2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback

MSRP $30,000 - $34,000

Ranked #8 in Compact Hatchback

7.7

Overall Rating

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2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota Prius Prime is the only Prius that comes in a plug-in hybrid version. The plug-in hybrid technology has been used by auto manufacturers to overcome the performance problems in high-end performance-oriented vehicles and while this technology can also be used to increase the range of the vehicle and making it even more efficient than the regular CI engine ones. Toyota uses this tech to improve the mileage of the vehicles and make them more suitable for family hauling.

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Pros

Affordable pricing

Ample amount of standard features

Well put together cabin

Fuel-efficient powertrain

Cons

Minimalist cabin design

Can’t handle rough roads very well

Laggy performance

What's New?

Addition of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0

Some minor updates


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30000

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

121 hp @ 5200 rpm

transmission

1 speed CVT

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

10/10.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

182.9 in.

width

69.3 in.

height

57.9 in.

curb weight

3375 lbs.

ground clearance

4.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

91.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

19.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

840 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

11 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

19.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

48/46/43 mpg

highway range

48.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

XLE$30,000 onwards

Limited$34,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback in Blue Magnetism color
Blue Magnetism

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

6.7

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.1

Exterior

6.2

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.6

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


This small car from Toyota comes in three trim levels and all three trims are powered by a 1.8-liter I-4 gas/electric motor powertrain which might feel laggy and struggle to keep up on the highways but do its job without any complaint and efficiently. Toyota offers Prius Prime PHEV only with an FWD drivetrain system that’s one of the biggest downsides of having this vehicle as it will struggle to keep up in the cold environments. The 2021 Prius Prime PHEV competes directly with the Kia Niro PHEV, Hyundai Ioniq PHEV, and Honda Insight Hybrid.


6.7/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.1/10
Interior

6.2/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.6/10
Competition


2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Features

The 2021 Toyota Prius Prime is powered by a plug-in hybrid technology and Toyota manufactures Prius Prime in three different trim levels namely: LE, XLE, and Limited. The base trim LE has the most affordable price tag of $29,245 and it’s loaded with all the necessary features like auto LED headlights, auto climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen display, while some advanced features like forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist make this vehicle a completely safe car.

Trims

LE

XLE

Limited

MSRP

$29,245

$31,025

$35,025

Key Features

15-inch Aluminum alloy wheels with two-tone wheel covers

11.6-inch Touchscreen display with split-screen display

10-Speaker JBL premium audio system

 

All season tires

Premium audio with navigation

HD radio predictive traffic & doppler weather overlay

 

Fixed rear window with defroster

Doppler weather overlay

Heated steering wheel

 

Variable intermittent wipers

8-Way power-adjustable driver seat

Blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert

 

Auto LED headlights

Distance pacing with traffic stop-go

Intelligent clearance sonar with intelligent parking assist

 

LED brake lights

SofTex leather upholstery

Driver & passenger door bins

 

A 7-inch touchscreen display

Pre-collision system

Front row one-touch up/down windows

 

6-Speaker audio system with CD player

   
 

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

   
 

Amazon Alexa compatibility

   
 

USB media port & 2 USB charging ports

   
 

Hands-free phone compatibility, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, and wi-fi connect

   
 

Heated front bucket seats

   
 

6-Way Driver & 4-way front passenger seats

   
 

60-40 Split-folding rear seats

   
 

Manual tilt & telescopic steering wheel

   
 

SofTex leatherette steering wheel

   
 

Front & rear cupholders

   
 

Proximity key for doors & push-button start

   
 

Remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter

   
 

Illuminated entry, illuminated ignition switch & panic button

   
 

Remote release fuel cap

   
 

Steering mounted cruise controls

   
 

Fabric upholstery

   
 

Day-night IRVM, air filtration, outside temp gauge & engine immobilizer

   
 

Lane departure alert

   
 

Steering assist lane-keeping assist

   
 

Driver monitoring system

   
 

Front collision warning

   
 

Tire pressure monitoring system

   
 

Airbag occupancy sensor

   
 

Rearview camera

   

Which trim should you buy?

We recommend going with the base LE trim as its price tag of $29,245 is totally justified with all the features and advanced safety technology that it comes with, these features are more than enough for anyone and besides that, no one is going to use that much features on the regular basis. Some important features on base trim are heated front seats, power windows, a 7-inch touchscreen display, 15-inch aluminum alloys, and advanced safety features like lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation, tire pressure monitoring system, and much more. Some things that might bother about the base trim are its manual-adjustable fabric seats, manual-adjustable steering wheel, and manual day-night IRVM.

2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Engine and Performance

6.7/10

All three trims of the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hybrid are powered by a single powertrain, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine paired with a plug-in hybrid system for a more linear and smooth driving experience. This hybrid powertrain of Toyota generates around 121 hp of maximum power at 5200 rpm and a 105 lb-ft of peak torque at 3600 rpm. Both gasoline engine and electric motor drive work in harmony, the electric motor helps to gain Prius Prime with the initial torque input.

As standard Tpyya packs an ECVT gearbox with the powertrain to maintain the smooth experience and hassle-free life from gear shifts. The ECVT receives the power from the engine and further sends it to the front wheels of the vehicle with the aid of FWD system, Toyota should have offered the optional AWD system with the Prius Prime, but even with the FWD setup this hatchback shows decent performance, it can touch a 60mph mark from standstill position within 9.8 seconds while can a 112 mph of top speed.

Models

2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV

2021 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

2021 Kia Niro PHEV

2021 Honda Insight hybrid

MSRP

$29,245

$26,700

$29,590

$23,130

Engine

1.8-L, I-4 gas/electric powertrain

1.6-L, I-4 gas/electric powertrain

1.6-L, I-4 gas/electric powertrain 

1.5-L, I-4 gas/electric powertrain

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

ECVT

6-Speed DCT

6-Speed DCT

CVT

Power

121 hp @ 5200 rpm

139 hp @ 5700 rpm

139 hp @ 5700 rpm 

151 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque

105 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

125 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

195 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm

189 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

0 to 60 mph (sec)

9.8

8.9

9.0

7.7

Quarter-Mile (sec)

17.7

16.8

17.0

16.2

Top Speed (mph)

112

110

125

125

The 2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV may have the highest capacity engine but it generates the least power of 121 horses in the competition, while on the other hand Honda Insight which costs way less than Prius has 151 hp powertrain which certainly makes it better than others in 0 to 60 mph acceleration. Hyundai Ioniq PHEV and Kia Niro PHEV both share the same powertrain with even power and torque but still, Hyundai beats Niro by a slight difference while Niro can maintain a top speed of 125 mph.

How does the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV handle?

Toyota has manufactured this vehicle while considering the daily needs of a regular person and a regular person has basic needs which doesn’t require a beefy engine with a super responsive powertrain and that’s what Prius Prime PHEV feels like. The power of this vehicle is adequate for city driving but you will definitely struggle to gain speed on highways but it performs just like a family car.

The Prius Prime PHEV isn’t a sports car, this is designed for family hauling and that’s why the suspension setup has been set to a softer side while seating comfort is great and the cabin remains silent even on the high speeds. The ultimate selling point of this vehicle is its over-the-top fuel economy and it certainly stands up in that aspect, the regenerative barking further improves the economy in the cities.

2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV Braking Performance

The power/ performance and the braking performance of a vehicle are directly proportional to each other, so with respect to the performance of Toyota Prius Prime PHEV has decent-sized 10-inch rotors at the front and 10.2-inch rotors behind rear wheels. These rotors have been supported by the features like 4-wheel ABS, front vented discs, brake assist and hill hold control, while all these features ensure the improvement in braking performance whereas the regenerative technology charges the battery with every push of the brake paddle.

Models

2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV

2021 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

2021 Kia Niro PHEV

2021 Honda Insight hybrid

Front Rotors (in)

10

11

11

11.1

Rear Rotors (in)

10.2

11.2

11.2

10.2

60 to 0 mph (ft)

131

126

138

NA

Curb Weight (lbs)

3375

3318

NA

2987

The Kia Niro here comes with an SUV body-style and keeping the weight of a compact SUV in mind it gets neither big nor small rotors and even with these, it can stop itself within 138 feet of distance. Hyundai Ioniq PHEV has a small body and on top of that, the big rotors make it stop at 126 feet granting it the best braking performance in the competition, Toyota Prius Prime on the other hand lands in between Hyundai and Kia in terms of braking performance. 

2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Hybrid technology can be used in both conditions, it can be used in high-performance vehicles to help them boost their initial performance while it can also be used in family vehicles to boost their fuel economy and that is what Toyota has done with the Prius Prime, this is a car to accomplish daily goals and to spend a quality time with family while not getting too heavy on the pocket. The 2021 Prius Prime Hybrid claims around 55 mpg in city driving, 53 mpg while cruising on straight highways, and 54 mpg in the combined conditions. This vehicle can also be driven on a pure electric drive with a range of 25 mpg.

Models

2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV

2021 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

2021 Kia Niro PHEV

2021 Honda Insight hybrid

MPG (City)

55

NA

48

55

MPG (Highway)

53

NA

44

49

MPG (Combined)

54

52

46

52

Fuel Tank (gal)

11.4

11.4

11.4

10.6

All-electric range

25

29

26

NA

Range (City/ Hwy/ Combined) (miles)

627 / 608 / 615

NA / NA / 592

547 / 501 / 524

583 / 519 / 551

The smaller body style and the least powerful engine work in the favor of the Toyota Prius Prime PHEV and make this vehicle with the best fuel efficiency in the competition with 54 mpg of economy number in the combined condition. Honda Insight and Hyundai Ioniq both come somewhat close to Prius Prime with 52 mpg economy, while Kia Niro sits at the bottom of the list with 46 mpg economy. While Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia all three feature the same 11.4 gallons of a fuel tank, Honda on the other hand have 10.6 gallons of a tank which reduces its overall range.

2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Interior

7.1/10

As stated above the base trim is fully equipped with all the necessary features that one would need or use on a daily basis. The base trim LE does get fabric upholstery but it at least comes with heated technology and bucket design that really hugs you on high-speed turns. The leather-wrapped steering wheel does feel good in the hand but Toyota doesn’t offer the power-adjustability feature even on the upper trim levels. For a more up-class feel which includes a bigger infotainment screen and leather upholstery, one can surely consider upper trims.

At this price point a person generally find a decent ride quality with sufficient space and comfort inside the cabin, the Toyota would not disappoint you in that aspect, the cabin remains silent and does offer a comfortable ride but rear passengers might feel the rear row seats lacking in space and comfort and it might not be suitable for tall passengers to have a long trip in this vehicle.

Models

2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV

2021 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

2021 Kia Niro PHEV

2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.4 / 54.2 / 43.2

39.1 / 56.1 / 42.2

40.1 / 56 / 41.7

39.3 / 56.9 / 42.3

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

37.2 / 53 / 33.4

37.4 / 55 / 35.7

39.1 / 55.2 / 37.4

36.9 / 55 / 37.4

Cargo Volume (cu-ft)

19.8

23

19.4

15.1

Every vehicle has a decent amount of space for passengers but still Honda Insight Hybrid has the most balanced out front row seats after that comes the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV while the other two have a decent amount of space. On the rear row, Kia Niro PHEV becomes the clear winner with the most spaced-out dimensions while Toyota Prius Prime features the least space in the rear row because of its smaller body style but it has an adequate 19.8 cu-ft of cargo volume. Some main highlights of the features inside the cabin of the Toyota Prius Prime PHEV have been mentioned below:

  • Heated front bucket seats
  • 6-Way Driver & 4-way front passenger seats
  • 60-40 Split-folding rear seats
  • SofTex leatherette steering wheel
  • Push-button start
  • Illuminated entry, illuminated ignition switch & panic button
  • Steering mounted cruise controls
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Day-night IRVM, air filtration, outside temp gauge & engine immobilizer

How intuitive is the infotainment system?

The plug-in hybrid technology still costs more than the regular CI engine vehicle, the base trim of the Toyota Prius Prime is priced around $28,245, and with that price, it receives a better infotainment system. The system includes a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 6-speaker audio system with an MP3 player, speed-compensated volume control, SiriusXM radio, and a wifi connection. The upper trim excels the base trim with an 11.6-inch touchscreen display and 10-speaker premium JBL audio system. Some highlights of the infotainment system of Prius prime PHEV are:

  • 7-inch Touchscreen display
  • 6-Speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity
  • MP3 player, CD player, Bluetooth wireless technology & Connected services
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Amazon Alexa Compatibility
  • Speed compensated volume control
  • Steering mounted audio controls
  • 11.6-inch touchscreen display (on upper trims)
  • 10-Speaker JBL premium audio system (on Limited trim)

2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Exterior

6.2/10

The exterior design of the Toyota Prius Prime PHEV is quite good with respect to what its rivals get, the front end has a sharp look and sleek LED headlights pretty much do all the job of attracting the buyers, but the front end would feel somewhat squished and pushed down while the rear end has a big bulky look. The front end also gets a black piano strip with Toyota badging on it and some LED DRLs near the fog lamp housings.

The profile has a PHEV badge just ahead of the front door panel and dual-tone outside mirrors with black surrounds around the door panel windows, other than that there’s nothing much happening on the side profile of this vehicle. The rear end comes with a typical Toyota design and doesn’t look much different from the front design while it does feel a bit bulky and heavy when looked at from behind.

Models

2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV

2021 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

2021 Kia Niro PHEV

2021 Honda Insight hybrid

Curb Weight (lbs)

3375

3318

NA

2987

Length (in)

182.9

176

171.5

183.6

Width (in)

69.3

71.7

71.1

71.6

Height (in)

57.9

56.9

60.4

55.6

Ground Clearance (in)

NA

5.3

6.3

NA

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

The Honda Insight is the lightest one in the house with a curb weight of 2987 pounds whereas Toyota weighs around 3375 pounds. Both Honda Insight and Toyota Prius Prime have a long body which is approximately 12 & 7 inches longer than Kia and Hyundai respectively. A long body somewhat restricts movement in a crowded area but the most interesting fact is that all four competitors on the list have an evenly sized wheelbase of 106.3 inches. Some highlights of the features on the exterior of the Prius Prime PHEV are:

  • 15-inch Aluminum alloy wheels with two-tone wheel covers
  • All season tires
  • Fixed rear window with defroster
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Auto LED headlights
  • LED brake lights
  • Proximity key for doors

2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Safety

9.0/10

In terms of the safety of the occupants, the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV comes with the 5-star safety rating in the overall crash test done by the NHTSA and the overall “Good” ratings given by the IIHS. Prius Prime could have scored these ratings without all the features that Toyota has integrated with it, these features include lane departure warning, driver monitoring system, tire pressure monitoring system, lane-keeping assist, blindspot monitoring system, and much more. Some important safety features of the Prius Prime are:

  • Steering mounted cruise control
  • Electronic stability control
  • ABS with driveline traction control
  • Side impact beams
  • Dual-stage front row seat-mounted side airbags
  • Pre-collision system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Front collision mitigation
  • Driver monitoring system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Dual-stage front row front airbags
  • 1st & 2nd-row curtain airbags
  • Airbag occupancy sensor
  • Rearview camera

2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Competition

8.6/10

2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV vs 2021 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

The Hyundai Ioniq PHEV and Toyota Prius Prime PHEV belong to the same segment but ioniq PHEV has a more powerful powertrain and better performance not only on paper but also in the real world, on the other hand Toyota will save you more money with its better fuel economy. Now its completely depends on the buyer what they will choose a slightly better performing vehicle or a better fuel economy travelling.

2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV Vs 2021 Kia Niro PHEV

The body style of the Kia Niro PHEV does give it an upper SUV advantage and a somewhat bigger cabin than the Toyota Prius Prime Hybrid. Although the exterior styling for Kia Niro PHEV is not that impressive, it looks sort of cute and doesn’t stand out in the ocean of different vehicles, in front of Niro the Prius Prime feels like a vehicle that one would buy for his/her personal use.

2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV  Vs 2021 Honda Insight Hybrid 

The Honda Insight hybrid definitely overpowers every vehicle with its 151 hp powertrain that comes near its price range, that much power with a light 2987 pounds body it can shoot itself from 0 to 60 mph within just 7.7 seconds which is an impressive digit for a budget friendly vehicle. Most important thing in a vehicle is its design and how it looks, in that aspect too, Honda Insight beats Toyota Prius Prime with its classy exterior styling and Insight does all these things with a fuel economy of 52 mpg in combined driving that’s just 2 mpg lower than the Prius Prime.

2021 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Final Verdict

The Toyota Prius Prime PHEV is a vehicle for a calm and composed person who want a vehicle to accomplish his/her daily tasks and fulfill the need of daily transportation, then this car makes perfect sense and the high fuel efficiency makes it even better than others as one can travel from one place to another smartly and efficiently. Even the base trim of Prius Prime is packed with all the features for daily use and some advanced technology that takes care of the safety of the occupants. All these things explain why it’s a perfect choice for family, relaxed driving, and money-saving.

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