Toyota Prius

There wouldn’t be many people who haven’t heard of the Toyota Prius. It’s been on sale since 2001, and more than 20,000 examples have been sold in Australia since, in hatch, fastback sedan, and seven-seat form.

The Prius took the notion of a petrol/electric car into the mainstream, with a huge amount of publicity from well-meaning celebs jumping aboard the ‘green’ wagon. Known as a series hybrid, the Prius uses a four-cylinder petrol engine that combines with a single electric motor to propel the car. The petrol engine can also charge the on-board battery pack, in conjunction with regenerative braking. This technology has also been added to other Toyotas, like the Camry and the Corolla.

Current prices range from $35,690 for the Prius Hybrid to $43,900 for the Prius i-Tech Hybrid.

Toyota Prius Reviews

Editor's Pick

Toyota Prius 2016 review

Malcolm Flynn road tests and reviews the all-new fourth-generation Toyota Prius, with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its Australian launch. Read more

2016

Toyota Prius i-Tech 2016 review

Bill McKinnon road tests and reviews the Toyota Prius i-Tech with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

Toyota Prius i-Tech 2016 review

Paul Gover road tests and reviews the Toyota Prius i-Tech with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

Toyota Prius 2016 review

The fourth-generation hybrid sheds weight and points to a new breed of clean powertrains.Read more

Toyota Prius 2016 review

After two hours behind the wheel of the new Toyota Prius on public roads, we came away impressed -- but also found a serious shortcoming.Read more

Toyota Prius 2016 review: quick first drive

A short, slow drive confirms the quality of the latest Prius but new tech will be missing from versions arriving here.Read more

2015

Used Toyota Prius review: 2003-2015

Ewan Kennedy road tests and reviews the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Toyota Prius as a used buy.Read more

2010

Toyota Prius 2010 Review

Prince Charles drives a Toyota Prius. Patronage by Britain's green prince tells you everything about where Toyota's eco-warrior has been, but nothing about where it is going. Prius III, which hits Australian showrooms next week, has advanced...Read more

2009

Toyota Prius vs Mazda 3 vs Volkswagen Golf 2009 review

That's the lure of hybrids and the reason why cars such as Toyota's Prius is so attractive to green-tinged and fuel-conscious buyers. But are they the be-all and end-all of personal transport?Read more

Toyota Prius 2009 review

The debate over the future of motor vehicle drivetrains swings between hybrids, hydrogen and alternative fuel technologies. Toyota has put all its short-term eggs in the hybrid basket; although its hydrogen fuel-cell program is well advanced but for now...Read more

Price Guide

$39,795

Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Lowest Price

$35,690

Highest Price

$43,900

Range & Specifications

2018 Hatchback
Hybrid
MSRP
$36,440
ANCAP Rating
2018 Hatchback
i-Tech Hybrid
MSRP
$43,900
ANCAP Rating
2018 Wagon
V
MSRP
$37,590
ANCAP Rating

Toyota Prius News

Best 10 new cars arriving in 2016

4 January 2016 by Craig Duff

Best production cars of the 2015 Frankfurt motor show

18 September 2015 by Joshua Dowling

2016 Toyota Prius revealed

9 September 2015 by Joshua Dowling

Ford, Holden and Toyota models worth waiting for

28 August 2014 by Joshua Dowling

Ban on diesel and non-hybrid petrol cars proposed

13 August 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Toyota recalls 242,000 Prius and Lexus cars

6 June 2013 by CarsGuide team