2020 Toyota Prius Prime

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$27,900

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2020 Toyota Prius Prime
2020 Toyota Prius Prime

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2020 Toyota Prius Prime review: Our expert's take

By Fred Meier

Toyota is giving the 2020 Prius Prime — the plug-in version of the Prius hybrid — a fifth seat with a rear bench, plus adding Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

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The Prime PHEV previously was a four-passenger car with two seats in the rear, and Toyota apparently believes being able to sit three across back there will add appeal. Prius sales have suffered overall (Toyota does not specify the Prime separately), though they might pick up with currently rising gas prices. But it also has more hybrid competition, including in-house, with a very capable new Corolla hybrid and hybrid versions now of most other Toyota products. There also is a growing number of full electric cars with more affordable prices. Toyota says the 2020 Prime PHEV will have the same EPA rating as the 2019: 25 miles of all-electric range and 54 mpg combined running as a gas-electric hybrid.

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A 2020 Prius Prime with the fifth seat also will cost a little more. Toyota has changed the trim names from Plus, Premium and Advanced to the LE, XLE and Limited trim naming used for other Toyotas. A 2020 Prius Prime base LE will start at $28,530, including a $930 destinationcharge, up $250 from the 2019 Prius Plus. The mid-level XLE will start at $30,430, up $450, and the Limited will start at $34,430, up $150 (all prices include destination).

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.1

Fantastic potential for value...too early to tell

Great drivability! Great room! Unfortunately, not confident in expertise at service center for plug in hybrid issues. No one has seen enough issues to understand how they can malfunction... they are totally dependent on computer codes and what the manual says.... haven’t really studied the tecnology and engineering enough to be able to anticipate and or respond to technical questions and circumstances.... sales people are completely oblivious to the technology!!! Cannot answer simple engineering questions about car! Service department seems only modestly more experienced, and have no passion or desire to really know or understand.... so their ability to inform and guide the customer is basically non existent. They call “ experts” elsewhere in the country... don’t appear to care to become experts themselves. This means that the customer has little to no confidence that their car is actually going to be fixed properly because they are completely reliant on manual and mechanics located elsewhere to solve issues.... fully expect that any upcoming repairs will be “ out of the box” repairs.... computer says that EGR valve is malfunctioning, so it needs a new one! When all it needs is a vacuum hose reconnected.... or something down these lines. This is really bad that the customer will need to understand their own car better than dealership mechanics, and will mean that extremely expensive parts will be seen as the solution to “ fixing” the oroblem...eg, I won’t be surprised if we own the vehicle for 10 plus years, that a new computer control module will be found to be needed because the code said it was malfunctioning.... when a small gasket waterproofing the compartment has failed and causes it to work improperly when it wet outside... The customer is left feeling uncared about, or cared for... and that Toyota hires fundamentally unprofessional or lazy service mechanics, and dont properly expect expertise or mastery about their products...

5.0

Great car

I would purchase it again also would tell people just to test drive it you will want one after that. I think it also rides smooth

5.0

Great Car

I was surprised at how much room the Prius Prime has. Gas mileage is unreal. I am averaging in the 90's MPG even with longer trips. It was priced well and had a nice rebate and tax credit, as well. I drove 500 miles to get it at Basil Toyota in Lockport, NY and it was well worth the drive.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
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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