2019 Prius Comparison Review



New All-Wheel Drive.

 

Solid Handling.

 

Highly Awarded.

 

The Real Deal Fuel Economy.

 

Welcome back to the car you know and love. Since the late 1990’s, the Toyota Prius has been ushering in a new era of fuel economy. The frontrunner for the hybrid movement, the Prius has enjoyed incredible success over the last two decades. Toyota does not rest on its laurels, though. We have continued to update this car every year in our effort to bring the best possible car to you. To some, the best car means superior engines. To some, the best car means the most luxurious comforts. To some, the best car means top of the line fuel economy. Whatever it is you are looking for, Toyota believes that it has that for you.

In the case of the 2019 Toyota Prius, we believe that several standout features will grab your attention. First and foremost, the 2019 Prius is the first among its class of compact hybrids to offer All-Wheel Drive (AWD). AWD is an option for where cars put the weight on their wheels. Toyota Priuses are typically Front-Wheel Drive (FWD). This allows the weight to lie on the front wheels, creating smoother driving conditions in nice weather.

Here in Indiana, we know that the weather isn’t always nice. In fact, I’ve experienced all four seasons in a single day multiple times in my 20+ years of living here. Because of that, AWD is important. All-Wheel Drive puts weight on all four wheels of your Prius, creating more traction. This will help you avoid skidding off the road in snow and rain. As AutoTrader puts it, “If you live where snow falls, the Prius AWD-e is a great bet -- no other AWD hybrid matches its fuel economy, and no hybrid that can match its fuel economy offers AWD.”

The AWD option on the 2019 Toyota Prius is not its only source of praise. In a 2019 figure-8 test by MotorTrend, the Limited trim of the 2019 Prius surprised the testmakers. “In fact, with a time of 26.3 seconds at an average of 0.64 g, the 121-hp Prius did better than several cars you'd expect to leave it in the dust.” Here are some of the vehicles that the 2019 Limited Prius beat: Fiat 124 Spider (26.4 seconds), Cadillac CT6 (26.6 seconds), Mazda6 2.5T (26.7 seconds), Nissan Sentra (26.7 seconds), and most notably, the Honda Insight (27 seconds).

It does not only handle well on the figure eight track. Reviewers have also praised the 2019 Toyota Prius for its solid handling. Here’s what US News and World Report says: “Beyond just saving you money at the gas pump, this Toyota hybrid is a smooth car to drive, with composed handling and seamless transitions between its gas engine and electric motor.” The Prius may not handle like a sports car, but it certainly gets you where you are going in a cool and efficient manner.

The 2019 Toyota Prius has been highly awarded. For beginners, the Prius and the Prius Prime were awarded Top Safety Picks by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Similarly, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) gave the 2019 Prius a five star rating for safety. In a study of three year old cars, J.D. Power rated the Prius 9/10. From IntelliChoice, the 2019 Prius earned four awards: the 2019 Lowest Fuel Costs Passenger Car, the 2019 Lowest Operating Costs Passenger Car, the 2019 SmartChoice Maintenance Costs Passenger Car, and the 2019 SmartChoice Cost of Ownership Passenger Car awards.

Now, let’s be honest. AWD, solid handling, and a litany of awards are awesome. But that’s not why you are thinking about a Prius, right? Those are some sweet toppings, but the meat of the matter is fuel economy. After all, the Prius reset market expectations for fuel economy throughout the past two decades. Does the new model hold up? You bet it does.

The 2019 Prius L Eco has an incredible fuel economy of 58 miles per gallon in the city, 53 mpg on the highway, and 56 overall mpg. These numbers earn the 2019 Toyota Prius a second overall ranking on US News and World Report’s ranking of the best gas mileage cars. Although the numbers drop slightly on the AWD model, they still stand out at a 52/48/50 split.

Now, if you’re like me, you see those numbers and think, “Well, what does that mean practically?” Luckily, I have some practical statistics for you. In 2016, the average fuel economy for a car in the US was 24.7 mpg according to Reuters. Plugging that into the government’s fuel projection software, it comes out to $1658 a year assuming you drive 15,000 miles at a gas price of $2.73/gallon. For the 2019 Toyota Prius L Eco, that number falls to $788 a year for gas. That is a difference of $870 a year. After ten years, you would save $8700 compared to the average fuel economy. If you would like to play around with the government fuel economy projections, you can do so at the link below.

I hate stopping at gas stations. I am always thinking about how to be most efficient with my time, and filling up your tank is a time sink. When driving with a 2019 Prius’ 11.3 gallon tank, you can travel up to 655 miles without needing to fill up at max fuel economy. That is exactly what I look forward, and I’m sure you do too.

This is the car for you if you want fuel economy in Indiana. The All-Wheel Drive option will get you through another crazy Indiana weather. The handling will help you navigate around the potholes that the city never seems to properly fix. The awards will be proven accurate at every mile of your journey. And the fuel economy will keep you going for as long as you want.

So, why not come in and test drive one? You can find us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 591-4281. We will get you set up, and hopefully, we’ll be selling you that brand new Prius before the end of the day. We look forward to seeing you, and we look forward to seeing you in a Prius.



Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

AutoTrader 2019 Toyota Prius Review: https://www.autotrader.com/car-reviews/2019-toyota-prius-new-car-review-281474979912360

MotorTrend Figure Eight Test: https://www.motortrend.com/news/15-new-cars-toyota-prius-beats-around-figure-eight/

US News and World Report: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/toyota/prius

IIHS Top Safety Picks 2019: https://www.iihs.org/ratings/top-safety-picks

J.D. Power Most Dependable Small Cars: https://www.jdpower.com/cars/ratings/dependability/2019/2019-vehicle-dependability-most-dependable-small-cars?make=&model=

IntelliChoice Awards on MotorTrend: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/toyota/prius/2019/

US News and World Report Top 24 Gas Mileage Cars: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/cars-with-the-best-gas-mileage

Reuters US Fuel Economy Report: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-emissions/u-s-vehicle-fuel-economy-rises-to-record-24-7-mpg-epa-idUSKBN1F02BX

FuelEconomy.gov Fuel Cost Projections: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/savemoney.jsp