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2017 Toyota Prius

$16,598 — $34,714 NEW and USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
52-56 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Cabin appearance
  • Driving manners
  • Gas mileage
  • Hatchback versatility
  • Upscale graphics on displays

The Bad

  • Lip on edge of cargo area
  • Modest acceleration
  • Hard trim pieces in a few areas
  • Unpleasant engine sound
  • Noisy cabin
Cars.com trophy.
2017 Cars.com Awards: Eco-Friendly Car of the Year
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
2017 Toyota Prius exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Toyota Prius
  • Five-seat gas-electric hybrid hatchback
  • Distinctive appearance
  • Uses lithium-ion battery pack in most trims
  • Center-mounted instrument panel
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

What it is: Redesigned last year, the Toyota Prius hybrid was wider, lower and significantly longer (2.4 inches) than its predecessor. It also adopted styling cues from Toyota's Mirai hydrogen sedan. Though it still technically has a split rear-window hatch, the Prius looks more sedanlike than before.
New for 2017
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor make a combined 121 horsepower
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Active grille shutters 
  • Backup camera
  • Fabric upholstery
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Push-button start
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Heated front seats
  • Power driver's seat
  • Power moonroof
  • Navigation system
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers 
  • Head-up display
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning and prevention
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
Vehicle Overview

What it is: Redesigned last year, the Toyota Prius hybrid was wider, lower and significantly longer (2.4 inches) than its predecessor. It also adopted styling cues from Toyota's Mirai hydrogen sedan. Though it still technically has a split rear-window hatch, the Prius looks more sedanlike than before.
New for 2017
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor make a combined 121 horsepower
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Active grille shutters 
  • Backup camera
  • Fabric upholstery
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Push-button start
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Heated front seats
  • Power driver's seat
  • Power moonroof
  • Navigation system
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers 
  • Head-up display
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning and prevention
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
110 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Excellent gas mileage

by Jim from Mississauga ON, Canada on November 9, 2018

Good car, reliable (18 months), excellent economy, quiet, rides well. only issue is too many distractions from overly redundant controls and displays Comfortable, roomy, handles well. Read full review

(5.0)

Prius continue to impress

by Dml996 from Sc on October 28, 2018

This is my 2nd prius, my other is a 2012 and I cannot say enough good things about these cars. Super reliable and great efficiency with very low maintenance costs. My 2012 has 147k miles with zero ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Toyota Prius currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Toyota Prius One

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
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
acceptable
Driver Torso
acceptable
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
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
acceptable
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.*

Latch or Latch system

B

Infant seat

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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.

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