2019 Toyota Prius Hybrid

2019 MODEL
$23,770 - $32,200
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2019 Toyota Prius hybrid Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 13, 2019


While most of the manufacturers are busy hustling to grab a certain share of the EV segment, the folks at Toyota stay relaxed in their Barcaloungers and watch the show with a coffee mug in their hand. Back when people were just being introduced to the electric vehicle segment, Toyota had already played their card in the form of the Toyota Prius - the first mass-produced hybrid ever. Though it took some time to grab eyes, Toyota stood patient as they had already foreseen where the automotive industry was heading to.

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Pros

Impressive MPG figures

Superior noise insulation

Visibility from the Inside

Cargo Capacity

AWD’s handling manners

Cons

Exterior looks

Acceleration from the Motor

Interior Layout and Quality

What's New?

Addition of AWD Variant

Exterior Styling Updates

New Trim names

Interior Color Scheme


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23770

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

96 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

105 lbs.-ft @ 3600 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.2/60.6

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.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

54/56/50 mpg

highway range

598.9 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

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blizzard pearl

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Interior

8.5

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Toyota Prius hybrid L Eco

L Eco

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

$23,770


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L Eco 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $23,770 MSRP (54/56/50) 96 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Toyota Prius hybrid LE

LE

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

$24,980 - $26,380


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE AWD-e 4dr Hatchback AWD (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $26,380 MSRP (52/50/48) 96 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5
LE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $24,980 MSRP (54/52/50) 121 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Toyota Prius hybrid XLE

XLE

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

$27,820 - $28,820


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE AWD-e 4dr Hatchback AWD (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $28,820 MSRP (52/50/48) 96 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5
XLE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $27,820 MSRP (54/52/50) 96 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Toyota Prius hybrid Limited

Limited

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

$32,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $32,200 MSRP (54/52/50) 96 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


Come 2019, the Prius hybrid still remains to be the most talked-about hybrid ever and some people also refer to it as the "Father of hybrids". That said, the Prius hybrid hatchback is stylish, efficient and of course, reliable too. However, the segment is getting crowded gradually and the Prius needs to remind them of its stature.

Toyota has shuffled the trims of the Prius for 2019 with the new trim names being L Eco, LE, XLE, and Limited. While the Engine remains the same as last year, Toyota has updated the NVH levels and refined the motor furthermore. For the tech-hungry guys, Toyota has updated it’s Entune Infotainment Unit that gives smartphone connectivity, Live traffic updates and a whole host of other useful data.

Speaking of prices, the 2019 Toyota Prius’ prices range from $23,770 to over $32,000. While all the trims come with the FWD setup as standard, the AWD-e version is being offered in the LE and XLE trims only. The primary rivals to the Prius now include Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and the Honda Insight.

2019 Toyota Prius Hybrid Front Three-quarter View
2019 Toyota Prius Hybrid Front Three-quarter View
2019 Toyota Prius Hybrid Rear Three-quarter View
2019 Toyota Prius Hybrid Rear Three-quarter View

6.5/10
Features

 
 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Toyota Prius hybrid Features

6.5/10

The 2019 Toyota Prius gets a shuffle in terms of the trims. Available with FWD as standard in the L Eco, LE, XLE and Limited trims, the AWD-e system can be had in just the LE and XLE trims for now. All trims have decent equipment on board and the higher trims come with features like a premium JBL Audio System, Softex upholstery and more.

Trim

L Eco

LE

XLE

Limited

MSRP(FWD)

$23,770

$24,980

$27,820

$32,200

MSRP(AWD)

-

$26,380

$28,820

-

Key Features

2 Rear USB 2.1 Ports

Adds/Upgrades from L Eco

Adds/Upgrades from LE

Adds/Upgrades from XLE

 

Integrated Backup Camera

Blind Spot Monitor

Softex Trimmed Heated Front Seats, Steering Wheel

11.6" Entune infotainment System with Navigation

 

Driver's Door Smart Key

Rear Cross Traffic Alert

8 Way power adjust driver seat and 4 power adjust passenger seat

JBL Premium Audio System

 

Push button Start

Parking Assist

Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging

Toyota Safety Connect

 

15" 5 Spoke Alloys

Intelligent Clearance SONAR

17" 5 Spoke Alloys

Color Heads Up Display

 

Toyota Safety Sense

Fog Lights with LED Accents*

Rain Sensing Variable Intermittent Windshield wipers

Adaptive Front Lights with Auto-Leveling Headlamps

*only on the AWD-e version

We recommend

While it's easy for us to recommend the top trim for the kind of features it offers, we would still suggest the base trim as it comes loaded with a decent set of features that most owners would be happy to live with.

2019 Toyota Prius hybrid Engine and Performance

Fuel efficiency is the name of the game with the Prius, and the raw performance numbers reflect this- Edmunds.com

Engine and transmission

The motor is a 1.8L Inline-4 unit combined with two electric motors driving each of the front wheels. The joined yield of both the gas and electric plants rises to a sum of 121 HP and 120 lb-ft, which are good figures, however not especially noteworthy. The motor is a mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which is exceptionally effective yet in addition strips the vehicle of any excitement. The Motor is best left at city speeds and feels strained on the highways.

Models

Toyota Prius L

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

Honda Insight LX

MSRP

$24,700

$23.320

$23,850

Engine

1.8L Inline-4 Naturally Aspirated

1.6L Inline-4 Naturally Aspirated

1.5L Inline-4 Naturally Aspirated

Transmission

CVT

6 Speed DCT

CVT

Power(hp)

121

139

151

Torque(lbs.-ft.)

120

109

99

In terms of rivals, the Insight leads the packs in terms of numbers, with the Ioniq following behind closely. The Prius has the lowest numbers in this department and it shows in the performance runs as well.

Acceleration

The Prius was built with efficiency on the mind and the performance figures are a stark reflection of the same. The Prius fares poorly in the 0-60 runs as compared to its other rivals and reflect a similar story in the quarter mile runs as well. In terms of emission though, the Prius does better as the Prius emits just 3.8 units of CO2 in ton/year.

Models

Toyota Prius L

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

Honda Insight LX

0-60 MPH(Sec)

9.7

8.1

8.0

Quarter mile(Sec)

17.1

16.8

16

Engine

1.8L Inline-4

1.6L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

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

3.8

3.0

3.4

The Insight impresses with its performance as its the fastest of all the 3 cars here. The Ioniq misses out on the top spot by a small whisker and impresses otherwise.

Ride and Handling

The Toyota Prius has a very good ride, plush and comfortable. That is due to its soft suspension setup, which absorbs all the bumps on the road. As a consequence of the great ride quality, the handling leaves a bit to be desired. The car wallows under hard cornering and at high speeds, giving the driver an impression of being unstable. The wheels are extremely thin and offer minimal grip, as they were built to provide low rolling resistance and increase fuel efficiency.

Braking

While the Prius may be a slow performer on the roads in terms of performance, it fares better in the braking department. The 121ft stopping distance from 60MPH to a standstill is a segment standard distance. In terms of tech, the Prius does come with regenerative braking that not only aids in the braking of the prius but makes it more efficient by reducing the wastage of energy lost while braking on a conventional setup.

Model

Toyota Prius L

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

Honda Insight LX

Brake Front(inches)

10.0

11.0

11.1

Brake Rear(inches)

10.2

10.3

10.2

Curb Weight(lbs)

3075

2996

2987

60-0 MPH (ft.)

121

124

121

2019 Toyota Prius hybrid Fuel Economy

One of the main areas of focus for manufacturers while building a Hybrid Car is to make it deliver high MPG figures. The Prius manages to achieve this feat well as it manages to deliver a combined MPG figure of 52. On the highway, the Prius can do 54MPG and ensure that there are fewer fuel stops on the road to your destination.

Model

Toyota Prius L

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

Honda Insight LX

MPG (City)

50

57

55

MPG (Highway)

54

59

49

MPG (Combined)

52

58

52

Compared to its rivals, the Prius falls slightly behind it's adversaries. The Ioniq leads the pack as far as mileage figures go. The Insight falls marginally short of the Ioniq's figures but manages to deliver more than the Prius.

2019 Toyota Prius hybrid Interior

8.5/10

Consider that a larger-than-average chunk of the Prius's cost is directed to make possible its advanced powertrain, and the amount of plastic in the interior starts to make sense even as it left us wanting for better trimmings- Caranddriver.com

Styling and comfort

The Prius seats 4 passengers in comfort, and squeezing in 5 wouldn't be too far of a stretch. There is ample headroom, shoulder room and legroom at both the front and rear seats. The competition is just a few inches ahead though, with the Prius losing out on shoulder room to every contender in the segment. The legroom for the rear passengers is also disappointing.

Stepping into the car will reveal where most of the money went. Hint: It's not the interiors. One of the drawbacks of being a hybrid is the cost of its advanced drivetrain. Thus, the manufacturer has to compromise in other areas to bring the costs down, and it shows. The dash is plastic-y and a little cheap, though the seats are sturdy and comfy. The car does not offer a few essentials, such as lumbar and thigh support and rear AC vents.

Model

Toyota Prius L

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

Honda Insight LX

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (Inch)

39.4/55.0/42.3

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.3/56.9/42.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (Inch)

37.4/53.0/33.4

37.4/55/35.7

36.9/55.0/37.4

Infotainment System

  • 4.2" MID with customizable screens
  • 2 Rear USB 2.1 ports
  • JBL Premium Audio System
  • 12.1" Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • AM/FM/HD Radio with Bluetooth
  • Advanced Voice Recognition
  • Siri Eyes Free, SiriusXM Radio with 3 Months subscription
  • Traffic and Doppler Weather overlay

Interior features

  • Auto-Dimming RVM with Homelink
  • 1 12V front outlet and Qi compatible wireless charging pad
  • Rear Dome and Cargo light
  • Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Multi-Function Steering with Tilt/Telescopic adjust
  • 6-way adjustable driver's seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seats with Armrests
  • Smart Key System with Push Button Start

Cargo Capacity

All Toyota's in the world have been famed for their durability, reliability and practicality and the 2019 Prius is no different either. The Prius offers a massive 24.6 cu.ft. Of cargo space and can accommodate even more with its split folding 60/40 rear seats.

Model

Toyota Prius L

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

Honda Insight LX

Volume (cubic feet)

24.6

26.5

15.1

2019 Toyota Prius hybrid Exterior

Not much on the road looks like a 2019 Toyota Prius. Whether that's a good thing is debatable, but we're still not sold on the hybrid's snout"one too many lines, perhaps- Thecarconnection.com

Dimension and Design

Looking at the way the 2019 Prius looks, it's clearly evident styling wasn't the 1st priority of the designers at Toyota. The Prius' strong point doesn't lie in its styling and it's sure not going to win any beauty contests. In terms of the dimensions, the Prius is at par with its nearest rival, the Ioniq. We do like the overall design of the prius and appreciate the 5.1" of ground clearance as standard.

Model

Toyota Prius L

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

Honda Insight LX

Curb weight(lbs)

3075

2996

2987

Length(inch)

178.7

176.0

183.6

Width(inch)

69.3

71.7

71.6

Height(inch)

58.1

56.9

55.5

Ground clearance(inch)

5.1

5.3

N/A

Wheelbase(inch)

106.3

106.3

106.3

Exterior features

  • Bi-LED projector low- and high-beam headlights with auto on/off feature
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights
  • LED Taillights and Stop lights
  • Heated power outside mirrors with folding feature
  • 17" 5 Spoke Alloys
  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear window wiper

2019 Toyota Prius hybrid Safety

Safety feature should be one of the biggest buying factors while considering a car, and Toyota Prius impresses with good ratings all around. There isn't a Euro NCAP rating for the car yet, but the ratings by NHTSA and IIHS offer plenty of information regarding this particular field.

Safety features

  • Toyota offers a plethora of safety features on the Prius as standards, such
  • Star Safety System"includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC)
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist
  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) includes lower anchors on outboard rear seats and tether anchors on all rear seats
  • Vehicle Proximity Notification System (VPNS)
  • Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) with Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA)
  • Color Head-Up Display (HUD) with speedometer, navigation and Hybrid System Indicator
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Engine immobilizer

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2019 Toyota Prius hybrid Competition

Toyota Prius vs. Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq is the newest entrant in the hybrid hatchback space and does come with it's unique set of advantages. The Ioniq beats the Prius hands down when it comes to the tech on offer and in the looks department as well. The Hyundai is the sportier of the 2 to drive on the roads as well and the more composed of the duo on the highways as well. The Toyota takes the lead in terms of the build quality, MPG figures and the resale value.

Toyota Prius vs. Honda Insight

The Honda Insight was Honda's answer to the Popular Prius and boy has it been close since then. The Insight feels a tad premium than the Prius and is packed with a higher set of features on the inside as well. The Insight has the better motor of the 2 as well as it it's more efficient and a better performer than the Toyota's unit. In terms of the looks, there isn't much differentiating the duo much but in terms of pricing, the Honda takes the lead and hence is the clear winner of the two.

2019 Toyota Prius hybrid Final Verdict

The 2019 Toyota Prius remains an amazing little vehicle that takes care of business without much whine and dramatization. While we would have wanted more oomph from the Prius, prospective buyers won't necessarily look for the same in a vehicle of this kind. The Prius does well in ferrying people from Point A to Point or daily errands, without burning a hole in your pocket in terms of the Gas mileage and comparatively lower emissions. With the addition of the AWD system, the Prius now presents itself as a more confident handling package and a more practical one as well. So, if you are planning on buying a tried and trusted Hybrid that gives complete peace of mind and reliability, look no further than the 2019 Prius.