There are many cars with alternative propulsion systems available today — but when the Toyota Prius debuted over two decades ago, it was a groundbreaking model, for it showed that a hybrid vehicle could be both a practical reality and commercially successful. After all of these years, the iconic Prius is still going strong, with a sporty design, an available all-wheel drive system, and even greater efficiency.
2020 Toyota Prius Efficiency Ratings
You’ll be spending very little money at the gas pump with the 2020 Toyota Prius, for it gets an estimated fuel economy of up to 58 city/53 highway/56 combined mpg (L Eco trim). The Prius LE, XLE, and Limited grades get an estimated fuel economy of 54 city/50 highway/52 combined mpg, while the Prius XLE AWD-e and LE AWD-e grades get an estimated fuel economy of 52 city/48 highway/50 combined mpg.
Efficient Hybrid System in the 2020 Toyota Prius
The high-level efficiency of the 2020 Toyota Prius can mostly be credited to its sophisticated hybrid system, which features a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, a Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor, and hybrid battery packs. The hybrid system delivers a total output of 121 horsepower. Efficiency for the Prius is also aided by its lightweight and aerodynamic design, with the ability to cut through the air with ease. Additionally, the Prius utilizes brake regeneration technology, which captures the kinetic energy that’s emitted when you apply the brakes.
The big news for the 2020 Prius is the newly-available all-wheel drive system, which provides excellent traction in adverse weather conditions and when driving on slippery and uneven surfaces. With an estimated fuel economy of 50 combined mpg for the Prius AWD-e models, the Prius gets the highest fuel economy of any model with an all-wheel drive system.