2020 Prius Prime Comparison Review

All New 2020 Features.


Impressive Fuel Economy.


Long Driving Range.


Excellent Starting Price.


Suite of Standard Safety Equipment.


While the 2019 Prius was updated, the 2019 Prius Prime had to wait in the wings. Now, the waiting is over as the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime has received several new features. Possibly the biggest update of them all is the addition of a third seat for the back row. Previously, the Prius Prime could only fit a total of four people. Now, the 2020 Prius Prime can seat up to five.

In addition to the new seat, the 2020 Prius Prime also receives the long-awaited Apple CarPlay. If you have an iPhone, you can connect with either the Prius Prime’s standard 7-inch touchscreen or the optional 11.6-inch variant. This allows you to navigate the system’s features through the familiar interface that Apple is known for. There is also Amazon Alexa connectivity built in for this year, allowing you to change music, check the weather, and even control home smart devices with just your voice.

Beyond those two, the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime has Sirius XM connectivity for the first time. Sirius XM is a satellite radio service that gets unique sports, music, and news channels. For the interior, there is now a black trim option. Two USB ports have been added for the back seat so that long road trips are now even easier. Finally, there is a new sun visor extender to protect your eyes from the sun.

What hasn’t changed for the 2020 model is the incredible fuel economy. The Prius is world-renowned for its miles-per-gallon rate, and the Prime is even better. The Prius Prime uses a combination of electric energy and the hybrid engine the Prius is famous for. This results in 25 miles of electric-only driving and a total driving range of 640 miles without filling up. This number is achieved with the incredible rates of 55 mpg in the city, 53 mpg on the highway, and 54 mpg combined for the hybrid engine. The electric engine gets a combined rate of 133 MPGe.

While the Prius Prime’s competitors may have impressive fuel economies in their own right, they don’t quite stack up to the Prius Prime. The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid gets 52 mpg combined and 119 MPGe. The 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid runs at 46 mpg and 105 MPGe. Finally, the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid makes due with 42 mpg and 110 MPGe.

The 2020 Prius Prime’s competitors also can’t manage to last as long between fill-ups. As mentioned above, the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime can go roughly 640 miles without a fill-up. The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has an impressive range of 630 miles, but after that, the others fall off. The 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid gets nearly 100 less miles at 560. Then there is the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. It can only go 340 miles without a fill-up. If you plan on going on a long trip, the 2020 Prius Prime will keep you going longer, saving you money.

Speaking of money, the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime saves you money right from the get-go. At a starting MSRP of $27,600, it handily beats the 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid and the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. The Kia starts at an MSRP of $28,500, and the Honda starts at an MSRP of $34,320.

If you are worried about spending $27,600 on the Prius Prime when the 2019 Prius only costs $23,770, you shouldn’t be. Currently, if you buy the 2020 Prius Prime, you can apply for a $4,502 tax credit from the government. While other companies are starting to run out of tax breaks for electric vehicles, Toyota still has plenty left for you to take advantage of.

Not only does the 2020 Prius Prime save you money, but it also comes with a fleet of standard safety tech. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has four safety technologies that they recommend vehicles should have. These are Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking, and Dynamic Brake Support. All four come standard on the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime.

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has all four of these technologies available, but they cost extra. The 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid does have Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning standard, but it does not offer Crash Imminent Braking or Dynamic Brake Support at all. While the 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid does have all four of these standard, it lacks additional technology the Prius Prime comes standard with.

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime comes standard with automatic dimming headlights. Your Prius Prime will sense when you are approaching another vehicle and dim your headlights when they are on high to avoid blinding the driver in front of you. This creates safer road conditions for everyone. The 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid not only doesn’t have dimming brights standard, but it does not offer this feature at all. The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid do not offer this either.

In addition to excellent standard safety features, the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime offers a 2 year/25,000 mile maintenance warranty. Standard maintenance such as oil changes and check-ups are covered by Toyota for two years. Honda, Hyundai, and Kia do not offer this. If you feel like splurging, the Limited edition of the 2020 Prius Prime comes with Intelligent Parking Assist. If equipped, this technology can park your car for you if you’re nervous about parallel parking or fitting into a tight spot. None of the Prius Prime’s competitors offer this feature either.

Now, you may be wondering, “Wait, where’s any mention of the Chevy Volt?” I did not touch on the Volt in this comparison because as of this year, it is now out of production. In February, the last new car went off the line. For some quick reference, though, the 2019 Chevy Volt starts at nearly $6000 more than the base 2020 Prius Prime. Although it was a frontrunner in the plug-in hybrid movement, it has bowed out of production.

Now, if you’re interested in driving a newly-updated, long-driving, economically-sound car, you are in the right place. With safety, maintenance, and luxury features in tow, it is hard to go wrong with the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime. If you would like to purchase one, you can visit us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We hope to see you soon.

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NHTSA 2020 Prius Prime Safety Ratings (not yet updated): https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2020/TOYOTA/PRIUS%252520PRIME/5%252520HB/FWD