Opinions have always seemed split when it comes to the Toyota Prius. Now, and since its debut way back in 1997. However easy a target for criticism, it’s served as an important model in the development of low-carbon, high-efficiency vehicles. Over two decades later the Prius continues to divide consumers with its less-than conventional styling. However, in its primary objective to be an environmentally-friendly mode of transportation, it’s never been better.
The 2020 Toyota Prius uses a Hybrid Synergy Drive system paired to a small-displacement 4-cylinder engine. This combination is good for 52 mpg combined. 54 about town, which is where the hybrid mixture really shines. Driving modes include EV, Eco and the all important Power. Critical when trying to scoot around slower traffic or merge at highway speeds.
New for 2020 is a larger 7” display with Apple and Android Auto on all trims. Stepping up to the Limited model will enlarge the touchscreen even further, to a whopping 11.6.” Graphics are bright and clear, with sound coming your way via the 10-speaker JBL system. The cabin feels high-quality, soft and relatively quiet, with an over-abundance of natural light. With a low dash and shoulders all the way back, 360 degree visibility is wonderful. This helps make the Prius easy to see out of and maneuver around heavy traffic wherever you are.
Toyota has made minor changes since the Prius received its serious make-over in 2016. All in an effort to keep things fresh and new. For more traditional styling and spirited acceleration, the Honda Insight may be worth a look. Other options like the Toyota Corolla Hybrid and Kia Niro are stretching a segment that the Prius previously occupied nearly unchallenged. Even with a little friendly competition, the 2020 Toyota Prius Limited is a feature-packed, spacious, fuel-efficient option that continues to satisfy decades later.
Price as tested: $34,586.00