Since the introduction of the first Prius two decades ago, Toyota has been a leader in hybrid vehicles. The sheer number of the fuel-sipping compacts on the road stands testament to how successful the company has been at making the once-niche technology part of the mainstream, and now, the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid is taking things to the next level.
Obviously, the biggest difference between the Prius Prime and standard models is the charging port, which allows drivers to charge their batteries from either the comfort of home, or at any one of the country’s ever-expanding network of charging stations. From a standard household outlet, the Prius Prime can be fully charged in just five-and-half hours, while using a charging station cuts the time down to just two-and-a-half.
And once fully charged, the Prime can travel up to 25 miles on battery power alone, meaning that for short jaunts and commutes around town, drivers may not need to run on internal combustion power at all—which is as good for the planet as it is for the wallets. Using both the conventional 1.8-liter, 95-horsepower I-4 engine and electric power means it’s possible to travel up to 640 miles* without needing to refuel.
So unless you’re a huge fan of stopping for gas? You’re going to love the freedom this innovative vehicle provides.
But the differences don’t stop there. In an effort to make the Prius Prime even more efficient than the standard hybrid, the engineers added several cutting-edge features generally seen on high-end race machines, like an active front grille shutter, underbody covers, and side-body fins, all of which contribute to its ultra-low drag coefficient. Fortunately, there’s no need to sacrifice luxury for efficiency either! Features like LED lighting, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and heated front seats are standard across the Prime range.
Safety features, like forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, automatic high-beams, and lane-departure warning are also standard, while upscale trims levels like the Premium and Advanced offer options for an 11.6-inch touch screen, a heated steering wheel, and a full-color heads-up display, along with with other creature comforts.
For more information on the Prius Prime, watch our full review below. And to explore all the available trims, check out inventory at AutoNation Toyota Cerritos, as they’ve got one of the country’s biggest selections of the Prius Primes in stock right now! So if you’re in the market for a plug-in hybrid, they should be your first stop!
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.