Toyota Prius 2021 – Review, Specs, Photos

In 2016, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius arrived with a funky look, a mildly overcooked interior, and a thrifty powertrain. Toyota toned down the design a touch and added optional all-wheel drive in 2021, while 2021 brought in standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to go with a larger standard touchscreen. The 2021 Toyota Prius looks to be mostly a carryover model, save for one special-edition model. In terms of outward design, we expect the 2021 Toyota Prius to continue with the same revamped appearance the hybrid received in 2021. While the overall design is still wild, this new look toned things down with more subtle front and rear lighting. What we expect to change in 2021 is the addition of a range-topping 20th Anniversary Edition that’ll come in two color options, Wind Chill Pearl or Supersonic Red, and include leatherette upholstery. Full review and all information about the car – 2021 Toyota Prius.

New Toyota Prius 2021

Other than a handful of feature and option tweaks over the years, the Toyota Prius’ interior has remained the same since 2016. We expect this trend to continue in the 2021 Prius, as we expect it to retain design cues like the chunky steering wheel, winglike dash applique, raised center stack, electric gear shifter, gloss-black accents, and central-mounted gauge cluster. Under its hood, other than the 2021 addition of electric all-wheel drive, the Prius has remained the same since 2016. We expect this to continue in the 2021 Prius. If this is the case, it’ll include a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor for a combined 121 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. We expect AWD-e to remain an option in 2021. The current Toyota Prius is an IIHS Top Safety Pick with its “Good” crash test ratings in all but the “Acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small-overlap test. It also has “Acceptable”-rated headlights and a “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking system. We expect the 2021 Toyota Prius to continue with the same safety ratings and features, but it may lose its Top Safety Pick status, as the newest IIHS Top Safety Pick requirements include a “Good” rating in the passenger-side small-overlap test. Toyota Prius 2021 – photos colors and price in this article!

Interior

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. It could be appointed in sumptuous leather and we’d still take issue with the center-mounted information gauges, which require the driver to take their eyes off the road too frequently. Passengers have plenty of room to spread out in the Prius—there’s space for four six-footers thanks to upright seating—but several rivals offer even more legroom for back-seat passengers. The hatchback body style of the Prius means there’s a good amount of room for cargo behind the back seat, although it’s not the most spacious vehicle in this competitive set. Its dash-mounted shifter frees up room for storage cubbies in the front seat area; rear cubby storage is limited to two unusually small door pockets and the small cupholders found in the rear seat’s pull-down center armrest. Toyota Prius 2021 – see the photo in the gallery on our website.

Exterior

What’s the first car you think of when you read the word “hybrid?” Ten bucks says it’s the car pictured here: the Toyota Prius, a thrifty hatchback that’s as well known for its swoopy shape as it is its ability to sip fuel. The Prius has been a known quantity for more than two decades; this efficient Toyota is the world’s best-selling hybrid nameplate. Now in its fourth generation, the Prius received a modest facelift for the 2021 model year, making it slightly less ugly than before (but still not pretty by any means), as well as a number of other updates. Therefore, the Prius rolls into 2021 unchanged, still offering incredible value and efficiency for the money.

Colors

The 2021 Toyota Prius is set to arrive at dealerships in September 2021 – with an affordable price tag. When it arrives at Downeast Toyota, the 2021 Toyota Prius will be available in four standard trim levels – L Eco, LE, XLE and Limited – with LE AWD-e and XLE AWD-e variants that will add Electronic On-Demand AWD. The Toyota Prius 2021 Special Anniversary Edition will be built on the Prius XLE trim level. New 2021 Toyota Prius models make room for five passengers with 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

Fuel economy

The EPA estimates the thriftiest Prius Eco will earn up to 58 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway. The other front-drive versions are EPA rated at 54 mpg city and 50 mpg on highway. Those who drive mostly highway miles and like to travel with the flow of fast-moving traffic might be disappointed to learn that the Prius delivered 46 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test (which we conduct at a steady 75 mph), undershooting its EPA rating by 4 mpg. For the all-wheel drive model, the EPA estimates it will earn 52 mpg city and 48 highway. In our testing, an XLE AWD-ereturned 47 mpg over our 200-mile test loop at 75 mph, which is 3 mpg lower than it’s EPA rating, but 1 mpg higher than a front-wheel drive model tested on the same loop.

Horsepower

Every 2021 Prius has a 1.8-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine and an electric motor-generator, which deliver a combined system output of 121 horsepower. That’s not a lot, of course, but it’s plenty to move the Prius with adequate pace, all the while allowing it to return superb fuel economy. For 2021, Toyota added an all-wheel-drive option to the Prius lineup. While normal Priuses use a 3.6-amp-hour lithium-ion battery pack, the so-called AWD-e model has a 6.5-amp-hour nickel-metal hydride pack. This battery is better under colder conditions where all-wheel drive is necessary. The AWD Prius has a small electric motor mounted to its rear axle, which produces 7 horsepower and 40 pound-feet of torque — just enough oomph to help the back tires move through snow or gravel.

Technical specifications

The Prius’s hybrid powertrain is not capable of delivering thrilling or even amusing acceleration. Its lethargy can’t be given a free pass, as several competitors prove that acceptable performance need not be sacrificed in the pursuit of world-beating fuel economy. Nor does the 2021 Prius offer much in the way of driving enjoyment and refinement. All-wheel-drive Priuses feature an electric motor that functions separately from the hybrid system and powers the rear wheels. Braking is a common gremlin for hybrid vehicles, which use a mix of regenerative and friction braking. Inconsistent or numb feedback from the brake pedal as we experienced in the Prius is often the trade-off and, combined with the low-rolling-resistance tires that most hybrids wear, can make for longer braking distances in our testing than we would expect from similar-size non-hybrid vehicles.

Price

L Eco: $26,000 (est); LE: $27,000 (est); LE AWD-e: $28,000 (est); XLE: $30,000 (est); XLE AWD-e: $31,000 (est); Limited: $34,000 (est). Our pick from the Prius lineup is the XLE AWD-e, which is a solid value thanks to its heated and power-adjustable seats, heated steering wheel, proximity-key function, and wireless phone charger. The “AWD-e” denotes electric all-wheel drive. The fuel economy penalty for its all-wheel drive system is almost nonexistent based on our real-world test results. The XLE AWD-e trim is available with the Advanced Technology Package too, which adds navigation and a head-up display.

Safety

The Prius earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2021 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also comes standard with collision-avoidance technologies that are limited to option packages and upper trim levels in many competitive vehicles. Key safety features include: Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection; Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist; Standard adaptive cruise control.

Motors

The Prius’s hybrid powertrain is not capable of delivering thrilling or even amusing acceleration. Its lethargy can’t be given a free pass, as several competitors prove that acceptable performance need not be sacrificed in the pursuit of world-beating fuel economy. Nor does the 2021 Prius offer much in the way of driving enjoyment and refinement. All-wheel-drive Priuses feature an electric motor that functions separately from the hybrid system and powers the rear wheels. Braking is a common gremlin for hybrid vehicles, which use a mix of regenerative and friction braking. Inconsistent or numb feedback from the brake pedal as we experienced in the Prius is often the trade-off and, combined with the low-rolling-resistance tires that most hybrids wear, can make for longer braking distances in our testing than we would expect from similar-size non-hybrid vehicles.

Configurations

Drive away in a one-of-a-kind Toyota Prius hybrid when you slide into the driver’s seat of the Toyota Prius 2021 Special Anniversary Edition that commemorates 20 years of production. The 2021 Special Edition will be available in Supersonic Red or Wind Chill Pearl and only 2,020 models will be made. Highlights of the Toyota Prius 2021 Special Anniversary Edition spec sheet include black 17-inch alloy wheels, black Prius 2021 Edition exterior badges, black headlight components, Prius 2021 Edition floor mats and a body-color rear spoiler. With the debut of the 2021 Toyota Prius, drivers will get an upgrade in safety with the addition of Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 technology that includes a Pre-Collision System with Low-Light Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Bicyclist Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams and Road Sign Assist. The 2021 Toyota Prius will feature a standard 7-inch Toyota Entune™ 3.0 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa. A 121-horsepower 1.8-liter Toyota Hybrid System that makes 56 mpg combined in select trim levels is the gold standard in fuel economy. Have you always loved the style and fuel economy of the iconic Toyota Prius? Learn more about the latest Toyota Prius with this guide to the 2021 Toyota Prius release date and 2021 Anniversary Edition created by Downeast Toyota. Find a hybrid Toyota car or crossover that matches your lifestyle and budget today when you explore the Downeast Toyota inventory!

Review

The Toyota Prius may not have been the first hybrid to go on sale in America, but it’s easily the most well known and influential. Over the years, the Prius has evolved from an odd-looking sedan into an equally odd-looking hatchback, growing in both size and efficiency over the years. The current model was introduced in 2016 and benefited from a significant update in 2021, including available all-wheel drive. Since its debut, just about every mainstream automaker sells or has sold a hybrid or electrified vehicle that draws some influence from the Prius. Some noteworthy competitors on sale today include the Honda Insight and the Kia Niro. Toyota also offers hybrid variants of just about every other vehicle in its lineup including the Camry, Corolla and RAV4. We don’t expect any major changes for 2021. The Prius is available as a standard hybrid and a plug-in hybrid that allows for a short amount of all-electric driving. Toyota started last year offering features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and a suite of safety tech on all Prius trims.

Release date

When it comes to fuel-efficient hybrid cars – there are few that can compete or compare to the iconic Toyota Prius. A true automotive icon, the Toyota Prius set the bar high in the hybrid car market with a bold design and fuel-efficient platform. The launch of the 2021 Toyota Prius represents 20 years of production for the Toyota hybrid that will be commemorated by a 2021 Special Anniversary Edition. Find out more with an overview of the 2021 Toyota Prius release date and 2021 Anniversary Edition created by Downeast Toyota.

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All 2021 Toyota Prius models, including the special edition, get an updated safety suite and infotainment upgrades. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, bicyclist detection, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist. Blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert and intelligent parking assist are now standard. Toyota is finally adding Android Auto capability on all but the Prius Limited. Apple CarPlay was already standard on 2021 models.

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