2023 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #432

2023 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In Hybrid | Talking Cars With Consumer Reports #432 1

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One of Toyota's popular plug-in hybrids (PHEV) the Prius Prime gets a major redesign for 2023. This week we share our first impressions of the 2023 Toyota  Prius Prime, its new sleek styling, improved fuel economy, driving characteristics, and extended electric-only range. We help a member of our audience find a replacement for her Scion tC with something more fuel efficient, like the Honda CR-Z, Insight, and Fit. Also, we discuss the differences of all-wheel-drive systems on ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles and EVs, and how to improve traction in wintry weather driving. 

00:00 – Introduction
00:15 – First Impressions: 2023 Toyota Prius Prime
02:28 – Prime vs Regular Prius
05:31 – Traffic Jam Assist
07:19 – Safety Features
10:40 – How it Drives
13:26 – Controls
15:41 – Is it worth the extra cost?
21:06 – Question #1: What is a fuel efficient alternative for a Scion tC?
27:25 – What are some differences between gas powered vehicles and EV’s all-wheel drive systems?

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5 Comments on "2023 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #432"

  1. Toyota and Honda are sleep walking into the future. They are looking to the past and projecting it forward.
    EV adoption is accelerating every year. Exponential not linear. The only limiting factor is batteries.
    The number of electric vehicles and types of vehicles and trucks is growing.
    Electric vehicles are just better. No noise, no emissions, less fuel costs, less maintenance costs and amazing technology. Gasoline and diesel are OLD polluting technology. PHEVs still have a gasoline engine polluting the environment. Toyota and Honda will be late to the party. It will cost them market share, market value and future customers. There is a Climate Crisis. Young people will not buy petrol and diesel vehicles that add to the Climate Crisis. Toyota needs to learn a lesson from Nokia or Kodak. They will continue to lose market share until they do or they will go bankrupt. They are starting at the top but there is a long way down.

  2. Right Lane Hog | November 15, 2023 at 2:15 PM |

    CR, With the debut of the new Toyota Crown Signia, who would want this Prius for approximately the same price? 🤔

    • well unlike the signia the prime is a plug in hybrid the wife and I have managed to drive our prime most of the month without using any gas. Its likely faster than the signia and also includes solar option

  3. Marc Bertucco | November 15, 2023 at 2:53 PM |

    Kelly’s comment, “this is not a quiet car…” made me think of the fact that all hybrids and EVs are mandated to emit a whining sound at lower speeds and at idle that I describe as “haunted refrigerator.” I don’t know if any of that sound makes it’s way back into the cabin, but as a pedestrian and cyclist, it does hit my brain like nails on a chalkboard. On the other hand I can always tell when navigating city streets by foot or on bike, when a hybrid or EV is coming at me…

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