2021 Toyota Prius Hybrid

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2021 Toyota Prius hybrid Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 2, 2021

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Dubbed as the car that started the hybrid revolution, the 2021 Toyota Prius continues the legacy of incredible MPG figures, all thanks to the standard 1.8L inline-4 engine coupled to a hybrid system. The 2021 Prius starts from an MSRP of $24,525. The 2021 Prius Prime, on the other hand, with slightly longer dimensions starts from $28,200 but also manages to offer 25 miles of all-electric range. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the moniker, a Prius 2020 Edition trim has also been launched, with numerous feature updates. 

Ownership is also a breeze as the 2021 Prius is offered with lease deals starting as low as $239/month for 36 months. Wearing the tag of the first mass-production hybrid car, be ready to spend anywhere between $31,205 to $39,960 as the 5-year cost of ownership, depending on the trim you buy. This means, that you are spending anywhere between 9 cents to 10.2 cents per mile when you are driving it around. On the flip side, you are getting about 8.4 to 10.2 miles per dollar you spend on it. Toyota reliability at its best!

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Great gas mileage

Abundant cargo space

Easy-to-use infotainment system

Optional AWD system


Dull driving experience

Rivals are more upscale  

Same-old design language

What's New?

Adds a special Prius Edition

Adds More driver-assistance and safety features

Android Auto now standard except in Limited trim

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vehicle bio

base price



5dr Hatchback

passenger capacity


top speed

112 mph


front wheel drive

engine type


110 cu.in.


122 hp @ 5200 rpm


105 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm


2-speed automatic


suspension front

Strut suspension

suspension rear

Multi-Link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

10/10.2 in.



106.3 in.


180 in.


69.3 in.


57.9 in.

curb weight

3010 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.


passenger volume

93.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

27.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

825 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

10.5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

32.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

19.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

194 ft.


basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance


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L Eco $24,525 onwards

122 hp @ 5200 rpm | 1.8 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 3 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • Automatic Front Air Conditioning
  • Firmer suspension tuning
  • Heated Power Outside Mirrors
  • Hybrid Power Mode
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Smart Key System w/ Push Button Start
  • Spoiler-mounted solar panel
  • Tire Inflator Kit

LE $25,735 onwards

121 hp @ 5200 rpm | 1.8 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 7" Diagonal Color Touchscreen
  • Android Auto & Apple Carplay & Amazon Alexa Compatible
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Automatic High Beam Assist
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Intelligent Clearance Sonar w/ Intelligent Parking Assist
  • Intermittent Rear Window Wiper/Washer
  • Safety Sense 2.0

XLE $28,575 onwards

121 hp @ 5200 rpm | 1.8 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 10-way Power Adjustable Driver's Seat
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • SofTex Leatherette Seat Trim
  • Wireless Charging Pad

20th Anniversary Edition $29,875 onwards

278 hp @ 6000 rpm | 1.8 L | Inline 4 | Gasoline

  • 17" 5-Spoke Aluminum Wheels
  • Custom ''2020'' floor mats and key glove

Limited $32,650 onwards

121 hp @ 5200 rpm | 1.8 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 10-Speakers Audio System
  • 12" Touchscreen
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • HD Radio/Siriusxm Satellite Radio
  • Heads-Up Display
  • Navigation System
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When you think of a hybrid car, it’s likely that the Toyota Prius comes to mind.- Car And Driver

Available for sale in 5 trim levels, it can be had in 7 configurations with the prices starting from an MSRP of $24,525 for the base Prius LE and going up to $32,650 for the Limited trim. Powered by a 1.8L Inline-4 engine that is hooked up to a hybrid system, it puts out 121 hp and spectacular fuel efficiency of up to 58 MPG in the city. 

What's new?

With the best CarIndigo rating of 7.9 on 10, the 2021 Toyota Prius receives minor changes in the feature department, especially on the safety front. All the trims receive the advanced Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, whereas Android Auto has been made standard across the board, except for in the Limited trim. There is also a 20-year commemorative trim named the 2020 Edition for this year, which brings in a black exterior with 17-inch wheels and a choice of two new colors.

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2021 Toyota Prius hybrid Pricing and Features


The number of trims for the 2021 Toyota Prius sits at 5, namely- L-Eco, LE, XLE, 2020 Edition, and Limited. The 20th Anniversary edition is dubbed the 2020 Prius Edition that gets "2020" badging in the interior elements, blacked-out exterior elements, and 17-inch wheels for a price of $29,875. The rest of the lineup starts from $24,525 for the L-Eco trim and goes up to $32,650 for the Limited trim. 

All the trims are powered by the same 121 hp 1.8L I-4 hybrid powertrain hooked up to an FWD as standard. However, the LE and XLE trims are the unique ones that get an on-demand AWD-e for $1,400 and $1,000 extra respectively. In comparison to most of its competitors, it is the only one with the AWD setup.


L Eco



2020 Edition














Key Features

Ultra-Low-rolling resistance tires

Automatic High Beams

17-inch alloy wheels

Leatherette door trim & steering wheel

Navigation System


Much-lighter Hybrid battery

Forward Collision Mitigation

Automatic wipers

Active Parking System



Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa

Cargo Cover

SofTex simulated leather upholstery

Wireless charging

10-speaker JBL premium audio system


6-Speaker Sound system


Wireless charging pad

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite

Standard fitment across the entire trim lineup is the Toyota Safety Sense and Star Safety System, LED Headlamps, and Bi-LED taillamps. The Prius gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa in all the trims. This gets upgraded to an 11.6-inch system with a 10-speaker JBL sound system in the Limited trim.

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2021 Toyota Prius hybrid Buying Advice

Though the 2021 Toyota Prius is a value-for-money option in all avatars, the XLE trim with AWD is the best offering out there that we recommend. For a price tag of $29,575, it offers features like power-adjustable and heated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and Android Auto, a heated steering wheel with SofTex upholstery, and moreover, with a combined gas mileage of 49 MPG, the Prius is all the more worthy.

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2021 Toyota Prius hybrid Engine and Performance


Unless your idea of a fun time behind the wheel is seeing how little fuel you can use on your commute, don't count on the Prius to offer much in the way of driving pleasure.- Car And Driver

Under the hood, the specs of the 2021 Toyota Prius remain the same as the 2020 Prius. Bringing it to life is a 1.8L naturally aspirated engine that churns out 95 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Prius powertrain comes hooked up to an electric motor that produces 71 hp and 120 lb-ft of torque. Combined, this system generates 121 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. It comes hooked up to a CVT transmission that puts the power to the wheels via the FWD drivetrain. For those who want an on-demand AWD, only the LE and XLE trim come with that functionality.

With the LE, it costs $1,400 extra while the XLE demands only $1,000 extra for the AWD-e. This on-demand AWD adds an independent motor system to the rear which works irrespective of the main powertrain. Regardless of whichever trim you choose, the 2021 Prius drives like a well-mannered city driver- nimble, agile, and maneuverable. Flooring the pedal on the highway, you will end up getting disappointed since it's not made to be a performer. For the price, the 2021 Prius does enough to keep you happy and performs its duties diligently.


2021 Toyota Prius Hybrid 

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

2021 Kia Niro Hybrid







1.8L Inline-4 with a hybrid unit

1.6L Inline-4 with a hybrid unit

1.5L Inline-4 with a hybrid unit

1.6L Inline-4 with a hybrid unit







2-speed E-CVT

6-speed automated manual

CVT 6-speed automated manual


121 hp @ 5,200 rpm

139 hp @ 5,700 rpm

151.5 hp @ 6,000 rpm

139 hp @ 5,700 rpm


105 lb-ft. @ 3,600 rpm

195 lb-ft. @ 2,400 rpm

200 lb-ft. @ 5,000 rpm

195 lb-ft. @ 2,400 rpm

0-60 MPH

9.8 secs

9.6 secs

7.7 secs

8.5 secs


17.6 secs

17.3 secs

16.0 secs

16.5 secs

Top Speed 

112 mph

103 mph

120 mph

125 mph

If you still want to floor it, the 2021 Toyota Prius can complete the sprint from 0-60 mph in a relaxed 9.8 seconds. Push it for the quarter-mile, and its tardiness starts to set in since that takes 17.6 seconds. Despite not being built with too much high-end tech, the ride does feature regenerative braking with 10.2-inch front rotors and 10-inch rear rotors. So when you brake, the energy produced is captured to recharge the battery pack. With these brakes, the 2021 Prius can stop from 60-0 mph in a short braking distance of 117 feet.

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2021 Toyota Prius hybrid Fuel Economy


The Prius is known for its frugal use of gasoline. - Edmunds

Being the first-ever mass-production hybrid car, the 2021 Toyota Prius is certainly going to live up to your expectations of fuel economy with its stellar MPG figures. With the L Eco trim, the 2021 Prius offers 58 MPG in the city, 53 MPG on the highway, and 56 MPG combined. Upgrade to the upper trims, and the figures change to 54 MPG in the city, 50 MPG on the highway, and 52 MPG combined.


2021 Toyota Prius Hybrid 

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

2021 Kia Niro Hybrid

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity (Gallons)





Range (City/Highway/Combined) (miles)

655 / 599 / 633

678 / 702 / 690

583 / 519 / 551

559 / 581 / 524

Fret not, since it offers a fuel tank capacity of 11.3 gallons which results in an overall combined driving range of 633 miles. However, if you want to experience the power of electric mobility, then the 2021 Prius Prime is the one you should opt for since it offers an all-electric driving range of 25 miles. And if that entices you, then an upgrade to the 2021 Toyota Mirai is needed since it offers a driving range of up to 402 miles.

2021 Toyota Prius hybrid Interior


Passengers have plenty of room to spread out in the Prius—there's space for four six-footers thanks to upright seating- Car And Driver

Step into the interior of the 2021 Toyota Prius, and you will be engulfed in a world of plastic. In order to deliver on its feature-packed promises and fuel-efficient 1.8L powertrain, the interior takes a big hit. That being said, the overall build quality is still solid and sturdy, as is expected from a Toyota. The front cabin houses the digital driver display at the center of the dashboard instead of being in front of the driver. The placement of the cluster can be troublesome at times since you will have to take your eyes off the road a lot of times.

The standout feature of the 2021 Prius is the upright seating posture. So, even guys taller than 6-feet will not find it a struggle to sit in the front. With 42.2-inches of legroom in the front, it's not cramped either. That being said, the rear seats can be a bit of a struggle for the taller folks since you get 33.4-inches of legroom. It also packs a maximum cargo capacity of 27.4 cu. ft.


2021 Toyota Prius Hybrid 

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

2021 Kia Niro Hybrid

Seating Capacity





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

39.4 / 55.0 / 42.2

39.1 / 56.1 / 42.2

39.3 / 56.9 / 42.3

38.0 / 55.5 / 41.5

Rear Row(Head /Shoulder /Leg) (in)

37.4 / 53.0 / 33.4

37.4 / 55.0 / 35.7

36.9 / 55.0 / 37.4

37.8 / 54.4 / 34.6

Cargo Space (cu-ft.)





In terms of keeping the occupants entertained, the 2021 Prius comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard fitment in all the trims. This gets bumped to a vertical 11.6-inch screen with the flagship Limited trim. The best part about the system for this year is the addition of Android Auto functionality across the lineup except for the Limited trim. 

The smaller infotainment setup is hooked up to a 6-speaker setup which is decent, while the bigger one gets a 10-speaker JBL sound system. Overall, the UI is pretty user-friendly and easy to get used to.

Some of the highlighted interior and infotainment features are-

  • Power adjustable and heated front seats
  • SofTex Upholstery on seats and steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment
  • Smart Key System with push-button start
  • 7-inch / 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 6-speaker sound system 
  • Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa integration
  • Homelink auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Climate control with pollen filter

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2021 Toyota Prius hybrid Exterior


To our eyes, the latest Prius looks something like a spaceship on wheels. - Kelly Blue Book

One look at the 2021 Prius and it might strike you like a ninja looking back at you. Its exterior is designed to be quirky but does have a mix of the Toyota design language with the Japanese katana-shaped grille, and the wide vents at the front lip that are reminiscent of the flagship 2021 Avalon. Along with that, you also get LED headlamps with DRLs that are standard fitment all across the lineup. 

On the side, depending on the choice of trim, you get 15-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels which help in a total ground clearance of 5.1-inches. Furthermore, despite being dubbed as a hatchback, it has a Sportback-ish roofline which allows it to be longer than it actually is. Move to the back, and the color-coordinated rear spoiler and Bi-LED combination taillamps sit in full glory, completing the overall stylish package.


2021 Toyota Prius Hybrid 

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

2021 Kia Niro Hybrid

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Width (in.)





Height (in.)





Ground Clearance (in.)





Wheelbase (in.)





Compared to the others, despite its quirky design silhouette, we figure, the Prius to be the least appealing hybrid of them all. Kia's design language for the Niro seems to work, as it is easily the best-looking car in this segment. The Honda Insight on the other hand is the longest and the lightest one. Despite sharing the same wheelbase, every ride has its own body style like the Ioniq has a liftback design with the widest stance, compared to the Honda Insight.

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2021 Toyota Prius hybrid Safety


Good standard safety features complement mostly good crash-test results in the 2021 Prius. - The Car Connection

Despite being cost-effective, Toyota does not let safety be a second-grade aspect. The 2021 Prius is yet to be crash-tested by the NHTSA, nevertheless, the 2021 Prius has procured an overall "Good" rating from IIHS in all aspects which bolsters its stance as a safe car in a budget price tag. In order to garner these ratings, Prius comes with the latest Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 and the Star Safety System as standard across all trim levels.

The notable safety features of the 2021 Prius are:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Automatic Collision Notification
  • ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist

2021 Toyota Prius hybrid Competition


2021 Toyota Prius Hybrid vs 2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

The 2021 Honda Insight is probably one of the strongest contenders for the 2021 Toyota Prius. Much more powerful with better acceleration, and offering decent MPG figures, it does tick all of the right boxes for the buyers. Furthermore, it is the only one that has a seemingly sedan-like body style which aids Insight's spacious cabin at a lower price which gives it an edge overall.

The 2021 Prius finds its saving grace in its spectacular fuel efficiency, world-class reliability, easy ownership, and the biggest cargo area it has to offer. 

2021 Toyota Prius Hybrid vs 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq is as close as it comes to dethroning the 2021 Prius. With a similar hatchback-inspired body, Ioniq offers the best MPG figures in the class, comparable cargo capacity, more cabin room, and a more powerful engine setup, all in a lower price tag.

That being said, the 2021 Toyota Prius has better safety features and has a proven track record for reliability. Moreover, the Ioniq is better looking than the Prius any day. Overall, it boils down to brand preference here.

2021 Toyota Prius hybrid Final Verdict

Holding its head high, the 2021 Toyota Prius delivers all of the promises it made when it was born 2 decades ago, except for a note-worthy exterior design. An affordable price tag, an impressive fuel economy of up to 58 MPG, praise-worthy features, and a feature-rich yet quirky interior. With so many variants to choose from, the 2021 Prius has certainly nailed the definition of value for money. Hence, it is a perfect hybrid for anyone who is on the market for a complete package in a family car.

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2021 Toyota Prius Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the MSRP of the 2021 Toyota Prius?

The 2021 Toyota Prius starts with an MSRP of $24,525 for the L Eco and tops out at $32,650 for the Limited trim.

Is the 2021 Toyota Prius AWD?

The 2021 Toyota Prius is offered in both FWD and AWD configurations.

Does the 2021 Prius come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, the 2021 Toyota Prius comes equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

For how much can the 2021 Prius be leased?

The 2021 Toyota Prius can be leased for just $239/month for 36 months with a downpayment of $2,999.

2021 Toyota Prius Consumer Reviews and Ratings


based on 87 ratings

8.0/10 Features
8.1/10 Interiors
8.0/10 Design
8.1/10 Safety
8.3/10 Reliability
8.0/10 Deal Value


fuel efficiency
pedal feel
decade old
pickup feel
drive quality
top trim
accent light
fog light
charge indicator
wireless smartphone
inch touchscreen
alloy wheel
cargo space
interior door
power lumbar
4-way adjustable
front passenger
chrome accent
upper door
door armrest

2021 Toyota Prius Overall Reviews



2021 Toyota Prius hybrid

XLE 5dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 2, 2021

Solid car for the price

Pros - Comfortable to drive, easy to maintain, value

Cons - Space, plastic, falling behind in tech

Family friendly Camry is quite family-friendly in terms of interior comfort and quality with adequate space for a family of four. The back seats, however, are a little tight for 3 adults. The trunk luggage room is more than enough for our 1-year old's stroller. Nice interior feel, adaptive cruise control, good exterior styling, and pleasant ride quality are some of Camry’s big advantages. One thing I have noticed is it has been falling in tech a bit when compared to Hyundai and Kia.

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Anthony P. Malloy

2021 Toyota Prius hybrid

Limited 5dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 5, 2021

Love my new Prius

Pros - Gas mileage, quiet, comfortable

Cons - CVT, small trunk

Same old Prius I found Prius to be very comfortable and surprisingly spacious for a hatch. I also like the infotainment system, it is very easy to get used to and supports Apple CarPlay. The driving dynamics are decent and there is nothing to complain about there. Prius is a better-looking car in every way. They were not bad but I don't think I'll have to deal with any Toyota dealership again after this.

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Ollie C. Webster

2021 Toyota Prius hybrid

LE 5dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 29, 2021

Hatchback Redefined

Pros - Mpg's, interior comfort, decent drive and space

Cons - Stiff suspension for unpaved roads

2021 Toyota Prius A great design, class interiors. Sporty ride, very comfortable steering. Seats are really spacious, good amount of headroom and legroom, Good mielage as well.

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Love my new Prius

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