Since 2000, the Toyota Prius has been the undisputed heavyweight champion of the hybrid world. Eighteen years later, it remains a favorite among critics and fans, but it’s branched out to include two more models. With the addition of the plug-in Prius Prime and the concrete jungle-friendly Prius c the Prius family is tantamount to royalty in its respective class. Choosing a Prius for your next car is a no-brainer, but selecting which specific model and trim works for you isn’t so easy. Here’s a guide to get you started.
The 2018 Prius Prime is the only plug-in hybrid in the Toyota fleet, offering unmatched versatility and fuel economy options. At the heart of the Prime’s efficiency is an advanced plug-in powertrain that features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, one electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. This produces an impressive 121 horsepower, while also providing some of the best fuel economy available.
Using a standard 120-volt home outlet, the Prime charges to full capacity in 5.5 hours. At a public charging station (240 volts), this takes only 2 hours, 10 minutes. Fully charged, the Prime has a range of 25 miles, which is the equivalent of 133 MPGe. In hybrid mode, the Prius Prime gets 55 miles per gallon in the city thanks to regenerative braking and 53 mpg on the highway.
Other highlights include full LED exterior lighting, the Toyota Safety Sense advanced safety system, standard heated front seats, and an available 11.6-inch touch-screen display with the Entune infotainment system.
The Original Prius
Nothing beats a classic, or at least that’s what you’ll say about the 2018 Toyota Prius. In its 19th year on American roadways, it remains one of the best hybrid options available. Efficiency remains one of its strong points, boasting 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway behind a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, lithium-ion battery, and an AC synchronous electric motor.
The perks of owning a Prius don’t stop with extra savings at the pump. With the Toyota Safety Sense suite, the Prius earns a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. You’ll also love standard 17-inch alloy wheels, slick styling, a moonroof, Bluetooth, and even a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad.
Designed to the roads of suburbia, but nimble and comfortable enough to head out to the country, the Prius c is in a class all its own. A surprisingly roomy interior offers space for up to five passengers and 17.1 cubic feet of storage volume without feeling too crammed.
Under the hood, the Prius c gets a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a single electric motor, a nickel-metal-hydride battery, and a continuously variable transmission. This produces superb efficiency of 48 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Plus, with its small stature, the Prius c can navigate traffic jams, sneak through alleys, and cut into parking spaces easier than any other vehicle.
With so many features, perks, and other assets, these three Prius vehicles offer unrivaled versatility and efficiency. The best part is that no matter which one you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
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