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Plugin Hybrid Review: 2020 Toyota Prius Prime

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime, the Japanese automaker’s plug-in hybrid vehicle, benefits from a significant update for the 2020 model year. Toyota’s updates to this PHEV address some shortcomings the Prius Prime had compared to rivals such as the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid and the outgoing Chevrolet Volt.

From Kelly Blue Book: The Prius Prime boasts a 640-mile total range, a number that includes 25 miles of all-electric range (at 133 MPGe), plus 615 miles of range from its gas-electric hybrid powertrain that’s rated at a combined city/highway fuel economy of 54 mpg. The Prius Prime combines that high fuel efficiency with tax incentives to lower the overall cost to get into this car.

Still, some key elements of the Prius Prime’s interior weren’t up to par with its competitors. It could only accommodate four people, when the Clarity, Volt, Ioniq and plug-in sedans on the market seated five. Also, Apple CarPlay wasn’t available. Toyota solved these issues for the 2020 model, and while the company was at it, also added two USB ports for rear-seat passengers, gave each front sun visor an extender, and moved the front-seat seat heater buttons to make them easier to use.

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