Estimated monthly payments provided may not accurately reflect your actual car-related payments. Oh, there’s method to the model’s features; Toyota doesn’t do anything out of mere whimsy. Enter the funky-looking 2020 Toyota Prius Prime Upgrade, which is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a modest EV-only range of 40 kilometres. © 1996-2020 Ziff Davis, LLC. Such is the case with the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime, the plug-in take on Toyota’s popular hybrid. ENGINE: 1.8-L Atkinson-cycle four (Net Power: 121 hp; Torque: NA) Other cloud-connected content includes HD Radio’s free real-time traffic and weather info, and Toyota’s subscription-based Connected Services, including the Safety Connect telematics services and in-cabin Wi-Fi. Against the regular Prius, it’s true that you give up some cargo space (down 136 litres), but the Prime’s cargo hold is still spacious and flat, just notably higher to accommodate the larger lithium-ion battery. Although that seems like a much lesser advantage now than it did three weeks ago, before the days of COVID-19 and social distancing measures. On the other hand, the icons can’t be rearranged to your preference, and the lack of Android Auto is a rather glaring omission. If not for the drawbacks of its infotainment system and quirky dash layout, we would easily recommend the 2020 Prius Prime. As much as fuel efficiency is emphatically the Prime’s raison d’être, the car, while less than inspiring to drive, is much more than a four-wheel kitchen appliance. Otherwise, the interior of the Prime is like other Prius models, roomy but utilitarian, with the instrument cluster in the center of the dash. Perhaps the Prime’s chief market rival is the regular Prius itself, the Prime offering a much quieter low-speed driving feel, similar cargo room, and minimal extra costs (after $2,500 federal rebate and fuel savings), in a package especially useful for Prius intenders with a 20-ish kilometre commute and regular charging access. The primary difference between the regular Prius and the Prius Prime is that the Prius is a conventional hybrid, while the more technologically advanced Prime — the second generation of which first saw the light of day in 2017 — is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), naturally meaning it can be recharged and will run in either EV, EV Auto, or Hybrid modes. Some may argue that the rear end does look cleaner visually without it, but that’s only a small part of why the Prius Prime looks more visually aggressive than the regular Prius that can’t be plugged into a normal 110-volt outlet, or a faster 240-volt charging station (EVSE, officially). by Brian Harper | June 15, 2020. This extension is valid for all of the company’s model year 2020 hybrid electric vehicles, while all other hybrid components will retain warranty coverage of eight years/160,000 kilometres. But the centrepiece of the interior is its large vertical infotainment screen, a massive 11.6-inch HD one in the top-line cars such as this one that looks very much like the vertical one in new Volvo models, with a seven-inch one as standard. The net result is a combined 121 horsepower — nothing to challenge Tesla owners at the Stoplight Grand Prix, but as I said, enough to get out of its own way. team.
As a sedan, the Clarity is larger and has more room for rear seat passengers, but the Prius Prime has a more efficient gasoline engine than its rivals. The steeply raked rear hatchback glass catches those big snowflakes easily, especially at red lights, leaving the driver very glad that there’s a clear portion of that hatch above the rear bumper that’s see through and less susceptible to falling snow or rain. Plugged In: Where do electric vehicle batteries go when they die? The Prius goes plug-in electric hybrid with the Prime. Now, there are a couple of nitpicks with the Prime. Actually, make that a strange-looking car for these strange days. That performance at the pumps was much more impressive than its on-road performance, given its total of 121 hp of combined electric and gas power – one horse more than the regular Prius. If you click an affiliate link and buy a product or service, we may be paid a fee by that merchant. The XLE trim that starts at $29,800 adds a power driver's seat, simulated-leather upholstery, keyless entry on all doors, wireless smartphone charging, AM/FM radio buffering, HD Radio with real-time traffic and weather, an 11.6-inch touch screen, and a smartphone app for remote charge management, climate control, and charging station and vehicle finder features. The center dash instrument panel cluster is a bit distracting since the driver needs to glance right rather than just down. An escape from abject boredom was my initial reaction. PCMag, PCMag.com and PC Magazine are among the federally registered trademarks of Ziff Davis, LLC and may not be used by third parties without explicit permission. We were able to wring about 20 miles of EV-only range from the Prime Limited without even trying to conserve power. Via a companion app, Entune adds access to cloud-based services such as Yelp, iHeartRadio, NPR One, and others. Power is directed to the front wheel through a continuously variable automatic transmission. FUEL ECONOMY: (Regular Gasoline in L/100 km) City: 4.3/Highway: 4.4/Combined: 4.3 You might even find the experience strangely enjoyable. Value-wise, the Prius Prime stacks up better against the regular Prius than against rivals like the Hyundai Ioniq Plus and rare Kia Niro PHEV, especially if you’re in Quebec and can collect the federal government’s $2,500 rebate as well as Quebec’s $4,000 one, or BC’s additional $1,500 one.
In current guise, the Prime proudly embraces Prius’ longstanding individuality with a body that was clearly conceived by someone inspired by George Jetson’s mode of transportation.
Moving up to the Upgrade version adds the aforementioned huge vertical screen with navigation, a power driver’s seat, and wireless device charging. In the default Normal mode, the regen is rather mild and use of the car’s four-wheel disc brakes is necessary. Gretchen reviews alternative vehicles and aftermarket electronics for PCMag. Get the latest News, Reviews and more, right to your inbox!
From the charge port at the rear passenger side of the car that feels flimsy and loose, to the flimsy closing sound of the doors, there’s a slight perception of non-solidity in this car. The base LE starts at $27,900 and comes with standard exterior features including 15-inch alloy wheels, a carbon-fiber-reinforced rear hatch, intermittent windshield wipers, heated and folding side mirrors, an illuminated charge port door with charge indicator lighting, and LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights. But if you own an Android device, you can only use Toyota’s Entune smartphone integration platform. Efficiency-wise, it varied between 1.6 and 6.0 L/100 km, but averaged 5.0 overall by the end of the week, with an official rating of 4.3 L/100 km overall. Like a laidback student that finally puts in some hard work for the final exam but just can’t achieve top marks, the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is a huge improvement over the previous Plug-In version of Toyota’s popular Prius hybrid, but still a step behind a full-swing PHEV effort. Stepping up to the Limited trim that starts at $33,500 adds fog and accent lights, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a HomeLink transceiver, a 10-speaker JBL premium audio system, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a heated steering wheel, a heads-up display, parking sensors, and semi-automated parking. Auto123 reviews the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime, wherein the PHEV transforms from a four-seater to a five-seater and maintains its ugly-duckling appeal. OBSERVED FUEL ECONOMY: 5.0 L/100 km The Toyota Prius is synonymous with hybrid vehicles and, prior to Tesla, was the car for eco-conscious drivers looking to save fuel and flaunt it. In Ontario, the green plate that also comes with it provides access to some HOV lanes in the province that could help reduce commute times.
Tick the $3,000 Technology package box, as ours had, to add a head-up display, radar parking assistance, rain sensing wipers, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, and Toyota’s Intelligent Parking Assist system (which worked for me once in six tries, unfortunately), plus blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert. With a recharge every night, I used a meager 8.16 litres of gasoline over 300 kilometres of hither and yon.
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Finance/lease charges are rough approximations for illustration purposes only; you must arrange and determine your actual finance or lease rates with your selected dealer / finance provider on approved credit. Limited Availability Holds Back EV Sales, Again. The hybrid system switches smoothly and almost imperceptibly between gas and electric propulsion, but the CVT gearbox exhibits a typical rubber band feel and harsh vibrations when pushed hard. There’s also enough juice to get up to highway speed without becoming too much of a mobile chicane for fast-moving traffic — it takes about 11 seconds to get from rest to 100 km/h. Moving inside, the Prius Prime doesn’t have any gauges directly in front of the driver, but comes with a wide central binnacle that houses all the usual vehicle information, as well as fuel efficiency and range displays. looks, firm ride, Softer plastics for interior with colours other than black. Front-wheel-drive compact plug-in hybrid hatchback, 121 net hp (95 hp @ 5,200 rpm; 105 lb-ft of torque from 1.8L engine), (L/100km) 4.3 city, 4.4 hwy.
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