When it comes to the 2019 Toyota Prius, “Let’s Go Places” can be expanded to “let’s go more places, in more conditions” thanks to the available new AWD-e system. Designed to provide more confidence and control when weather and road conditions are less than ideal, the electric all-wheel drive system further expands where Prius can take drivers.
TRIM LEVELS AND FEATURES
The 2019 Toyota Prius will adopt the familiar model grade strategy used throughout the Toyota family, dropping the numerals in favor of trim labels L Eco, LE, XLE and Limited. Prius will also sport two new colors for 2019, Supersonic Red and Electric Storm Blue. The AWD-e model will be offered in LE and XLE models and will debut a new two-tone 15-inch alloy wheel.
The Prius L Eco trim is equipped with ultra-low-rolling resistance tires, a lighter hybrid battery, and an inflation kit instead of a spare tire. Those features help contribute to the L Eco's impressive 56 mpg combined rating. The other Prius trims are rated at 52 mpg or 50 mpg (AWD-e). Standard features for the L Eco include 15-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED running lights and taillights, heated mirrors, keyless entry (driver door only) and ignition, automatic climate control, dual 4.2-inch driver information screens, adaptive cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver's seat and a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a front USB port and two rear charge ports and a six-speaker audio.
Standard safety features include automatic high beams, forward collision warning, forward collision mitigation with automatic braking and lane departure warning and intervention.
The LE trim adds a rear window wiper, front seatback pockets, a spare tire, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and an automated parallel parking system.
Stepping up to the XLE trim brings 17-inch wheels, automatic wipers, keyless entry for the front passenger door and rear hatch, SofTex simulated leather upholstery and wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a semi-gloss black center console and a wireless charging pad. It also reverts back to the tire inflation kit.
The 2019 Toyota Prius Limited trim that adds adaptive headlights, a head-up display, Toyota's Safety Connect emergency communications, a navigation system, an 11.6-inch touchscreen, and a 10-speaker premium JBL audio system with satellite radio.
Some features, including a sunroof, are available on supporting trims as options.
The 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e shares the Hybrid Synergy Drive system with other Prius models. The system combines the output of a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and two motor/generators through an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Electronically Controlled Brake System coordinates control between the regenerative braking and the vehicle’s hydraulic brake force to provide optimal brake performance and feel.
The 2ZR-FXE 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine is itself a paragon of high efficiency. Thanks to ultra-low internal friction and efficient combustion, it exceeds 40 percent thermal efficiency, which is among the highest in the world for a gasoline engine.
The new AWD-e system will certainly deliver added traction and confidence for drivers but, in true Prius fashion, the AWD-e will lay claim to being one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive-equipped passenger cars available in the U.S., thanks to manufacturer-projected mpg estimates of 52 mpg city / 48 mpg highway / 50 mpg combined.
Toyota’s AWD-e system is ideal for Prius. The automatic, on-demand system does not require a center differential or other torque-apportioning device, nor does it need a front-to-rear driveshaft. Instead, the “e” in AWD-e stands for electric. The Prius AWD-e uses an independent electric, magnet-less rear motor to power the rear wheels from 0 to 6 mph, then when needed, up to 43 mph. This system provides the power to the rear wheels to confidently pull away from a stop, yet the on-demand system recognizes when all-wheel-drive performance is not needed to provide great fuel economy.
The front-wheel-drive (FWD) Prius will still offer the impressive efficiency for which it is known, with manufacturer-projected fuel economy estimates of 58 mpg city / 53 mpg highway / 56 mpg combined on the L Eco grade, while the LE, XLE and Limited have projected fuel economy ratings of 54 mpg city / 50 mpg highway / 52 mpg combined.
HYBRID POWER SYSTEM
1.8-Liter 4-cylinder aluminum block and head, double overhead cam (DOHC) 16-valve VVT-i
4-valve/cylinder with VVT-i
Bore x Stroke
3.17 x 3.48 in.
Hybrid System Net Horsepower
121 horsepower (90kW)
Horsepower (SAE Net)
96 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
105 lb-ft (142 Nm) @ 3,600 rpm
SULEV (with AT-PZEV)
Manufacturer Estimated Fuel Economy
L Eco 58/53/56
LE, XLE, Limited 54/50/52
XLE AWD-e, LE AWD-e 52/48/50
MOTOR GENERATOR TWO
Drives front wheels, regeneration during braking
Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor
Electric Motor Power Output
71 hp/53 kW
HYBRID BATTERY PACKS
Nickel-Metal Hydride LE AWD-e, XLE AWD-e
Lithium-Ion L Eco, LE, XLE, Limited
DC201.6V (168 x 1.2V cells)
DC207.2V (56 cells)
6.5 ampere hour
3.6 ampere hour
600 volts maximum
600 volts maximum
Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT
AWD System Type
Motor Generator Rear (MGR): induction-style, magnet-less rear motor (7 hp, 40 lb.-ft.)
Fuel tank (gal.)
Cargo volume (cu. ft.)
24.6 - 27.4
TOYOTA SAFETY SENSE
All 2019 Toyota Prius models, including the Prius AWD-e versions, come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). Using millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to help detect a pedestrian, a vehicle, and lane markers and headlights in the surrounding area, TSS-P provides a comprehensive bundle of active safety features including: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Because all Prius models, under certain circumstances, can operate in battery mode alone, during which they make little to no noise, they incorporate a Vehicle Proximity Notification System to help alert pedestrians and cyclists.
MSRP for 2019 Toyota Prius
Prius L Eco
Prius LE AWD-e
Prius XLE AWD-e