The Prius Prime, all new for 2017, is a plug-in model of Toyota’s iconic Prius with a bigger battery that permits an EPA-rated 25 miles of electric-only driving, a slew of normal lively security know-how, and a high-tech cabin. Its single powertrain is environment friendly however in any other case completely joyless, and the Prius can’t handle even half of the electrical driving vary of a Chevrolet Volt. Toyota earns factors for considerably bettering driving dynamics throughout the Prius lineup in contrast with the earlier era, however the Prime nonetheless checks fewer packing containers than the Volt, which stays our plug-in of selection.
The brand new Prius Prime is predicated closely on the latest-generation Prius, which was launched in 2016. As with its hybrid sibling, it sits on Toyota’s New International Structure platform and has an improved powertrain, redesigned exterior, and up to date inside in contrast with the earlier Prius plug-in. It’s visually distinguished from the usual Prius by its restyled entrance and rear ends.
Each Prius Prime has the identical powertrain, so that you’re free to decide on primarily based on options that include every of the three trim ranges. We’d select the mid-level Premium trim, which provides a number of consolation objects in contrast with the bottom Plus however stays beneath $30,000. Normal options within the Premium mannequin embrace:
• 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system
• Qi wi-fi charging pad
• Leatherette-trimmed entrance seats
The full involves $29,685. Drivers who’re seduced by lively security know-how could choose the $33,985 Superior trim, which provides blind-spot monitoring and self-parking options to our most well-liked mannequin.
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