2020 Toyota Prius Prime Review & Trim Breakdown

The Design of the Car

The 2020 Prius Prime retains the sedan and hatchback crossover design that is now a signature of the Prius line. The Prime has 3 power sources that work together to give you the option to drive in hybrid or electric-only: this includes a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine, an electric motor, and also a lithium-ion battery.

The 2020 Prius Prime retains the sedan and hatchback crossover design that is now a signature of the Prius line. The Prime has 3 power sources that work together to give you the option to drive in hybrid or electric-only: this includes a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine, an electric motor, and also a lithium-ion battery.

Driving Capability

If you do a lot of city driving and have access to power sockets at home or at the office, then you are gonna love the Prime, Driving in EV mode, which uses only electric power, on a full charge you can drive for up to 40km. When the electric battery is out of power, you can still drive the car with just gas or hybrid just like with a regular Prius Hybrid, so you never have to worry about running out of power, or having ‘range anxiety’.

For charging from a home socket, the Prius Prime comes with a converter cable out of the box. Charging from empty to full takes around 5 and ½ hours. You do get a much faster charge from commercial charge stations, which gets it done in just 2 ½ hours.

The Prime definitely has the best driving range in the hybrid car market! You can expect a driving range of over 1000km when the battery is fully charged and the gas tank filled up.

The Interior

Inside the car, the dashboard is placed centered, showing you speed and fuel information, driving mode, and car settings.

The placement of the gearbox is quite unique, the design is kind of like an arcade joystick. You might even mistake this P button as the emergency brake button when it actually is the button to press to put the car on Park. 

The 2020 Prius Prime retains the sedan and hatchback crossover design that is now a signature of the Prius line. The Prime has 3 power sources that work together to give you the option to drive in hybrid or electric-only: this includes a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine, an electric motor, and also a lithium-ion battery.

The Prime comes with a 7” display. In the higher trims, you get a bigger 11.6” touch screen that resembles an iPad Pro. While a number of the settings for the car can be accessed through the screen, there are still shortcut buttons to the side of the screen for air-con and radio control.

The 2020 models now support Apple CarPlay, giving you the option to plug-in your iPhone using a USB cable, and access to Apple or Google Maps, Spotify, and many other apps directly using the touchscreen in the car.

Once you get the hang of all the design of the interior, you will appreciate how the car goes from combustion to electricity so seamlessly, how easy it is to drive the car around town, and how effortless it is to park this car.

How’s The Driving?

The Prius Prime does a decent job of acceleration, more than enough to accelerate through city traffic. The braking on the prime is regenerative and is as responsive as you’d expect. 

Going downhills, you have the option to change the gear shift to B, which increases the braking force, slowing the car down for better control.

The 2020 Prius Prime now comes with 5 seats instead of an armrest in the middle of the backseats like in the past. To make room for the huge battery, you do lose out on a little bit of cargo space, but it’s a small sacrifice for an option to drive with nearly no gas!

What Trims Are Available?

For this 2020 Prius Prime review, I’ve created this summary below to show you the difference between the base model, the upgrade model, and the Technology Package. For a full breakdown of each trim and their features, click here!

The Prius Prime Base Model

The base model has a 7-inch touchscreen along with some really great features, such as heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors, Smart-key with push-button start, LED daytime running lights, Apple CarPlay, You also get the Pre-collision system, lane tracing capability, and dynamic cruise control as part of the Toyota Safety Sense. 

The base model is priced at $32,990, but keep in mind that there is a $4000 government rebate in BC available on the Prius Prime, so the price is actually just $28,990!

The Prius Prime Upgrade

An upgraded model with a bigger 11.6 inch touch screen is available for an extra $2000. For the extra money, you get built-in navigation and leather seating and power driver seat. The Upgrade also adds key-sensing auto door unlocking to the passenger side door and cargo door.

The Prius Prime Technology Package

For the top trim, the Technology Package, it cost an additional $3000, it comes with a mixture of additional safety and luxury features. Along with a head-up display and a 10 speakers JBL sound system, on this trim, you also get the blind-spot monitoring on the side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, LED fog lights, and also front/ back sonar censors that gives alert for when the car is too close to pillars and walls. 

The Prime also utilize these sonar censors to automatically park the Prime into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces, how amazing is that!

If the explanation in this Prius Prime review isn’t enough for you, visit this page to see the full listing of the features available on each trim. Full pricing details can be found on the Toyota website. For a quick summary, here is a breakdown between the trims: 

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