AWD Toyota Prius: A Reliable Companion In All Kinds Of Weather

Following a Defender through the woods is not something you’ll be doing in the 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e – not by any stretch of the imagination, but you will be able to free yourselves easier when things get a bit slippery or sticky.

Launched for the 2019MY as part of the facelifted iteration of the fourth-generation, the all-wheel drive Prius adds a tiny electric motor that powers the rear wheels. Between 0 and 6 mph (0-10 km/h), it’s always active, but it can kick in if it detects wheel slip from 6 to 43 mph (10-69 km/h) too.

Also Watch: Driven: 2019 Toyota Corolla ZR Hybrid Talks The Talk, Walks The Walk

The combined output is 121 horsepower, which is sufficient for driving around town. However, you’re going to notice the need for more oomph on the highway, according to RoadShow, as well as lots of wind and tire noise at high speeds as well. Fuel efficiency is only 2 mpg off compared to the 2WD Prius, with the official estimates being 52 and 48 mpg (4.5-4.9 l/100 km / 62-58 mpg UK) in city/highway, and 50 mpg combined (4.7 l/100 km / 60 mpg UK).

Nobody’s going to buy a Prius, all-wheel drive or not, for its sporty characteristics though – and Toyota doesn’t pretend otherwise. The steering is light and the ride quite comfortable which, combined with a roomy cabin, tons of head- and legroom at the back, good visibility, simple layout and easy-to-use controls, while, at almost 25 cu-ft (708 lt), boot space is better than in the Mazda3 Hatchback.

What Toyota did with this version of the extremely popular hybrid car was to provide peace of mind to customers living in cold climate states. We just wish they made it better looking and not more fashionable.


  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    1) they have destroyed this generation with this awful facelift

    2) they have got to really consider what to do with the next generation of PRIUS because all other competitors are miles ahead of them, they should make PRIUS a Halo Model and really go to town in its design and positioning

  • David De Fortier

    The worst styling ive ever seen 🤮

Audi Gets U.S. Pumped Up About RS6 With Touching ‘Avant Story’ Spot

The newly introduced 2020 Audi RS6 Avant will be available to buyers in the United States.

VW Recalling Nearly 700,000 Vehicles Over Rollaway Risk

The recall impacts more than 500,000 Jetta models.

Rtech’s Chevy Ponderosa Will Make You Forget About The Silverado HD

It’s a Chevy with a Dodge heart that produces a staggering 1,300 lb-ft of torque.

Donald Trump Attacks Automakers For Not Supporting Emissions Rollback

The U.S. president singled out Ford for coming to an agreement with the Golden State .

First Freightliner eCascadia Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks Start Field Testing In California

Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries will use two electric trucks, while customer deliveries are scheduled for 2021.

VW Officially Denies It Intends Buying A Stake In Tesla, But The Truth Is They’d Love To

Volkswagen qualified the report about its interest in buying a Tesla stake as “speculation without merit”, though things aren’t so simple.

Ford Charges An Absurd $10,000 For Painted Stripes On Shelby Mustang GT500

Those looking to purchase the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 can also pay $1000 for vinyl racing stripes.

Can The 2020 Toyota Supra Tackle BMW’s M2 Competition?

Even though some find the new Supra expensive, it’s actually cheaper then the Bimmer – and it’s no slouch, either.

Audi’s AI:Trail Quattro Concept Is An Electric Off-Roader Headed To Frankfurt

Sporting a futuristic design and quattro all-wheel drive, the off-roader is bound to turn heads.

2020 Toyota Camry TRD Seems Like A Bargain At $31,995

The 2020 Camry TRD is more than $11,000 cheaper than the Avalon TRD.