2023 Toyota Prius: First Review and Test Drive
The Toyota Prius is a mid-size car with a hybrid drivetrain, combining an internal combustion engine with an electric motor. Initially offered as a four-door sedan, it has been produced only as a five-door liftback since 2003. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) rated the Prius as one of the cleanest vehicles sold in the United States on the basis of smog-forming emissions in 2007. The 2018 model year Prius Eco was ranked as the second-most-fuel-efficient gasoline-powered car without plug-in capability available in the US that year.
The fifth-generation Prius was unveiled in November 2022 and features two powertrain options. The first uses Toyota’s Series Parallel Hybrid System, available in 1.8-litre (2ZR-FXE) and 2.0-litre (M20A-FXS) variants, producing up to 103 kW (138 hp; 140 PS) and 144 or 146 kW (193 or 196 hp; 196 or 199 PS) respectively. This model is also available with E-Four all-wheel drive system. The second, a plug-in hybrid, combines a 2.0-litre M20A-FXS engine, an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries to produce a combined output of 164 kW (220 hp; 223 PS). In Europe, deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2023, with only the plug-in hybrid model being available.
However, unlike previous generations, this generation will not be sold in Australia, New Zealand or the UK due to sluggish sales with the previous generation. It will be replaced by a shorter Corolla Hatchback Hybrid. Overall, the fifth-generation Prius offers a range of powertrain options and is highly rated for its fuel efficiency and eco-friendliness. Check out the full review and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. If you enjoyed the video, be sure to hit that like button and consider subscribing to the channel. Thanks for watching!