH connection is easily accessible, and there is room for two car seats at the same time.


All 2020 Toyota Prius models have a 121-hp output between the 1.8L gas engine and the electric motor. The front-wheel-drive 2020 Prius takes 9.7 seconds to get to 60 mph, while the all-wheel-drive model comes in at 9.8 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new).

All 2020 Prius models feature a continuously variable transmission, but have a range of mpg figures. The AWD model gets an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined, while the FWD gets an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined.

 If you're looking for the highest mpg in the 2020 Prius lineup, the L Eco trim gets an impressive EPA-estimated 56 mpg combined.

Year comparisons

2010 - 2015 Toyota Prius (third generation)

The third-generation Toyota Prius was in production between 2010 and 2015. It was offered in four trims, powered by a standard 1.8L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine paired to an electric motor for a combined 134 hp. It underwent a complete redesign from its previous generation and received more standard tech features, as well as different driving modes: EV mode, Eco mode, and Power mode.

2016 - 2022 Toyota Prius (fourth generation)

This was the first generation of the Toyota Prius to receive the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform. The base engine on the fourth-generation Toyota Prius is a 1.8-L four-cylinder, which is combined with two electric motors for a total of 121 hp. It received a new suspension system resulting in better handling, as well as redesigned headlights and taillights after a facelift in 2018.

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