The 2022 Toyota Prius is a hybrid gas-electric car that has been on the market since 1997. The Prius was the first mass-produced hybrid car and it remains the best-selling hybrid car in the world. The 2022 Toyota Prius is a redesigned version of the popular hybrid car. It features a new exterior design, a more powerful engine and an updated infotainment system.
If you think of a hybrid car which car, do you immediately think of?
Most likely a Toyota Prius. Considering that Toyota’s ubiquitous and otherworldly-looking hybrid compact has been around for over two decades no one can blame you. It’s safe to say that it’s firmly in the annals of automotive history. Love it or hate it, The Prius is here. Staying here for the 2022 model year, a few changes have occurred.
This year’s best-selling hybrid car in America adds a new trim level several new tech feature and an important safety feature. Otherwise, the Toyota Prius remains largely unchanged and leads the field.
2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition front lens
Which Toyota Prius trim level is right for you?
There are five different Toyota Prius trim levels to choose from for 2022:
- L Eco: $24,525
- LE: $25,735
- XLE: $28,745
- Nightshade Edition: $29,445
- Limited: $32,820
LE XLE and Nightshade models come with electric all-wheel drive for an extra $1,400 depending on trim level. The new Nightshade Edition for 2022 gives the Prius a gothic look with black door handles, black headlights adorning the mirror caps and shark fin antennae.
Black 17-inch wheels are added to the dark theme when FWD configuration is selected but AWD-e models come with 15-inch wheels with black lug nuts. The color palette for this particular trim includes Midnight Black Metallic Ultra White and Silver Metallic.
My tester of the week was the 2022 Prius Nightshade Edition in front-drive form. Aside from a $402 accessory package that includes a first aid kit and carpeted floor mats there aren’t any optional features. Total MSRP as tested is $31,056 (including $1,025 destination charge).
Toyota Prius still sticks to its futuristic aerodynamic look
2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition Side Corner
Granted the Toyota Prius has always looked odd since its inception in 2000. However, it is this unique aesthetics that make it stand out in everyone’s mind. After all there is a Toyota Corolla Hybrid that no one could possibly have thought of. But I digress.
Not much has changed for 2022 as the Toyota Prius still has the futuristic look that’s all the rage. It now has narrow headlights and taillights and a sloping profile giving it an ultra-low drag coefficient of just 0.24 Also the sloping roof is part of why there is so much space in.
How comfortable is the Prius?
2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition front seats
The Prius is very comfortable even when sitting for long periods of time. The car’s semi-bubble shape results in a high roofline and ample shoulder room. That being said every seat in the cabin has enough room for five adults to sit comfortably. My tester’s SoftTex trimmed The seats make the car feel more upscale and the graphic display in the middle of the dash makes it feel more futuristic.
The touchscreen infotainment system sits in the middle of the dash with easy-to-navigate HVAC controls below it. Interestingly the odd little blue shifter now takes up space on the dash instead of the center console which takes some getting used to.
Prius comes with standard features
2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition interior
Anyone looking to buy a 2022 Prius will be happy to know that its features are generous even at the base level. Prius ECO L models come standard with a 7-inch infotainment screen that in addition to Amazon supports Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity according to Kelly Blue Book Alexa. Other standard features include a backup camera push-button start 60/40 split-folding rear seat LED daytime running lights and Smart Flow climate control.
Upgrading to the LE trim level will unlock even more features. Most notable is blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and parking sensors. If you want more luxury out of your Prius the XLE trim is a solid choice. At that level the Prius will come with 17-inch alloys Wheels SoftTex Leather Seat Heated and Power Adjustable Front Seats Wireless Charging Pads and Heated Steering Wheel.
The Advanced Technology Package is also available on the XLE trim for an additional $800. The package includes more features such as color head-up display navigation hybrid system indicators and adaptive front lighting.
If you want everything on a Prius the Limited trim is for you. Top trim includes adaptive front lighting with auto-leveling lights, a JBL premium audio system, an upgraded 11.6-inch infotainment screen with navigation and a color head-up display.
The Prius doesn’t handle like a race car
2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition Wheels
As you can imagine the Toyota Prius doesn’t handle like a sports car by any means but it’s not terrible either. After rounding some tight canyon corners at high speed, I quickly learned that I had to slow down when the tires started complaining at each turn. obviously, Bridgestone Ectopia tires are designed for economical not sporty handling.
That being said, the Prius does well at slower speeds and is smooth on the highway. The suspension is soft and compliant with bumps and road imperfections. The car park is a bit noisy however as you get a lot of road noise when driving over rough pavement. It’s not a luxury. The average reading from the car or my decibel meter on the highway is about 80 decibels. For reference most Lexus models I’ve tested measure around 70 decibels.
It’s clear that the Prius was built for one thing. Get the best fuel economy no matter what kind of driving you do. So, in the week I had it I averaged 45 mpg which is pretty good but not good enough. EPA’s fuel estimates for 2022 Prius are 54 mpg city and 50 mpg. On the highway it averages 52 miles per gallon. As we can see I am very close.
Prius is more fun to drive in ‘Power’ mode
2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition engine
The Toyota Prius doesn’t offer the most exciting driving experience or acceleration but one saving grace is the “Power” mode. The Prius can be set to three different driving modes – Eco Normal and Power – to customize the driving experience. Actually, every mode Either damp the gas pedal or make it more responsive; the power mode is the latter making the car feel a little livelier.
Otherwise, I find the Prius has enough power for your daily driving tasks even if some of them require going uphill. Under the hood of the Prius is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder connected to an electric motor for a combined output of 121 horsepower. This power is transmitted to the front wheels However if you opt for the all-wheel drive system then it traverses all four wheels with an extra motor between the rear axles.
Is the Toyota Prius safe?
2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition rear corner shot
The 2022 Toyota Prius is very safe. It even comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 feature package. The package includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection full-speed adaptive cruise control lane-departure assist automatic high beams and lane-following assist.
Opting for higher trim levels will get you more safety features like blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and parking sensors. With all these features it’s no wonder the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Prius five stars for overall safety 2021 rating.
The Toyota Prius is easy to maintain
2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition
Toyota has a reputation for being the safest car on the road and the Prius is no exception. According to Edmund’s True Cost of Ownership analysis, new Prius owners pay an average of $3,661 in maintenance during their first five years of ownership. As for repairs they can cost the average for the first five years was $744.
Fortunately, new Prius owners don’t have to worry about spending extra cash for the first few years as the car is covered by Toyota’s basic 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. The powertrain also comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty and an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty. Hybrid system. The battery even has its own 10-year/150,000-mile warranty.
2022 Toyota Prius Soldier emerges as a leader in the field
2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition front end
As the hybrid car movement leads us into the future it’s clear that the Toyota Prius is fit to lead the way. Its superb fuel-efficient comfort cabin and a host of standard features make it a perennial darling in the hybrid segment. No wonder the Prius is American Bestselling hybrid car.
Expert rating for 2022 Toyota Prius 8.7 out of 10
Editors gave the 2022 Toyota Prius an overall rating of 8.7 out of 10. For decades the Toyota Prius has been the gold standard in the hybrid category. While there are some up-and-comers to watch — like the Hyundai Ioniq — the Prius will undoubtedly offer any buyer Years of superior fuel sipping experience.
The 2022 Toyota Prius
is a hybrid car that has excellent fuel economy and has a spacious interior? Its infotainment system is easy to use and it comes standard with advanced safety features. The Prius has a comfortable ride but its handling is not particularly engaging. The base model is well equipped but the higher trims can be quite expensive.