2017 Toyota Prius

Starting MSRP: $23,475 - $30,015

Estimated MPG: 54 city / 50 hwy

2017 Toyota Prius Review

Though justly celebrated for its impressive fuel efficiency, the 2017 Toyota Prius also stands out for its high levels of standard safety technology and robust maximum cargo capacity. All these traits make the Prius a practical and compelling choice among family cars.

By Charles Krome
Last Updated 08/30/2017

The 2017 Toyota Prius is a midsize hatchback with seating for five, and it's sold in One, Two, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four and Four Touring trims. All Prius models rely on a hybrid power system and front-wheel drive.

For 2017, the Prius adds Toyota’s Safety Sense P bundle as standard equipment on all models. Previously standard only on upper trims, this bundle includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, as well as lane departure alert with steering assistance, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.

Exterior

Exterior

Aerodynamics play a large part in both the efficiency and the design of the 2017 Prius, and its sheet metal features sharply sculpted surfaces and particularly dramatic lighting elements. LED headlights illuminate the road ahead, and the Prius cruises on 15-inch wheels.

Standard features include LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and heated power-adjustable side mirrors. The list of available exterior features includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, black side-skirt rocker panels, 17-inch wheels, a power sunroof and integrated fog lights.

Interior

Interior

The cockpit of the Prius is as dramatic as the car’s exterior, thanks to style cues like a flowing dashboard with a centered gauge panel. Also bringing a modern touch to the interior are the car’s sheer center-stack control interface and small dash-mounted shifter, the latter designed to enable shift-by-wire capability and requiring minimal physical effort. All Prius trims have standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seats that allow owners to take full advantage of the car’s hatchback body style. There’s up to 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space located behind the back seats, and with these seats folded, capacity swells to 65.5 cubic feet.

Standard features include automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and power windows and door locks. You can upgrade your Prius with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, soft-touch door panels, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat and simulated leather upholstery.

Performance

Performance

The 2017 Toyota Prius offers smooth and amenable ride quality. Power comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a duo of electric motors, and combined output stands at 121 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) governs the proceedings. Of course, the hallmark of the front-wheel-drive Prius is its fuel efficiency, and the 2017 model carries on that tradition with an exceptional EPA rating of 58/53 mpg city/highway.

Technology

Technology
Toyota's Prius comes with an appealing lineup of standard technology features. Base models are equipped with a rearview camera, a 6.1-inch touch screen, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, voice recognition, keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, Siri Eyes Free, a CD player and a six-speaker sound system. All models come with a long list of active safety features, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control and lane departure intervention.

Upgrades include navigation, a 7-inch touch screen with split-screen display, HD radio, satellite radio, a full-color head-up display, a self-parking system, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and a premium JBL sound system.