2021 Toyota Prius vs. 2021 Toyota Prius Prime: Head to Head

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Prius vs. Prius Prime: Worth the Upgrade?

The Toyota Prius and Prius Prime are solid options for commuters thanks to their super fuel economy, history of good crash test ratings, and long list of standard advanced driver assistance systems. They both seat five passengers in two rows and have roomy cargo holds. In addition, both hybrids have quality cabins with plenty of up-to-date technology.

The Toyota Prius is a legend when it comes to hybrids and one of the most fuel-efficient cars you can buy. It was last redesigned for 2016, but has seen several updates since, including standard safety features, a standard touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and available all-wheel drive.

The Prius Prime is very similar to the traditional Prius, though it’s a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). It made its debut as a 2017 model, following in the footsteps of the discontinued Prius Plug-In. The Prime has a larger battery pack than the Prius, two electric motors, and an electric-only range of 25 miles. For 2021, it gets a fifth seat, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and new safety features.

On the following pages, we use the data and scores in our new car reviews and rankings to compare the Prius and Prius Prime in the categories that matter most to car shoppers. Take advantage of the information to save time and make an informed buying decision. 

We update our scores on a regular basis as new data and expert research become available. So, the scores and category winners in this article may not match up with what you see in their individual vehicle reviews.

Keep reading to learn which Toyota Prius best fits your budget and priorities.

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