The Prius Prime gets two big changes for 2020. First and foremost, Apple CarPlay is now offered for 2020 and comes standard. Secondly, while the 2019 model had an awkward 2-seat configuration in its second row, the 2020 Prius Prime offers room for three across for a total seating capacity of five, just like the regular Prius. Additionally, minor tweaks include a pair of extra USB ports now offered for the rear seats, new sun visor extenders, new black interior accents (replacing the white offered on previous models), and relocated buttons for the heated seats.
Like the rest of the Prius line, the Prius Prime gets new trim level nomenclature for 2020, with LE, XLE, and Limited trims now offered. See the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime models for sale near you
With so much standard feature content, including Apple CarPlay for 2020, we think most people will be perfectly happy with a basic Prius Prime LE. At the same time though, for less than $2,000 more, buyers can get an 8-way power driver's seat, that big touchscreen and various smartphone-connectivity apps on the XLE trim level. Either way, keep in mind that tax credits and fuel savings mean that buying a Prius Prime comes with financial advantages that go beyond whatever discount you can negotiate with your dealer. Find a Toyota Prius Prime for sale
The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is available in three trim levels: LE, XLE and Limited. These replace the quirky "Plus," "Premium" and "Advanced" trim level names offered in previous model years.
The base LE ($28,555) comes standard with 15-in 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 XLE ($30,455) adds automatic LED headlights, an 8-way power driver's seat, SofTex vinyl seats, a wireless smartphone charging pad, an 11.6-in vertically oriented touchscreen and Toyota's Entune suite of smartphone apps.
The Limited ($34,455) 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|
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid -- The Ioniq Hybrid is a serious competitor for the Prius Prime, delivering comparable fuel economy and electric-only range for less money. It's also more enjoyable to drive.
2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid -- The Clarity can go 48 miles on electricity, meaning it could be a better choice than the Prius Prime for those with longer commutes. It's also bigger and more luxurious.
2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid -- The Niro's all-electric range matches the Prius Prime's and offers a distinctive crossover body style. Its fuel economy when not in all-electric mode isn't as good as the Prime, but it's still an excellent 46 mpg combined. Watch how much will fit in the Niro Plug-In Hybrid's trunk.
2019 Chevrolet Volt -- 2019 marks the last model year for the plug-in hybrid Volt as Chevrolet looks to shift its focus to the fully-electric Bolt. That said, if you can find one, the Volt is a compelling option, especially given its class-leading 53 miles of electric range.