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Top 3 Reasons Why Toyota Should Make The Prius Prime Fast Like The Rav4 Hybrid

I think it is high time that Toyota made a fast Prius. Here are my 3 reasons why this is an excellent idea.

The Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Prime is one zippy little SUV. It has a 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds getting into a sports car like range. As a car guy, we all know it comes down to the numbers so we can brag about it to our friends.

So why do we never hear of the Prius getting into the performance realm? That is my question for Toyota. Here are my three reasons why Toyota needs to make a faster Prius.

Reason 1, Becuase It Would Be Way More Fun
The Prius is a fun little car to zip around. It is excellent for commuters, small families, road trips, and plenty of other adventures. I think that having a Prius that is capable of carving up and down mountains would be exhilarating.

2020 Toyota Prius Blue and White

The thought of being behind the wheel of a Prius, and mashing the accelerator could get my blood pumping. No more passing when going downhill for me. I would be whipping around faster cars and giving all those WRX drivers a run for their money.

Reason 2, It Would Excite People More About Prius
Prius, once the idea caught on, started a revolution. People began to see how remarkable these little cars are. They were excited to get into one and drive. I do not blame them at all. I was hesitant at first, but once I started driving the car, I knew I would keep driving them.

2020 Toyota Prius Red Fun To Drive

The thing is, Prius can be peppy. If the battery is in excellent shape and it is running well, Prius can give you a bit of a kick. What if it could win races, though? The idea has been in my mind for quite some time. I would dare bet that if Toyota offered Prius Prime in a higher performance package, more people would flock to it.

Reason 3, It Would Break The Prius Stigma
I hear it all the time. Your Prius is slow, and your Prius is lame, your Prius, blah, blah, blah. I used to be one of those people. Now that I know different, having a fuel-efficient fast car would create quite the stir.

2000 Toyota Prius Slow generation

When you pull up to the light and smack that V8 in the face with Prius, the meme's alone would be worth it. The Prius does have boost, just not the way most think.

Any true Prius owner knows that having a fast Prius would be awesome. We also know that Toyota can do it if they wanted to. I guess now the question that I should be asking is, who wants to start a petition with me to get Toyota working on a TRD Prius? Anyone?

Thanks for reading, be sure to check out my other story, Two interesting thoughts on why the 2020 Prius could be as reliable as the 2004-2009.

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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter is also an Instructor of Automotive Technology at Columbia Basin College. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting


Gary DuHamel (not verified)    December 18, 2019 - 10:52AM

I will second the TRD Prius part. I have a 2020 Corolla Hybrid which I love (Averaging 57.5 MPG so far) but i would love more speed and handling acumen to be added. Toyota has the 2.0 liter hybrid overseas with 181 system HP. Add an electric motor to the rear with a few more battery modules and we have a 200 HP AWD Prius...That would be fun, wouldn't it?