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Toyota Prius

Launched in Japan in 1997, the Toyota Prius hybrid made its U.S. debut in 2001 and sold only 15,000 units that first year. By 2011, U.S. sales reached the 1 million mark, and today global sales top 3.5 million. The Prius uses a gasoline engine and an electric motor with a battery pack. The hybrid system saves fuel by using the electric motor at low speeds, with the gas engine automatically turning on when needed. The Prius’ batteries are recharged by energy captured from braking and by the gasoline engine. Known for its distinctive styling, the Prius name has been applied to other hybrid offerings, including the Prius c, v and Prime. Toyota’s hybrid system found in the Prius is also used in hybrid versions of some of Toyota’s mainstream models.

 

Prius – 5 Generations

  • 2023–24
  • 2016–22
  • 2010–15
  • 2004–09
  • 2001–03
  • 2023–24
  • 2016–22
  • 2010–15
  • 2004–09
  • 2001–03
Latest generation

2023–24 Prius

  • MSRP range$27,650–$36,065
  • Consumer rating
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  • Combined mpg 52–57
  • Body style Hatchback

  • MSRP range$27,450–$35,865
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 49–57
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2023:
  • Five-seat compact hatchback
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • 194-hp (FWD) or 196-hp (AWD) gas-electric hybrid powertrain
  • Up to 57 mpg combined
  • Adaptive driving features and variable regenerative braking
Previous generation

2016–22 Prius

Along with updated styling, the Prius grew for 2016, increasing cargo space. A new platform improved handling and ride. Though output from the carryover engine decreased slightly, thanks to lighter hybrid components fuel mileage estimates increased to 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway;

 

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  • MSRP range$25,075–$33,370
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 49–56
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2022:
  • New Nightshade Special Edition
  • Five-seat hatchback
  • Hybrid or plug-in hybrid drivetrain
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

  • MSRP range$24,525–$32,650
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 49–56
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2021:
  • Android Auto joins Apple CarPlay in most trim levels
  • Gas-electric hybrid drivetrain
  • Five-seat hatchback
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • 7- or 11.6-inch touchscreen
  • Prime plug-in hybrid version also available

  • MSRP range$24,325–$32,500
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 50–56
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2020:
  • Apple CarPlay now standard
  • Five-seat hatchback
  • Gas-electric hybrid drivetrain
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

  • MSRP range$23,770–$32,200
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 50–52
  • Body style Hatchback

  • MSRP range$23,475–$30,565
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 52–56
  • Body style Hatchback

  • MSRP range$23,475–$30,015
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 52–56
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2017:
  • Five-seat gas-electric hybrid hatchback
  • Distinctive appearance
  • Uses lithium-ion battery pack in most trims
  • Center-mounted instrument panel
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking available

  • MSRP range$24,200–$30,000
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 52–56
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2016:
  • Complete redesign
  • New hybrid system
  • Quieter interior
  • Now uses lithium-ion battery in most trims
  • Lower coefficient of drag

2010–15 Prius


A 2010 redesign retained similar styling but made the Prius slightly longer and more aerodynamic. A new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine contributed to a total system output of 134 horsepower, yielding 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway. The interior was significantly

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  • MSRP range$23,215–$30,005
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 50
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2015:
  • New Special Edition model
  • Gas/electric hybrid drivetrain
  • Hatchback body style with room for five
  • EPA-estimated 50 mpg in combined city/highway driving
  • Precollision system available
  • Lane departure prevention available

  • MSRP range$23,215–$30,005
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 50
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2014:
  • Gas/electric hybrid drivetrain
  • Hatchback body style with room for five
  • EPA-estimated 50 mpg in combined city/highway driving
  • Pre-collision system available
  • Lane departure prevention available

  • MSRP range$23,215–$30,005
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 50
  • Body styles Cargo Van, hatchback
Notable features in 2013:
  • Gas/electric drivetrain
  • 50 mpg combined
  • Available Entune multimedia system
  • Four driving modes
  • New Special Edition model

  • MSRP range$23,015–$29,805
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 50
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2012:
  • Restyled bumper, headlights, taillights
  • New standard touch-screen
  • Optional self-parking feature discontinued
  • Genuine leather discontinued
  • Gas/electric drivetrain
  • 50 mpg combined

  • MSRP range$23,520–$28,790
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 50
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2011:
  • Gas/electric drivetrain
  • 50 mpg combined
  • Hatchback body style
  • Optional self-parking feature
  • Four driving modes

  • MSRP range$21,400–$28,070
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 50
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2010:
  • All-new third generation
  • 50 mpg combined
  • Available solar-panel moonroof
  • EV Mode for electric-only cruising
  • Gas/electric drivetrain
  • Available self-parking feature

2004–09 Prius


The Prius picked up its trademark hatchback configuration for 2004, moving from a compact to a mid-size with improved backseat room. Horsepower from the gas engine and electric motor increased to 76 and 67 hp, respectively. First advertised at 60 mpg in the city and 51 mpg on the

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  • MSRP range$22,000–$24,270
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2009:
  • Can run at low speeds on battery alone
  • Large center LCD screen
  • Electric-dominant hybrid powertrain
  • Hatchback body style
  • Enhanced regenerative braking
  • Available Touring edition

  • MSRP range$21,500–$23,770
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body styles Hatchback, sedan
Notable features in 2008:
  • Less-expensive base model
  • Electric-dominant hybrid powertrain
  • Hatchback body style
  • Enhanced regenerative braking
  • Available Touring Edition

  • MSRP range$22,175–$23,070
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Hatchback
Notable features in 2007:
  • Electric-dominant hybrid powertrain
  • Hatchback body style
  • Enhanced regenerative braking
  • Available Touring Edition

  • Starting at$21,725
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Hatchback

  • Starting at$21,275
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Hatchback

  • Starting at$20,295
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Hatchback

2001–03 Prius


Debuting in the U.S. as a compact sedan, the Prius had a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 70 hp, paired with a 44-hp electric motor with nickel metal hydride batteries. It was rated 52/45 mpg city/highway on the old EPA rating system, later revised to 42/41. The first Prius was

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  • Starting at$19,995
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

  • Starting at$19,995
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  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

  • Starting at$19,995
  • Consumer rating
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  • Body style Sedan
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