Phenomenal fuel economy; handy hatchback design; adult-sized back seat; impressive equipment, including standard accident avoidance tech
Better to drive, but still not great; mediocre acceleration; questionable styling; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available
There were no changes made for the 2018 Prius.See the 2018Toyota Prius models for sale near you
Stick with a base Prius Two. There's no shortage of features (including accident avoidance tech), and since no Prius can be had with leather upholstery, it's not like upper trim levels are that much more luxurious. Paying more also puts you squarely in the territory of the new Camry Hybrid, which in its well-stocked LE base trim gets the same fuel economy as the Prius, but with a great many advantages.Find a Toyota Prius for sale
The 2018 Toyota Prius is offered in four basic trim levels: Prius One, Prius Two, Prius Three and Prius Four. The Prius Two also offers an even more efficient Eco variant, while the Three and Four models also tout a Touring trim with more features. There is also the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid reviewed separately.
The Prius One ($23,500) comes standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning, bi-LED headlights, automatic high beams, heated mirrors, proximity entry and keyless start, adaptive cruise control, a backup camera, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding back seat, a 6.1-in Entune touchscreen, Siri Eyes Free capability, one USB port, Bluetooth and a 6-speaker sound system that includes a CD player and a media player interface.
In many markets, the Prius Two ($24,700) will actually be the base trim. It only adds a rear wiper and seat-back pockets.
The Two Eco ($25,200) adds low-rolling resistance tires, revised wheel covers and a lighter hybrid battery. The Two Eco also removes the spare tire and rear wiper.
Next up is the Prius Three ($26,700), which adds automatic headlights, a wireless-device charging pad, a steering wheel wrapped in SofTex vinyl (a leather-wrapped wheel is not available), satellite radio and Toyota's Entune infotainment system with a 7-in screen, a navigation system and app functionality. The rear wiper makes a reappearance.
Opt for the Prius Four ($29,700) and you'll get automatic wipers, SofTex vinyl upholstery, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, a cargo cover, a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.
Opting for the Three Touring ($28,100) or the Four Touring ($30,600) includes everything from its corresponding numbered trim level plus 17-in alloy wheels, fog lights, LED accent lighting, some styling flourishes, and if not already specified, SofTex upholstery.
As for options, Three and Four models offer the Advanced Technology package, which includes a head-up display and a sunroof. Additionally, the Four trims can be equipped with the Premium Convenience package, which includes an automated parking system, Safety Connect emergency communications services and an enhanced 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||3 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid -- The Prius may finally have a worthy competitor. The impressive new Ioniq offers superior fuel economy than the Prius at a lower price, while also boasting a more involving (and almost fun) driving experience and less funky, more functional cabin design. The Ioniq is also available in plug-in and electric variants.
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE -- The base Camry Hybrid gets the same 52-mpg combined rating as most Prius trim models. That's despite being more powerful, spacious, luxurious and generally more refined. It's priced just a little more than the Prius Three. Could be worth it.
2018 Kia Niro -- Here's another recent addition to the hybrid family. The Niro doesn't quite match the Prius' fuel economy, but its price tag, quasi-SUV body style and generally more conventional feel are very appealing.
2018 Chevrolet Bolt -- How'd you like to spend $0 at the pump? Well, that's the promise of the Chevy Bolt, the first reasonably-priced electric car that eases range anxiety by topping 200 miles of range.
Used Honda Accord Hybrid -- The previous-generation Honda Accord Hybrid boasts an impressive 50 mpg city/45 mpg hwy, along with a roomy cabin and more traditional styling. New models are more expensive than the Prius, so you may have to check out a used version.