2020 Toyota Prius Prime
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The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime Promises Big Changes

The best-selling hybrid of all time just got better. Here are the changes you can expect for the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime.
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If you are in the market for a new vehicle and gas mileage is important to you, the Toyota Prius Prime might just be for you because of its affordability and staying power. Not only does it average an amazing 54 combined mpg (55 city / 53 highway), but it is also fun to drive. When the 2020 Prius Prime model arrives at dealerships this summer, it will bring with it some important updates and changes.

In fact, this real-world price break down explains why Toyota Prius Prime is top-selling affordable EV In America.

What makes Prius Prime so special?

Prius Prime offers a wealth of benefits for drivers. This PHEV (Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle) offers you the versatility as a traditional hybrid (gasoline engine/electric motor combination) or as a plug-in vehicle. People commuting to work on a daily basis can take advantage of Prius Prime’s 25 mile range using all-electric mode. Also, imagine being able to drive 640 miles on one tank of fuel. Prius Prime drivers can. Can you say road trip up the coast?

Now how do you charge it? Is it easy? Yes! You can use any regular wall outlet in your garage or at work and it will take about 5 ½ hours to fully charge your Prius Prime. If you really want to take things to the next level, you can upgrade to a Level 2 home charger and you can fully charge your car in just over 2 hours.

Five not four

One of the main drawbacks of the 2019 Prius Prime is the rear seating. Due to the placement of the hybrid battery components, along with load capacity limitations, Toyota only allowed for two seats in the back. This makes the 2019 Prius Prime a four-seater. For families with three children, this would be a dealbreaker for sure. Great news – 2020 Prius Prime comes back with a vengeance and will add a 3rd seat in the rear, allowing for five passengers. Families rejoice and let’s all pile in.

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime Has Improved Trim Level Configurations

Toyota made a brilliant decision to make trim levels more familiar and easy to understand with the 2020 model. The trims will be LE, XLE and Limited. We like these. We know them already.

In the past Prius Prime trim levels had been challenging to remember and tell apart. With configuration names like Plus, Premium and Advanced, loyal Toyota car buyers were unfamiliar with those terms. It made Prime car research more difficult than it should be. The new 2020 configuration lineup matches Prius Prime up perfectly its Prius gasoline counterpart, so shopping should be much easier for buyers.

CarPlay? (Bueller?) Anyone? Anyone?

As drivers in today’s hectic driving world, we are faced with an increasing amount of distractions and temptations. Apple CarPlay is one application that really does limit these distractions. You can now easily access your music (“Play Bon Jovi songs”) or navigate to nearby coffee shops using Google Maps and even Waze with the simple touch of a steering wheel button. I should know – my 2018 Camry XLE was just retrofitted with CarPlay yesterday and I love it (click to read about Camry’s CarPlay software update).

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime will be gaining Apple CarPlay, along with Amazon Alexa capabilities. Before you ask, Android Auto will not be part of the action this time around. Sorry in advance.

Other Additions

To make life more convenient for passengers, 2020 Prius Prime adds 2 rear seat USB ports. Also, black interior accents will replace the previous white accents. This should appeal to buyers’ more high-end luxury tastes.
Other improvements are the addition of sun visor extenders and easier-to-reach heated seat buttons.

I would love your thoughts. Does the idea of the plug-in Prius Prime appeal to you? If looking for Prius, would you more consider the traditional hybrid Prius or is the Prius Prime on your radar?

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Jeff Teague is a Toyota news reporter at Torque News. You can reach Jeff on Facebook and Instagram. Twitter at @toyotajeff1 and tweet him tips for new stories. Jeff also shares Toyota news videos on his Youtube Channel at Toyotajeff.


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Comments

Android has 65% market share and going higher, of course, Toyota would choose the OS that is declining. Their upper management is on drugs.
Hi there! It wouldn't surprise me if Toyota eventually retrofits some models with Android Auto. Just a hunch and nothing more. Thanks for reading! Jeff
Agreed. That's a deal breaker for me. Being compatible with any phone type to just one was a stupid decision. Someone should get fired for this mistake. You just can't fix stupid.
Have to agree – how could they ignore the wide usage of android? World-wide, more people use Android than even Windows. And Hybrid & Ev adopters are tech-savvy. Do they not care that they're losing sales??
I Was looking at my first "new new" car to be the Prius Prime. No Android Auto, no deal. Hyundai it is (I've tried their Ioniq previously and it's lovely). But I'll be putting it off until my current Prius drops dead, having too much fun at the moment.
I hear ya Peter. Although a Prius will go just about forever I swear haha. Thanks for reading. Jeff
How many more lost sales until they wake up to Android Auto?
Android auto? Maybe they don’t want jobronies driving their cars.
haha your comment made me laugh John. Thanks for following my stories....Jeff
I mean, more people have the Android than anything else. I'm told it will be added to each new model that carries the 3.0 multimedia system. Will roll out with 2020 Tundra, Tacoma, 4Runner and Sequoia and all others from this point on...we shall see!
How many more lost sales until they wake up to Android Auto?
I have a 2012 Prius Trim 4 and am in the market for a 2020 hybrid. The only thing holding me back on purchasing the Prius Prime is lack of Android Auto. I'll gladly pay $1,000 more to have it as an add-on.
I wonder if it will be retrofitted to any Toyota models at some point. How many miles does your current Prius have on it? They usually go forever haha....jeff
It seems like too little too late in the EV department. I own a Prius V which I like and wished the new Prius would have this kind of room not less than even a standard Prius. The choice of Apple over Android is very unfortunate. I consider Apple more of a marketing company than a technology company. Their Marketing is world class for a product that doesn't measure up to the competition..
I like my CarPlay in my Camry but I haven't tried Android Auto yet. I'll do a direct comparison between the two eventually to show the differences. I miss the Prius V as well...Jeff
Will the Prime be available in awd with same upgrades
I love my 2018 Prime. I now start the day with 30.5 miles in the battery. up from 25 miles. The top version, with all its sensors and features, is fantastic! 2 USB in the back would be a good addition as would be the plan to move the heated seat buttons. I think Toyota Prius Prime knocked Volt out of the market.
Besides the mpg obvious benefits, I think the Prius Prime drives really nice too...
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As a previous owner of the Prius plug I was very disappointed in the Prime's lack of cargo space. WHY would they make the truck smaller? I would not even be able to put my bike in the truck becasue they made it so small now. The extra batteries should have placed elsewhere. Also, the interior feels cheap with all the shinny plastic. Maybe a 2021 update but by then the Tesla model z may be coming out??
Hi Ernesto! I think we'll see the interior modernized but it's hard to say until we actually see it. Thanks for writing...Jeff