2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid

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$24,200 - $32,375
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2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: December 21, 2019

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The world around us is changing more quickly than ever before. Everyone is aware of the threat that our environment is facing. So much so that even the most respectable manufacturers of gas-guzzling automobiles are looking for ways to electrify their lineup, or atleast come up with more efficient hybrids.

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Pros

Feature loaded trims

Excellent fuel economy and range

Spacious trunk

Smooth and plush ride quality

Cons

Slouched performance

Cramped second row

What's New?

A 7-inch touchscreen is now standard on the lesser trims

Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa is standard across the range

The Safety Connect services have also been made standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

96 hp @ 5,200 rpm

torque

105 lbs.-ft. @ 3,600 rpm

transmission

2 Speed CVT

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

180 in.

width

69.3 in.

height

57.9 in.

curb weight

3010 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

27.4 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

58/56/53 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr./ unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Toyota Prius hybrid in blizzard pearl color  2020 Toyota Prius hybrid in Classic Silver Metallic color  2020 Toyota Prius hybrid in Electric Storm Blue color  2020 Toyota Prius hybrid in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2020 Toyota Prius hybrid in Supersonic Red color
blizzard pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

3.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

3.0

Safety

9.0

6.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Toyota Prius hybrid L

L

power
121 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
56 combined

$24,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L 5dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $24,200 MSRP (58/56/53) 121 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Toyota Prius hybrid LE

LE

power
121 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
50 combined

$25,410 - $26,810


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 5dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $25,410 MSRP (54/52/50) 121 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
LE 5dr Hatchback AWD (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $26,810 MSRP (52/50/48) 121 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Toyota Prius hybrid XLE

XLE

power
121 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
50 combined

$28,250 - $29,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 5dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $28,250 MSRP (54/52/50) 121 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
XLE 5dr Hatchback AWD (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $29,250 MSRP (52/50/48) 121 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Limited

Limited

power
121 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
52 combined

$32,375


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 5dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $32,375 MSRP (54/52/50) 121 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

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Toyota was able to oversee these changes much earlier than the rest, and presented to us the Prius, which even today serves as the benchmark for hybrid vehicles. However, in a world obsessed with power and performance, the 2020 Toyota Prius is still all about calm and collectivism. Its 95 hp motor hardly excites, but offers a world of practicality as does its big boot.

With the help of a 53-kW electric motor and a 0.75 kWh battery pack, the Toyota Prius stands out amongst the now crowded lineup of hybrid vehicles. Even though the likes of Honda Insight and Hyundai Ioniq make a point that a hybrid vehicle does not have to compromise on performance for sustainability, the Toyota Prius remains a source of inspiration for environmentalists and automotive enthusiasts all over the world.

2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Front View
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Front View
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Rear View
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 

3.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

3.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Features

7.0/10

For the year 2020, the utilitarian Toyota Prius will be available in four different trims. There’s the L Eco trim followed by LE, XLE, and the top level Limited version. All variants use a 1.8-liter inline-four engine, a 2-speed automatic CVT, a 53-kW electric motor and a 0.75 kWh battery pack. Price for the base variant starts from $24,200, while the top of the table Limited costs $32,375.

However, the L Eco and Limited variants are available only as front-wheel drive units. The other LE and XLE versions get both all-wheel-drive and standard front-wheel drive units. The all-wheel drive trims cost another $1,000 over the front-wheel drive variants. 

Trim

L Eco

LE

XLE

Limited

MSRP FWD

$24,200

$25,410

$28,250

$32,375

MSRP AWD

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$26,810

$29,250

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Key Features

15-inch wheels

7-inch touchscreen

11.6-inch touchscreen

JBL audio system

 

Automatic LED headlights

Heated mirrors

Power-adjustable driver’s seat

Navigation system

 

Keyless entry

Keyless start

Cruise control

Adaptive cruise control

 

Fabric upholstery

Automated parallel parking

Head-up display

SofTex simulated leather

 

Automatic high beams

Blind-spot monitoring

Cross-traffic alert

Sunroof

We recommend:

The XLE trim of the 2020 Toyota Prius lineup is the most recommended of all. It gets all the bells and whistles of most other variants. Also, it is available with the all-wheel drive unit. So it can offer that extra bit of safety for people in the colder regions.

2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Engine and Performance

3.0/10

The eco-friendly 2020 Toyota Prius runs on a hybrid powertrain. This powertrain combines a 95 hp inline-four engine, a 53-kW electric motor and a 0.75 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Together they make a total of 121 hp. This remains the case with all front-wheel driven Priuses.

2020 Toyota Prius Sedan Engine
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Hatchback Has a 1.8-liter I4 regular Engine

The all-wheel drive variants use another additional electric motor attached at the rear axle. This motor does not add to the overall power output of the Prius’s powertrain, but increases its weight by another 150 pounds. Regardless of the choice drivetrain options, power from the hood is channeled to the wheels via a two-speed continuously variable automatic transmission.

Models

Toyota Prius

Hyundai Ioniq

Honda Insight

MSRP

$24,200

$22,400

$22,930

Engine

1.8-liter I4 regular

1.6-liter I4 regular

1.5-liter I4 regular

Transmission

2-speed CVT w/OD

6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual

2-speed CVT w/OD

Horsepower

96 hp @ 5,200 rpm

104 hp @ 5,700 rpm

107 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

105 lb.-ft. @ 3,600 rpm

109 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

99 lb.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm

The 2020 Toyota Prius gets the biggest engine in this comparison. However, it’s the Honda Insight’s otherwise smallest engine that makes most power on paper.

How fast is the Toyota Prius Sedan?

The 2020 Toyota Prius was not built to satisfy as a performance car. In fact, it is exactly what it stands against. The electric motor of the 2020 Prius couldn’t be further off from being punchy. The 2-speed CVT shifts reasonably well, but is by no means quick.

2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Side View
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Hatchback 0-60 MPH in just 10.5 sec

Pair that with the stiff frame of this Toyota and what you get is a car that takes its own time to pick up speed. The all-wheel drive variants are all the more slower due to the additional weight of the extra electric motor on the rear axle, which adds 150 pounds but does not make any additional power.

Model

Toyota Prius

Hyundai Ioniq

Honda Insight

0-60 MPH

10.5

9.7

7.7

Quarter Mile

19.6

17.3

16.0

Engine

1.8L I4

1.6L I4

1.5L I4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

3.1

3.0

3.4

The power deprived Toyota Prius is the slowest in this stand-off. On the other hand, the Honda Insight benefits greatly from its most powerful 107 hp hybrid powertrain.

What about the braking performance of the Toyota Prius Sedan?

As is the case with any hybrid vehicle, the 2020 Toyota Prius uses a mix of regenerative braking and friction braking. However, the feel from the pedal is much better in the Prius than what you see on most other hybrids.

2020 Toyota Prius Sedan Brakes
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Hatchback Front Brake is 10 in.

Even though the low-rolling resistance tyres, that this hybrid comes equipped with, make up for longer braking distances, the 2020 Toyota Prius manages to stop a lot better than the way it accelerates.

Model

Toyota Prius

Hyundai Ioniq

Honda Insight

Brake front

(in.)

10.0

11.0

11.1

Brake Rear

(in.)

10.2

10.3

10.2

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

3010

2996

2987

60-0 MPH (ft.)

117

124

131

The Toyota Prius is the heaviest of the lot. Still it manages to stop way quicker than the other hybrids in this stand-off. An upside of this Toyota’s slouched acceleration.

What about its driving dynamics?

The 2020 Toyota Prius’s sluggish acceleration is proof that this hybrid is not meant to thrill or excite you. Though, it’s stiff chassis makes up for the kind of stability required on curves. However, response from the otherwise lightly weighted steering feels numb, and takes away much of the confidence required on track.

2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Hatchback Front View

But as mentioned before, the 2020 Toyota Prius does not even try to be a track machine. Its driving dynamics make it an excellent city car. The stiff chassis provides ample stability, and the steering wheel, which might scare you on the track, offers great control on tight, urban roads. The reasonable acceleration allows you to plan your passing maneuvers, and its low clearance and aero design makes those maneuvers enjoyable.

2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Fuel Economy

8.0/10

If there’s one thing that this Toyota excels at, it’s its MPG ratings. The power deprived motor does provide reluctant acceleration, but on the upside offers unmatched efficiency. It is the one reason why most people want to get the Prius.

2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Gas Expenses

The all-wheel driven variants are not as fuel efficient as the front-wheel driven versions though. This loss in efficiency results from the additional weight that results from the extra motor attached to the rear axle.

Model

Toyota Prius

Hyundai Ioniq

Honda Insight

MPG (city)

58

57

55

MPG (highway)

53

59

49

MPG (combined)

56

58

52

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

11.3

11.9

10.6

Range (city/highway) (miles)

655/599

678/702

583/519

Even though the Toyota Prius offers unmatched fuel economy, the Hyundai Ioniq offers most range. Thanks to its bigger capacity fuel tank.

2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Interior

8.5/10

The 2020 Toyota Prius’s cabin is lined with soft-touch material, and faux aluminum highlights surround the air vents and infotainment. The upholstery varies from fabric to SofTex simulated leather as you move across the trim ladder. Regardless, the inside feels a lot more upscale than before.

2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Sedan
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Hatchback Front Seats

For the year 2020, Toyota has decided to get rid of the storage compartment that sat right in the middle of the second row. As a result, the second row can now seat three people instead of two. As far as roominess is concerned, you’ll find the backseats of this Prius adequately spacious. Legroom in the second row is compromised due to its design, but headroom is above average.

The front seats also offer a decent amount of space. However, broader people might seem to differ as shoulder room is a little scanty. Other than that the seats offer decent amount of support, and should feel relaxing even over long journeys.

Model

Toyota Prius

Hyundai Ioniq

Honda Insight

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.4/55.0/42.3

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.3/56.9/42.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.4/53.0/33.4

37.4/55.0/35.7

36.9/55.0/37.4

The Honda Insight has the most spacious cabin, and provides most comfort to its occupants.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

Of the several changes that Toyota made to the inside of the 2020 Prius, the most noteworthy is the addition of a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen display which is now standard throughout the range. The more expensive XLE and Limited variants get an even bigger 11.6-inch touchscreen.

2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Infotainment system
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Hatchback 7.0-inch Touchscreen Display

This bigger central displays brings along with them the following features:

  • AM/FM radio
  • Bluetooth
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Navigation

What about utility?

The 2020 Toyota Prius does not just impress with its exceptional fuel economy. As a comfortable cruiser, the Prius offers a lot of practicality too. Where most hybrids suffer when it comes to storage capacity because of the location of the battery pack and other equipment, the Prius offers a boot bigger than some of the luxury sedans.

Inside the cabin lie several door pockets, cupholders and other nifty storage spaces to increase practicality.

Model

Toyota Prius

Hyundai Ioniq

Honda Insight

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

27.4

26.5

15.1

At 27.4 cubic feet, the 2020 Toyota Prius has a bigger boot than all its rivals.

Creature comforts on offer in the Toyota Prius Sedan

Toyota did not make the Prius to offer extreme levels of performance. They did however make this Prius a lot comfortable for all its occupants. The many comfort features aboard this year’s Toyota Prius are:

  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Power mirrors
  • A/C
  • Climate control
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Keyless start
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Front Seats and dashboard
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Interior
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Front Seats
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Infotainment System
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback seats
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback steering Wheel
2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback

2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Exterior

3.0/10

The 2020 Toyota Prius is no style icon. It’s exterior is completely in line with the way this hybrid performs. The front of the Prius looks like something that came straight out of a Japanese anime.

The blacked-out front bumper has been molded to house upswept LED headlights. From the sides, the roof slopes downward to meet the rising shoulderline. They together come to meet a carbon-fiber-reinforced hatch at the back.

2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Hatchback Front View
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Hatchback Front View

The overall design looks aerodynamic. Though this aerodynamic design is there only to improve fuel efficiency and has very little to do with performance.

Model

Toyota Prius

Hyundai Ioniq

Honda Insight

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3010

2996

2987

Length (in.)

180.0

176.0

183.6

Width (in.)

69.3

71.7

71.6

Height (in.)

57.9

56.9

55.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.1

5.3

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Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

106.3

106.3

Track Width (in.) F/R

60.2/60.6

61.5/62.1

60.9/61.6

All hybrids in this face-off are more or less equally sized. However, the Toyota Prius is the heaviest of the lot.

What are those eye catching features?

The most hard-to-miss exterior features of the 2020 Toyota Prius are:

  • LED headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • Active grille shutters
  • Sloping roofline
  • Aerodynamic 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Carbon-fiber-reinforced rear hatch
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Exterior
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Exterior
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Exterior
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Exterior
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Exterior
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Exterior
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Exterior
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Exterior
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Exterior
2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid Exterior

2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Safety

9.0/10

Ever since 2017, not many of the Prius models have been tested for safety by NHTSA. However, the IIHS rates the Prius as “GOOD” in most areas. The several safety features that the 2020 Toyota Prius comes equipped with are:

  • Airbags
  • ABS
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • DRLs
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Back-up camera
  • Stability control
  • Side impact beams
  • Toyota Safety Sense C

2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Competition

Toyota Prius vs. Hyundai Ioniq

The Toyota Prius has been the pioneer of automobiles that aimed towards a more cleaner environment. However, that was a long time ago. Now several cars are inspired by it, but they do a much better job at satisfying customers as an overall package. The Hyundai ioniq is one of those cars.

2020 Hyundai Loniq Sedan
2020 Hyundai loniq

Toyota Prius vs. Honda Insight

Both Toyota and Honda have been the torch bearers for Japanese cars that give tough competition to American-made automobiles. A lot of it results from the fact that they never stop trying to outbest each other. A proof of this is Honda’s answer to Toyota’s Prius. The Honda Insight’s only downside is it’s smaller cargo capacity. Other than that, it is a much better overall package.

2020 Honda Insight Sedan
2020 Honda Insight

 

2020 Toyota Prius hybrid Final Verdict

If you do not expect your car to set the track ablaze and rocket past the 60 mph mark, but offer comfortable cruising capabilities in the cities and on highways, the 2020 Toyota Prius is definitely the way to go. The only thing off-putting about this hybrid is its appearance and somewhat sluggish performance. Other than that this Toyota greatly satisfies as an eco-friendly and sustainable four-wheeler.