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2021 Toyota Prius Interior Review


Interior: 7.0

The 2021 Toyota Prius' interior materials are decent, but several hybrid and electric car rivals boast nicer materials. The Prius makes up for this with a spacious cabin and a roomy cargo area. This Toyota also comes standard with a wealth of advanced safety technology.

  • "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
  • "Consider that a larger-than-average chunk of the Prius's cost is directed to make possible its advanced powertrain, and the amount of plastic in the interior starts to make sense even as it left us wanting for better trimmings. It could be appointed in sumptuous leather and we'd still take issue with the center-mounted information gauges, which require the driver to take their eyes off the road too frequently." -- Car and Driver
  • "… 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." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)


One of the highlights of the Toyota Prius is its roomy cargo area. The Prius comes standard with 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back row and 50.7 cubic feet with the 60/40-split-folding rear seats folded down. In LE trims and models with all-wheel drive, space behind the rear seats shrinks to 24.6 cubic feet.

  • "Because the Prius is a hatchback, that means it has great cargo flexibility and roughly twice the space as the trunk of a comparable compact sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Prius’ hatchback cargo area is also large and versatile, with more useful space than what you might expect in a compact sedan. Behind the rear seats is 27.4 cubic feet of space – about twice the capacity of your average trunk. Fold the rear seats and that yields 50.7 cubic feet – comparable to a small SUV." -- Autotrader
  • "Thanks to its cavernous hatchback cargo area and fold-down rear seatbacks, the Prius is quite useful for carrying luggage, groceries or whatever else you want to put back there." -- Edmunds (2018)


Up to five people can fit inside the Prius' spacious cabin. Adults should feel comfortable sitting in either row, and the seats provide ample support. Outward visibility for the driver is good. Cloth upholstery is standard, and synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a heated steering wheel are available.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The middle seat can borrow lower anchors from the adjoining outer seats.

  • "The Toyota Prius’ seats are wide and supportive, with good legroom front and rear." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Importantly, though, the Prius is still highly functional and spacious. The specs may indicate back-seat space was reduced with this most recent generation, but it’s still plenty friendly for adults, and happily, the front seat is considerably more comfortable and spacious for taller drivers." -- Autotrader
  • "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' standard infotainment system is fairly easy to operate and comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa. However, the system isn’t as nicely arranged as those of some class rivals, and the optional 11.6-inch touch screen is difficult to see when sunlight creeps in. Also, this system with the larger touch screen lacks Android Auto.

Additional standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, three USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, push-button start, and automatic climate control. Several advanced safety features are also standard, including a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and bicyclist detection, and road-sign recognition.

Available features include wireless device charging, an 11.6-inch touch screen, navigation, a 10-speaker JBL premium audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a moonroof. Optional 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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  • "Last year, all other models received an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen that replaced 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
  • "All trim levels of the Toyota Prius get a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the exception of the top-tier Limited trim. This 7.0-inch infotainment system has a bevy of features, like AM/FM radio, a CD player, Bluetooth capability, and USB connectivity. The system also includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Android Auto is new for 2021 in the Prius." -- Car and Driver
  • "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)
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