2020 Toyota Prius

Original MSRP Range
$24,325 - $32,500
Available Style(s)
Hatchback
MPG
52 - 58 MPG City / 48 - 53 MPG Hwy
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2020 Toyota Prius

What We Like

  • Phenomenal fuel economy
  • Handy hatchback design
  • Available AWD
  • Adult-sized back seat
  • Impressive equipment
  • Standard accident avoidance tech

What We Don't

  • No longer the default choice
  • Un-involving and loud relative to other hybrids
  • Unremarkable interior for the money
  • Mediocre acceleration
  • Questionable styling
  • Android Auto is still not available

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.4/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2020 Toyota Prius?

After a significant refresh for 2019, not much changes with the Prius for 2020. All trims now come standard with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration, but Android Auto is still mysteriously absent. Prius L Eco, LE and XLE models gain a new 7-in infotainment system, while the Limited still offers the same massive 12-in screen.  See the 2020 Toyota Prius models for sale near you

Which Prius is the Best?

We think the Prius L Eco is a pretty generous offering for a base model. There's no shortage of features, the highlights of which are standard active safety tech and Apple CarPlay. You'll also get the best fuel economy possible, and since no Prius can be had with leather upholstery, it's not like upper trim levels are that much more luxurious. That said, moving one step up to the LE model nets you a rear window wiper, blind spot monitoring, a folding rear seat and parking assist. Alternatively, if you live in a snowy climate, it's impossible to deny the appeal of the Prius's new AWD-e system, available on either the LE or XLE trims for a reasonable $1,000 premium. Keep in mind though -- once you get into higher price points, the 2020 Toyota Prius enters into territory occupied by much bigger, more modern hybrids in Toyota's lineup, such as the Corolla, the Camry and the RAV4Find a Toyota Prius for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Toyota Prius Cost?

After switching over to a nomenclature more in line with the rest of the Toyota lineup in 2019, the Prius continues with L Eco, LE, XLE and Limited trims for 2020. AWD is available with only the LE or XLE trims and carries a $1,000 price premium. There is also the plug-in Prius Prime, which we've reviewed separately. The Prius L Eco ($25,155) comes standard with 15-in alloy wheels, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, LED headlights, automatic high beams, heated mirrors, proximity entry and push-button start, adaptive cruise control, a backup camera, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40 split-folding back seat, a 7-in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility, three USB ports, Bluetooth and a 6-speaker sound system that includes an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface. The LE ($26,365) adds parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, a rear window wiper and a cargo cover. The LE AWD-e ($27,365) adds fog lights and different wheel covers, plus its AWD system and a different battery pack better suited to colder temperatures. The XLE ($29,205) adds 17-in wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, a power-adjustable driver's seat, SofTex vinyl seating, steering wheel and door trim, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, different interior trim and wireless smartphone charging. The XLE AWD-e ($30,205) adds the LE version's extra equipment plus heated front seats. An available package adds a head-up display and adaptive/auto-leveling headlights. The Limited ($33,330) includes the XLE's options plus Safety Connect emergency communications, an 11.6-in vertically oriented touchscreen, integrated navigation, satellite and HD radios and a 10-speaker JBL sound system. A sunroof and 15-in wheels are optional on the front-wheel-drive Prius XLE and Limited.

Prius Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Prius L Eco (Natl)$24,325 / $22,866Hybrid12158 / 53Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Prius LE (Natl)$25,535 / $24,003Hybrid12154 / 50Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Prius LE AWD-e (Natl)$26,935 / $25,319Hybrid12152 / 48Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Prius Limited (Natl)$32,500 / $30,256Hybrid12154 / 50Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Prius XLE (Natl)$28,375 / $26,416Hybrid12154 / 50Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Prius XLE AWD-e (Natl)$29,375 / $27,346Hybrid12152 / 48Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Toyota Prius Safety

Is the 2020 Toyota Prius a Safe Car?

The Prius comes standard with an impressive list of safety features. Besides the usual array of anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front-side airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags, it also includes a driver knee airbag, a passenger seat cushion airbag, forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems are also standard on all but the basic L Eco model.

In government crash tests, the Prius received five stars for overall crash safety, plus four stars for frontal protection and five stars for side protection. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Prius a Top Safety Pick for its high scores in all categories.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$39,439 ($0.53 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
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components8 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance3 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
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
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Competition

2020 Toyota Prius vs the competition

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid -- The first of its kind to be offered in the U.S., the Corolla Hybrid is downright impressive. Fuel economy comes in at 53 mpg city/52 mpg hwy/52 mpg overall, right on par with the Prius. Just one trim level is offered for 2020, but we expect this to change in the future. With this vehicle, the Prius just became a much tougher sell. 2020 Honda Insight -- If you only consider one non-Toyota Prius alternative, make sure it's the Insight. It basically matches the Prius' fuel economy while bettering its driving experience, interior quality, noise and value. 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid -- The Ioniq is another vehicle that competes directly with the Prius. It offers superior fuel economy at a lower price while also boasting a more involving, borderline-fun driving experience and a less quirky, more functional cabin design. The Ioniq is also available in plug-in and electric variants. 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid -- The base Camry Hybrid gets the same 52-mpg combined rating as most Prius trims. That's despite being more powerful, more spacious, more luxurious and generally more refined. The Camry Hybrid LE is priced just a little higher than the Prius XLE. 2020 Kia Niro -- The base 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. It's also available in plug-in hybrid and electric versions.