When you think of highly efficient vehicles, there’s no doubt the Toyota Prius is one of the top vehicles that’ll pop into your thoughts. The hatchback sedan was introduced nearly twenty years ago and has led the innovation and technological development of highly efficient hybrid vehicles. With fifty-plus miles per gallon, great interior spaciousness both for passengers and cargo, and backed by the longevity and durability of the Toyota brand, the Prius has been a top seller year after year. Now there’s new reason to commend the Toyota Prius! New for 2019, Toyota has introduced available all-wheel drive to deliver class-leading fuel efficiency all year.
The new 2019 Prius hatchback has been designed with all new style to compliment to broader all-wheel drive cruising and adventurism. Toyota has personalized the concept of AWD capabilities with a one of a kind AWD-e system. Instead of the engine powering the automatic, on-demand AWD-e system, the Prius engages an independent electric magnet-less rear motor to drive the part-time AWD-e when the additional power is necessary. This negates the need for the typical center differential or other torque appointing devices. The Prius AWD-e shares the Hybrid Synergy Drive system that comes with its typical front-wheel drive models. This system syncs the power generated from the standard 2ZR-FXE 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and an electric continuously variable transmission. Electronically controlled hydraulic brake forces lends to regenerative braking and optimal braking performance, aiding in charging the battery with more than engine output. While the FWD models retain the lithium ion battery of previous years, the AWD-e receives a new Nickel-Metal Hydride battery that provide better efficiency and performance in cold-weather conditions.
The new drivetrain system is only part of the 2019 Prius’ revisions, as Toyota has refined the front and rear styling of the vehicle’s exterior to give a welcome sportiness to the hybrid’s looks. 2019 debuts with a whole new front bumper and headlamp design that accentuates a sharp nose. New fog lights and all-new accent lights accentuates this great design aesthetic. The functionality of the Prius doesn’t cease with simple efficiency; its interior is designed with class leading cargo capacity with the 60/40 rear seatbacks lowered, giving you 62.7 cu.ft of spaciousness that some CUVs can’t even compare with. This is perfect for all the gear you need on the road wherever you go, and if that’s not enough, the sporty looks of the Prius can be enhanced with available roof racks to carry your larger equipment along on your adventures. Standard offerings enhancing the Prius’ convenience include the Smart Key System, Push Button Start, and remote entry. All 2019 Toyota Priuses come equipped with plenty of entertainment technology to make your road trips fly by. The 6.1-inch touch radio display features additional auxiliary audio jack, three USB ports, Bluetooth phone syncing, and advanced voice recognition. Available in higher models is an 11.6-inch HD multimedia display that splays across the center dash, featuring additional navigation and a suite of smartphone app syncing. All Priuses also come standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense technology, bundling active driver assist features such as Pre-Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Alerts, Dynamic Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams.
A Prius suddenly becoming a sporty AWD-e adventure vehicle? It’s an interesting concept, and one that Toyota has completely succeeded upon with the new style upgrades and great advancement in drivetrain capabilities. Giving you class-leading efficiency now on the snowy, icy, or rain-slick roads you’ll encounter through your drives, the all-new 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e is a fantastic addition to this hybrid’s wheelhouse of abilities. Thompson Auto Group is excited to get in this new capable drive to get our customers started on their journeys in a stylish, efficient package. We’re expecting these new Priuses to come into our new inventory soon, so check out our listings to see what we have available! Our sales team is available at any business hour to answer your call concerning any question you might have about the 2019 Prius, and we’ll happily schedule a test drive of your chosen vehicle!