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2020 Toyota Prius Interior

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2020 Toyota Prius Interior Review


Interior: 7.4

The 2020 Toyota Prius' interior looks OK, but its styling is a bit bland. Although there's nothing wrong with this Toyota's cabin materials, its rivals look and feel more upscale inside. Both rows of seats in the Prius are supportive, with plenty of head- and legroom. Cargo space is good for the class as well. Lots of driver assistance features come standard, and the infotainment system is easy to use.

  • "Similarly, the Prius' interior is a huge step up over the last model's, but for the money, the quality of materials is lower than that of the Honda Insight and other similarly priced Toyotas." -- Autotrader
  • "Inside, gone is the sea of white plastic, which simultaneously managed to look both dramatic and cheap. Instead is more palatable piano black plastic on the center console, the shifter surround and the steering wheel." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "Inside, the 11.6-inch display on the high-end Limited trim makes the cockpit look Tesla-esque, and semi-gloss black finishes replace the stark black-and-white motif. " -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)


The Prius seats five people and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The front seats provide plenty of head- and legroom, and they're supportive. There's also good visibility for the driver. The rear seats are similarly accommodating, with enough room for six-footers to ride without feeling squeezed.

For installing child safety seats, the Prius has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as a tether-only connection for the rear middle seat. All LATCH anchors in the Prius are easy to locate and use.

  • "The Toyota Prius' seats are wide and supportive, with good legroom front and rear." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The car's driving position is comfortable, and the cabin is big enough for taller adults to ride in the front and rear seats at the same time. The rear-seat backrest isn't reclined as far as I'd like, and the sloping roofline makes the rear side windows a little small, but headroom and legroom in the backseat are good." -- Cars.com (2019)
  • "Tall windows make for great visibility, and the rear hatch continues to sport a lower glass section further improving the views. There's more than enough space in the second row for a 6-foot passenger sitting behind a 6-foot driver. The rear seat bottom is super flat, so somebody stuck in the middle should be sufficiently comfy." -- CNET (2019)

Interior Features

The Prius gets a new standard touch screen for 2020 that's roughly 1 inch larger than what you'll find in the 2019 model. It's easy to see and reach from the driver's seat, and it responds quickly to inputs. It's not quite as intuitive as some rival systems, but most folks won't have any problems using it. The available 11.6-inch touch screen is very impressive, but a few users noted that it can be hard to see when in direct sunlight.

Standard features in the Prius 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.

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. 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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  • "Just last year the Toyota Prius received an interior makeover that freshened its 5-passenger cabin with more upscale features like piano-black trim on the steering wheel and center console, and a Tesla-like 11.6-inch touch-screen display on the top-end Limited trim. This year, all other models get an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen that replaces the previous 6.1-inch unit. We actually prefer this smaller screen over the massive one in the Limited. While the vertical 11.6-inch screen is impressive in size, it tends to get washed-out in sunlight and suffers from glare. You can save yourself aggravation -- and several thousand dollars -- by choosing an XLE or lower trim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While all-wheel-drive trims must make do with a 6.1-inch Entune touchscreen infotainment system, the top Limited trim gets the 11.6-inch screen that first appeared on the Prius Prime plug-in and made its way to the regular Prius in the 2018 model year. Both systems offer similar aesthetics and functionality, but I can't deny how impressive it is to have that large of a map in front of your face…. As with prior Priuses, the gauge cluster is smack dab in the center of the dashboard. I think it's a little less intuitive than a regular cluster in front of the driver, but it's still mighty capable, offering up a whole bunch of information simultaneously." -- CNET (2019)
  • "The touchscreen is user-friendly and very responsive, but other functions are controlled by touch-capacitive icons and not real buttons. Most controls are simple and well-placed, but the odd shifter design and center-mounted gauges provide no tangible benefit." -- Edmunds (2018)


The Prius comes standard with 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space and 60/40-split-folding rear seats. In some trims, including all-wheel drive models, the dimensions decrease slightly to 24.6 cubic feet. Regardless, the Prius has more cargo space than almost every other vehicle in the hybrid and electric car class. It also provides a good amount of small-item storage throughout the cabin.

  • "The Prius' hatchback cargo area is also large and versatile, with more useful space than what you might expect in a compact sedan." -- Autotrader
  • "With a standard 60/40-split, folding backseat and the car's hatchback design, the Prius' versatility impresses. The AWD-e's cargo area measures 24.6 cubic feet, and it swells to 62.7 cubic feet when the backseat is folded down." -- Cars.com (2019)
  • "The Prius provides a large cargo area (24.6 cubic feet), with folding rear seats for extra space. The cabin contains plenty of places to stash small items." -- Edmunds (2018)
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