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2019 Toyota Prius slaps an electric motor out back

Finally, a Prius with all-wheel drive.

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Toyota introduced a raft of changes to the 2019 Prius, the most important of which is the addition of optional all-wheel drive.     

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All-wheel drive will only be available on the two highest trims of 2019 Prius, XLE and Limited. 

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Toyota estimates its AWD Prius will return 52 miles per gallon city and 48 mpg highway.    

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The rear electric motor will provide rear-wheel traction from 0 to 6 miles per hour, and after that, it'll kick in as needed up to 43 mph.    

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The base L Eco trim is geared for outright economy, with an estimated fuel economy of 58 mpg city and 52 mpg highway.    

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Otherwise, the car will continue to operate as a front-wheel-drive car, boosting fuel economy that would otherwise be lost to an always-on system.    

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All other FWD variants are estimated to achieve 54 mpg city and 50 mpg highway.    

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