Now streaming for VehiclesTEST Toyota subscribers is the review of the Toyota Prius Prime, a vehicle that economy-conscious buyers will be lining up for the plugin hybrid.
The VehiclesTEST team put the Prius Prime through its paces on the East Coast. They found the plugin hybrid could go up to 25 miles at highway speeds on electric power only. For longer trips the gas-electric hybrid system kicks in for a range of 600-plus miles.
The Prius Prime is offered in three trims, starting with the well-equipped Prime Plus, tech-rich Prime Premium and top-of-the-line Prime Advanced. Standard features include power windows, navigation and a backup camera.
Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain that offers 121 total system horsepower through the 4-cylinder engine and electric motor. The lithium-ion battery can be recharged with a standard household outlet in less than six hours.
All that technology adds up to an EPA rating of 55 mpg city, 53 highway and 54 miles per gallon in combined driving. In electric-vehicle only mode it has an EPA estimate of up to 25 miles at highway speeds. During our driving test in EV Auto mode we achieved an as-tested fuel economy of 100 miles per gallon over the 120 miles of driving we used only 1.2 gallons.
The Prius Prime comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P. TSS-P bundles the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Braking; Lane Departure alert with Steering Assist, and Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with full stop technology and Automatic High Beams. The Prius Prime Advanced model adds Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic alert.
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