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2020 Toyota Prius

2020 Toyota Prius

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$24,325 — $32,500 MSRP
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Hatchback
5 Seats
50-56 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Great fuel economy
  • Smooth hybrid engine
  • Solid braking feel
  • Roomy interior
  • Cargo space

The Bad

  • Engine and wind noise
  • All-wheel drive lowers gas mileage
  • Android Auto still not available
2020 Toyota Prius exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Toyota Prius
  • Apple CarPlay now standard
  • Five-seat hatchback
  • Gas-electric hybrid drivetrain
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

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2020 Toyota Prius Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Rick Popely

Most significant changes: Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa are standard on all Prius hatchback models, and the L Eco, LE and XLE models add a ...

Most significant changes: Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa are standard on all Prius hatchback models, and the L Eco, LE and XLE models add a 7-inch touchscreen. Prius Prime plug-in models add standard CarPlay, Alexa and SiriusXM satellite radio, a three-place rear bench seat for five-passenger capacity, and two USB ports for rear passengers.

Price change: Prices rise by $465 on all Prius hatchback models except the Limited, which sees a $210 price increase. On the Prius Prime, prices increase by $185 to $485, depending on model. (Prices include a destination charge that increases by $35 to $955.)

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Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? Apple iPhone users especially should go for the 2020s and the standard CarPlay. The price increases are modest enough that buying a 2019 makes sense only if it comes with a substantially larger discount.

The Toyota Prius used to be one of the more popular passenger cars in the U.S., but sales are on a steep slide as more buyers gravitate to SUVs and crossovers, other hybrids and electric vehicles. Through August, calendar-year sales were down 29 percent, and that’s despite a restyling and the addition of all-wheel-drive models for 2019.

Related: What’s New With Toyota in 2019?

The biggest change for 2020 is that Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa are standard on all models as Toyota finally succumbs to market demand for phone compatibility.

Prius Prime models — the plug-in versions that can go 25 miles in electric-only mode — also get a three-place rear bench seat instead of the previous two-seat configuration.

Trim levels for the Prime are now called LE, XLE and Limited instead of the previous Plus, Premium and Advanced. Prices rise by $285 on the LE to $28,555 (all prices include destination); by $485 on the XLE to $30,455; and by $185 on the Limited to $34,455. All Prime models have front-wheel drive.

Prices are $465 higher on Prius liftback models (the non-plug-ins) except the Limited, which is up $210 to $33,330. The base L Eco starts at $25,155. The LE starts at $26,365, and the AWD-e version is $1,400 more. Base price on the XLE is $29,205, and AWD is $1,000 more. An electric motor drives the rear wheels on AWD models, which use a nickel-metal-hydride hybrid battery pack instead of the lithium-ion type on other Prius models.

The Prius has always been more about efficiency than performance, and the current versions maintain that tradition. All models are rated at 50 mpg or more by the EPA. The availability of AWD gives the current generation more appeal in the snow belt, and the regular versions have enough space for four people and a good amount of cargo. The Prime’s rear seat is tighter and less comfortable, and the cargo space is skimpier. But in an era where the crossover is king and fuel economy is further down the priority list, the Prius doesn’t offer enough of what most people want, so dealers should be discounting.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
18 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Prius is the only car for me

by ABC from Portland, Oregon on November 7, 2020

This is best Prius I have owned. The safety features allow me to be a better driver. The furl economy is amazing - 58 mpg on the last tank of gas with in town driving! Read full review

(5.0)

Very very reliable car

by Solomon from Portland on October 24, 2020

I have no word for this car its look small and unattractive from out side but the truth is another. any way Japanese car company are number one for me because my 2013 prius are now 450,345 milage now ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Toyota Prius currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Toyota Prius L

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
2 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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

    36 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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

Infant seat

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

Rear-facing convertible

Booster

(second row)

* 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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