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2020 Toyota Prius Prime

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2020 Toyota Prius Prime

What We Like

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Affordable price given current tax credits
  • Great fuel economy; low price for a plug-in hybrid
  • Standard safety tech
  • Versatile hatchback design
  • It now seats five

What We Don't

  • Still no Android Auto
  • Less cargo space than regular Prius
  • Styling is unnecessarily weird


Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.7/ 5


What's New in the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime?

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

Which Prius Prime is the Best?

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

How Much Does a 2020 Toyota Prius Prime Cost?

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.

Prius Prime Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Prius Prime LE (Natl)$27,750 / $26,641Hybrid121N/AAutomaticFWD
Prius Prime Limited (Natl)$33,650 / $32,304Hybrid121N/AAutomaticFWD
Prius Prime XLE (Natl)$29,650 / $28,465Hybrid121N/AAutomaticFWD

Is the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime a Safe Car?

Every Prius Prime comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, a driver's knee airbag, full-length airbags and a backup camera. It also includes a forward-collision warning system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection and a lane-departure warning and intervention system. The Advanced trim includes blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems and Safety Connect emergency communications, which include automatic collision notification and a stolen-vehicle locator.

The government hasn't yet crash-tested the Prius Prime, but the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has, naming it a Top Safety Pick for its top performance in all pertinent categories.

5 Year Cost to Own

$25,911 ($0.35 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components8 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance2 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance2 Years/25,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Protection Pkg
  • Prime Accessory Pkg
  • Floor Liner/Mat Pkg
  • Carpet Mat Pkg
  • Floor Liner Pkg


2020 Toyota Prius Prime vs the competition

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.

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