2017 Toyota Prius Prime
The 2017 Prius Prime replaces the previous Prius plug-in, and it’s mediocre EV-only range. The Prime’s EV range is a commuter friendly 25 miles per charge, with a 640 mile total range.
The Prime shares much with the standard 4th generation Prius. But, step around the front and you’ll immediately see some differences. The Prius Prime has a more commanding, blacked out front fascia with taller LED fog lights, and four-projector LED headlights.
The Prime’s novel LED taillights form an almost continuous red glow at the hatch.
Which is now easier to lift thanks to Toyota’s first use of carbon-fiber-reinforcement.
Inside, a huge Tesla-style 11.6 inch touch screen now dominates the interior.
The Prime’s updated 1.8 Liter gas/electric powertrain produces 121-horsepower, the same as the typical Prius, but with a much larger 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery for an estimated 124 MPGe rating.
GREG CARLOSS: “Sure there are advantages and disadvantages that come with the Prius Prime. You get more EV driving range, but it’s 300 pounds heavier. It’s a little bit longer, but you lose some space on the inside. The driving isn’t much different though, they’re both on Toyota’s next generation architecture a double wish-bone rear suspension. It’s smooth, comfortable, quiet. Handles switch backs pretty well, so they’re very close in that aspect and that’s a good thing. The hybrid system works very very well exactly what you would expect from a Prius.”
50-state sales of the 2017 Prius Prime begin later this fall, starting around $27,000.
Engine: 1.8 liter
Price: Starting around $27,000