The Toyota Prius features a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that put out a combined 121 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. The engine doesn’t feel that powerful, but it gets the job done. When it comes to gas mileage, the Prius is elite. It earns 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway. Though not sporty, the Prius does have sharp handling and steering. The ride is cushioned, and the regenerative brakes operate smoothly.
The Toyota Prius is quiet and has mostly quality materials, though the white plastics in higher trims may not appeal to everyone. The Prius seats five. The front seats are comfortable and spacious. The rear seats have ample room for tall adults. There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Prius’ LATCH system a Good+ rating (the highest possible) for ease of use. The Prius also has excellent cargo space compared to most other cars in the class.
Standard features in the Prius include automatic climate control, a USB port, voice recognition, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. Notable options include a moonroof, wireless smartphone charging, satellite radio, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and smartphone app integration. The dash controls are easy to use, and the touch screen has sharp graphics.