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2020 Toyota Prius Review

The 2020 Toyota Prius finishes in the top third of our hybrid and electric car rankings. It gets outstanding gas mileage and provides plenty of space for people and cargo. The main knock against the Prius is that it's boring to drive.

Pros & Cons

  • Great gas mileage
  • Abundant cargo space
  • Roomy, supportive seats
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Dull driving experience
  • Less upscale than rivals

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.4
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.3 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the Toyota Prius a Good Car?

Yes, the Toyota Prius is a good choice among hybrid and electric cars. It has a capable powertrain, a smooth ride, and unbelievably good fuel economy ratings. Inside, the Prius has two rows of spacious seats, user-friendly infotainment features, and more cargo room than most competitors. This Toyota isn't as upscale or as fun to drive as some rivals, but it does just about everything else well.

Should I Buy the Toyota Prius?

The Prius belongs on your short list if you prioritize fuel economy, especially if you don't care about a car's athleticism. That said, there are several compelling hybrid options out there, so buyers may also want to check out the more powerful Honda Insight or the Hyundai Ioniq, which is better on gas than the Prius. You may also want to check out another Toyota, the plug-in-hybrid Prius Prime.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Prius?

The 2020 Prius belongs to a generation that began with the 2016 model year. For 2020, a Wi-Fi hot spot and Apple CarPlay are standard, and the touch screen's size increases from 6.1 to 7 inches.

For 2019, the Prius received a light styling refresh and some new trim names, and all-wheel drive became available. Toyota added an 11.6-inch touch screen to the options list for 2018, and the 2017 Prius was the first to come standard with a suite of advanced safety features. Consider an older Prius in the generation to potentially save some money and still get many of the same features as a new model.

If you're considering an older model, check out our 2017 Prius, 2018 Prius, and 2019 Prius reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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How Much Does the Toyota Prius Cost?

The Prius carries a base price of $24,200. That's one of the lowest starting prices in the hybrid and electric car class. The range-topping Prius Limited starts at $32,375, which is in line with many other hybrids' top trim prices.

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Toyota Prius Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Prius or Honda Insight?

The Honda Insight has about 30 more horsepower than the Prius, and it gets nearly the same fuel economy ratings. The Honda has a more upscale interior than its Toyota rival, and it boasts user-friendly features. However, the Prius has more room for people and cargo. These are both good choices, and the right call boils down to which one you like better.

Which Is Better: Toyota Prius or Hyundai Ioniq?

The Hyundai Ioniq is available as a hybrid like the Prius, but you can also get the Ioniq as a plug-in hybrid or a fully electric vehicle. The Ioniq wins the gas mileage battle with the Prius, and it has about the same amount of cargo space. The Hyundai's interior looks good (and it's made from recycled materials), but the Prius has comfier seats and touts a longer list of standard driver assistance features. These cars bring some different things to the table, but they're both good, and the right choice comes down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: Toyota Prius or Toyota Prius Prime?

The big difference between the regular Prius and the Toyota Prius Prime is that the latter is a plug-in hybrid (also called a PHEV), though there are a few other distinctions to keep in mind. Although the Prius Prime gets better fuel economy, it has no rear middle seat and does not offer all-wheel drive. In most other respects, these two Priuses are quite similar. Both have two rows of adult-friendly seats and more cargo space than most hybrids (the Prius has a bit more room than the Prius Prime, though), and they have similar features lists. Unless you’re intent on getting a PHEV, you’re better off with the more spacious Prius. 

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Prius Interior

How Many People Does the Prius Seat?

The Toyota Prius seats five people. It may not have the most comfortable seats in the class, but you'll have no reason to complain. Both rows provide enough head- and legroom for adults to ride comfortably, and they remain supportive on long drives.

Prius and Child Car Seats

The Prius has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, as well as a tether anchor for the middle seat. All LATCH anchors in the Prius are easy to locate and use.

Prius Interior Quality

Cabin styling in the Prius is attractive, if a bit bland. There are plenty of quality materials as well, though some rivals have nicer interiors.

Prius Cargo Space

Few hybrids provide as much cargo space as the Prius. It gives you 24.6 to 27.4 cubic feet of room, depending on the trim. That's enough for the family's vacation luggage or all of your stuff after an epic shopping spree.

Prius Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Prius has a standard infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, three USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Apple CarPlay. Available features include a moonroof, wireless device charging, an 11.6-inch touch screen, navigation, a 10-speaker JBL premium audio system, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

For 2020, the Prius gains Apple CarPlay as a standard feature, making it easier to sync your smartphone with the vehicle. It also has a responsive touch screen with a fairly intuitive menu layout. Some drivers may even prefer the standard display to the available 11.6-inch screen, which can look washed out by the sun's glare.

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Prius Performance

Prius Engine: Exactly What It Needs To Be

The Prius' hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a continuously variable automatic transmission. The system produces 121 horsepower. The Prius never feels fast, but it isn't unreasonably slow. Acceleration is good enough that you won't have problems merging into traffic, and overall power output is adequate enough for city and highway driving.

Prius Gas Mileage: Nearly Unmatched

Even by hybrid car standards, the Prius' fuel economy ratings are crazy good. The front-wheel-drive L Eco trim is the most efficient. It gets 58 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway. Higher trim levels with FWD get 54/50 mpg city/highway. With all-wheel drive, ratings drop to 52/48 mpg.

Prius Ride and Handling: Smooth and Stable

The Prius mostly meets expectations from a ride and handling standpoint. It's comfortable and composed over rough pavement, and it remains poised around turns. Models equipped with the available all-wheel-drive system feel fairly similar to front-wheel-drive models, but they're more stable in inclement weather. At the end of the day, the Prius is not the kind of car you can drive aggressively on winding roads, though, and several rivals feel more engaging.

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Prius Reliability

Is the Toyota Prius Reliable?

The 2020 Toyota Prius has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Toyota Prius Warranty

Coverage for the Prius includes a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty for hybrid components.

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Prius Safety

Prius Crash Test Results

The 2020 Prius received an overall safety rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

Prius Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, and a pre-collision system that combines forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Some of these features are part of the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of technology.

Available active safety features include active park assist, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a head-up display.

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Prius Dimensions and Weight

The Prius is 15 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,010 to 3,220 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Toyota Prius Built?

Toyota builds the 2020 Prius in Mexico.

Which Toyota Prius Model Is Right for Me?

The Prius comes in four trims: L Eco, LE, XLE, and Limited. All come standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and front-wheel drive.

Even the base L Eco trim comes with plenty of infotainment and active safety tech, and many buyers will be content with it, especially since it also gets the best gas mileage of any Prius trim.

The LE adds several driver assistance features without raising the price too much. The XLE adds comfort upgrades like synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats, while the Limited is the only trim that comes standard with high-end infotainment tech like an 11.6-inch touch screen and a JBL audio system. However, each trim costs several thousand dollars more than the trim below it.

Toyota Prius L Eco

The Prius L Eco carries a base price of $24,200. Standard features include automatic climate control, push-button start, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, three USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Apple CarPlay.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, and a pre-collision system that combines forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Some of these features are part of the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of technology.

Toyota Prius LE

The Prius LE starts at $25,410 for a front-wheel-drive model and $26,810 for an all-wheel-drive model (known as the LE AWD-e). In addition to the L Eco's features, the LE comes with front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and active park assist.

Toyota Prius XLE

The Prius XLE has a starting price of $28,250 ($29,250 if you want all-wheel drive). On top of what the LE comes with, the XLE adds synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, and wireless device charging.

Toyota Prius Limited

The Prius Limited starts at $32,375. Standard features in the Limited include a head-up display, an 11.6-inch touch screen, navigation, a 10-speaker JBL premium audio system, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Toyota Prius builds on what previous Prius models did well. It gets stellar gas mileage while providing a comfortable interior and smooth ride. There are some new infotainment features this year, but the technology is still easy to use. If you're looking for an efficient, practical hybrid, then the Prius is tough to beat.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Buyers prioritizing fuel economy above all else are wise to put the 2020 Toyota Prius on the top of their list of vehicles to consider. As with all iterations of the Prius, it returns 50 miles per gallon combined or better, while its functional cabin and versatile hatchback design add to the efficiency theme. Additionally, the 2020 Prius comes with standard accident avoidance tech and should be just as reliable as every Prius before it." -- Autotrader
  • … a day of driving refocused our lens and allowed us to appreciate the liftback for what it is: a nicely engineered and well-packaged – and, yeah, not particularly exciting to drive – solution to tackling winter weather without splurging at the pump." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)
  • As an addition to the Prius lineup the AWD-e certainly ticks another box. Its improvement in winter capability should be well received in the Snow Belt, even if this new Prius won't convince anyone to give up their Subaru. More important, the refreshed styling means anyone looking at a Prius will no longer have to shield their eyes." -- Car and Driver (2019)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: November 7, 2019

Falling Sales: Following a year of weak demand in 2018, Prius sales have continued to fall in 2019. Dealerships have moved 24.3 percent fewer Prius models compared to the same period last year. Despite slowing demand, the Prius maintains its long held position of best-selling hybrid & electric car.

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