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 2023 Toyota Prius

2023 Toyota Prius

Consumer Guide Automotive It was weird. When I rounded the corner, a guy walking down the street stopped suddenly, whipped out his phone, and started acting like a paparazzo, taking pictures of my test car like it was a super star. Add this incident to the to the number of thumbs-up signs my test car scored, and you’d suspect I was driving something rare and exotic.  But I wasn’t.  I was driving a 2023 Toyota Prius…something decidedly un-exotic.

2023 Toyota Prius

2023 Toyota Prius

2022 Los Angeles Auto Show

Revealed at a private event in advance of the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota officially unveiled the next version of its Prius gas/electric and Prius Prime plug-in hybrids. These fifth-generation hatchbacks get a sleek new look, a revised battery pack, and up-to-date safety and connectivity tech. The company also claims that the standard Prius hybrid will achieve 57 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

Prime vs AWD-e

2021 Toyota Prius Prime Limited (left) vs 2021 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e

With hybrid vehicles of all sorts now commonplace in the American new-vehicle market, the Toyota Prius doesn’t get the respect (or sales numbers) it once did. These days, most major manufacturers offer numerous hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or both—and increasingly, these hybrids are versions of regular-line vehicles, not stand-alone, hybrid-only models. The majority are also SUVs—the type of everyday family vehicle American buyers are choosing in greater numbers than 4-door sedans of any stripe.

2020 Toyota Prius Limited

2020 Toyota Prius Limited in Sea Glass Pearl

2015 Audi Q52020 Toyota Prius Limited

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 1195

Fuel used: 26.4 gallons

2019 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e in Electric Storm Blue

2019 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e in Electric Storm Blue

2015 Audi Q52019 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 419

Fuel used: 8.2 gallons

2019 Toyota Prius c

2019 Toyota Prius c LE in Tide Pool Pearl

2015 Audi Q52019 Toyota Prius c LE

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles Driven: 357

Fuel Used: 9.1 gallons

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e

LA-Auto-Show-LogoIt would seem more fitting for the Chicago or Detroit Auto Show, but Toyota chose the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce a Prius with more “snow” appeal.

2018 Toyota Prius c

2018 Toyota Prius c in Absolutely Red

2015 Audi Q52018 Toyota Prius c Four

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles driven: 524

Fuel used: 10.7 gallons

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced in Magnetic Gray Metallic

Quick Spin2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 603

Fuel used: 6.8 gallons

2017 Toyota Prius Eco

2017 Toyota Prius Two Eco in Blue Crush Metallic

2015 Audi Q52017 Toyota Prius Two Eco

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 430

Fuel used: 6.3 gallons