The 2022 Toyota Prius is still a remarkable fuel-sipper of a hatchback, but it’s no longer the hybrid to have. Its wedge shape was created to improve gas mileage, but it doesn’t do anything for the car’s aesthetics. The engine generates a paltry 121 horsepower, which translates to sluggish acceleration.
The Hyundai Ioniq Blue achieves 59 mpg on the highway, while the Prius Eco variant only gets 56 mpg in the city. The Prius has the only all-wheel-drive system of any tiny hybrid, but it doesn’t make it’s driving any more engaging. But the Toyota Corolla Hybrid is cheaper and nearly as fuel-efficient as the Honda Insight car, and the Toyota just isn’t as interesting to look at. Unfortunately, the 2022 Prius has a hard time standing out in a market it helped pioneer.
Toyota Prius Price
|Fuel Type||Transmission||ARAI Mileage|
|Hybrid (Electric + Petrol)|
|Automatic (CVT)||23.91 kmpl|
Toyota Prius Colours
The Toyota Prius may be in seven distinct colors: Super White II, White Pearl Crystal Shine, Dark Brown Mica Metallic, Emotional Red, Attitude Black, Grey Metallic, and Silver Metallic.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Unfortunately, the Prius’s hybrid engine doesn’t provide fast or even mildly entertaining acceleration. The goal of world-beating fuel efficiency need not come at the expense of adequate performance, as several competitors demonstrate. The 2022 Prius doesn’t improve upon its predecessor in terms of refinement or driving pleasure, though. Separate from the hybrid system, the rear wheels of an all-wheel-drive vehicle are powered by an electric motor. Hybrid cars, which combine regenerative and friction brakes, frequently experience problems with braking. The trade-off is sometimes inconsistent or numb brake pedal feels like we saw in the Prius, which, combined with the low-rolling-resistance tyres that most hybrids wear, can result in greater stopping distances than we see in comparable-sized nonhybrid vehicles.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The most fuel-efficient Prius Eco can achieve up to 58 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway, as reported by the EPA. The EPA estimates that other front-wheel-drive models will achieve 54 City/50 highway mpg. The EPA estimates 52 and 48 mpg for all-wheel-drive models, which is a slight decrease. However, in practise, this is not always the case. While an XLE AWD-e returned 47 mpg on our 75-mph fuel-economy testing loop, the front-drive Prius only managed 46 mpg, 4 mpg worse than the EPA figure.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Even if the Prius’s interior were upholstered in the finest leather, we still wouldn’t like it since the driver had to pay more attention to the screen in the middle of the dashboard than they would to a more conventional instrument cluster. Although the Prius’s upright seating allows for lots of passenger capacity (even four people over six feet in height), several competitors provide significantly greater legroom for rear-seat passengers. The Prius has a hatchback design, so there’s plenty of space for cargo in the back, and the shifter is situated high up on the dashboard, making room for cubbies in the front. The backseat only has two modest door pockets and a pull-down center armrest with cupholders.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Outside of the Limited, all Toyota Priuses come standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen entertainment system that is loaded with amenities like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integration. The Limited model features a more extensive, 11.6-inch touchscreen that is vertically oriented and is compatible with CarPlay and Alexa, but not Android Auto.
2019 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED
$32,113 (base price: $29,750)
DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 1.8-liter inline-4, 96 hp, 105 lb-ft; front: permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, 71 hp, 120 lb-ft; rear: induction AC motor, 7 hp, 40 lb-ft; combined output, 121 hp; 1.3-kWh nickel-metal-hydride battery pack
continuously variable automatic
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 10.0-in vented disc/10.2-in solid disc
Tires: Dunlop Enasave 01 A/S, 195/65R-15 91S M+S
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 180.0 in
Width: 69.3 in
Height: 58.1 in
Passenger volume: 91 cu ft
Cargo volume: 25 cu ft
Curb weight: 3233 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 10.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 32.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 10.7 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 5.2 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 8.3 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 18.0 sec @ 78 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 104 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 194 ft
Road holding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.80 g
Observed: 44 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 47 mpg
Highway range: 490 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 50/52/48 mpg