Would you want your fourth-gen Toyota Prius
to come with 25 miles of electric range and pay about $2,000 less for it? Well, if you have a base-model 2017 Prius
and paid at least $4,500 in federal taxes, you could have instead purchased an entry-level 2017 Prius Prime
(the one that plugs in, reviewed in full here
) and saved $2,085. That's because the new Prime, which goes on sale this fall, will start at $27,100. Two higher trim levels will be available, the Premium for $28,800 and the Advanced for $33,100. All three qualify for up to $4,500 in federal tax credit.
On the fuel economy
side, the numbers are just as impressive: the official EPA
estimates are 55 miles per gallon city, 53 highway, and 54 combined. Since it is a plug-in, it also gets an MPGe rating, in this case
133 [Toyota updated the number after this post was published
]. Toyota originally said
the Prime would have an all-electric range of 22 miles, but it will actually come with 25 EV
miles. That's not class-leading by any measure, but it's not as bad as the first-gen Prius Plug-In's 11 miles. And the Prime starts out $3,000 cheaper than the earlier model, too.