Toyota Prius gets plenty of new updates for 2020.
While automakers are embracing the EV revolutions with seminal new models debuting at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show such as the Volkswagen ID.3 and Porsche Taycan, Toyota still doesn't offer a fully electric car. Instead, the Japanese automaker will continue to prioritize conventional hybrids over pure electric cars for the next ten years.
As the world's first mass-produced hybrid model, the Prius is an undeniably important car that's still on sale today. For the 2019 model year, the iconic hybrid was updated with revised styling and AWD, and now the 2020 Prius has arrived with a few more updates.
For the 2020 model year, the Prius will be offered in L Eco, LE, XLE and Limited trims for front-wheel drive, while the AWD-e model will be available for LE and XLE grades. The Supersonic Red and Electric Storm Blue colors that debuted for 2019 also continue for 2020.
Previously, the Toyota Safety Connect suite was only available for top trims, but it now comes as standard with a free subscription for three years and includes emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance and automatic collision notification.
L Eco, LE and XLE trims also get a new seven-inch infotainment display, which is a welcome upgrade over last year's 6.1-inch screen, that comes with a six-speaker audio system, three USB ports and one auxiliary audio jack, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth, phone book access and music streaming, Siri Eyes Free and an integrated backup camera display. At long last, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa support is now offered as standard for all model grades, but there's still no Android Auto support. This is surprising when the Prius is one of Toyota's most popular models and Android Auto was recently added to the 2020 4Runner.
Additional standard equipment for the LE includes driver's door smart key system, push-button start and remote illuminated entry, a rear wiper, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, and intelligent clearance sonar with intelligent parking assist. The XLE grade adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a SofTex-trimmed heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel, SofTex-trimmed seats including 8-way power and heated front seats, 3-door Smart Key system, and Qi wireless phone charging tray.
The range-topping Limited trim, on the other hand, adds an 11.6-inch infotainment screen with navigation, a premium JBL audio system, and adaptive front lighting system with auto-leveling headlamps.
All models come with the Toyota Safety Sense driver assists that include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams and full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control.
Fuel economy remains the same as last year's model, meaning the most efficient model is the L Eco, which has an EPA-rated 58/53/56 mpg city/highway/combined. The better-equipped LE, XLE and Limited trims have 54/50/52 mpg city/highway/combined. The hybrid powertrain featuring a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and two motor-generators also remains the same, which sends power through a CVT transmission. Pricing details haven't been confirmed yet.
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