2019 Toyota Prius Review
The words “Toyota Prius” bring up a lot of images, but this classic hybrid has undergone a lot of changes over the years. It continues to push the envelope for efficient performance while also adding in some pretty impressive tech and styling.
See what the latest model offers drivers near the San Diego, Chula Vista, and El Cajon areas in this 2019 Toyota Prius review from Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego.
Performance and Fuel Economy
If you’re considering the Prius, you’re interested in something with an impressive fuel economy. The 2019 model doesn’t disappoint, offering drivers an EPA-estimated 58 city/53 highway MPG.*
This is thanks in part to its aerodynamic design. Features like aero stabilizing fins, underbody panels, and a low profile all work to reduce drag. There’s even an automatic grill shutter, which closes when the radiator isn’t needed, further improving aerodynamics. This all results in a 0.24 drag coefficient.
Its impressive power starts with an efficiently designed 1.8L 4-cylinder engine. This gas-powered engine reduces internal friction wherever possible while making sure you get the most power out of each drop of fuel.
Then, the Prius adds an electric motor that’s powered by its hybrid battery pack. This motor’s battery recharges by capturing energy that would otherwise be lost when you hit the brakes. This brake regeneration is why, unlike most vehicles, the Prius is more efficient in the city than on the highway.
Newly Available Electric All-Wheel Drive
The 2019 Toyota Prius has added an AWD-e system, making it easier to travel anywhere—even in slippery conditions. Most AWD vehicles use a center differential to split power between the front and rear wheels, but this system is different.
Instead, it adds a second electric motor to the rear wheels. This motor powers the rear wheels from 0-6 miles per hour, improving performance when you start moving. If needed, it can continue to add power to the rear wheels up to speeds of 43 mph.
Because of this innovative system, this Toyota Prius configuration is one of the most efficient AWD models out there. It offers an EPA-estimated 52 city/48 highway MPG.*
Versatile Interior Space
The versatility of the 2019 Toyota Prius continues once you step inside the car. Its hatchback design provides 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats.
Easily fold those seats flat to take advantage of 65.5 cubic feet of space. That’s plenty of room to pack in all your camping gear. Available cargo crossbars allow you to take your bikes or kayaks along for the ride, too.
The seats are covered in your choice of fabric or plant-based SofTex® leatherette, depending on trim level. You won’t find real leather seats in the eco-friendly 2019 Prius since the tanning process releases a lot of harsh chemicals into the environment.
Even the climate control system is eco-friendly. Smart-flow vents direct airflow only to seats that are occupied. This conserves energy by not heating or cooling areas that don’t need it.
This environmentally friendly interior doesn’t mean you need to give up your favorite comfort features. You’ll still find available modern amenities, such as:
- Wireless charging pad
- Heated front seats and steering wheel
- Three standard USB ports
- Color Head-Up Display
After all, the Prius has always been a technological innovator. It was the first mass-produced hybrid to break into the market, paving the way for other hybrid models.
That technological innovation hasn’t gone anywhere. The 2019 model offers an available 11.6-inch color display, turning nearly the entire center stack into a vertically oriented touchscreen. Use it to view your maps, make phone calls, keep track of the hybrid system power, and more. It even has a split-screen feature, so you can have even more information at your fingertips without needing to scroll between views.
Test Drive the 2019 Toyota Prius
New features like an electric all-wheel drive system, 11.6-inch touchscreen display, and dramatic styling don’t just make the 2019 Toyota Prius a standout option in the hybrid vehicle market. It’s a great option all around for drivers near the San Diego, Chula Vista, and El Cajon areas.
Don’t just take our word for it: Come see this innovative and spacious hybrid for yourself at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego. We’ll let you take it for a spin so you can experience its performance in person. Contact us today for more information!
*2019 EPA-estimated 58 city/53 hwy/56 combined mpg estimates for Prius L Eco; 54 city/50 hwy/52 combined mpg estimates for Prius LE, XLE and Limited; 52 city/48 hwy/50 combined mpg estimates for Prius LE AWD-e and XLE AWD-e. Actual mileage will vary.