From Automobile and Driver
- The plug-in-hybrid Prius Prime will get some inside upgrades that make it extra livable.
- Substantive styling updates and driving vary are each lacking, sadly.
- Toyota claims the plug-in is sweet for an EPA-estimated 56 mpg mixed in its battery-depleted state, nonetheless higher than the competitors.
Toyota’s Prius Prime isn’t an exhilarating automotive by any means, so it’s maybe acceptable that its upgrades for the 2020 mannequin yr will not provide you with goosebumps. These perched on the sides of their seats ready for Toyota to present the plug-in-hybrid model of the Prius a sun-visor extender, black inside trim instead of white trim, commonplace Apple CarPlay and SiriusXM radio, two-count ’em, two-rear-seat USB ports, plus a center seat for the rear (bringing complete passenger capability to 5) can take a breath now: The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime now has all of that good things.
What the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime does not get is any styling updates (just like the common Prius did final yr) or extra electric-only driving vary, a slight bugaboo contemplating the extra beneficiant battery capacities of different, barely pricier plug-in hybrids. The Prime nonetheless makes do with solely a 25-mile vary when operating solely on electrical energy; when the battery’s cost drops under a sure stage on the finish of that run, the Prime reverts to a typical gas-electric hybrid state.
On the upside, the Prime is massively environment friendly even when working as a hybrid: Toyota claims the plug-in is sweet for an EPA-estimated 56 mpg mixed in its battery-depleted state, much better than its opponents when their batteries run out. These eager on benefiting from plug-ins’ electric-only capabilities ought to take a look at options such because the Hyundai Ioniq (29 miles of EV-only vary, 54 mpg mixed), soon-to-be-discontinued Chevrolet Volt (53 miles of EV-only vary, 42 mpg mixed), or Honda Readability (48 miles of EV-only vary, 42 mpg mixed). Solely the Ioniq is cheaper than the Prime, nevertheless; the Honda and Chevrolet begin at $34,320 and $34,395.
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