2020 Toyota Prius in Warwick
More than any other vehicle of the last 25 years, the Prius has made itself a household name. Not only is it the best-selling hybrid model of all time, it’s also the car that nearly everyone thinks of when they hear the word “hybrid.” The biggest news, though, is that all-wheel drive is available for the very first time on a Prius. That should make this already-popular hybrid an even bigger seller in the Northeast.
Although its appearance has evolved over the years, the new Prius retains its distinctive body shape and overall look. But people don’t buy it for its appearance; they buy it for its excellent fuel efficiency and the good feeling they get from driving a vehicle that limits their carbon footprint. Most trims of the 2020 Prius are expected to get an EPA-rated 54 mpg around town and 50 mpg on the highway, but the base L Eco trim is slated to get 58 city/53 highway. AWD models are rated for 52 city/48 highway.
Trims and Standard Equipment
The powerplant in the ’20 Prius is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine working with an electric motor to produce 121 horsepower at 90 kW. There are four trims, the L Eco, LE, XLE, and Limited. Front-wheel drive comes standard and is the only drivetrain available on the base and Limited. The LE and XLE are the only trims eligible for the available AWD system, which is designed to operate best in cold weather.
Standard equipment on the L Eco includes a continuously variable transmission, heated power-folding exterior mirrors, Smart Key entry with push-to-start, LED daytime running lights, and a 60/40 split/fold back seat. The LE receives a couple of additional useful features: a rear windshield wiper and cargo area cover. The XLE brings upgrades in the form of simulated-leather upholstery and steering wheel wrapping, heated front seats, remote entry with illumination, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. There are optional packages for those who want even more amenities: the Advanced Technology Package adds adaptive auto-leveling headlights, and the Premium Convenience Package adds a power-sliding sunroof. The Limited gets the Advanced Technology Package as standard equipment, but the Premium Convenience Package must be added for an extra cost.
Safety & Technology
Toyota ensures that all of its vehicles are as safe as possible for their occupants, and the 2020 Prius is no exception. It’s expected to get the same stellar crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Standard on all trims is the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 bundle of state-of-the-art active safety technologies (full-speed adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, lane departure warning with steering assist, and pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection). All trims above the base also receive a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and intelligent clearance sonar with park assist.
Every 2020 Prius gets an infotainment system with a touchscreen (the screen is 7 inches diagonal on the lower trims and 11.6 inches on the Limited trim), plus Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth capability, and USB ports. The XLE trim also gets a wireless charging unit for devices. The premium upgrades on the top trim, the Limited, range from integrated navigation to an excellent JBL audio system with ten speakers.