2015 Toyota Prius

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Toyota Prius. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    50 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    98-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

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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What Drivers Are Saying



by DUKE from West Hollywood on August 24, 2018

Our main reason for buying Prius is to reward the effort automakers are putting into fuel efficiency. Prius is tops in this category currently. We've been able to exceed the EPA estimates for overall ... Read full review


Most reliable vehicle in its class, for sure!

by RavGal from Gabriola BC Canada on August 2, 2018

This car was "the best"! fuel efficient, reliable, comfortable to drive, road holding second to none! good acceleration and speed .... had to trade in only because I needed a vehicle with more height ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2015 Toyota Prius currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Toyota Prius Two

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


Lower leg/foot
Overall evaluation
Retraints and dummy kinematics
Structure and safety cage

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Lower Leg/Foot
Overall Evaluation
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
Structure and Safety Cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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