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2015 Toyota Prius

$12,841 — $21,601 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
50 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Impressive gas mileage
  • Refined hybrid system
  • Predictable brake pedal feel
  • Roomy cabin
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Busy ride quality
  • Suspension, road and tire noise
  • Dated cabin design, materials
  • Digital instrument panel appearance
  • Touch-screen washes out from sunlight
2015 Toyota Prius exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Toyota Prius
  • New Special Edition model
  • Gas/electric hybrid drivetrain
  • Hatchback body style with room for five
  • EPA-estimated 50 mpg in combined city/highway driving
  • Precollision system available
  • Lane departure prevention available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2015 Toyota Prius?

The 2015 Toyota Prius is a five-seat, front-wheel drive hatchback that competes with the Honda Civic Hybrid, Ford C-Max Hybrid and Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. Trim levels include the Prius Two, Three, Persona Series Special Edition, Four and Five.

The larger Prius v, smaller Prius c and Prius Plug-In are covered in separate reports in the Cars.com Research section.

What's New on the 2015 Toyota Prius?

A new Special Edition model includes 17-inch wheels with a dark finish, dark chrome door grips, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, special badges and blue footwell illumination.

How Does the 2015 Toyota Prius Compare to Other Hatchbacks?

Since it was redesigned for 2010, the Toyota Prius is a much better competitor than past model years. It trumps the Camry Hybrid in affordability, space and fuel-efficiency.

What Features in the 2015 Toyota Prius Are Most Important?

The front-wheel-drive Prius is powered by a standard 1.8-liter gas four-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack working with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Its total system output is 134 horsepower. The vehicle can drive on electric power alone, gasoline or a combination of the two. Significant standard features include touch-sensitive audio and climate controls on the steering wheel, LED taillamps that use less power and two glove boxes.

Significant available features include power tilt/sliding moonroof with solar-powered ventilation, Entune multimedia system, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, LED headlights and heated front seats.

As required in all new cars, the Prius includes front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Other standard safety equipment includes active head restraints for the front seats. A pre-collision system with autonomous braking, lane departure prevention and Safety Connect emergency communication system are available.

Should I Buy the 2015 Toyota Prius?

The Prius is a better option for shoppers who value impressive gas mileage, visibility and plenty of space in the cabin. If you prefer a quiet ride and updated designs and materials, then the dated style and busy ride quality of the Prius might turn you off.

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2015 Toyota Prius Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
69 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

best car I've ever owned

by f2t2 from Dayton, Ohio on November 10, 2018

The car is spacious front and back. Plenty of storage with two glove boxes. large rear storage with hatch. I love the exterior. Excellent sound system. Read full review

(5.0)

A perfect city driving commuter car

by David H from Columbia, TN on October 17, 2018

This is the 3rd Prius I have owned my wife's car is a 2012 Prius V with over 130k miles on it. I have never had a Prius break down nor have I ever had to replace the main battery. An excellent car for ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Toyota Prius currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Toyota Prius Two

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Prius received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker