All-Wheel Drive Toyota Prius To Start From $27,300 In The U.S.

At the 2018 L.A. Auto Show, Toyota unveiled its facelifted Prius, and for the first time ever, the popular hybrid car is being offered with an all-wheel drive in the United States.

Called the 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e, it will start at $27,300 in the LE flavor, informs CarsDirect, quoting official order guides. For the sake of comparison, the front-wheel drive Toyota Prius LE is cheaper by $1,400.

Meanwhile, the Japanese automaker will offer the 2019 Prius all-wheel drive in XLE trim too. This will set buyers back at least $29,740, or a mere $1,000 more than the regular XLE, which can be had from $28,480. Prices include the $920 destination charge.

The all-wheel drive system in the 2019 Toyota Prius has an additional electric motor that powers the rear wheels. It works at up to 43 mph (69 km/h) and takes juice from a new nickel-metal hybrid battery, located under the rear seat – said to have been developed to provide great performance in cold weather states. When the system detects slip, it automatically activates the AWD to improve traction, but under normal driving conditions, the 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e remains front-wheel driven.

Toyota estimates a fuel economy rating of 52/48/50 mpg (4.5/4.9/4.7 l/100 km / 43.3/40/41.6 mpg UK) in city/highway/combined, which should make it one of the most fuel-efficient AWD passenger models on sale.

In addition to the AWD system, the 2019 Toyota Prius also features a few styling updates on the outside, a couple of new exterior colors and a revised steering wheel.

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  • PhilMcGraw

    I do wonder how long they will keep the regular Prius around considering that Toyota exec talked about offering an AWD hybrid Corolla.

    • charlotteharry57

      Rumors have it that this is the last of the Prii.

      • Joe E

        If that’s true, it would be Toyota’s equivalent of Ford’s botching of the Taurus. And I hope Toyota is raked over the coals for allowing it to happen.

        • PhilMcGraw

          I don’t think it’s necessarily the last of ALL Prii, but I have seen in recent days them nudging towards perhaps only having a plug-in Prius and a crossover Prius (to replace the V). I think the plug-in tech will get cheaper and so there won’t be that price premium over the regular Prius as there is now (about a $4k price gap for the Prius Prime).

          My guess would be that they wait and see how the Corolla hybrid sells and if there’s demand then they’ll introduce the AWD version and just pull the plug on the regular Prius and leave the Prime as the sole offering.

  • charlotteharry57

    I have to say (I must have largely ignored this during the LA Show), it looks a LOT better this year. Not pretty, but no longer laughable.

  • Paul

    This is a pretty good combo. You can have your “eco” and be able to get somewhere too with the AWD setup.

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