The current fourth-generation Toyota Prius has been around since 2016, and time hasn’t been kind to the Big T’s venerable hybrid. It was pretty decent when it debuted, but a number of new fuel guzzlers relegated it to last place in our ranking of the best hybrids. And considering that new versions of the Accord hybrid, Civic hybrid and Kia Niro hybrid are on the way, the Prius’ competitive advantage (to the extent that it even has one) shrinks even further. more.
Today Toyota unveiled a new Prius, and we only have one thing to say. Give me. Now.
The new fifth-generation Prius eschews the conservative designs of older models, taking a direction that boldly differentiates it from other Toyotas. In fact, it really only shares the full-width taillight and downward sloping crease on the rear bumper with the Mirai hydrogen vehicle; all other design cues seem to come from this new Prius.
Things are a bit more familiar inside. The steering wheel and dashboard (now in front of the driver, where it belongs) are borrowed from the bZ4X electric SUV, while the center console appears to be an evolution of the design found on the RAV4 and Camry.
Stay tuned to this space as Toyota reveals more information about the new Prius. A full reveal is expected at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.