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2020 Toyota Prius Prime

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$27,600 — $33,500 MSRP
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Related: 2020 Toyota Corolla First Drive: Hatching a Sedan You Can Love

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 ...

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.

Related: 2020 Toyota Corolla First Drive: Hatching a Sedan You Can Love

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

What drivers are saying

4.0
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Exterior Styling
(1.0)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(1.0)
Comfort
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)
(4.0)

So Ugly

by Prius Lover from Washington DC on July 21, 2019

The mechanicals are great. But what were they thinking when they designed the exterior? No wonder Prius sales are down. My family has had a 2005 Prius and a 2014 Prius. We want another Prius to ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime has not been tested.

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

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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 Prime 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.

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