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2024 Toyota Prius vs. Prius Prime: What Are the Differences, and Which One Is for You?  prius

 Navigating the realm of new and used cars can be tricky, especially with a lineup as compelling as Toyota’s hybrid offerings. The 2024 Toyota Prius and Prius Prime represent the pinnacle of efficiency and technology, but understanding their key differences is essential to picking the right model for you. Whether you’re prioritizing fuel economy, technology, or value for your next car from Ontario Auto Center, let’s dive into how these two models compare.  

Performance & Powertrain  

The 2024 Toyota Prius and Prius Prime offer varying performance characteristics, catering to different driving preferences.  

Toyota Prius: The standard Prius employs a hybrid system pairing a 2.0L 4-cylinder hybrid gasoline engine with an electric motor, resulting in a combined output of around 196 horsepower for the AWD model. This setup is known for its excellent fuel economy, reaching up to 57 MPG city/highway for the LE trim according to EPA estimates.  

Toyota Prius Prime: The Prius Prime, on the other hand, leverages a plug-in hybrid system that delivers an impressive all-electric range of up to 44 miles. This combination of a gasoline engine and a larger battery pack results in a total system output of 220 horsepower, offering a zippier feel than the traditional Prius. Its estimated 52 MPG combined fuel economy, when the battery is depleted, is slightly lower than that of the standard Prius. However, the ability to switch to all-electric mode for short commutes is invaluable.  

Charging & Refueling  

When it comes to refueling, the Toyota Prius retains the traditional hybrid experience by relying solely on its gasoline engine and regenerative braking. The Prius Prime adds flexibility with the option to plug into a standard outlet or a Level 2 charger.  

Toyota Prius Prime: Charging the Prius Prime’s larger battery requires around 11 hours on a standard household outlet (120V) or approximately 4 hours using a public charger (240V), perfect for overnight or mid-day charging.  

Toyota Prius: With no need to plug in, the traditional Prius remains hassle-free, relying on its gasoline engine to provide power when needed.  

Technology & Features  

Both vehicles offer a suite of advanced technologies that enhance safety, comfort, and convenience.  Learn more about the Prius prime features here, and Prius features here.   

Toyota Prius: Comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ 3.0, featuring a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and more. It also offers an available 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, and JBL® Premium Audio system.  

Toyota Prius Prime: In addition to Toyota Safety Sense™ 3.0, the Prius Prime includes features like Road Sign Assist and an available Digital Key that enables smartphone unlocking. It also sports a panoramic view monitor for a comprehensive surrounding view. The infotainment system and audio features are comparable to the Prius, providing a connected and high-quality experience.  

Pricing & Value  

Choosing between the 2024 Toyota Prius and Prius Prime often comes down to value and budget considerations. The base model pricing differs by a few thousand dollars due to Prime’s plug-in hybrid technology. While the Prius Prime provides the plug-in hybrid advantage with the option for all-electric driving, the additional cost might be offset by federal and state tax incentives (depending on location), making it an attractive option for some buyers. 


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