Toyota launched the new generation of its Prius hybrid last year, coming out with the Prius Liftback model. Now, the company adds a plug-in version called the Prius Prime.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
1
of 30

While the Prius Prime retains the Prius Liftback's efficient gasoline-electric hybrid drive system, it adds more battery capacity and a charging port, letting it drive as an electric vehicle for up to 25 miles.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
2
of 30

Once its electric range is depleted, the Prius Prime automatically switches to hybrid mode, making use of its gasoline engine. Owners can recharge it from a 110-volt wall outlet or from a dedicated electric vehicle charging station.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
3
of 30

The front end shows some different styling than the Prius Liftback, such as an acrylic black nose plate.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
4
of 30

Quad LED headlights are another distinction for the Prius Prime.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
5
of 30

The Prius Prime has a total output of 121 horsepower, all put to the front wheels.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
6
of 30

The Prius Prime boasts a coefficient of drag, an aerodynamic calculation, of .25, very impressive for a four-door vehicle.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
7
of 30

The hybrid system is comprised of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a electric motors powered by an 8.8 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack. Toyota says it takes five and a half hours to recharge the battery pack from a standard 110-volt wall outlet.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
8
of 30

The Prius Prime drives comfortably and shows reasonably responsive handling, similar to many passenger cars.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
9
of 30

To help save weight, Toyota eliminates the middle seating position in the rear, limiting the Prius Prime to four passengers.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
10
of 30

The left-rear fender holds a standard fuel filler, while the right-rear fender has this electric vehicle charging port.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
11
of 30

Toyota offers the Prius Prime in three trim levels: base, Premium and Advanced.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
12
of 30

The rear cargo floor of the Prius Prime is lifted slightly compared to the standard Prius, losing a little cargo space.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
13
of 30

Toyota's designers refer to the rear of the Prius Prime as a "dual wave design."

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
14
of 30

The rear hatch is made of carbon fiber, shaving 8 pounds of weight compared to a steel hatch.

Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
15
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
16
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
17
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
18
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
19
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
20
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
21
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
22
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
23
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
24
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
25
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
26
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
27
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
28
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
29
of 30
Get Your Local Price
Read Full Review
Published:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow
30
of 30
Up Next

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: A tougher looking electrified crossover