The 2022 Prius range comprises eight different trims, with only slight changes differentiating each from the one before: L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e, Nightshade Edition, Nightshade Edition AWD-e, and Limited. All are powered by a hybrid system of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor, but AWD models get a second electric motor over the rear axle. Either configuration results in a total system output of 121 hp and 120 lb-ft of torque.
Bi-LED headlights are standard with LED taillights, and each model gets a six-speaker audio system paired with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The exception is the top trim that makes use of a ten-speaker JBL system that is operated via an 11.6-inch touch display. Fabric upholstery is standard on most models, but SofTex faux leather is fitted from the mid-range XLE trim, which also boasts heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
The price of the Toyota Prius starts at an MSRP of $24,525 for the L Eco, before a $1,025 destination charge. The LE is a little more expensive, with a base sticker price of $25,735 while the AWD version of this car is $27,135. The mid-range XLE is $28,745 with the XLE AWD-e asking for $29,575. The Nightshade Edition costs $29,445 with FWD and $30,575 with AWD, but the range-topping FWD-only Limited trim is the most expensive at $32,820. There's little to add to the car besides some accessories, but you can still spend over $35,000 on a Prius Limited with all the optional accessories added.
Bundle packages are only available for the XLE, XLE AWD-e, and Limited, with other trims only having access to minor accessories. If you want upgrades for the XLE model, you can opt for the $515 Premium Convenience package with its power sunroof and smaller, more aerodynamic 15-inch wheels. Alternatively, there's the Advanced Technology package. This adds a color head-up display and adaptive, auto-leveling headlights for 800 bucks. An aerodynamic side-skirt extension kit is available too, helping enhance the looks of the Prius slightly for $299. You can also fit blacked-out wheel covers for the same price or bump-strips on the doors for $289.
The general rule of thumb is that the base model is underequipped and the top trim is overpriced. That is usually true, and we find something similar with the Prius, especially since its top model with its largest infotainment screen is actually missing Android Auto - something you get on all other trims. We'd also avoid the heavier and less economical AWD models. That leaves us with the XLE, to which we would consider adding adaptive headlights and a sunroof - if you don't mind smaller 15-inch wheels. This model has the basic luxuries of a heated steering wheel and heated front seats along with added conveniences like enhanced keyless access and the option of a head-up display.
Toyota Prius L Eco vs LE
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Toyota Prius L Eco vs XLE
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Toyota Prius L Eco vs Nightshade AWD-e
Toyota Prius L Eco vs Limited
Toyota Prius LE vs LE AWD-e
Toyota Prius LE vs XLE
Toyota Prius LE vs Nightshade
Toyota Prius LE vs XLE AWD-e
Toyota Prius LE vs Nightshade AWD-e
Toyota Prius LE vs Limited
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Toyota Prius LE AWD-e vs Nightshade
Toyota Prius LE AWD-e vs XLE AWD-e
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Toyota Prius LE AWD-e vs Limited
Toyota Prius XLE vs Nightshade
Toyota Prius XLE vs XLE AWD-e
Toyota Prius XLE vs Nightshade AWD-e
Toyota Prius XLE vs Limited
Toyota Prius Nightshade vs XLE AWD-e
Toyota Prius Nightshade vs Nightshade AWD-e
Toyota Prius Nightshade vs Limited
Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e vs Nightshade AWD-e
Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e vs Limited
Toyota Prius Nightshade AWD-e vs Limited