With extreme fuel efficiency, the 2017 Toyota Prius is a great choice for anyone who doesn't want to spend much time at the pump. That kind of capability combines with solid everyday utility, thanks to the hatchback layout, which is perfect for hauling things. Everyone will love how cushy the suspension is, so you can drive on rough roads and not really feel it. Cabin insulation is also top-notch, cutting out most wind and road noise at any speed. Rounding out the car is a comprehensive array of available technologies, addressing everything from entertainment to safety needs.
Six different trim levels make it easier to find the 2017 Toyota Prius best suited for your preferences and needs. Certain features are available for all trims, while others are exclusive to only certain versions of the car. One of the big pluses for the 2017 Toyota Prius is the hybrid powertrain. It starts with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder DOHC engine with 16 valves and variable valve timing. This engine produces 95 horsepower and 105 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired to it is a permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor, good for up to 71 horsepower and 120 lb.-ft. of torque. That makes for a net powertrain output of 121 horsepower. An electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) is mated to the whole setup, sending all power to the front wheels.
While nobody will accuse the 2017 Toyota Prius of being a sports car, the vehicle can hold its own on most roads. This is partly because of the independent MacPherson strut front suspension, plus double-wishbone configuration for the rear suspension. The electric power steering works with a rack-and-pinon setup for excellent control. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes contribute to this aspect of the hybrid as well.
You can feel confident when behind the wheel of the 2017 Toyota Prius, thanks to a comprehensive array of safety features. Some are designed to prevent accidents, while others protect drivers and passengers alike in the event of a crash. All models come with the Star Safety System, which includes vehicle stability control, traction control, smart stop technology, brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. A rearview camera is also standard, providing a live video feed of everything going on behind the car. You can add rear cross-traffic alert, which uses sensors to detect when another vehicle is approaching from the sides. The optional blind spot monitor also helps spot hidden cars, letting the driver know by turning on a light on the corresponding side mirror. Rain-sensing wipers turn on automatically, plus adjust to the amount of water hitting the windshield, so drivers don't have to do anything.
When it comes to the interior, you'll find the 2017 Toyota Prius can actually handle up to four adults without any problems. The backseat is on a 60/40 split, so you can fold down part to expand longer or larger cargo items. Other luxuries such as front seat heaters and SofTex upholstery can be added. Among the many available onboard technologies is a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad. Intelligent clearance sonar makes parking in tight areas far easier to manage. Critical information is projected onto the windshield in full color, thanks to the available head-up display.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.