2021 Toyota Prius Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2021 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Key Features

  • Starting at $25,520 MSRP*
  • 1.8L 4-Cylinder Engine with Permanent magnet AC synchronous motor and up to an EPA-estimated 58 MPG city fuel economy rating**
  • Audio — Includes six speakers, 7-Inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility
  • Optional Electronic On-Demand Compact All-Wheel Drive (AWD-e)
  • Smart Key System on driver’s door with Push Button Start
  • Available Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging with charge indicator light
  • Standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0)
  • Optional Color Head-Up Display (HUD) with speedometer, navigation, and Hybrid System Indicator

Toyota Prius Exterior

About the Toyota Prius

Whether you’re eager to explore downtown or take your adventures across the country, the Toyota Prius remains the top choice for eco-conscious drivers. Instantly recognizable from all angles, the dynamic styling of the Prius combines functional aerodynamics with bold character lines to provide an eye-catching yet efficient driving experience. Unlike most vehicles in its class, drivers can select the capability of a proven AWD-e system on their Prius to help them excel across all types of road surface conditions. Choosing the Prius also means that you can experience up to an outstanding 58 MPG city fuel economy rating**, helping you spend less time and money at the pump. Designed with an emphasis on connected technology, the interior can be equipped with an optional 11.6-inch HD multimedia display, complete with intuitive pinch, zoom, and tap capabilities. No matter where your travels take you, no other hybrid vehicle combines style and efficiency quite like the iconic Toyota Prius.

What the Critics Say

However, the Prius’ spacious cabin and excellent fuel economy do keep it solidly competitive—and it’s the only one of its direct rivals to offer optional all-wheel drive. And, of course, it brings Toyota’s reputation for reliability, making it a sensible purchase.” — Car and Driver
This Toyota delivers a smooth ride, and it’s one of the most efficient hybrids on the market. The Prius provides comfortable seating and more cargo space than nearly every one of its competitors. It also comes standard with a wealth of infotainment tech and active safety features.” — U.S. News & World Report

What’s New for 2021

Back to build on its award-winning reputation, the Toyota Prius receives only a handful of minor updates to its proven formula for the 2021 model year. First, a limited-production Prius 2020 Edition arrives with black 17-inch wheels, black exterior trim, and a choice of two colors: Supersonic Red or Wind Chill Pearl. Based on the XLE trim level, these models are limited to only 2,020 units to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Prius. Other updates include the addition of Android Auto smartphone integration along with standard cyclist/pedestrian detection.

Toyota Prius Features

Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e

Dynamic Styling

To match its outstanding efficiency, the Toyota Prius has an attractive exterior look to help you stand out from the crowd. Its striking styling cues are complemented by available 17-inch alloy wheels, giving the Prius a confident stance on the road. Bi-LED elements in the headlights, optional integrated fog lights, and accent lights further enhance style and visibility at the front of the Prius. Increased body rigidity and a low center of gravity help make this the most agile Prius to date. The Prius is also engineered with a double-wishbone style multi-link rear suspension to help absorb bumps and stay planted to the road surface. An impressive assortment of vibrant, expressive exterior paint choices helps ensure that your Prius reflects a personality as unique as yours.

Toyota Prius AWD-e Snow

Efficient Performance

Helping to make your journey easier on both the environment and your wallet, the Toyota Prius has efficient performance capabilities to help you enjoy every mile. Unlike the competition, the Prius is available with an optional AWD-e system to help you navigate challenging weather conditions without worry. Even your shortest drives will be a rewarding experience thanks to an available EPA-estimated 58 MPG city fuel economy rating**. A configurable 4.2-inch color dual Multi-Information Display screens allow the driver to monitor real-time driving information along with ECO-mode fuel savings. Individual drive modes offered in the Prius let you drive with increased throttle response for additional agility upon acceleration, drive solely on battery power for up to one-half mile under certain conditions, and maximize fuel economy.

Toyota Prius Interior Versatility

Interior Versatility

Whether you find yourself carrying cargo, passengers, or even a combination of both — the Toyota Prius is up to the task with its standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats. You’ll have room for all of your gear thanks to 27.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and up to a maximum of 65.5 cubic feet of total space with the seats folded. Even chilly winter mornings are no match for the Prius and its available SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats. All passengers will always be comfortable inside the Prius thanks to the standard smart-flow climate control system with humidity sensor and pollen filtration mode. Open the available power moonroof to enjoy a stunning view of the city lights or fill the cabin with fresh air.

Toyota Prius Interior

Cutting-Edge Tech

Technology is yet another strong suit of the Toyota Prius. Squeezing in or out of a tight parking spot is easier than ever before thanks to groundbreaking driver-assist technologies including the available Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) and available Intelligent Park Assist (IPA). Charge up your smartphone without unnecessary clutter from cables or wires thanks to the available Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charger featuring a non-slip surface. Developed with aircraft-inspired technology, the optional color Head-Up Display (HUD) helps you monitor critical drive information while keeping your eyes safely on the road ahead. With the standard Smart Key System, you can unlock the doors and even start the Prius with just the press of a button.

Trims & Specs

L Eco

L Eco

  • Starting at $25,520 MSRP*
  • 1.8L 4-Cylinder Engine with Hybrid Synergy Drive®
  • 58 city/53 highway estimated MPG**
  • Audio — Includes six speakers, 7-Inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0)
  • Smart Key System on driver’s door with Push Button Start



  • Starting at $26,730 MSRP*
  • 54 city/50 highway estimated MPG**
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)40 with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) with Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA)
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Fabric-trimmed front seats with extended seatback pockets



  • Starting at $28,130 MSRP*
  • Electronic On-Demand Compact All-Wheel Drive (AWD-e)
  • Integrated fog lights and LED accent lights
  • Intermittent rear window wiper
  • 15-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels with two-tone wheel covers
  • Cargo area tonneau cover



  • Starting at $29,570 MSRP*
  • SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats with power adjustability
  • Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging
  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels with titanium-finished wheel inserts
  • Smart Key System on three doors with Push Button Start



  • Starting at $30,570 MSRP*
  • Electronic On-Demand Compact All-Wheel Drive (AWD-e)
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink
  • SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats with extended seatback pocket
  • Multi-Information Display (MID) and Bluetooth® hands-free phone controls
  • Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)



  • Starting at $33,645 MSRP*
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights
  • Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and JBL®
  • Optional power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • Color Head-Up Display (HUD) with speedometer, navigation, and Hybrid System Indicator
  • Safety Connect®

*MSRP includes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $995 for Cars (86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla HB, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, Supra), $1,175 for SUV/Van/Small Trucks (4Runner, C-HR, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, RAV4 Prime, Sienna, Tacoma, Venza), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Land Cruiser, Sequoia), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally related equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

**Based on 2021 EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.