2018 Toyota Prius Prime
2018 Toyota Prius Prime pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Prius Prime does Edmunds recommend
Edmunds' Expert Review
overall rating3 / 5
The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid version of the regular Prius. It has a bigger battery that you can recharge with an external power source. Doing so gives you the ability to drive about 25 miles on all-electric power before the car switches over to regular hybrid operation. After that, the Prime returns an impressive 54 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
Like a standard Prius, the Prius Prime can operate without ever being plugged in. Simply refuel as you go and enjoy the long legs of your journey between fill-ups. Or, if you're able to recharge frequently, you can use the Prius Prime much as you would an all-electric vehicle.
The Prime's styling is a bit different from the regular Prius' (we'd argue it's less goofy-looking, actually), and the seating capacity is down from five passengers in the standard Prius to four. But the driving experience is similar. Still, the bigger battery adds weight, and that has a detrimental effect on handling and acceleration. The battery also reduces maximum cargo capacity compared to the regular Prius.
You'll want to look at a couple of rivals if you're shopping for a plug-in hybrid. The Chevrolet Volt is sportier to drive and has a longer electric range than the Prime, but overall fuel economy with the Volt is lower and the price is higher. Honda's new Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is another top contender. Overall, the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is a solid pick if you're shopping for an efficient and affordable plug-in hybrid.
trim levels & features
The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is available in three trim levels: Plus, Premium and Advanced. All share the same hybrid powertrain and perform identically, so the differences among them boil down to features. That is, the Plus is obviously the value play of the range, but it has a decent list of standard features. The Premium, meanwhile, brings a few key comfort-oriented items. The Advanced trim level adds a lot of features that will surely appeal to tech-savvy buyers, though they come at a big increase in price.
All Prius Primes have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a plug-in hybrid system. Total system output is 121 horsepower, which drives the front wheels through a specialized continuously variable automatic transmission. The EPA estimates the Prime can drive up to 25 miles using pure electric power. Fully charging the battery takes 5 hours and 30 minutes using a 120-volt power source or a little more than 2 hours with 240 volts.
The Plus trim level starts you out with 15-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic climate control, keyless access (driver's door only) and start, heated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. A suite of driver safety aids, called Toyota Safety Sense P, is also standard and includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams.
Stepping up one rung to the Premium trim level puts you into the Prius Prime's sweet spot. It includes a power driver's seat, an 11.6-inch central touchscreen and upgraded infotainment system, simulated leather (SofTex) upholstery, keyless entry on the other three doors, satellite radio and wireless smartphone charging.
The Advanced trim level adds on a premium audio system, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming mirror, a head-up display, a smartphone app with a charge management system and remote-control climate operation, automatic wipers and a semiautomated parking function.
noise & vibration4
ease of use2.5
getting in/getting out4
child safety seat accomodation3
audio & navigation3
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Prius Prime safety features:
- Toyota Safety Sense
- Bundles a variety of standard driver safety aids, including forward collision warning and mitigation.
- Safety Connect
- This subscription-based emergency assistance telematics system includes a variety of services.
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Alerts the driver if a car is in an adjacent lane when a turn signal is activated.
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2018 Toyota Prius Prime for Sale
The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime answers the age-old question: "What can I get if I want a Prius that plugs in?" The Prius Prime is the new name for the old Prius plug-in. And just like the car it replaces, the Prius Prime adds some electric range to one of the market's most popular hybrids. The Prime also has a much more appealing styling, with a bigger front grille and a unique front fascia.
The Prime's trim level structure is as simple as it comes, with three basic trim levels to choose from: Plus, Premium and Advanced. Plus, the base trim level, comes with a small amount of equipment, including a smaller touchscreen than the other models, manually operated seats and cloth upholstery. You'll want to opt for the Prius Prime Plus only if you're OK with its focus on efficiency rather than creature comforts.
The middle trim level, the Premium, adds equipment that is more amenable. Features for Premium include a power driver's seat, an 11.6-inch central touchscreen and upgraded multimedia system, premium synthetic leather (SofTex) upholstery, automatic headlights, keyless entry on three doors, satellite radio and wireless smartphone charging. If you're looking for all the optional safety features, move up to the Advanced. It comes with blind-spot monitoring and a smartphone app with remote charge management.
The Prius Prime doesn't have optional packages or equipment groups — just the three trim levels and whatever dealer-installed items you choose to purchase.
As for the driving experience, the Prius Prime is underwhelming. With economy as the mission, that's not exactly a surprise, but it's a drawback nonetheless. The steering and handling are subpar, and cargo space is limited because of the large battery pack that sits underneath the trunk. Passenger capacity is limited to four, while other plug-in rivals can seat five. But if you're drawn to the Prime for its robust electric range and high fuel economy ratings, those factors shouldn't be deal-breakers.
When you consider the Prius' already excellent fuel economy, the Prime is definitely a good deal. EPA fuel economy ratings are still above 50 mpg, even if you never plug it in, and depending on your commute, you could do your daily drive without ever using gasoline. This is an exceptionally tempting proposition if value is your top priority. Most of the Prime's competitors are significantly better to drive, and several have longer EV ranges, which all comes at a cost. Whether you go with the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime or one of its rivals, Edmunds can help you find the perfect plug-in hybrid that fits your needs.
2018 Toyota Prius Prime Overview
The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Advanced 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), Premium 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Plus 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).
What do people think of the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime?
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Toyota Prius Prime?
2018 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,752. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,271 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,271 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$32,481.
The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is6.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Toyota Prius Prime Premium 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime Premium 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,447. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Prius Prime Premium 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,183 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,183 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,264.
The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime Premium 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is7.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 32 2018 Toyota Prius Prime Premium 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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