2018 Toyota Prius
2018 Toyota Prius
No hybrid does fuel economy, passenger comfort, and day-to-day practicality quite like the 2018 Toyota Prius.
Why Buy the 2018 Toyota Prius?
In the hybrid hatchback segment, the Prius leads the way with a solid blend of fuel economy, modern technology, and upscale comfort. Because there are seven models out there, there’s a Prius that suits every budget. With so many options – including the street-savvy Safety Plus package – it’s easy to tailor your ride to meet your specific needs. Most of all, this modern hatchback saves you a bundle on fuel. Earning up to 58 city/53 highway mpg, the 2018 Toyota Prius leads the segment with its thrifty fuel economy.
Which Toyota Prius Is Best?
This four-door hatchback is available in seven trims: the One, Two, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four, and Four Touring. It’s really up to you to decide which model is the best fit for your life – and your budget. You’ll be happy to learn, however, that even the base model comes nicely stacked with modern creature comforts and tech features.
With conveniences like keyless entry and ignition and safety items like the rearview camera, the base One model comes with everything you need. You’ll find the cabin roomy and comfortable, and the Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity gives you the means to make hands-free calls and stream music from apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio. If you’ve got an iPhone, you can use Siri Eyes Free voice controls to interact with it through the central system, minimizing on-road distraction.
The Prius Two is equipped similarly to the One, but adds a few modern flourishes, like a rear window wiper. You can also add the Safety Plus package to the Two, which sharpens your on-road vigilance with features like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. This package also makes it easy to tackle parallel parking spaces, thanks to its parking sensors and automated parking assist system. The Two Plus is extra efficient, with ultra-low-rolling resistance tires and a lighter lithium-ion battery pack. Although you can’t get the Safety Plus package or the rear window wiper, the Two Plus maximizes fuel economy, earning top figures with 58/53 mpg.
In the 2018 Toyota Prius Three and Four, things get a bit swankier. You’ll find simulated leather on the steering wheel and armrests and the white interior accents give the cabin a unique, modern vibe. Both models also comes with the upgraded Entune infotainment system. The Three Touring and Four Touring each come with the corresponding Three and Four features. To those, they add unique performance gear – like fog lights and LED clearance lights – to help you navigate dark and unfamiliar territory. The Touring models also feature unique faux-leather upholstery with blue contrast stitching, offering a uniquely stylish ride.
How Does the Toyota Prius Work?
The Prius hybrid powertrain combines a gas-powered engine with two battery-powered generators. All models come with the same powertrain, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that, with the help of two electric motors, generates 121 horsepower for smooth, satisfying acceleration. The engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission to further enhance fuel economy. The transmission sends power to the front wheels. Unfortunately, all-wheel drive isn’t available for the Prius.
How Safe Is the 2018 Toyota Prius?
In your Prius, you can count on a safe ride. In government crash tests, this thrifty modern hybrid earned a perfect five-star rating for overall safety. (https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2018/TOYOTA/PRIUS/5%252520HB/FWD) More than that, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Prius a 2018 Top Safety Pick. (http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/toyota/prius-4-door-hatchback) It earned the IIHS’s top score of “Good” in every single crash test, as well as a rare “Superior” for its front crash prevention system. With the Prius Two, Three, and Four, the Safety Package is a no-cost add-on, giving you vigilance-boosting technology like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The automated parking assist feature even helps you ease the Prius into a tight space without a scratch.