2023 Toyota Prius Early Review | Consumer Reports

2023 Toyota Prius Early Review | Consumer Reports 1

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The 2023 Toyota Prius XLE AWD we purchased to review has been turning heads at CR's Auto Test track. The aggressive styling on this new version of the Prius is a huge departure from previous generations of this famous hybrid, and might help the Prius appeal to more buyers. But this new sleek design also cuts down on headroom and cargo space, and might be less fuel-efficient than the front wheel drive Prius LE. Take a look at all the new and interesting parts of the new Prius as our experts prepare to put it through over 50 tests at the Consumer Reports track.

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45 Comments on "2023 Toyota Prius Early Review | Consumer Reports"

  1. Asy4life-67 | June 16, 2023 at 5:05 PM |

    The RAV4 Hybrid was always my first choice, then came the Corolla-Cross Hybrid getting 45/38 mpg and Now the 2023 Prius. It is the first I ever desire, consider and will like to be in and own a prius.

    • Check out the Venza too, you will be surprised how good it is.

    • theshield44 | June 20, 2023 at 1:43 PM |

      We love our 2017 Prius

    • Read The Real Anthony Fauci by RFK Jr | June 21, 2023 at 8:30 PM |

      38 MPG freeway is total garbaaj. 15 to 20 mpg less than a regular corolla hybrid

    • Paul Norman | July 2, 2023 at 6:54 AM |

      @Read The Real Anthony Fauci by RFK Jr And at a steady 85 into a headwind (typical Utah, Idaho), it gets even worse. Toyota has found a way to let blockier cars sorta-kinda keep up from 0 to EPA-highway, blockier yet CUVs from 0 to 45-50 typical suburban use. But the Prius is still the gold standard for truly broad spectrum fuel economy. I suppose this new, more powerful one CAN be coaxed into giving bad fuel economy if one really tries hard. But in general, they have proven darned near bad-mileage proof, no matter what the driver does, in a way no other practical car has.

  2. Carl Jaekle | June 16, 2023 at 5:27 PM |

    Agree that new styling is less practical, but will likely generate additional sales.

  3. Adam Wright | June 16, 2023 at 6:33 PM |

    They need to do another Prius V. I don’t care if it might dip into some sales of larger vehicles, but I bet it would be a hit.

  4. Great first impressions, cant wait to see you guys get a CX-90 and Grand Highlander PHEV

  5. TheNortheastAl | June 17, 2023 at 12:05 AM |

    I could see the Prius opening up a whole new market with this styling and the increased HP. I never liked the old version.

  6. trevor elliott | June 18, 2023 at 2:38 AM |

    As a 3rd gen Prius owner,this is a better upgrade of the old models

  7. Media/West | June 18, 2023 at 1:52 PM |

    i want this when my lease is up late this year. that front cluster is hidden by the steering wheel… fun to drive though. 55mpg was great, and NO range horrors of a ev.

    • Agreed. My advice would be to order one now if you’d like one by mid next year. Maybe your dealer will extend your lease to cover the additional wait time?

  8. Someday they’ll make the perfect commuter car: a two-seater, sports car-ish plug-in hybrid. 🤞

  9. Roberto Lopez | June 18, 2023 at 2:56 PM |

    “ still weird looking “ that’s where you’re wrong , this looks is so much better and I’m considering in getting one

  10. We have a 2010 Gen 3 which I noticed they didn’t show and was their most successful version.
    Looks like they blew it again… In a different way!
    Gen 4 was not attractive and sales showed that… but this one looks like it would be pretty uncomfortable for someone 6’3″.

    • Read The Real Anthony Fauci by RFK Jr | June 21, 2023 at 8:34 PM |

      People will say “just get a corolla cross hybrid” and get the same highway MPG as a non hybrid. People are too accepting of “everything SUV”. Pretentious people used to scorn SUV ownership, and now most of those people drive them.

    • Peter Weise | June 29, 2023 at 5:16 AM |

      First drove a P3 for 6 years and now a P4 for over 7. The P4 HEV is a much better Prius. In my eyes even better than the new P5, which has too less cargo room as a now ‘hip’ lifestyle car, is way too expensive and is only offered as a Plug In in my country. Who needs 223PS? I don’t! 122PS are more than enough for my needs.

      So I stick to my P4 and don’t change. There’s no reason for it.

  11. I like that this is less practical because it means that taxi drivers are less likely to purchase them. Love the look of the new Prius

    • Paul Norman | July 2, 2023 at 7:01 AM |

      Rear leg and headroom is not reduced. Suitcase room may suffer for to-and-from-airport use. Corollas (in particular the extended, wagon, one) is likely better suited for typical livery use now. 190hp, rakish styling with expensive-to-build, almost Lexus like touches, is unlikely to provide enough pricing flexibility to compete for that market anymore. It’s more of a showcase car now.

  12. Ferdinand Arcinue | June 19, 2023 at 9:40 AM |

    The Prius are so modern and slippery looking! I would happily drive a prime. Full EV’s aren’t quite practical enough for us. We live in CA which is like road-trip heaven, so a hybrid makes more sense for now.

  13. Bruce Townsend | June 19, 2023 at 5:14 PM |

    What an incredibly useful and concise summary! As a long time owner of a 2nd generation iTech Prius, I love the look of the new Prius but it’s not the same car. I still want that blend of low fuel consumption and practicality that the 2nd and 3rd generation models have. Most of my driving is in urban area where the higher performance is pretty much meaningless and I need to carry people and things.

  14. Milton Hayek | June 19, 2023 at 11:23 PM |

    I have this exact car with a different color. On the freeway I average about 50-55 MPG. Driving in town I can easily get between 55-70 MPG. A couple of times near 80! I love the look. It gets up and goes as fast as my Ford Taurus. Because of the lower profile tires of the XLE it is a bit rougher ride. I’ve yet to hit $30 on a fill up. Before buying I did a lot of cost research and it still was less expensive to own than a Tesla Model 3 over a ten year period at 20K per year.

    • Hugh Huang | June 21, 2023 at 7:11 PM |

      how much did you pay for that prius, $60K?

    • Read The Real Anthony Fauci by RFK Jr | June 21, 2023 at 8:39 PM |

      That’s great to see that gentle driving gets the same very high MPG that the older ones get. I had always been telling people that the Prius costs only slightly more to fuel than an EV. $700ish a year versus $500ish for an EV that is only charged at home. Can you give more detail on your numbers?

    • Matthew J. Yo | June 24, 2023 at 3:02 AM |

      how did you get the car??? there are no priuses in the lot….

    • Pedro Diaz | July 2, 2023 at 1:15 PM |

      ​@Matthew J. Yobest bet is to order one at the dealership.

  15. Roger Hardin | June 21, 2023 at 5:39 PM |

    As a 2010 Prius IV owner I like the design and features but could use cargo space similar to my 2010. Nonetheless I am seriously considering getting a 2023!

  16. I know I am going to get a lot of crap for posting this but an AWD Plug in might be my perfect car. I have a 2011 Prius and except for driver seat comfort I love it. I am a bigger older guy and if I don’t get a good nights rest, my back is sore and I will hit my head on the door frame when getting in.(Probably time to start yoga)

  17. That fit and finish though. Straight lines, no crooked body lines😎

  18. I bought a Prius XLE two weeks ago (replacing my 2011 Prius) and love it. I definitely recommend it.

    • Matthew J. Yo | June 24, 2023 at 3:03 AM |


  19. lana officiel | July 4, 2023 at 2:05 PM |

    I love the sleek looks of the new Prius. I will definitely do my research and it’s on my consideration list. I would love to have the model with AWD.

  20. I’ve seen many reviews and posts about the new Prius and Prius Prime now, and pretty much all of them focus on the great new looks, increased power and good fuel economy. One thing that I’m finding a bit weird about this car is how big the wheels are (which I do like) but how narrow the tires are – 19″ rims but only 195? I know that is to help maintain the good fuel efficiency, but does that mean my choice of tires would be very limited? And also, as I live in Canada, I have been using winter tires for a long time, will I have trouble finding snow tires for this car with that kind of tire dimensions?

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