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Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Toyota Prius Review

The 2017 Toyota Prius’ refined ride, nimble handling, above-average predicted reliability rating, and nicely equipped interior earn it a position near the top of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Excellent cargo room
  • Comfortable and composed ride
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • Complicated smartphone infotainment integration

2017 Toyota Prius Overview

Is the 2017 Toyota Prius a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Toyota Prius is a good compact car and the winner of our 2017 Best Hybrid Car for the Money award. The Prius returns some of the highest fuel economy estimates in the class – even when compared with other compact hybrids. It also has agile handling and a smooth ride, which isn’t always the case with hybrid vehicles. The Toyota Prius’ cabin is comfortable and well-built, and it has plenty of standard features. The standard and available infotainment systems are easy to use. However, connecting your smartphone to the optional system takes several steps. Fortunately, that’s one of the few complaints about the Prius. Hybrid shoppers should put the 2017 Prius near the top of the list of cars to consider.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 24 Toyota Prius reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Toyota Prius?

Based on more than 320 listings on our site, the 2017 Toyota Prius’ price ranges from $19,000 to $27,000. Its average price is $21,700. Exact prices depend on the model’s condition, mileage, location, and features. For comparison, the 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid has an average price of $27,100, while the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid has an average price of $23,600.

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How Much Does the 2017 Toyota Prius Cost to Own?

The 2017 Toyota Prius’ five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs total to about $18,300. That’s on par with the five-year estimated costs for hybrid rivals like the Hyundai Ioniq and Chevrolet Volt

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Toyota Prius?

The 2018 Toyota Prius starts at $23,475. That’s nearly $1,800 more than the average price of a used 2017 Prius. For 2018, the Prius’ only major change was the availability of an 11.6-inch touch screen, which gives you an extra 4 inches of real estate compared to the 2017 model’s optional system. These models are otherwise nearly identical. If you can do without the larger screen, save yourself some money by sticking with the 2017 Toyota Prius.

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However, you may want to consider a new 2018 compact car that has about the same price as the used 2017 Prius. While these options don't include hybrid models, there are still a few new models that get impressive fuel economy. The 2018 Honda Civic ($18,940) gets 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway, which are some of the best nonhybrid estimates in the class. The 2018 Civic also has an upscale interior, lots of cargo and passenger space, and a smooth, nimble ride. The 2018 Kia Forte ($16,800) returns 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Both cars are available in hatchback and sedan body styles. The Forte isn’t quite as agile as the Prius, but it has a user-friendly infotainment system, high-quality cabin materials, and plenty of room.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Prius Is Best?

The 2017 Prius is part of the hatchback's fourth generation, which began with the 2016 model year. While the 2016 Prius is a solid choice, you'll have to hunt for certain advanced safety features that became standard with the 2017 model. These features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. If you want these features, you should buy a 2017 model rather than looking for a 2016 model that has the pricey packages that include them. However, if you can do without these features, save some money by purchasing the 2016 model. You can save more money with a 2015 Prius, but since it is part of an earlier generation it will lack the improved driving dynamics of newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota Prius?

The 2017 Toyota Prius has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.  

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2017 Toyota Prius Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Toyota Prius has had two reported recalls for issues that can increase the risk of a crash. One recall concerns an improperly inflated spare tire, while the other relates to a disengaged parking brake, which can cause the vehicle to unexpectedly roll. If these recalls affect the used model you are considering, be sure the problems have been fixed before you buy.   

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Which Used Toyota Prius Model Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2017 Prius in six trims: One, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four, and Four Touring. The base Toyota Prius One is well-equipped with a standard 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a USB input, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, keyless entry, and push-button start. With this host of impressive standard features, the majority of buyers shouldn’t feel the need to upgrade to a higher trim. The Toyota Prius Two Eco weighs less, so it earns higher fuel economy. However, it only adds remote start and power-adjustable front seats, and it’s only available in select markets.

The Toyota Prius Three adds a larger 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, and the Entune App Suite. With the Toyota Prius Three Touring, you get fog lights, leatherette upholstery, and unique styling.

The Toyota Prius Four includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert. The top-of-the-line Toyota Prius Four Touring adds the design elements found in the Prius Three Touring.

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Certified Pre-Owned Toyota Prius Warranty

Consider purchasing a certified pre-owned Toyota. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota has one of the top CPO programs, based to our analysis. However, Chevrolet, GMC, and Buick may offer a few more program benefits than Toyota.

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How Safe Is the Toyota Prius?

The Prius earned a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also received five stars in the side crash test. In frontal and rollover evaluations, it earned four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Prius a Top Safety Pick+ after it aced all five of the organization’s crash tests.

The 2017 Prius comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, a suite of driver assistance features that includes a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive headlights, traffic sign recognition, and Toyota’s Smart City Brake Support system, which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds to help prevent an accident.

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2017 Toyota Prius Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Prius or 2017 Hyundai Ioniq?

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq and Toyota Prius are two of the top-ranking hybrids in the class, and either is an excellent choice. The Ioniq has a couple of minor advantages over the Prius: it returns a few more mpg, and it has perfect safety scores from both the NHTSA and the IIHS. (In comparison, the Prius scored perfect ratings from the IIHS, but not from the NHTSA). However, the Prius has better handling and roomier back seats. Your priorities will determine the model you choose.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Prius or 2017 Chevrolet Volt?

The Toyota Prius will likely appeal to more buyers than the 2017 Chevrolet Volt. The Volt has a below-average predicted reliability rating and cramped back seats. It’ll also probably cost you more than the Prius, as its average list price is a few thousand dollars higher.

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2017 Toyota Prius Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota Prius Drive?

The front-wheel-drive Prius is powered by a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that produce a combined 121 horsepower. Because the Prius prioritizes fuel efficiency over power, its hybrid powertrain is best-suited for local driving rather than highway travel. It does, however, deliver instant acceleration. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard.

The Prius has responsive steering and takes on corners with poise and stability. It also has a fairly soft suspension, so its ride is comfortable over rough roads. Unlike many hybrid vehicles, the Prius’ brakes feel smooth and strong.

Does the 2017 Toyota Prius Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Prius returns exceptional fuel economy. The Prius Two Eco model gets the best numbers: an EPA-estimated 58 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway. All other Prius models are rated at 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway.

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2017 Toyota Prius Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Toyota Prius Seat?

The 2017 Toyota Prius seats five on cloth upholstery. Up front, the seats are comfortable, supportive, and roomy. From the driver’s seat, there’s great front and side visibility. The rear seats can easily accommodate a pair of adults. Leatherette upholstery and heated seats are available. The Prius' high-quality cabin has plenty of soft-touch surfaces, and it remains quiet at highway speeds. However, upper trims feature white plastics that are less attractive and can be difficult to clean.

The dashboard is well-arranged with easily adjustable audio and climate controls. From the driver's seat, it can be difficult to see the digital gauges, which are mounted near the center console instead of directly in front of the driver.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota Prius?

The rear outboard seats have two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The middle seat has an upper tether anchor and can borrow lower anchors from the other two seats. The IIHS gave the Prius' LATCH system a Good+ rating (the highest possible) for ease of use.

2017 Toyota Prius Features

Standard features include automatic climate control, push-button start, a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a six-speaker audio system, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Optional features include a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a navigation system, the Entune App Suite, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, wireless mobile device charging, and a moonroof.

Both infotainment systems are easy-to-use and have vibrant displays. The base system is mainly used to control the stereo. With the upgraded system, you get Toyota's Entune App Suite, which connects to internet apps like Yelp and Pandora. To use this system, you need to download an app on your smartphone, connect your phone to the infotainment system, and then allow the App Suite to use your phone's data connection. All these steps can be a bit of a hassle.

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2017 Toyota Prius Dimensions

Toyota Prius Cargo Space

The Prius has one of the largest cargo capacities in the class. It offers either 27.4 cubic feet or 24.6 cubic of cargo space behind the rear seats, depending on the trim. It has 65.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

2017 Toyota Length and Weight

The 2017 Toyota Prius is about 14.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,010 pounds to 3,075 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Toyota Prius Built?

Toyota built the 2017 Prius in Mexico.   

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