2017 Toyota Prius Review

The 2017 Toyota Prius is a hybrid vehicle with front-wheel drive. It has amazing fuel economy with up to 58 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway.

The Prius is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that’s paired with 2 electric motors. Combined they deliver 121 horsepoewr. The electric engines deliver all their power as soon as you hit the accelerator which makes the Prius very zippy and a good car to drive around the city streets.

The 2017 Prius has a large space for cargo and the ride for the driver and passengers feels comfortable. The main complaint of the Prius is the poor integration with smartphones and the lower than average performance. For this reason the Prius is best suited to inner-city driving.

Performance

The Toyota Prius is able to generate 121 horsepower from its 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and two electric batteries. It comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This is similar to an automatic transmission.

The electric motors make the Prius quick off the line so low speed acceleration is good. At higher speeds the gas engine will do the work which may feel more sluggish. The Prius can not be driven in pure electric mode. For this you’ll need the Prius Prime which has a pure electric range of 25 miles.

The Prius is known for its fuel economy and gets up to 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway. This easily makes it far more fuel efficient than any of its competitors.

The Prius was redesigned in 2016 and the 2017 model is a continuation of that design. It provides a comfortable ride around town and is stable around corners.

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Interior

The Prius features an upscale design with good quality construction. The Prius Two comes with cloth upholstery but higher trims will come with leather seating and heated front seats. Depending on the trim level the Prius will come with either a 6.1-inch or 7-inch touch screen

The Prius has seating for 5 people with plenty of room in the front but limited legroom for passengers in the rear seats. There’s plenty of cargo space with 24.6 cu.ft. of space behind the rear seats.

Price

The base price for the 2017 Toyota Prius Two is $24,685 and the top trim is the Prius Four Touring which starts at $30,015.

Alternatives

The 2017 Toyota Prius has much better fuel economy than other competitors in the compact cars class but has a higher starting price. Some good alternatives are the 2017 Kia Soul, the 2017 Mazda Mazda3 or the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.