This is the first time the Toyota Prius has had the blacked-out Nightshade Edition treatment.
From the Corolla to the Avalon, just about every Toyota model is available with the blacked-out Nightshade Edition package. One exception has always been the humble Prius but this changes with the launch of the new 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition. Available in Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, or Silver Metallic, the sinister-looking Prius is the first dedicated Toyota hybrid to get the Nightshade Edition treatment.
Distinguishing the special edition model are black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles and a shark fin antenna. Black 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels are offered with FWD, while the AWD-e version rides on 15-inch alloys.
Since it's based on the XLE trim, the Nightshade Edition is generously equipped with a three-door Smart Key system, SofTex heated and adjustable front seats, and a heated steering wheel. A seven-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa support, and a six-speaker sound system are also included as standard.
All 2022 Prius models are equipped with a 4.2-inch dual information screen with customizable screens. For 2022, all Prius trims come with a standard Rear Seat Reminder that alerts the driver if a child or pet is in the back seat.
Power comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor producing a combined 121 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque, paired with a Continuously Variable Automatic transmission. But you don't buy a Prius for its performance, you buy it for fuel economy. The AWD-e version is rated at 51/47/49 mpg city/highway/combined by the EPA, while the FWD version is rated at 54/50/52 mpg.
With FWD, the Prius Nightshade Edition starts at $29,445, while the AWD-e version will set you back $30,575, making it the most expensive model in the 2022 Prius range. Unusually, the base 2022 model hasn't received a price hike compared to 2021 and still starts at $24,525. Prices exclude delivery, processing and handling fees.