2021 Toyota Prius for Sale in Smithfield, RI
The Toyota Prius is, without a doubt, the model that most immediately comes to most people’s minds when they hear the phrase “hybrid vehicle.” Ever since its debut in the late 1990s it has been a consistent best-seller. The current-generation Prius began production in 2016, and since then, several updates have made it better still. One big advance is that all-wheel drive recently became available on this model. For 2021, the Prius now has Android Auto smartphone integration for all trims except the Limited, which has a specialized vertical infotainment screen that’s incompatible with that feature. The Toyota Safety Sense suite of standard active driver aids is also standard across the board. The fact that the ’21 Prius is an outstanding car for many reasons, but the fact that it returns an EPA-estimated 56 mpg in city/highway driving combined is reason enough to take one for a test-drive.
Trims and Powertrain
The 2021 Toyota Prius is available in L Eco, LE, XLE, 2020 Edition, and Limited trim levels. Their powertrain is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor system, producing a total system output of 121 hp, working with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive offered on the LE and XLE trims.
As a hybrid, the 2021 Toyota Prius is expected to boast impressive fuel economy numbers. The L Eco pulls off an EPA-estimated 58 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway, while the remaining trims return 54 city/50 highway. The AWD models sip a little more fuel, since they’re good for 51 city/47 highway. The tradeoff, however, is greater traction and stability.
The L Eco is the most basic of the bunch, but it still gets 15-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, heated side mirrors, keyless entry (for the driver’s door only), push-button ignition, automatic climate control, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, and a rearview camera system. The LE adds a rear window wiper, extended seatback pockets, and a cargo area cover. The XLE supplies 17-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry for the front doors and rear hatch, SofTex simulated-leather-upholstered seats, a wireless device charging pad, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a heated SofTex-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. Adaptive auto-leveling headlights are optional. The special 2020 Edition receives 17-inch black-painted wheels, black exterior and interior accents, and custom floor mats, and the Limited gets the auto-leveling headlights as standard. A sunroof and 15-inch wheels are optional for the XLE and Limited.
Safety and Technology
The infotainment system in the L Eco, LE, XLE, and 2020 Edition has a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB media port, and two USB charge ports. The Limited forgoes Android Auto, getting instead a vertically oriented 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen with voice recognition, navigation, and a premium 10-speaker JBL audio system. All trims get a multi-informational display with a customizable 4.2-inch screen, and the Limited trim gets a head-up display, which projects the vehicle’s speed, hybrid system status, and navigational prompts low on the windshield glass for the driver to see with minimal distraction.
Every 2021 Toyota Prius comes with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) suite of active driver aids. This includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist, which “reads” road signs and relays alerts to the driver. All but the LE Eco get blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, and automatic parking assist.