2021 Toyota Prius vs. Its Competition

2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The trailblazing Toyota Prius wasn’t the first mass-produced hybrid car but it might be the most enduring.

The Honda Insight beat the Prius to market way back at the end of the last millennium, but the econobox was discontinued in 2014 before being resurrected for 2019 as a four-door sedan.

The Ioniq covers all the electrification bases as a plug-in hybrid, electric vehicle, and hybrid with a combined 58 mpg rating.

If the style of the Prius is off-putting, then the Corolla hybrid packs all of the smarts of the Prius in a more streamlined package.

But hybrid crossovers such as the small Kia Niro have appealed more to consumers lately, especially in Toyota’s family, where last year the RAV4 Hybrid outsold the Prius.

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Quick Specs
5.5
The 2021 Toyota Prius appeals to shoppers looking for a no-frills commuter that excels at fuel economy.
6.5
The 2021 Honda Insight is a remarkable hybrid commuter with impressive safety features for a low price.
6.6
The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq steps up the efficiency game with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric editions.
6.7
With the 2021 Corolla, Toyota has almost excised all the bland from its diet.
6.4
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is the meat-and-potatoes crossover for many buyers; the RAV4 Prime supplies the all-electric range.
6.0
The 2020 Kia Niro is a compelling eco-friendly car for those opposed to Prius-like looks.
MSRP From     
$24,525$22,930N/A$19,925$26,050$24,590
Gas Mileage     
51 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy46 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4N/ARegular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsN/ACompact CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
L Eco (GS)LX CVTN/AL CVT (SE)LE FWD (SE)LX FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
55N/A555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedanN/ASedanSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
CVT w/ODCVT w/ODN/ACVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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