2017 Toyota Prius Prime: 5 things you should know

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Toyota's plug-in hybrid variant looks even wilder than the standard Prius, but there's more to the 2017 Prius Prime than it's looks. Here's five things that you should know. Plug it in, plug it in. The ability to plug-in and recharge is what makes the Prius Prime a prime Prius. At a level two station a two hour charge grants you up to 25 miles of EV range before the gasoline engine kicks in. More batteries, less space. The Prime trade the bit of cargo capacity for a lot of battery capacity. Total storage beneath this hatchback is down about 20% over the standard model to accommodate the additional batteries. Up to 133 MPG-E. The EPA estimates that the Prime is good for 54 mpg in its gasoline-electric hybrid mode, but those first 25 electric miles are estimated at 133 MPG-E. That's quite the incentive to charge often. You see that ludicrous display? The Prime is outfitted with a massive 11.8 inch color touchscreen and a flashy new interface. Unfortunately, direct sunlight is like kryptonite to its visibility, making this my least favorite addition to the Prime's bag of tricks. Prime price. The Prius Prime is more expensive than the standard Prius until you consider the available state and federal incentives and tax credit that could knock up to $4500 of the bottom line. Making the more fully featured Prime more affordable than the standard model. And there you have it, five things that you should know about the Toyota Prius Prime. Check out our full review for even more details on theroadshow.com. [MUSIC]

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