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2021 Toyota Prius Prime Review: Supreme Eco-Hatch

by Aiden Eksteen

Toyota pioneered the mainstream hybrid electric vehicle classification all the way back in 2008 with the well-known Prius hatchback, which did fairly well in the USA. The 2021 Toyota Prius Prime is the Japanese automaker's PHEV option and, despite the ever-improving and growing competition in the market, it hasn't changed much since its debut in 2016. Even so, it remains one of the most affordable and economical PHEVs on the market, which along with its Toyota-inherent safety and reliability perks, keep it mostly relevant. It's rivals include plug-in cars such as the Hyundai Ioniq, Honda Clarity, and Kia Optima PHEVs. Propelling the front wheels of the Prius Prime is a 1.8-liter inline-4 engine that, together with a single electric motor and small battery, generates a combined 121 horsepower.

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2021 Toyota Prius Prime Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Toyota Prius Prime?

Despite having spent the last few years behind the competition, the second-gen Prime has not made a significant effort to improve for the new year. However, Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 now replaces the previous system, adding road sign assist, lane tracing assist, and full-speed dynamic radar cruise control. The infotainment suite has also received minor updates in the form of Android Auto, which has been lacking for far too long. Strangely enough, access to this function is restricted to the base LE trim, as the premium audio systems still don't support it.

Pros and Cons

  • One of the most fuel-efficient hatchbacks
  • Offers a useful electric-only driving range
  • Brimming with comfort and safety features
  • Relatively comfortable and ergonomic cabin
  • Exceptional safety rating and reliability standards
  • Bland and quasimodo-like design
  • Delayed and restrained acceleration
  • Mundane and disconnected driving experience

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2021 Toyota Prius Prime Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LE
1.8L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$28,220
XLE
1.8L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$30,000
Limited
1.8L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$34,000
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2021 Prius Prime Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 182.9 in
  • Wheelbase 106.3 in
  • Height 57.9 in
  • Max Width 69.3 in
  • Front Width 60.2 in
  • Rear Width 60.6 in
  • Curb Weight 3,365.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Super White
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Titanium Glow
  • Blue Magnetism
  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Classic Silver Metallic
  • Supersonic Red

2021 Prius Prime Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.8L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

2021 Prius Prime Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 43.2 in
  • Front Head Room 39.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 33.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.2 in

2021 Prius Prime Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Prius Prime Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime a good PHEV hatchback?

If you're looking for a 5-door car that is relatively affordable for a PHEV and that prioritises its performance around fuel economy above all else, then the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime is most definitely one of the better options on the market. It may not be the most exciting car to drive, nor the most luxurious, but it doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is - a budget family PHEV. It's straightforward and pleasant enough for city and suburban driving and comes with all the creature comforts, conveniences, and safety features a budding family could possibly need. In review, the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV is an ideal family runabout, a claim the NHTSA and the IIHS support with their consummate crashworthiness ratings. The core competition are definitely more contemporary and a lot better looking, and they offer more features and superior practicality, but none are quite as economical. The 2021 Toyota Prius Prime, with its starting price of just $28,220, will save you money on the purchase and over time.

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