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The Differences Between the Prius and Prius Prime

April 21, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , ,

If you’re like many people shopping around for a hybrid car, you have to decide whether the Prius Prime or the standard Prius is the right vehicle for you. Both options offer some benefits and have some downsides. Ultimately, the one that’s best for you depends on what your priorities are and what you want out of a vehicle. That’s why we’re going to break down the differences between the two vehicles so you can make the decision for yourself.

Prius on the left Prius Prime on the right
Prius – Prius Prime pictured

Storage Space

If you value storage space and you frequently fill up the trunk of your vehicle currently, you probably won’t want to go for the Prius Prime, that is unless you can use the back seat of the vehicle for your storage needs. That’s because the Prius Prime has little trunk space. Toyota shoved all the batteries necessary for the extended full-electric driving range into the trunk of the vehicle, so it’s very shallow.

Fuel Efficiency

If you value fuel efficiency above all else, the Prius Prime is likely the vehicle for you. It comes equipped with battery packs that allow you to get up to 25 miles on a single charge before you start burning up gas at all. That means that you can charge up your car, head out on the trip and kick in the full-electric driving power whenever you hit a city portion of your trip. You can get over 100 MPG when using the full-electric mode to drive, and you’ll likely get over 70 or 80 MPG combined by the end of your trip if you aren’t travelling too far away. That’s a pretty big increase over the 50 to 60 MPG that you could expect from the standard Prius.

Sporty Handling

Neither Prius is known for very sporty handling, but the Prius Prime is even worse when it comes to driving mechanics. That’s because the batteries add around 300 pounds to the back of the vehicle and give it a heavy weighted feeling. This is especially obvious when going around corners and you’ll have a somewhat uninspired driving experience when taking the Prius Prime out for a spin. If driving mechanics are most important to you, the Prime is likely not the option for you, and the standard Prius is going to offer a slightly more satisfying experience overall.

Streamlined Media System

If you want a nice streamlined tech setup, the Prius is ahead of the Prius Prime. That’s because the new system used in the Prime is a bit overcomplicated and it can be difficult to learn to use. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get the hang of things, it just means you’ll have to spend some extra time mastering the features than you would have to if you were learning on the standard Prius. If you don’t mind taking the time, the media system works well, you’ll just be a bit more overwhelmed when starting out.

Tech and Features

If tech and features are important to you, the standard Prius Prime comes packed with quite a bit more than the standard Prius. You’ll enjoy a powerful adaptive cruise setup that works all the way down to start and stop traffic. The car also comes with parallel parking assist making it a bit easier to get into those tight spaces will parking in the city.

Overall both vehicles have a lot to offer. The Prius Prime offers more efficiency and more tech. The standard Prius offers more storage space, slightly better performance and a simpler tech experience. Both are highly efficient, but it’s up to you which one is the right fit for your needs.

The 2017 Toyota Prius is Named the World Green Car

April 13, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

Most vehicles out on the road today aren’t considered environmentally friendly, but that’s all about to change with some help from Toyota. The automaker is hard at work developing vehicles that use less fuel and drive around while producing fewer pollutants, which is exactly why the automaker received the World Green Car title for the second year in a row. It’s a pretty major achievement, and something to be proud of.

The 2017 Toyota Prius

Choosing the Prius Prime

It wasn’t simple deciding on the Prius Prime, there were several quality options to consider when making the decision. A total of 12 different vehicles from around the world were considered. When making a decision, things like fuel consumption, tailpipe emissions and the level of technology in the engine were all considered. These considerations helped the reviewers decide which vehicle was most worth rewarding and it was a model from Toyota yet again.

During the review process, a set of 75 automotive journalists from 23 different countries were asked to come together and judge the different vehicles being considered. It was only after through research and deliberation that the Prius {rime was determined to be the most environmentally friendly production vehicle sold in 2017. It’s an exciting victory and something that Toyota is undoubtedly excited about. This is what Jack Hollis, group vice president of the Toyota division had to say about the award.

“It is a great honor to see the Prius Prime named the World Green Car,” “For global automakers like Toyota, this award is a testament to our focus on developing products that both stir the emotions and meet the mobility needs of our customers in all corners of the world. “

Two Years in a Row

In 2016 Toyota received the very same award for its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. That just goes to show that the automaker is interested in awards and achievements and in alternative energy vehicles. The cars are both well-known for being positive changes for the environment, and that could be exactly why they both qualified for the award.

Toyota has Sold more than 10 Million Hybrids

February 8, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

As of January 31 Toyota managed to sell more than 10 million hybrid cars to people around the world. That’s a major milestone that hasn’t been matched by any other automaker and we think that it’s a good sign for the future of the environment. The Toyota Prius didn’t start off as a popular vehicle and it took time to catch on, but now the name is almost synonymous with hybrid vehicles, and if you see a Prius rolling down the road you know that it’s an efficient ride. That’s something that Toyota is proud of and something that the automaker is trying to replicate with its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as well.

2017 toyota prius prime plugin

An Early Start

The very first Toyota Prius came out nearly 20 years ago in 1997. Back then it was just an experimental vehicle and Toyota wasn’t sure if it was going to take off. Over the years the Prius has grown in popularity and it’s been the leading hybrid car all along.

The Benefits of Driving Toyota Hybrids

It’s estimated by Toyota that Toyota and Lexus hybrid owners have managed to keep 77 million tons of CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere by driving their cleaner and more efficient vehicles. Not only that, but the vehicles have saved about 8 million gallons of gas compared to driving around more average vehicles. That’s a pretty impressive feat, but it’s just a start to what Toyota, and many other automakers want to achieve now. Toyota will continue to roll out more efficient hybrid vehicles while it pushes ahead with new technological tools and features. It’s likely that we’ll eventually move past fossil fuels entirely, but until that time comes, the Prius will be an excellent option to consider when you want to use less fuel and drive around more efficiently.

Comparing the Prius Prime with the Nissan Leaf

January 17, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , ,

Buyers trying to figure out which fuel-efficient vehicle to pick up have a few different options to consider. They will have quite a few small car options to consider, but when going for a hybrid or electric option there are a few budget options that stand out more than the rest. The two major players are the Toyota Prius Prime and the Nissan Leaf when considering value and overall fuel efficiency. Both are capable vehicles but they are very different machines that serve different purposes. Below is an overview of the differences between the two to help you figure out which is right for you.

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Long Distance Driving Winner

If you plan on traveling for long distances often, the Prius Prime is the obvious winner of the two. That’s mainly because the Nissan Leaf doesn’t have a gas engine at all. It can’t travel more than the 100 mile or so range that it offers. That means you will have to find a charging station and wait for the battery to charge up again before being able to continue on your trip if you want to go farther. The Prius Prime offers excellent efficiency, and can handle the long-distance trips that most people like to take in the US at one point or another.

Battery Power Champ

The Nissan Leaf is the clear winner if you want to rely on only battery power. It has a considerably farther range when on battery power alone. That means that you can probably take on your work commute every day with the leaf, while it might be a stretch with the Prius Prime if you want to use electric only power. The Prime has a range of about 25 miles, which is good for many people, but not enough for longer commutes.


While the Nissan Leaf looks like a really strong contender when you look at its range and power, it also comes at a considerably higher cost than the Prius Prime. The car will set you back about 9,000 more than the Prius Prime. For shoppers looking for an affordable driving solution, it’s hard to justify the added cost of the Nissan Leaf without a strong need or desire to only use the battery for driving. Instead many drivers will opt for the more affordable Prius when comparing vehicles. It’s important to look at local pricing though, as well as tax credits before deciding on the vehicle that you want to buy.

Improved Acceleration

If you opt for one of the more powerful versions of the Prius Prime, it’s nearly a full second faster on acceleration from 0 to 60. That’s a pretty major difference and something worth considering if you merge onto highways often. The Prius Prime takes full advantage of that gasoline engine and uses it to boost highway merging speeds.

Both cars have a lot to offer but the option that’s right for you depends on what you are looking for. If you want the vehicle that’s going to offer the longest travel range on full-electric power, the Nissan Leaf is the clear winner. If you want something that’s going to travel more than 100 miles at a time, the Prius Prime is the winner. The Prime is also a lower cost vehicle and a bit faster at hitting highway speeds. The Leaf is a good solid option if you don’t need to travel more than 80 miles, and strong competitor if you don’t mind the increased cost.

The Toyota Parking Lot Sonar Technology Really Works

December 26, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

Toyota is regularly coming out with new tech improvements to its vehicles, but one of the most beloved by customers recently is the parking sonar system. This system detects objects around the Prius as it moves through a parking lot. It’s proven to be highly successful at prevent collisions and helps drivers remain safe while out on the road.


Major Safety Improvements

According to a survey performed in Japan between the months of January of 2015 and June of 2016, the Toyota parking lot sonar system, also known as Intelligent Clearance Sonar, help reduce parking-lot accidents by about 70 percent. That’s a huge safety boost and makes the feature something that everyone with a Prius should consider picking up.

What Does the Feature do?

The system makes use of two different sensors that both look out for obstacles at the rear and front of the vehicle. These sensors communicate with the smart system built into the car to let it know that there is an issue nearby. Once the Prius knows about the issue, it immediately engages the brakes to help prevent an accident, or at the very least reduce the severity of it. The system works at up to 9 MPH, and is pretty effective at helping drivers avoid most obstacles in parking lots.

Backing into Spots Has Never Been Easier

The sonar system makes it easy to back into parking spots that would have been difficult to navigate before. The system will pick up nearby obstacles while you back up, slowing the car if you are heading toward a curb, a nearby parked car or another obstacle like a wall. That means you can easily back up without fear of hitting an obstacle. The system also works with parallel parking, and there is an advanced parking assist feature that offers automatic parallel parking support so that you don’t have to deal with the task on your own.

Toyota is continually working on parking technology and should release new features and updates to the current ones as new technology comes out. It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to realize just how effective the system is though, so give it a try before buying your next Prius.

Toyota Might Add a Plug to Every Future Prius

September 26, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

Recent comments from Toyota indicate that the automaker might decide to put a plug on every single Prius sold in the future. The automaker stated that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to create an improved Prius that offers higher levels of efficiency. Most of the obvious improvements have already been made, and it took a whole lot of work to push the Prius Eco up the the 58 MPG city and 53 MPG highway that it offers. It would be very difficult to create a model that offers around 60 MPG combined, which is what Toyota would want to offer on the next model. That’s why the most logical step might be to make every single Prius a plug-in hybrid instead.



The Plug In Option

By going with plug-in models Toyota has a lot of room for future improvements. The automaker could expand the battery of the vehicle to offer progressively farther electric-only distances. Toyota could also improve the recharge speed of the vehicle until filling it up is as quick and easy as adding gas to your current vehicle, or maybe even faster with a potent enough recharge station.

While the standard gas-electric hybrid model is quite limited and already pretty maximized by the top Prius today, there is plenty that Toyota can do with the plug-in model. That’s why buyers shouldn’t be surprised if they hear Toyota announce that all future Prius vehicles are going to receive a plug and a larger battery. Toyota is already making it possible to drive around with just electric power using the current Prius, and future enhancements could be really exciting as long as they include a plug in the mix.

If you are interested in trying out a Prius with a plug in it, there is already a Prius model that offers just that. The Prius Prime is a pretty cool little hybrid that comes equipped with a plug. According to Toyota execs, the future of the company’s technology rests in hands of the Prime. If it does well, the chances of future plug-in hybrids is very good and it’s possible the whole lineup will take on the technology. If it doesn’t sell well, Toyota might decide to scrap plugs entirely. We’re on the verge of some major changes at Toyota and it will be interesting to see which way the automaker decides to go from here.

The Impressive 2017 Prius Prime

September 12, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

The 2017 Prius Prime is just about ready for release, and it offers a lot of special surprised that you may not have been expecting. Hybrid fans will enjoy everything that the Prime has to offer, and it might just be enough to get buyers to switch over to hybrid technology, or to try out a plug-in vehicle for the first time.


Careful Aerodynamics

A great deal of trouble went into making the 2017 Prius Prime as aerodynamic as possible, which is why the vehicle has a 0.24 coefficient of drag overall. That’s part of the reason the car is able to operate with such high levels of fuel efficiency.

Weight Loss Adjustments

Though the Prius Prime is 168 pounds heavier than the standard Prius, mostly because of the heavier 8.8 KWh battery, it still shows off some features that were put in place specifically to lower the vehicle’s overall weight. The car comes with a carbon-fiber hatch that’s more lightweight than the standard steel used on many vehicles.

Easily Stash the Charging Cords

The Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid, which means that it has some pretty large charging cords. In order to keep them out of the way when you aren’t using them, the car comes with built-in storage bins in the trunk to hold the cords. The bin is relatively small, and it offers just enough space to hold the cords out of your way. It’s much more intuitive than some of the other stash setups in vehicles like the Chevy Volt, that can be a bit cumbersome to make use of.

The car comes with the standard American charging port built in on the left side of the vehicle, hidden behind a small door, and there is another port built into the right side of the vehicle that’s the standard for Japan and Europe.

A Decent Electric Driving Range

The 2017 Prius Prime will offer a full-electric driving range of about 22 miles. That’s not enough to handle all your driving needs, but according to Toyota is will handle the round-trip needs of about half of the commuters throughout the United States. If you’re one of those people, you might be able to start driving to and from work without worrying about putting any fuel in your vehicle to do so.

If you don’t mind burning up some of the fuel held within the 11.3 gallon tank, you can travel up to 600 miles on a single tank of gas with the Prius Prime. That’s an industry-leading distance, and it will make taking long-distance trips more enjoyable.

Futuristic and Comfortable

The 2017 Prius Prime comes with a fully digital dashboard that shows all the important controls and computer figures for your viewing pleasure. It’s a pretty intuitive setup, that makes handling all your media needs simple and fast to do.

The inside of the Prius Prime is surprisingly attractive, and very comfortable for its riders. You’ll be impressed by the way that it looks, and you probably won’t want to climb out of the supple faux-leather seats once you’re in position.

Overall the 2017 Prius Prime is a nice improvement over the older model Priuses, and it’s definitely something to look forward to.

Taking a Look at How Far the 2016 Prius has Come

July 26, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

The Toyota Prius is a highly popular vehicle and it’s known as one of the first cars to popularize hybrid technology. Sure the Honda Insight was offered before the Prius was, but let’s be honest, the Prius is the true hybrid innovator of the bunch that put hybrids on the map. The car was released back in 2001 in the United States, and when you compare the older version of the car to the latest it’s clear that Toyota has made some progress. Let’s take a minute to compare the oldest with the newest to see the changes that Toyota has made, for better or worse.

Original Toyota Prius

Efficiency Boost

The Toyota Prius has always been an efficient vehicle, after all that’s what it was made for. It’s grown in efficiency over the years though. Back in 2001 when the vehicle was first released in the United States it has a fuel efficiency rating of 42 MPG city and 41 MPG highway. That figure has gone up to 58 MPG in the city and 53 MPG on the highway, or an increase of around 14 MPG overall. Toyota uses a host of special enhancements like more lightweight materials, infrared blocking windshield and other features to get the best efficiency that it can, and all these improvements will help you save money as you drive around.

2016 Toyota Prius

A Sleeker More Attractive Look

The original Prius was viewed as a bit of an eyesore, which was sort of the point when Toyota put the car together. That’s because they wanted this very new type of vehicle to stand out away from the rest of the cars. Hybrids were not common at the time and Toyota wanted to make sure that people were asking questions about the Prius. Today the Prius still has a distinctive look, but it’s a sexier and sleeker affair. The car itself is lower to the ground with a sharper profile especially around the hood, that now sits much lower on the car thanks to the Toyota New Global Architecture or TNGA.

Same Reliability

The original Prius is practically bulletproof. Sure it uses quite a bit of plastic throughout, and it has some quirky issues like the fuel bladder that makes it difficult to put fuel in the car in sub-freezing temperatures, but it’s a rock solid vehicle that you can count on. The same is likely to be true for the 2016 iteration of the Prius. Since it’s built on the latest Toyota platform it’s likely to be even more durable and Toyota vehicles are known for reliability in general, so you can count on the Prius holding up over the years.

While the original Prius was seen as a novelty when it was first released, it was clear just a few years later that the car would be around for a while. It’s still the best-selling hybrid car to this day, and the Toyota Prius is a major part of pop culture and known by almost everyone today. If you haven’t had a chance to test out a Prius yet, or you’re looking for an upgraded version over one of the older models, the 2016 Prius is one of the best versions of the car to date.

The Toyota Prius is the Most Affordable According to YourMechanic

June 13, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

Owning a vehicle is expensive, there’s no doubt about that. But one of the biggest expenses that you likely face, is probably one that you don’t even think about before making a vehicle purchase. Maintenance. That’s right, the money that you spend on maintaining that vehicle over the years is staggering, and it makes a lot of sense looking for vehicles that are more affordable to maintain when you try to pick out the one that you are going to drive around. According to information from YourMechanic, a vehicle website focused on car maintenance, the Toyota Prius is the least expensive vehicle to maintain overall. That’s exciting news when you consider that you’ll already be saving money on fuel every day that you drive around.

Toyota Prius

How Little Does it Cost?

According to data collected by YourMechanic, the Toyota Prius costs justs $4,300. That’s a bargain when you consider vehicles like the Chrysler Sebring that will set you back $17,100 over a 10 year period for regular maintenance and repair. When you look at the difference between maintenance costs of these vehicles it’s obvious that that is a consideration you should be making when buying your vehicle.

Save Money Over the Long Term

While the Toyota Prius is a bit more expensive than some of the other vehicles out on the road, it’s easy to see how you’ll save money over the long term by picking up the mid-sized hybrid. Not only will you cut your fuel expenses throughout the year, but you’ll cut maintenance and repair costs as well. It’s the ultimate low-cost vehicle when you consider all the different ways that it will save you money, which is exactly why you should be considering it over the other options being offered to the masses.

I’m not saying that you should run out and buy the Prius, there are other vehicles such as the Kia Soul, the Camry and the Honda Fit that are also affordable to maintain, but I am saying that you need to pay attention to maintenance costs before running out and buying a new vehicle. They make a big difference over time, and you could end up spending as much as $13,000 additional money over 10 years because you picked a more expensive vehicle to maintain when you were out car shopping.

The Prius Receives More Efficient Tires

April 14, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

The 2016 Toyota Prius is set to receive more efficient tires than what was used on previous models of the vehicle. This move will not only improve fuel efficiency while driving around, but the tires are also reported to be safer to drive around on, an exciting improvement that only serves to bolster the high safety ratings that the 2016 Prius received from the IIHS and NHTSA.

Blue Earth E70

The Tires

The new tires are from BluEarth and are the E70 tires. The tires are known best for improving fuel efficiency, and that’s why they are being paired with so many hybrid and fuel efficient vehicles to improve them even further. These tires are seen as environmentally friendly and they rely on a Nano BLEND compound that relies on Orange Oil during construction. The tires have an advanced inner liner for improved strength. BluEarth tires are developed by Yokohama, a brand that’s known for working toward environmentally sustainable products that are highly efficient.

Enhanced Grip and Efficiency

It’s tough to get tires to be efficient while still offering a high level of grip force. This tire balances both of those requirements well to create something that will maintain traction even in rain or snowy conditions. The tire is built to create as little rolling resistance as possible, but to be reliable and safe to use as well.

Anyone that picks up a new 2016 Prius can expect to find this tires factory fitted. They’ll help improve driving efficiency even more and should be viewed as a feature all on their own. After the tires wear out it could be a bit difficult finding matching tires in the United States, but they are sold in some locations around the country if you’re looking to maintain those high levels of efficiency and performance over time.

Enjoy the improved efficiency of your new Prius if you decide to buy one, and even if you don’t you might want to consider having this set of tires added to an older model to draw some of the same benefits. Sure you won’t see efficiency figures like you do with the 2016 Prius, but every boost helps.