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2020 Toyota Pirus Arrives With AWD and Apple CarPlay

The 2020 Toyota Prius is finally here, and it boasts a ton of tech to go along with its brand-new electric drive system.

The Prius has been a known quantity for more than two decades; this efficient Toyota is the world’s best-selling hybrid nameplate. Now in its fourth generation, the Prius received a modest facelift for the 2019 model year, making it slightly less ugly than before (but still not pretty by any means), as well as a number of other updates. Therefore, the Prius rolls into 2020 unchanged, still offering incredible value and efficiency for the money.

Available on the Prius L Eco, LE, and XLE trim levels, the new infotainment system adds Apple CarPlay, as well as Amazon Alexa compatibility. However, the Prius still isn’t available with Android Auto, even though some other Toyota models are getting the feature. A 7.0-inch touchscreen display is standard.

Toyota did not make any mechanical changes to the Prius, which has been around in its current form since the 2016 model year. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine works with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system, for a total of 121 horsepower.

Additional standard equipment for the LE includes driver’s door smart key system, push-button start and remote illuminated entry, a rear wiper, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, and intelligent clearance sonar with intelligent parking assist. The XLE grade adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a SofTex-trimmed heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel, SofTex-trimmed seats including 8-way power and heated front seats, 3-door Smart Key system, and Qi wireless phone charging tray.

The range-topping Limited trim, on the other hand, adds an 11.6-inch infotainment screen with navigation, a premium JBL audio system, and adaptive front lighting system with auto-leveling headlamps.

Gas mileage ratings remain unchanged for the 2020 model year. The most fuel-efficient Prius is the front-wheel drive L Eco model, which is rated at 56 mpg combined (58 mpg city, 53 mpg highway) by the EPA. Other front-wheel drive Prius models are rated at 52 mpg combined (54 mpg city, 50 mpg highway). All-wheel drive models are rated at 50 mpg combined (52 mpg city, 48 mpg highway).

Pricing for the 2020 Toyota Prius starts at $25,155 for a base Prius L Eco with front-wheel drive, and rises to $30,205 for a fully-loaded XLE model with all-wheel drive (all prices include a mandatory $955 destination charge).

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