The Prius is a promise of endless possibilities and our drive with the all new 2019 Toyota Prius Prime gives us a felling that plug-in hybrids have finally arrived. A drive at Toyota dealer serving Ontario OR with the Prius Prime revealed a lot of amazing facts and features about this futuristic car with dynamic styling, technological innovations to improve your experience and provide great ride convenience. The Prius Prime comes in three exciting models, the Plus, Premium and Advanced.
Reflective, Thoughtful Exteriors
The exteriors of the 2019 Prius Prime reflect futurism in a subtle sophisticated manner that speaks a lot about the thoughtfulness that Toyota’s engineers have put into building this dynamically styled vehicle. As we moved around the vehicle before jumping in for the drive the most striking features, we noticed are LED lighting coming standard on headlights and taillights, LED daytime running lights and an active front grille shutter that closes for improved efficiency at high speeds. Unique is the dual wave designed rear glass hatch that extends smoothly and finishes at the rear spoiler. Also unique are the rear turn signals that are incorporated at two ends of the sculpted bumper that are accompanied by the LED DRLs standing vertically just like in the front.
The thoughtfulness on the exterior seeps into the modern and well-designed interiors that are highly communicative and futuristic. The interiors are smart and luxurious with premium treatment to the materials and accessories. The seating is contoured to provide good comfort and grip and accommodates up to 4 with comfort with center armrests and storage under the armrest on the rear row which is also 60/40 split folding to make extra cargo space. The Plus trim comes with a smart key system for the driver’s door with push button start, whereas the upper two trims get this for three doors and include remote illuminated entry. We wasted no time in starting up the Prius for our first ride.
With advanced technology, the Prius Prime we got to drive came with advanced interfaces and a humongous 11-inch display which is placed in portrait orientation with a multitude of easily accessible options. The high-tech 4.2-in. color Multi-Information dual Display on the dash comes with customizable screens which include an Energy Monitor, Hybrid System Indicator, a Drive Monitor, climate control, driver support systems, audio and navigation content, providing all required stats at a glance.
Amazing Power and Performance
As we smoothly drove out of the Toyota Ontario OR in our Prime, we came to realize that there is so much going on under the hood in this fabulous vehicle. The Prius Prime is fitted with a 1.8-Liter 4-cylinder Aluminum DOHC 16-Valve with VVT-I that works in EV53, ECO and POWER Modes. With this you get a peak 95 hp and 105 lb.-ft of torque which is beautifully delivered using a electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT). You get to enjoy a combined mileage of 54 mpg (EPA estimated) with the electric motors contributing the equivalent (MPG-e) of 133 mpg.