2017 Prius New Car Test Drive
After a redesign for the 2016 model year, including a new engine and styling, the 2017 Toyota Prius comes with more standard equipment.
Even the base model includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and active lane control. It all comes in a package called Toyota Safety Sense-P.
The powerplant remains an efficient 1.8-liter four cylinder mated to an electric motor and making a combined 121 horsepower.
The standard battery pack is an older-tech nickel-metal hydride. Upper models use a lithium-ion battery pack.
The Prius runs the board with Good scores from the IIHS, earning the Top Safety Pick+ designation.
It's the most efficient vehicle on the road without an electric plug, getting an EPA-rated 50/54 mpg City/Highway, 52 mpg Combined. The Two Eco model gets even more, with 53/58/56 mpg. That's a 10 percent improvement over the previous generation. And there's a Prius that's more efficient, a plug-in called Prius Prime that can go 22 miles on all-electric power. We review it separately.
It's hard to imagine model-line nomenclature being more confusing than that of the Toyota Prius family, with multiple versions using the Prius brand name. (There's Prius covered here, plus Prius v and Prius c. Then there's Prius Prime.)
Prius Two ($24,685) comes with a nickel-metal hydride. (There is no Prius One.)
Prius Two Eco ($25,165), Prius Three ($26,735), Prius Three Touring ($28,115), Prius Four ($29,135), and Prius Four Touring ($30,015) get lithium-ion batteries. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Prius Two models come with a 6.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, 4.2-inch color information display, 15-inch wheels, rearview camera, keyless ignition, LED headlamps, and that Toyota Safety Sense-P package.
Prius Two Eco adds a bigger infotainment screen and navigation, Three Touring gets better seating, Prius Four adds blind-spot monitors, Prius Four Touring gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and bigger wheels.