Get ready for the ever-expanding Prius lineup by learning more about the current Toyota Prius models before the Prius Prime arrives for the 2017 model year. The Prius, Prius c, and Prius v are all standard hybrids, as opposed to the plug-in Prime that will be making its way to Louisiana soon. The Prius c and Prius v are based on the original Toyota Prius. These three models offer something for everyone, whether you want a compact and incredibly efficient hybrid, a larger hybrid with a bit more power, or something in between.
Toyota Prius Size
The traditional Toyota Prius is the middle ground in terms of size. This model has a familiar profile with some updates for the 2016 model year. The Prius c is the smallest of the group and the Prius v is the largest, giving you the most versatility. Toyota intended the Prius v to be perfect for families and the Prius c to excel in cities or other areas where a compact is useful. To put the size differences in perspective, the Prius c, Prius, and Prius v have 17.1, 21.6, and 34.9 cubic feet, respectively, of cargo space.
Prius Powertrains and Efficiency
As Prius models, all three of these vehicles have hybrid powertrains. It should come as no surprise that the Prius c has the smallest engine since it is the smallest model. Its 1.5-liter hybrid 4-cylinder gives you 99 horsepower. Both other models pair the hybrid system with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder for 134 horsepower. The most efficient option is the Prius c, with 53 city/46 highway/50 combined mpg*. The Prius changes these slightly to 51/48/50*, and the Prius v gets 44/40/42*.
The Prius, Prius c, and Prius v have their own target audiences. The team at Ray Brandt Toyota can go over the differences in features and trims with you, as well. We will likely suggest the Prius c for those who don’t need much space, the Prius v for those who need plenty of room, and the Prius for everyone else. Just let us know your requirements, and we will make sure you drive the right Prius around Kenner, Louisiana.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.