2020 Toyota Prius Limited Delivers on Gas Mileage, Interior Design, Technology and More

2020 Toyota Prius Limited

The 2020 Toyota Prius Limited delivers a lot of technology and mileage for the money.

As soon as I sat in the driver’s seat, I noticed the huge touch screen and the teched out look and feel. As someone who booked bands and entertainment for years, seeing the JBL logo on the sound system provided instant gratification.

If device integration, cool technology, great gas mileage and saving the environment are important, then this might be the car for you.

Highlights for me include everything from gas mileage to the flow of the interior design. The AC performance in 113 degree heat was more than ample and that is important here in Arizona. This year model of the Prius feels more stable, especially at higher speeds than earlier model years.

Driving Experience

Everyone knows the Valley of the Sun has some driving challenges. As a driver there are some things I really like about this 2020 Toyota Prius Limited. Gas mileage! It’s no mystery, the Prius gets over 50 miles per gallon.
In “Power” mode it gets great gas mileage and the power is noticeable. Even in “Eco” mode, I had some situations where I needed to accelerate to avoid someone else and the car has plenty of power to maneuver in and out of traffic.

If you drive Uber, Lyft or 30 miles per day or more, this car makes total sense. Dollars and cents actually.

On road trips you have everything you need, especially that awesome JBL sound system.

There is limited trunk space, but the rear seats fold down and the trunk is deeper than what you would expect. I managed to fit my guitar and several boxes of stuff comfortably with the 60/40 split rear seats down. Seats were easy to get down and up as well.

The one thing that was an adjustment for me was using the camera to go in reverse. Rear window visibility is limited and has a bit of a blind spot for backing into a parking spot. It took me a few days but now that I am used to it, it’s easier in some ways to just use the camera. Parking is super easy as would be expected with a smaller, efficient car.

Night Driving

I never thought I would be impressed with headlight technology. However, the Adaptive Front-Lighting System of the Prius has really good illumination and they adjust to give you better visibility. The height of the light is noticeably higher and I could see really well. The headlights actually swivel during turns to help you see what’s around the next corner.

Safety

Toyota is a brand that often wins awards for building good safety features into their vehicles. The Prius has a platform of safety features called Safety Sense which is standard on most vehicles. The pre-collision system works well, someone cut me off on the highway and I was alerted with a series of beeps as the person came really close to my vehicle. It’s designed to help you avoid colliding with pedestrians and other vehicles. I prefer to do that myself but for some Arizona drivers, this could help.There are blind spot indicators and alerts as well.

This generation of Prius has a more solid body and it handles better than other model years. It’s a bulked up version compared to past generations.

There is a feature I find really helpful, especially at night. There is a display on the windshield that tells you how fast you are going and also the speed limit when it knows. If safety is important then definitely take a look at the safety sense features here: https://www.toyota.com/safety-sense/

Exterior

You can see from the pics that this 4th Generation Prius looks way better than its predecessors. The color I drove was Sea Glass Pearl and I got some compliments on the exterior while parking outside Bandera’s in Old Town Scottsdale.

My friend has a 2008 Prius and he tends to drive cars until the wheels fall off but I could see a spark of envy looking at the 2020 parked right next to his Prius. As you can see from the pics of the actual car I test drove, the body style has evolved nicely.

Interior

Okay, this is where I think the rubber meets the road (pun intended). I spend most of my time inside the car versus looking at the body. I love a nice body as much as the next car enthusiast, but Toyota stepped it up for interior design. It just flows, even the AC vents look cool and make sense from an engineering perspective.

The 11.6-IN. Multimedia Display With Apple CARPLAY®8 Compatibility is something I mentioned earlier. Droid users don’t worry, you will be able to take full advantage of the device integration and connectivity as well.

There is plenty of legroom in the front and rear seats. I love the quality of the seats and they are super comfortable. The Limited comes with a JBL sound system which is definitely something I appreciate and it has 10 JBL speakers, 10 of them!

Powertrain

The 2020 Prius comes with 1.8-Liter, 4-Cylinder Aluminum DOHC 16-Valve with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), EV24, 25/ECO/POWER Modes; 96 hp @ 5200 rpm (71 kW @ 5200 rpm), 105 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm (142 N•m @ 3600 rpm)

The Hybrid system net power: 121 hp (90kW)

Fuel Economy

Toyota states 54 city/50 highway estimated MPG

I hovered around 48.6 MPG as an average and by the time this review hits the press have driven about 300 miles. The car tells you how you are doing and one day I averaged 57 MPG!

You notice how long it takes to use gas in this car.There are also a ton of ways to improve using the different data sets the car provides. There are more efficient drivers out there than me as I was testing acceleration and uphill climb capabilities so I came in just under 50MPG.

The Price for the Limited starts at $32,500

More Stats and Technical Specs for the 2020 Limited and other versions

For all you car nerds like me you can find all the details and compare other models here