Looking for a good plug-in hybrid for this year? Toyota offers up to customers this year’s model of the 2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug In Hybrid) alongside others in the market. When it first came out, this vehicle pioneered the way towards the popularization of hybrid models within the industry, Now, it’s faced with other options that compete with the Prius line to an impressive degree. This 2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug In Hybrid) review looks into the specs and features that make this Plug In Hybrid feel a bit antiquated compared to other vehicles right now.
We do note that there are not many changes made to this version of the 2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug In Hybrid). It still retains most, if not all, of the standard safety features and interior amenities that drivers have come to expect with this lineup.
The 2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug In Hybrid) price point varies depending on which of the 3 trim levels you decide to go for. The base LE is respectable enough as it comes with the Safety Sense 2.0 suite along with a load of infotainment features and other amenities. As you go up the different models, you’ll find premium features such as wireless charging pads and enhanced safety additions. The 2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug In Hybrid) colors are plentiful and number a total of 7 different choices for drivers to choose from. Some examples include Supersonic Red, Blue Magnetism, Wind Chill Pearl, and Titanium Glow. Below is our 2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug In Hybrid) cost table detailing the different MSRPs of the lineup:
|2022 Toyota Prius Prime LE||$28,670*|
|2022 Toyota Prius Prime XE||$30,450*|
|2022 Toyota Prius Prime Limited||$34,450*|
As with nearly all of the company’s line of products, the Toyota Leasing Program is available to all buyers who want a lightweight mode of payment. The 2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug In Hybrid) lease price is available on their official website. Make sure to check this out and with your preferred car dealer to ensure you’re getting the best prices.
The 2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug In Hybrid) specs show off the Hybrid System that’s in play here. The traditional gasoline component of this system is a 1.8-liter 4-Cylinder engine that’s capable of producing 95 horsepower and 105 pounds-feet of torque. The electric component is powered by a Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor that helps to produce a net power output of 121 horsepower. The transmission system on each model of the Prius Prime is an Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission. The sole drivetrain option available is Front-Wheel Drive.
The battery pack used by the Toyota Prius Prime is a Lithium-ion pack that’s got a voltage rating of 351.5 volts. It is also rated to have a battery capacity of 8.8 kWh and a total weight of 265 pounds. This battery supports the AC electric motor component of the powertrain which has a total voltage of 600v.
FUEL EFFICIENT & ACTUAL MPG
It seems that the 2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug In Hybrid) has some impressive EPA ratings but is lacking in the EV driving range department. All models have been noted of being capable of 54 Combined/MPG with the EPA-estimated MPGe scores reaching 133 MPGe. We’d suggest looking into other plug-in hybrids as the range of this vehicle leaves much to be desired if this is the most important feature for you.
|Trim Mileage Estimates||City/mpg||Highway/mpg||Combined/mpg|
|2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug In Hybrid)||55||53||54|
INTERIOR, SOLACE & BAGGAGE
The 2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug In Hybrid) interior is known for its uniquely styled cabin layout. It’s a necessity due to the placement of the center console and the large battery pack. Another consequence of this unconventional setup is a decrease in cargo space when compared to the standard Prius. The passenger capacity of the Toyota Prius Prime is enough for 5 passengers to be seated within 91.5 cubic feet of space. In terms of cargo capacity, it’s estimated to be around 19.8 cubic feet with the rear seats deployed and 36.6 cubic feet with this 2nd row stowed away.
If you’re looking for infotainment features, most of the 2022 Toyota Prius Prime models provide a decent infotainment set. The base LE model comes with a 7-inch touchscreen while the XLE and Limited models come with an 11.6-inch touchscreen. Each model also comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. There are also Bluetooth features and a 3-month platinum trial for SiriusXM’s services. There’s also complimentary access to several of Toyota’s connected services. Safety Connect is one of these suites with a 1-year trial available for all new drivers. There’s also Service Connect and Wi-Fi Connect which are available for 10 years and 3 months, respectively. For the sound system, the LE comes with a 6-speaker setup and an AM/FM/HD Radio setup. This has been given a slight upgrade on the XLE with an integrated amplifier and is swapped out for a 10-speaker JBL setup.
Each model of the Toyota Prius Prime is fitted with a significant suite of safety features and driver-assistive technologies. Its effectiveness has been measured by the NHTSA and has been given a 5-star rating for overall safety rating. Some features that come fitted with the Prius Prime include a Pre-Collision System, Automatic High Beams, Road Sign Assist, and a Dynamic Radar Cruise Control System. Each model also comes with the Star Safety System which comes with Enhanced Vehicle Stability and Traction Controls, Anti-lock Brake System, and Smart Stop Technology. Certain premium features such as a Blind Spot Monitor and a Color Head-Up Display.
When it comes to Toyota and its warranty offerings, we feel that the packages are on-par with that of other manufacturers. Their limited warranty package spans 3 years or the first 36,000 miles driven, whichever comes first. Next is their powertrain warranty which lasts for 5 years with a mileage limit of 60,000 miles. The Hybrid components are also under warranty and is available for 10 years with a mileage limit of 150,000 miles. Each model of the Toyota Prius Prime also comes with a complimentary scheduled maintenance perk which is available for 2 years or the first 25,000 miles driven.