If you’re a fan of Toyota, you’ve probably heard of the Prius - the pioneer of the hybrid model universe. Toyota began manufacturing the Prius in 1997 - well before any other brands picked up the idea, Now for the 2017 model year, the regular Prius is joined by three other Prius models. One of these models is the Prius Prime. If you’re curious how the regular Prius and the Prius Prime differ, we can help you out!
The first notable difference is the cost. The base MSRP for the Prius lands at $24,685 - about $2,500 under the Prime’s $27,100. While that is a significant difference, the Prim model does offer slightly better fuel economy. With its 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Plug-in Hybrid engine, it can reach up to 55 miles per gallon in the city and 33 on the highway, while the regular Prius (with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Hybrid engine) can get up to 54 miles per gallon in the city and 50 on the highway.
A few other differences can be seen throughout the model, beginning with the size. The Toyota Prius Prime offers space for up to four passengers, while the regular Prius has room for five. So, depending on how many people you need to carry, you may want to choose one over the other.
There is also a difference in the trim levels the models offer. The Prius Prime offers three separate configurations in the Prime Plus, Premium and Advanced trim levels. On the regular Prius, there are six options - the Prius Two, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four and Four Touring. If you’re interested in test driving certain trim levels of the Prius or Prius Prime, you can schedule a test drive online!
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