This new hybrid is simply the most affordable. It is cheaper than ice cream. The Toyota Prius has received very few updates ever since it was introduced in 2012. It offers good fuel economy, delivering 48 mpg in the city. The new model offers a wider range of safety features. The naming system of the trim levels has been changed, but we don’t expect it to add Amazon Alexa support and Apple CarPlay like the 2019 Sienna, Highlander and Camry. However, the standard safety features of the Prius are better than rivals like the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid. This subcompact hatchback has a price that begins at $22,450.
Which safety features are on offer?
The 2019 Toyota Prius comes packaged in a Toyota Safety Sense C suite. This package is composed of Automatic High Beams, Lane Departure Alert, and a Pre-Collision System. These features are made to prevent accidents. In the TSS C package, the pre-collision system has been improved by also incorporating pedestrian detection. Cyclists and pedestrians are warned of the car’s presence by the vehicle approach notice system. The new Prius also offers rear door locks, nine airbags, a backup camera, child seat anchors and the Toyota Star Safety System.
What does the interior offer?
We love the mildly futuristic shapes of the interior. The price is pretty fair for a car that offers these features. However, we wish that the hard plastics around its center console and dashboard were not as prevalent as they are. If this is your first hybrid, you might need some time to get used to the engine/battery system’s center-mounted display. When compared to other subcompacts, it can host several average-sized adults thanks to its adequate rear accommodation. It has an excellent outward vision. The luggage space behind the seats is adequate for four or three carry-on roller cases; it offers 17.1 cubic feet.
What about the exterior?
It is okay for Hybrid vehicles to look different from vehicles that only use gasoline but Prius Prime and the Prius seem just a little weird for us. The new car has a unique style that is pretty conventional. Although, we love the European flavor because it brings an understated flair. It also has a wonderfully practical hatchback section.
Which standard features stand out?
The new Prius is offered in XLE, L and LE trims instead of the previous trims that ranged from “One” to “Four.” These new trim levels have equipment that is similar to the “Two” and “Three.” The features include: a rearview camera, LED headlights, an infotainment touch screen that is 6.1 inches, 15-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, 60/40-split/folding rear seats, cruise control, USB port, and hill-start assistance. The LE is offered with an upgraded audio system, satellite radio, navigation, and keyless entry/ignition.
What about the optional features?
The LE trim comes with the new Prius C’s optional features. You can remove the black roof rails. It also has a sliding sunshade in its power tilt-and-slide moonroof.
Where does the juice come from?
This vehicle uses a 99 horsepower 4-cylinder engine with a capacity of 1.5 liters. It is complemented by an electric motor that gets its power under the back seat where a nickel-metal hydride battery is located. The power principle of Toyota has been successful but you’ll get more power with other Toyota hybrids. Its continuously variable transmission sends power to the front wheels. Go ahead and drive after putting it in D. The fuel consumption of the Prius can be optimized using the EV, Eco and Normal, modes. For more efficiency, the Eco mode has been adjusted to offer better climate control and throttle response. The Normal mode has maintained its good settings. The EV mode works when the speeds are below 25 mph; it stops the gasoline engine.
Who will not like it?
If you are looking for space, then this is not the car for you. However, it is fuel efficient, practical and affordable. But competitors like Kia Niro and Hyundai Ioniq are bigger and come at almost the same price.