Affordable price given current tax credits; massive mpg; low price for a plug-in hybrid; standard safety tech; versatile hatchback design
Four-person seating capacity; less cargo space than regular Prius; questionable styling
The Prius Prime was all-new last year, and there are no updates for 2018. Even its pricing holds firm.
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.
The 2018 Toyota 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|
2018 Chevrolet Volt -- The Volt is pricier, but it's 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.
For a closer look, read Toyota Prius Prime vs Chevrolet Volt: Which is Bettter?
2018 Chevrolet Bolt -- Then again, why not forget about gasoline entirely? The Chevrolet Bolt is pricier still, but this EV can top 200 miles on a charge.
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid -- The new 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.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid -- The new Clarity nearly matches the Volt for all-electric range, meaning it could be a better choice than the Prius Prime for those with longer commutes. It's also a bigger, more substantial and luxurious car.