2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback

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2019 MODEL
$27,350 - $33,350

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2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 5, 2019


Touted by its marquee as their most advanced Hybrid ever, the Toyota Prius Prime is back for 2019 to take on its rapidly increasing competition. The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime, still rides on its terrific MPG proposition and Toyota expertise in making Hybrid Vehicles. It has changed a lot since its debut and follows a futuristic design that takes inspiration from its other siblings like the Mirai.

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Pros

Impressive fuel economy

Comfortable and spacious seats

Competitive pricing

Cons

Sluggish Performance

Low on Cargo space

Inferior Infotainment system

What's New?

Unchanged for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27350

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

121 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

182.9 in.

width

69.3 in.

height

57.9 in.

curb weight

3365 lbs.

ground clearance

4.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

91.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

19.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

14 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

55/54/53 mpg

ev range

627 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

604.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. / Unlimited



Styles

 2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback in blizzard pearl color  2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback in Blue Magnetism color  2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback in Classic Silver Metallic color  2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback in Hypersonic Red color  2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback in Titanium Glow color
blizzard pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Interior

7.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Plus

Plus

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

$27,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Plus 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $27,350 MSRP (55/54/53) 96 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Premium

Premium

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

$29,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $29,050 MSRP (55/54/53) 96 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 4

 2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Advanced

Advanced

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

$33,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Advanced 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $33,350 MSRP (55/54/53) 96 hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.0

Overall Rating


Available in a total of 3 trims- Plus, Premium, Advanced, the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV hatchback comes powered by the same 1.8L Motor that has been discharging duties since 2018. With a maximum seating capacity of 4 people, Prius Prime offers a slightly updated Infotainment system as compared to the previous year model. In terms of USPs, the Prius Prime still continues to offer 25 Miles of Pure Electric range.

Prices for the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime, starts from $27,350 for the base Plus trim and goes over $33,000 for the top of the line Advanced Trim. The Primary rivals up against the Toyota includes the Hyundai Sonata PHEV, Kia Optima PHEV and the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

2019 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid Front Three-quarter View
2019 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid Front Three-quarter View
2019 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid Rear Three-quarter View
2019 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid Rear Three-quarter View

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Features

 
 
 

7.0/10
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2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Features

7.0/10

A 2019 Toyota Prius Prime, comes in a total of 3 Trims namely Plus, Premium and Advanced. All trims comes loaded with a good set of standard safety features and have differences in the form of the upholstery and some other creature comforts.

Trim

Plus

Premium

Advanced

MSRP

$27,350

$29,050

$33,350

Key Features

Quad LED Projector Headlights

Adds/Upgrades to Plus

Adds/Upgrades to Premium

 

4.2" MID with Digital instrumentation

SofTex Leather trimmed Heated Front Seats

Rain Sensing Variable Intermittent Wipers

 

15" 5 Spoke Alloys

Smart Charging Cable Lock

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Tilt/Telescopic Adjust Steering

Qi compatible wireless cahrging pad

JBL Audio System

 

Toyota Safety Sense Package

Smart Key System on 3 doors

Color HUD with Speedometer, Navigation

 

Entune App Suite

Intelligent Parking Assist

 

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The base variant of the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime offers a decent set of creature comforts and features to keep you hooked inside and entertained while on the go. However, at just $2,000 more, you do get a more luxury laden cabin and is an upgrade for those who prefer the same.

2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Engine and Performance

The Toyota Prius Prime places a high priority on efficiency over dynamic capabilities-Edmunds.com

The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV carries forward unchanged from 2018. That means that the Engine continues to be the same 1.8L 4 Cylinder Motor that shells out 121hp and 105lbs.-ft. Of torque. Toyota say that the power figures have been kept in a way to focus more on squeezing the most range out of the engine rather than the performance. What stands apart is the pure electric motor's range of 25 miles, which is rarity for sedans/hatches of this segment. Transmission duties are handled by a CVT transmission that has a pronounced rubberband effect on the cities and a less pronounced feel at higher RPM's.

Models

Toyota Prius Prime Plus

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Kia Optima PHEV EX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

MSRP

$27,350

$34,320

$36,315

$29,095

Engine

1.8L 4-Cylinder DOHC

2.0L inline 4 DOHC

2.0L Inline 4 DOHC

1.5L Direct Injection (DI) DOHC 4-cylinder

Transmission

CVT Automatic

6 Speed Auto

6 Speed Auto

1 Speed Direct Drive

Power(hp)

121

202

202

160

Torque(lbs.-ft.)

105

N/A

N/A

184

Speaking of the Prius' expensive rivals, the Korean siblings, Hyundai and Kia are the most powerful of all and are next followed by the Chevy Volt. The Chevy is the only car here that comes with a single-speed transmission.

Acceleration

With the focus on achieving higher efficiency, Toyota has compromised with good performance from the Prius Prime and the figures reflect the same. As a result, the 10.2 second time for the 0-60 run and 17.7 second time for the quarter-mile ranks as one of the slowest in the segment.

Models

Toyota Prius Prime Plus

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE

Kia Optima Hybrid EX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

0-60 MPH

10.2 sec

7.9

7.6

8.5

Quarter mile

17.7 sec

15.9

15.6

15.8

Engine

1.8L 4-Cylinder

2.0L Inline 4

2.0L Inline 4

1.5L Inline 4

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

N/A

4.2

4.3

N/A

All the rivals of the Toyota present sub 10 second times for doing the 0-60 runs and offer similar timings in the quarter-mile runs as well.

Ride and Handling

Handling has always been a pleasing aspect of the Toyota Prius Prime, to which the latest iteration is no exception. Since all three trims work on the same level of powertrain and battery, the handling and steering experience is same on all of them. Toyota has ensured that the ride quality is more tuned to the softer side, meaning sailing over speed humps and bad roads becomes a breeze and a lesser amount of discomfort for your back. The Softer suspension setup also means that the vehicle dynamics feel compromised than other cars in the segment and isn't as fun to drive as some of the Toyota's other adversaries.

Braking

The braking capability of the latest iteration of Toyota Prius Prime is yet another area requiring work, but not completely. Even though supporting a curb weight of 3365 lbs., it comes to a halt from 60 MPH to 0 MPH at a distance of 125 feet.

Model

Toyota Prius Prime Plus

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE

Kia Optima Hybrid EX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Brake Front(in)

10.0

12

12

11.8

Brake Rear(in)

10.2

11.2

11.2

11.3

Curb weight(lbs)

3365

3497

3486

3366

60-0 MPH

125

119

119

113

Speaking of rivals, the Chevrolet Malibu stands out as the best performer in the braking department with it's 113ft stopping distance from 60MPH. The Korean duo of the Kia and Hyundai have the same stopping distances and fall slightly short of the Chevrolet.

2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Fuel Economy

With a combined figure of 54MPG, the Toyota Prius Prime decimates its rivals in the Fuel Economy section. The trade-off in terms of power has yielded good results for the Toyota in terms of MPG figures. What's even impressive is the 25 Miles all electric range on offer that can't be matched by any car in this segment.

Model

Toyota Prius Prime Plus

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE

Kia Optima Hybrid EX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

MPG (city)

53

40

39

43

MPG (highway)

55

46

45

49

MPG (combined)

54

42

41

46

2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Interior

7.0/10

The rear seats are similar to the fronts but with broader seatbacks. They're also properly comfortable- Edmunds.com

Seating and Comfort

2019 Toyota Prius Prime is comfortable, no doubt about that. However, it can accommodate only 4 passengers, which is lowest in the competition. Sonata Hybrid, Malibu and Kia Optima, all of them offer a passenger capacity of 5. In the front the headroom is average, shoulder room is decent and legroom is the best among all the parameters compared together.

Model

Toyota Prius Prime Plus

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE

Kia Optima Hybrid EX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/54.2/43.2

40.4/57.9/45.5

39.8/58.1/45.5

39.1/58.5/41.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.2/53.0/33.4

38.0/56.5/35.6

37.8/56.4/35.6

37.5/57.1/38.1

At the back seat, the latest iteration of Prius Prime flaunts to have 37.2 inches, 53 inches and 33.4 inches of headroom, shoulder room and legroom, respectively. None of them is impressive, yet acceptable at its best.

Cargo Capacity

With 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space on offer, the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime ranks as one of the best cars in terms of the cargo capacities among all hybrids. The Prius prime, also gives the added advantage of flat folding its rear seats in the 60/40 configuration, enabling access to even higher space for cargo.

Model

Toyota Prius Prime Plus

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE

Kia Optima Hybrid EX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Volume (cu.ft.)

19.8

9.9

9.9

13

Infotainment System

  • 4.2" MID System
  • Heads Up Display with navigation
  • Integrated Backup camera
  • JBL Audio System
  • SiriusXM/HD/FM Radio with Bluetooth
  • 11.6" Touchscreen Infotainment System with Entune App Suite
  • Qi Wireless charging pad

Interior Features

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Tilt/Telescopic adjust heated steering wheel with controls for audio, cruise control
  • Softex leather-trimmed seats
  • Push-button start
  • Auto Up/Down power windows
  • Auto-Dimming RVM with Homelink
  • 1 Front, 1 Rear 12V Charging sockets

 

2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Exterior

Not much on the road looks like a 2019 Toyota Prius- TheCarConnection.com

Dimension and Weight

In terms of dimensions, the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime comes in short when compared to its other rivals. Its comparable in height to all the cars compared here but is smaller than them in terms of width. The Toyota offers a lower ground clearance than its adversaries as well and its short wheelbase helps it driving dynamics. The Prius Prime has a lower weight compared to all its adversaries as well and is closely matched by the Chevy Malibu here.

Model

Toyota Prius Prime Plus

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE

Kia Optima Hybrid EX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

curb weight(lbs)

3365

3497

3486

3366

Length(in)

182.9

191.1

191.1

194.2

Width(in)

69.3

73.4

73.2

73.0

Height(in)

57.9

57.9

57.5

57.9

Ground clearance(in)

4.8

5.1

5.1

N/A

Wheelbase(in)

106.3

110.4

110.4

111.4

Exterior Features

  • Quad LED Projector Headlights with Auto On/Off
  • LED Foglights and DRL's
  • LED Taillights and Stop Lights
  • Heated Power folding ORVM's
  • 15" Alloy Wheels
  • Rain Sensing, Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Rear Hatch
  • Smart Charging Cable Lock

2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Safety

Ranging from rear child safety locks and ESC to Low Tire Pressure Warning, 2019 Toyota Prius Prime considers safety seriously. Dual Stage Driver, and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags are coupled with Airbag Occupancy Sensor to save passengers from extreme situations.

Driver and passenger knee airbag and rear side-impact airbag are also available in the undesired impact scenarios. Head restraints & seats and roof strength are good, and so are small overlap front driver side. While headlights are acceptable and LATCH is good, front crash prevention feat is superior.

Safety Features

  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control , Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology
  • Driver and front passenger front seat-mounted side airbags, passenger seat cushion airbag, driver's knee airbag, and front and rear curtain shield airbags
  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • Toyota Safety Sense
  • LATCH tethers
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Vehicle Proximity Notification System
  • Intelligent Parking Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert with Blind Spot Monitor

2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Competition

2019 Toyota Prius Prime vs. Chevrolet Malibu

In terms of performance, there is no comparison between the Malibu and the Prius Prime. The Malibu has better legs in terms of performance against the Toyota. In terms of equipment as well, the Malibu offers a better experience overall. Space is also where the Malibu enjoys a slender lead as well. However, talking of reliability and hybrid tech and you will find the Toyota, to better suit these parameters. Overall, if you are a tech savvy guy, the Chevy is the better choice for you but for everything else, it's the Toyota that marches ahead.

2019 Toyota Prius Prime vs. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid/Kia Optima Hybrid

One of the biggest rivals to Toyota globally in terms of Hybrid and Eco-Friendly tech has been Hyundai/Kia for a long time now. The Sonata/Optima Hybrid is a clear example of the Korean makers' expertise over the same. The Hyundai/Kia offers terrific value in terms of power, performance, equipment and space. It looks better than the Toyota and feels the sportier of the duo as well. However, taking into consideration, the price difference of nearly 6 grand and the MPG figures and you will find the Toyota beating the Hyundai/Kia hands down. The Toyota feels better built than the Hyundai and with years of expertise in EV Tech, feels more reliable than the duo as well.

2019 Toyota Prius Prime Hatchback Final Verdict

Toyota has been the pioneer in making Hybrid vehicles since they debuted their Prius. Over the years, they have perfected this tech and are passing on this expertise to Vehicles like the 2019 Prius Prime. The Prius Prime offers unmatched MPG figures, Japanese Reliability and a super comfortable ride quality. Compared to its adversaries as well, the Toyota is cheaper by around $5,000 to its nearest rival and is easier to maintain as well. Overall, if you don't want the hassle of topping up your gas tank frequently and want to contribute to a Zero Emission future, the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime can be one of your best rides to achieve those with.