If you want a high efficiency and environmentally friendly vehicle without the hassle of recharging your car, the 2018 Toyota Prius remains a top choice. There are not many shortcomings of hybrid vehicles that return a better real world result.
Of course, the 2018 Toyota Prius main appeal is fuel economy. With an EPA rating of 52 mpg combined driving, the new Prius delivers high savings. Even if you drive it with heavy legs, the Prius will restore better mileage than almost every car on the road. In addition, the Prius is practical and comfortable, with generous cargo space and smooth driving qualities. But the 2018 Toyota Prius fell in acceleration and handling, proving less eager to drive than traditional vehicles. There is also a Toyota infotainment system that lacks some functionality, and questionable styling.
Even so, there is a reason why the Prius remains the king of hybrid cars. If you focus on efficiency and value, you will not be disappointed with the Prius.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Toyota Prius is a five passengers four-door hatchback. It’s offered in One, Two, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four and Four Touring trim levels. The compact Prius C are different models and covered in separate reviews.
Standard feature for the Prius One include 15-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, LED running lights, automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, heated mirrors, adaptive cruise control, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, dual 4.2-inch driver information screens, voice recognition with Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and USB port. Standard safety features include forward collision warning, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision mitigation with automatic braking.
The 2018 Toyota Prius Two are similarly equipped but also adds a rear window wiper and the Safety Plus package as a no-cost add-on, which includes automated parking assist, parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring.
The 2018 Toyota Prius Two Eco gets a lighter lithium-ion hybrid battery, ultra-low-rolling resistance tires, an inflation kit instead of a spare tire, and illuminated keyless entry. The rear wiper and Safety Plus package is not offered, but its returns an impressive fuel economy.
The Prius Three adds white interior accents, steering wheel and armrests simulated leather, a wireless phone charging pad, and the Toyota Entune premium infotainment system with navigation, a 7-inch touchscreen, HD radio, satellite radio, and access to apps such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, Yelp and OpenTable.
The 2018 Toyota Prius Four adds automatic wipers, a power driver seat with adjustable lumbar, heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery with contrasting white stitching, a rear cargo cover and seatback storage pockets.
The Safety Plus package is also a no-cost add-on for the Three and Four. The Prius Three and Four can also be added with the Advanced Technology package, which includes a sunroof and a head-up display.
The Three Touring or Four Touring includes everything from the Three or Four along with 17-inch alloy wheels, unique rear bumper styling, LED clearance lights, foglights and imitation-leather upholstery with contrasting blue stitching.
The Prius Four and Four Touring can be equipped with the Premium Convenience package, which adds Safety Connect emergency services, a self-parking system and a 10-speaker JBL audio system. The Safety Connect system is a subscription-based and includes stolen vehicle locator, automatic collision notification, emergency assistance and one-touch access to roadside.
The 2018 Toyota Prius is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor/generators. This combination generates 121 horsepower and sent through an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) to the front wheels. Light to moderate braking transforms one of the electric motors into a generator to keep the hybrid battery topped up.
In performance testing, the 2018 Toyota Prius Three accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds. A quicker time than the last-generation Prius, but still slower than most average hatchbacks. EPA fuel economy rating at 52 mpg combined (54 city/50 highway). The Prius Two Eco returns an astonishing 56 mpg combined (58 city/53 highway).
In previous models, the Prius has a handy interior with a futuristic and unique layout, but suffers from cheap plastic and fabrics. The 2018 Toyota Prius interior has high quality materials and a more conventional layout. A shifter with a separate Park button is used to select neutral, forward or backward. The speedometer and gauge array are mounted high in the center of the dash, and while it looks cool, this is not the ideal location. However there is an optional screen that can display important information right in front of the driver.
Surprisingly, imitation leather and cloth seats come standard at lower trim levels, and the controls and layouts are easy to understand and use. The 7-inch touch screen has a fast response and although high-end smartphone integration requires clumsy Entune applications, you can do without and still have a satisfying experience via Bluetooth connection or USB audio.
Behind the rear seats, the 2018 Toyota Prius offers a cargo space of 24.6 cubic feet, an impressive figure that is 3 cubic feet more than the previous generation. Prius One, Two Eco and Prius Four offer more space, 27.4 cubic feet, since it lack of spare tire and allows a lower load floors.
Release Date and Price
With production is set to begin in November, the 2018 Toyota Prius release date is expected to be sometime in February 2018.
Official price will start at $24,370 for the Prius One (include $895 destination fee). The Prius Two carries a price tag of $25,580, while the most fuel-efficient Prius Two Eco starts at $26,060.
The Prius Three starts at $27,630 and $29,010 for the Three Touring. The Prius Four costs $30,580 and the range-topping Prius Four Touring has a price tag of $31,460.