2022 Toyota Prius Prime for Sale in Smithfield, RI
There’s hardly a more iconic hybrid than the Toyota Prius. Since the end of the 1990s, this gas/electric hatchback has won over eco-conscious drivers with its excellent fuel economy, approachable pricing, and comfortable interior. While it’s certainly a stalwart in its class, another version of the Prius, known as the Prius Prime, entered the picture in 2017 and is returning for model year 2022. The Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid, meaning it can be charged via an external power source and will use up its entire electric charge before burning any gasoline. In fact, if you mainly use the Prius Prime for getting to and from work, it may be a very long time before you find yourself at the gas station at all.
Trims and Mechanical Specs
There are three trim levels available for the ’22 Prius Prime: LE, XLE, and Limited. Their 121 hp hybrid system is made up of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) and front-wheel drivetrain. Using the standard power outlet, the Prius Prime can achieve a full charge in 5.5 hours, although with the optional 240-volt outlet, it will be juiced in a mere 2 hours. The EPA’s official estimates say that the ‘22 Prius Prime has an all-electric driving range of 25 miles and returns 55 mpg around town and 53 mpg on the highway. Not only that, but the Prius Prime also has regenerative braking, where the kinetic energy created from braking is converted into electricity that’s stored in the battery to incrementally extend the range.
Standard Equipment and Options
The ’22 Prius Prime has a full roster of great features. The base LE gets auto-off LED headlights, LED taillights, heated side mirrors, Toyota’s Smart Key System for the driver’s side door, push-button start, a simulated leather-wrapped steering wheel (SofTex), heated front seats, three USB ports (one for media and two for charging), and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback. The XLE gains auto-on for the LED headlights, plus Toyota’s Smart Key System for the remaining doors, a smart-charging cable lock, a Predictive Efficient Drive system (helps to maximize efficiency), SofTex-upholstered heated front seats, and a wireless phone charger. The Limited adds LED fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a heated steering wheel, a color head-up display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, and a cargo cover.
Safety and Technology
Each trim has the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of active driver aid technologies, containing a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist. The Limited supplies parking sensors, a parking assist system, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.
The LE has an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, a six-speaker audio system, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The XLE doesn’t have Android Auto, but it does get an 11.6-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, built-in navigation, HD radio, and a six-speaker sound system with subwoofers and an amplifier. At the top of the range, the Limited gets a high-end 10-speaker JBL audio system.