The Toyota Prius, still a prominent name among hybrids, is getting and upgraded version of the Prius Prime plug-in variant in a bid to widen its appeal.
Toyota announced Thursday the 2020 Prius Prime would get a number of new features, although short of an actual redesign. Still, the changes are significant for Toyota. Theoretical passenger space goes up a little with a fifth seat replacing what used to be a fixed console. It's unclear if it will be as spacious as a standard Prius, but at least it adds some flexibility to what used to be a strict four-seater. The rear seats also get a little more accommodating with the addition of two USB charging ports.
Another significant addition comes in the form of both Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. Toyota is among the last major automakers to adopt Apple's system, which is slowly making its way through the automakers' models. Contrast to Amazon Alexa compatibility, which Toyota was a relatively early adopter of.
Other interior styling and detail changes, as well as a simplified trim level strategy, round out the revisions to the Prius Prime. It will still have an EPA-estimated 25 miles of electric range and a 54 combined mpg rating. While Toyota remains a standard hybrid leader with more than 20 years of experience, it still looks behind the ball on the move to plug-ins.
Prices start at $27,600 for the new base LE and go up to $33,500 for the top Limited model. The Prime still qualifies for EV HOV stickers in applicable states, as well as both federal and local incentives for plug-in hybrid vehicles. It goes on sale this summer.
2020 Toyota Prius Prime: A Solution to Rising Gas Prices
The word “Prime," which is defined as being the best, or at the top, is a natural fit for the Prius model as it’s the most technologically advanced, best-equipped Toyota Prius in the model’s nearly two-decade global history. With the power to run in either EV or hybrid driving modes, Prius Prime strikes a harmonious balance between necessity and desire.
New upgrades for 2020 include:
- New 5th seat for even more room
- Standard Apple CarPlay®, SiriusXM® and Amazon Alexa compatibility
- Two additional 2.1A USB ports for the rear passengers
- Black interior accents to replace previous white accents for a more premium feel
- A new sun visor extender
- A relocation of seat heater buttons for front seat passengers for easier usability
- New grade strategy that offers LE, XLE and Limited Grades
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