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2024 Toyota Prius Prime Vs 2024 Tesla Model 3 RWD

Two cars that have made headways in the hybrid and EV markets are the 2024 Toyota Prius Prime and the 2024 Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive. We’ll compare these two models in terms of performance, range, pricing, features, warranty, and overall value. Whether you’re in the market for a new or used car, it’s vital to understand the distinctions between these two models so you can make an informed decision in a growingly saturated hybrid and electric market. Ontario Auto Center in the Ontario, CA, offers a variety of vehicles to suit your needs, and this comparison can serve to guide you through the essential aspects of these two revolutionary vehicles.  

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Performance and Driving Experience 

2024 Prius Prime

2024 Toyota Prius Prime: The 2024 Toyota Prius Prime combines the efficiency of a hybrid with the flexibility of an electric vehicle. It features a 2.0-liter engine paired with an electric motor, delivering a combined 220 horsepower. The hybrid system ensures smooth acceleration and a quiet ride, making it ideal for city driving and long commutes. The Prius Prime also offers multiple driving modes, allowing drivers to switch between hybrid, electric, and combined power settings to optimize performance and fuel efficiency. View our inventory of Prius Prime models today at Crown Toyota, located as a part of the Ontario Auto Center. 

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2024 Tesla Model 3 RWD: The 2024 Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive is an all-electric vehicle known for its impressive acceleration and cutting-edge technology. This specific trim of the Model 3 features a single electric motor driving the rear wheels and delivers 257 horsepower. The Model 3’s low center of gravity, thanks to its battery placement, provides excellent handling and a sporty driving experience. Tesla’s regenerative braking system also enhances efficiency by converting kinetic energy back into stored energy during deceleration. 

Range and Efficiency 

2024 Toyota Prius Prime: A very important consideration when buying a hybrid or electric vehicle is range. The 2024 Toyota Prius Prime offers an estimated 600 miles of total driving range when combining its hybrid and electric capabilities. On pure electric power alone, it can travel up to 44 miles (39 miles for XSE and XSE Premium trims), which is sufficient for most daily commutes and errands. The Prius Prime’s efficient use of fuel and electric power ensures that drivers can go longer distances between fill-ups and charges. 

2024 Tesla Model 3 RWD: Being fully electric, the 2024 Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive boasts an impressive EPA-estimated range of 272 miles on a single charge. Tesla’s Supercharger network further enhances the Model 3’s practicality for long trips, allowing for rapid charging at convenient locations across the country. Additionally, home charging solutions make it easy to recharge overnight. 

Pricing and Value 

2024 Toyota Prius Prime: The 2024 Toyota Prius Prime is known for its affordability and reliability. Listed at $32,975 MSRP, the Prius Prime offers a great balance between cost and features. The base model comes equipped with a host of standard features that make it a strong contender in the hybrid market. Additionally, Toyota’s reputation for durability and low maintenance costs adds to the overall value proposition of the Prius Prime. 

2024 Tesla Model 3 RWD: The 2024 Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive is more expensive than the Prius Prime. This model is listed at $38,990 MSRP and promises a taste of the luxury and technology Tesla has become known for. Tesla’s innovative features and brand prestige add significant value for those looking for a high-tech electric vehicle. 

Interior Features and Comfort 

2024 Toyota Prius Prime: The interior of the 2024 Toyota Prius Prime is designed with comfort and convenience in mind. It features a modern and spacious cabin with high-quality materials and finishes. The Prius Prime comes in three unique grades: SE, XSE, and XSE Premium, each offering distinct features. 

  • SE Trim: Starting at $32,975, this trim includes a top-mount Multi-Information Display (MID) with indicators and a 7-inch LCD display, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), and an 8.0-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia display.  
  • XSE Trim: Starting at $36,225, this trim adds 19-inch alloy wheels, Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, and SofTex-trimmed front seats with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.  
  • XSE Premium Trim: Starting at $39,670, this top-tier trim features a fixed glass roof, a 12.3-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia touchscreen display, and an 8-speaker JBL Premium Audio system. 

2024 Tesla Model 3 RWD: The 2024 Tesla Model 3 RWD offers a minimalist and futuristic interior. Its 15.4-inch touchscreen controls most of the car’s functions, providing a sleek and uncluttered dashboard. The Model 3’s premium interior materials and advanced features, such as customizable ambient lighting and an expansive glass roof, create a luxurious feel. Although the cargo space is slightly less than the Prius Prime, the Model 3’s foldable rear seats provide flexibility for larger items. 

Safety and Technology 

2024 Toyota Prius Prime: Safety is a top priority for the 2024 Toyota Prius Prime, which comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense™ 3.0 (TSS 3.0). This suite of advanced safety features includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Road Sign Assist (RSA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Proactive Driving Assist (PDA). These features help ensure a safe driving experience, making the Prius Prime an excellent choice for families and safety-conscious drivers. 

2024 Tesla Model 3 RWD: The 2024 Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive also emphasizes safety, featuring Tesla’s advanced Autopilot system. Autopilot includes features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking. Additionally, the Model 3’s over-the-air software updates ensure that the vehicle continually improves its safety and performance features over time. 


2024 Toyota Prius Prime: The Prius Prime offers an excellent warranty package that provides peace of mind for drivers. The coverage includes: 

  • Corrosion Perforation: 60 months/unlimited miles 
  • Restraint Systems: 60 months/60,000 miles 
  • Powertrain: 60 months/60,000 miles 
  • Basic Warranty: 36 months/36,000 miles 
  • Hybrid Systems: 96 months/100,000 miles 
  • Hybrid Battery: 120 months/150,000 miles (applies to specific CA Emission states) 

Toyota’s extensive warranty coverage reflects its confidence in the reliability and durability of the Prius Prime. 

2024 Tesla Model 3 RWD: Tesla offers a solid warranty package for the Model 3, though less comprehensive than Toyota’s offering. The coverage includes: 

  • Basic Vehicle Limited Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 
  • Battery and Drive Unit Warranty: 8 years/100,000 miles 

While Tesla’s warranty is strong, especially for the battery and drive unit, it doesn’t match the extensive coverage provided by Toyota for the Prius Prime. 

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Overall Value and Conclusion 

Both the 2024 Toyota Prius Prime and the 2024 Tesla Model 3 RWD offer impressive features, but they cater to different needs. The Prius Prime excels in affordability, hybrid efficiency, and practicality, making it an excellent choice for budget-conscious drivers and those who need a versatile and reliable vehicle for various driving conditions. Toyota’s reputation for reliability and low maintenance costs further enhances the Prius Prime’s overall value. 

The Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive, while more expensive, provides a high-tech, luxurious driving experience with impressive range and technology.  

Whether you’re looking for a new or used car, considering these factors will help you choose the right vehicle for your needs. Ontario Auto Center in Ontario, CA, a wide range of vehicles, including the 2024 Toyota Prius Prime. Visit us today to explore our inventory and find the perfect car for you. For more information or to schedule a test drive, contact us today. 


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