Affordable price given current tax credits; low price for a plug-in hybrid; exceptional fuel economy; standard safety tech; versatile hatchback design
Four-person seating capacity; less cargo space than regular Prius; questionable styling
The Prius Prime is the new plug-in hybrid version of the Toyota Prius hybrid. Beyond its different powertrain, it has different styling and feature content.
With so much standard feature content, we think most people will be perfectly happy with the base Plus trim level. At the same time, for less than $2,000 more you can get an 8-way power driver's seat, that big touchscreen and various smartphone-connectivity apps in the Premium trim level. Find a Toyota Prius Prime for sale
The 2017 Prius Prime is available in three trim levels: Plus, Premium and Advanced.
The base Plus ($27,100) comes standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, heated mirrors, passive keyless entry and push-button start, a backup camera, a height-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, a steering wheel trimmed with SofTex vinyl simulated leather, a cargo cover, a 7-in touchscreen, Bluetooth, a navigation system, one USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio and a 6-speaker sound system.
The Premium ($28,800) adds automatic LED headlights, an 8-way power driver's seat, SofTex vinyl seats, a smartphone wireless charging pad, an 11.6-in vertically oriented touchscreen and Toyota's Entune suite of smartphone apps.
The Advanced ($33,100) adds LED fog lights, automatic wipers, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, parking sensors, an automatic parking system, a heated steering wheel, a color head-up display, an upgraded cargo cover, additional smartphone apps, Safety Connect emergency communications and a 10-speaker JBL sound system.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
2017 Chevrolet Volt -- The Volt is pricier, but it is a superior plug-in hybrid, capable of going 53 miles on electricity alone -- double the Prime's all-electric range. Depending on your commute, that could cut down on your fuel usage exponentially and make up the price premium.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt -- Then again, why not forget about gasoline entirely? The new Chevrolet Bolt is pricier still, but this EV can top 200 miles on a charge.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid -- The regular Ioniq Hybrid betters the base Prius for less money, and, coming in winter 2017, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will essentially match the Prius Prime's all-electric range for presumably less money as well. An alternative to consider.
Used BMW i3 -- The BMW i3 is a perfect car for an urban commute -- we even have 9 reasons that prove it. Available in all-electric or plug-in hybrid configurations, the i3 is a terrific little city car. It's much pricier than the Prius Prime, so looking at the used market is recommended -- and you're bound to find great deals there.