Toyota is synonymous with the fuel-efficient technology and its famed Prius is the most successful mass-marketed full-hybrid in history while the previous generation of the Prius have been inoffensive looking cars, the 2019 model Toyota Prius Technology model we tested is all new, with a host of new features inside and out. The look is purposeful, aggressive and brazenly futuristic. With its tight creases, folds, sharp angular front and steep rising beltline merging into a flared rear end the Prius has a unique look on the road. Standard bi-beam LED headlights and distinctly shaped taillights round off the Prius. But it is not all show, there is a dramatically low drag coefficient of 0.24, for superb fuel efficiency class-leading efficiency. The Hybrid Synergy Drive 4 cylinder engine and the ECTV transmission enable a fuel economy of
The Prius Technology we tested, up the content with such features as rain-sensing wipers, a head-up display unit, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, eight-way powered driver’s seat with powered lumbar support, heated front seats and steering wheel, Softex simulated leather seating, front clearance and reverse parking sensors, Toyota’s Intelligent Parking Assist (self-parking), QI Wireless Smartphone Charging, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, Safety is very high on the Prius and for 2019 the Prius c offers the full suite of Toyota Safety Sense P technology, including: lane-departure alert, pre-collisions brake support, and automatic high-beams. You also get stability control, traction control and also hill-start assist.
The cabin offers a surprisingly roomy, neat, unfussy look with some shiny piano black inserts, and a tilt-and-telescoping adjustable steering wheel. The dash and instrument panel is endearingly old school Prius with its offset instrument panel, and a conventional transmission shift lever. The Prius has a very good touchscreen interfaces for the entertainment system. The setup for the various functions and menus is easy to understand and intuitive, with nice, clear graphics. There is some metal trim in places to liven up the dark interior. The front seats are very comfortable, and the materials feels good. The rear 60/40-split folding rear bench offers slightly less headroom, but decent seating for two adults, plus a 17.1L trunk with fold-flat seats, and a wide hatch for easy loading. Handling is good and the Prius remains an easy to drive. The best practical, proven, family hybrid car you can buy period.
2019 Toyota Prius Technology Base priced from $32, 490 (AWD $32,990)