In case you just started shopping and haven’t kept tabs on the Toyota Prius, the Prime is not an Amazon product but a special plug-in version of the Prius hybrid. Its larger lithium-ion battery enables it to run on electricity alone in EV mode for the first 25 miles. After that, the Prime works much like the regular-issue Prius, combining the output of a small gas engine and electric motor to stretch 11.3 gallons of regular unleaded to deliver a real-world driving range of 640 miles. Compare that to similarly priced EVs that at best can travel just over 200 miles before having to pit for electrons. There is one caveat, however. You must plug the Prime into the grid and top off the battery to get the 25 electric-only miles.
The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is available in three trim levels. Including the $955 destination charge, these consist of the $28,705 base LE, $30,605 midlevel XLE, and $34,605 range-topping Limited. The Prius Prime is also eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $4,500.