2020 Special Anniversary Edition Toyota Prius Hybrid

Toyota is paying homage to its iconic Prius with a 2020 Special Anniversary Edition for 2021.

Twenty years ago, automotive propulsion technology took a mammoth step in a new direction as the unassuming Prius Hybrid slipped quietly into U.S. Toyota dealerships.

2001 Prius Hybrid

The 2001 Toyota Prius, the world’s first production hybrid car, had arrived. It would profoundly impact the evolution of automotive power trains over the next two decades.

The Toyota Prius went on to sell more than 6 million vehicles worldwide in the next 20 years.  In the U.S, Toyota Prius sales reached 1.9 million through 2019, as the model name became synonymous with hybrid technology.

Prius 2020 Edition

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the arrival of Prius in the U.S., Toyota is offering 2,020 of the 2020 Edition as part of the 2021 Prius lineup.

Prius 2020 Edition in Supersonic Red

The Prius Hybrid 2020 Edition is based on the XLE FWD grade.  Available in a choice of Supersonic Red or the new Wind Chill Pearl, the 2020 Edition is accented by striking Black exterior trim and unique features, including a color-keyed rear spoiler. Bold Black trims include inserts for the 17-inch alloy wheels, headlight components and trims, B-pillars and mirror housings.

2020 Edition Supersonic Red w/Black accents

Unique to the Prius Hybrid 2020 Edition are a “2020” insignia key glove/fob and floor mats, as well as black shift knob and interior A-pillar trim and smoked HVAC vents.

Standard XLE grade features in the 2020 Edition include heated, SofTex-trimmed 8-way power driver’s seat; SofTex-trimmed heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; 3-door Smart Key system with Push Button Start; remote illuminated entry, rear wiper, and Qi wireless phone charging tray that accommodates larger phones and Toyota Safety Connect.

2021 Toyota Prius

The 2021 Toyota Prius is both sporty and elegant, with just a touch of mischief, according to Toyota.

Exterior

The Prius silhouette signature design feature delivers an ultra-low 0.24 coefficient of drag (Cd). In addition, an automatic grille shutter reduces aerodynamic drag by closing when airflow to the radiator is not needed.

Standard Bi-LED headlamps and LED rear combination lamps not only provide better light than halogens, but they also reduce energy consumption and give a longer service life. A full-width glass panel beneath the rear spoiler aids rearward visibility while also serving as a distinctive Prius design feature.

Powertrain

The foundation of Prius efficiency is the Toyota Hybrid System II. It operates much in the same fashion as the original hybrid system in the 2001 Prius, but is more compact and more powerful. 

NOTE: In our opinion, the Toyota Hybrid System II is the best hybrid powertrain on the market today.

Toyota Hybrid System II – 2.4L model in 2020 RAV4

In the Prius, the system combines the output of a high-efficiency 1.8-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine with that of two motor-generators through an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The advanced Power Control Unit is the key to extracting the greatest efficiency from the powertrain. In most situations, the Prius launches on battery power alone and then seamlessly starts the gas engine and blends its output once underway, turning it off when its power is not needed. 

The 2021 Prius boasts a manufacturer preliminary-estimated 54/ 50 / 52 mpg city/highway/combined fuel economy.

Interior and Technology

The super-low-drag Prius silhouette  is also highly practical with its generous cabin room.  In actuality, the Prius is rated as a midsize car by the EPA. The front-wheel drive models, including the 2020 Edition, offer 50.7 cu. ft. of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded down, which is more than in some small SUVs, according to Toyota.

All Prius models share the familiar central screen interface, a signature feature in every Prius since the original. The 4.2-in. color Dual Multi-Information Display with customizable screens includes Energy Monitor and Hybrid System Indicator with Eco Score, Eco Savings Record, Drive Monitor, Eco Wallet, and Eco Diary features, plus displays for climate control, driver support systems, audio system content, and the navigation system.

2021 Prius Interior 2020 Edition

Infotainment features the standard Toyota Audio system with its 7-inch touch-screen display; AM/FM CD player; 6 speakers; Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility.  Other elements include an auxiliary audio jack; one USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity; two 2.1-amp USB charge ports; advanced voice recognition; Bluetooth hands-free phone capability with phone book access and music streamin;, Siri Eyes Free and integrated backup camera display.  

Prius Safety

The Prius, which already had Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) standard, steps up to the more capable TSS 2.0 for 2021. This latest version of the advanced safety system includes: Pre-Collision System with Low-Light Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control Bicyclist Detection, Lane Departure Alert Automatic High Beams and Road Sign Assist.

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is designed to offer automatic braking capability, under certain conditions, should the driver not react in time in an emergency situation. Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Intelligent Parking Assist are also standard.

When and How Much?

The 2021 Toyota Prius is arriving later this year.  As soon as more information and pricing are available – your inwheeltime.com team will share with you.

2020 Toyota Prius

Until they arrive, you can check out the 2020 Prius and even build one yourself by going to: https://www.toyota.com/prius/

Source:  Toyota Press Release