The Prius Prime definitely gets a sharper, more stylish look than its siblings. It includes quad-LED headlights and a fancy new taillight design that has a rear spoiler LED glow. Toyota also says it boasts a Toyota-first carbon fiber rear hatch and dual wave rear window for better aerodynamics.
It sits on the the same much-improved platform as the 2016 Prius which we recently test drove. But while the Prime gets our thumbs up for the improved handling, performance and style tweaks, it really doesn’t do much more for us in the range department. Yes, it has a 22-mile electric range. But compare that to the Chevy Volt which GM says can go more than 50-miles on electric and you wonder why Toyota didn’t extend the range a bit more.
Fuel economy wise, Toyota thinks the Prime will get 120 MPGs or higher. The Chevy Volt is at 106 for EPA combined driving.
The Prime gets its juice from an 8.8kWh battery that Toyota says can charge from a standard household outlet in 5.5 hours. It will be available with the Toyota Safety Sense system which includes pedestrian detection. It’s also available with a 11.6″ HD display screen featuring intuitive finger controls and the ability to swipe just like on your phone.