2017 Toyota Prius Prime
Many people love the Toyota Prius and the idea of driving hybrid vehicle, especially up here in Oregon. Prius lovers can rejoice, because there is an all new Prius model, the new 2017 Prius Prime, a plug-in electric version with a new cool name and an even cooler look. It has three trim levels which include: The Base Plus, the mid-level Premium, and the Advanced versions are all available and all have super features. With a price tag starting at $27,100, the Prime is just the right price too! Inside you will find soft fabrics, easy, adjustable seats, and all the same interior quality that Toyota always delivers. The model I got to drive around for a week was the Advanced Prius Prime with all the extras. The price of this specific one was $35,128.00.
The Prius prime is loaded with new technology and green technology.
- EPA-rated electric range of 25 miles
- 54 miles per gallon as a hybrid
- Rated 124MPGe in energy efficiency (a measure of how far the car travels electrically on the same amount of energy as it did on 1 gallon of gas)
How comfortable is Prius Prime?
With 2 rear seats that will accommodate two grown adults, the Prime may not have the extra center seat for the third person, but the overall comfort level is road trip worthy, as long as you have 4 or less people. There is no option for a middle seat in the back row. For our family not have a 5th seat is a non-negotiable, which is one of the reasons I still prefer the 2016 Toyota Avalon hybrid I drove last summer.
The trunk is large too, and has a privacy cover. There is a little space for the plug in.
Prius Prime Safety Features:
Toyota always has some of the highest safety ratings on the market each year and with each new model that comes out. I certainly feel safe when driving the Prius Prime, because of these features:
- Lane-departure warning
- Forward-collision warnings
- Automatic emergency braking
- Automatic high beams
If you decide to purchase the Prime model, you will also get the added safety perks of blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts.
Fun Feautures on the Prius Prime
I love the fact that even the base Prius Plus comes with heated seats, heated mirrors, and a built-in navigation system as a standard in the model. You do not find that in many base models these days.
The Premium Prime model has even more features:
- 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen display. (This screen is massive. The largest I have seen in a car.)
- 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat
- Qi wireless charging pad (if you have an iPhone you will have to buy a special case in order to use the charging pad.)
The Advanced version of the Prius Prime has these additional features:
- Navigation and vehicle information instructions
- Heated steering wheel
- Rain-sensing wipers
- LED fog lights
- Mobile phone app for remote control features
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Color Head Up display – shown below and super handy!
If you already own a Toyota Prius or you simply want to “go Green” and join the movement of driving a hybrid or an electric car and save tons of money on fuel, you must check out the 2017 Prius Prime.
Prius Prime Drawbacks
But in case you are wondering what I didn’t like, be sure to watch my video review. One of the things I forgot to mention in the video is the cost to replace the back window. The back window has a cool distinct look, but if for some reason it is broken that glass costs over $3000 to replace.