2023 Toyota Prius Performance

Toyota Prius Performance Rating

2023 Prius Performance

It won't set the drag strip on fire, but the Toyota Prius' 0-60-mph sprint has improved beyond all recognition from a glacial ten-plus seconds to a low-seven-second sprint, according to independent tests. Thanks to nearly 200 hp, it's now snappy enough to keep up with fast-moving traffic, while merging and passing are no longer nerve-wracking undertakings that require a white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel and plenty of forethought. It's punchy in town with instant bottom-end torque thanks to the electric assistance. Top speed is limited to 115 mph. It's just a shame that the four-cylinder gas engine can be a bit brash and unrefined. It's not meant for trailering duty, and whereas some markets quote a 1,600-pound figure, Toyota USA doesn't rate it to tow at all, with no figure available.

2023 Prius Performance Photos

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2023 Toyota Prius Rear Angle View
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2023 Toyota Prius Engine

Engine and Transmission

The engine in the Toyota Prius is an Atkinson-cycle 2.0L four-cylinder that develops 150 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque on its own. Combined with a single front-mounted electric motor in the FWD models, total system output comes to 194 hp. The AWD models have two electric motors - the rear-mounted one drives the rear wheels - but total system output is only increased marginally to 196 hp. Toyota does not provide combined torque figures. The motors are fed by a 0.9-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Whether fitted with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, all models share the same CVT automatic. With a maximum ground clearance of six inches, you can forget about taking the Prius off-road; the AWD system is purely meant to improve grip on slippery surfaces and will be appreciated by drivers living in the Snow Belt.

2023 Toyota Prius Performance Specs:

Toyota Prius TrimsToyota Prius EnginesToyota Prius HorsepowerToyota Prius TransmissionsToyota Prius DrivetrainsToyota Prius MPG/MPGE
LE2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid194 hp @ 6000 rpm
196 hp @ 6000 rpm
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)AWD
54 MPG
57 MPG
XLE2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid194 hp @ 6000 rpm
196 hp @ 6000 rpm
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)AWD
49 MPG
52 MPG
Limited2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid194 hp @ 6000 rpm
196 hp @ 6000 rpm
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)AWD
49 MPG
52 MPG

2023 Prius Gas Mileage

Despite the massive improvement in performance, you'd be pleasantly surprised that the EPA-rated gas mileage and mpg figures for the Toyota Prius have not suffered as a result. In fact, they're slightly better than before - a big feat, considering the power boost. The LE with its smaller 17-inch wheels is the most efficient, with city/highway/combined figures of 57/56/57 mpg - 1 mpg better than before on the combined cycle. The LE's figures drop slightly to 54/53/54 mpg for the AWD LE - an impressive 5 mpg better than before on the combined cycle. The XLE and Limited trims with 19-inch alloys are slightly less efficient, with the FWD and AWD models' figures being 52/52/52 mpg and 49/50/49 mpg, respectively.

The FWD models have a fuel capacity of 11.3 gallons, giving the thriftiest base FWD LE a maximum range of around 644 miles. The lowest range belongs to the AWD XLE/Limited; with its smaller 10.5-gallon tank and worse consumption, range pans out to a still-excellent 514 miles.

2023 Toyota Prius Fuel Capacity

Toyota Prius TrimsLEXLELimited
Toyota Prius Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)53/5449/5049/50


Which Toyota Prius trim is the most efficient?

The base front-wheel-drive LE is the most efficient with city/highway/combined EPA figures of 57/56/57 mpg.

Does the Toyota Prius require Premium gas?

The 2.0L gas engine in the Prius will happily run on Regular gas.

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