2020 Toyota Prius in Rhode Island
When you hear the word hybrid, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you’ll immediately picture the Toyota Prius. Since its inception in 1997, this king of the hybrids effectively popularized the gas-electric revolution in an affordable way, and Toyota has only furthered the model’s strong appeal to an audience that is both economically and environmentally conscious.
For 2020, the Prius returns with the same styling from last year’s redesign and, of course, the same phenomenal fuel economy: 54 mpg city/50 mpg highway (which the L Eco trim bumps to 58 city/53 highway). In a development that will please many, Toyota has finally equipped the Prius with Apple CarPlay, as well as Amazon Alexa and SiriusXM satellite radio, on all trim levels.
Trims and Standard Equipment
The latest Prius is available in four trim levels: L Eco, LE, XLE, and Limited, plus all-wheel drive variants of the LE and XLE. All of these receive a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that works with an electric motor generator to make 121 horsepower; a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard. Front-wheel drive also comes standard, but the optional AWD system that’s offered on the two trims as mentioned uses an efficient 6.5-amp-hour nickel-metal hydride battery pack designed to function best in cold weather.
The L Eco comes with a nice standard equipment package that includes LED daytime running lights, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, power-folding side mirrors, keyless entry with push-button start, a 7-inch touchscreen entertainment/communication/information interface, a six-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth capability, and USB outlets. The LE adds to the mix a rear windshield wiper and a cargo area cover, and if you step up to the XLE, you’ll get simulated-leather upholstery and heated front seats, plus remote illuminated entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a wireless smartphone charger.
There are two optional packages for the XLE: an Advanced Technology Package that outfits it with adaptive headlights, and a Premium Convenience Package that adds a power sunroof. At the top of the heap with the Limited, you’ll find equipment that’s similar to the XLE’s, although it comes with a premium ten-speaker JBL sound system and an 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation and HD/satellite radio. It gets the Advanced Technology Package as standard, but the Premium Convenience Package remains optional.
Each trim for the ’20 Prius comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, a stellar bundle of active safety technologies such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The LE, XLE, and Limited trims allow for even more on-road confidence thanks to the inclusion of intelligent clearance sonar, intelligent parking assist, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. As is the norm with Toyota vehicles, the ’20 Prius rates at the top for safety, earning a five-star crash-test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).