- 2021 Toyota Prius receives the brand’s TSS 2.0 advanced safety aids as standard.
- Combined fuel economy rated at 4.4 L/100 km, or 4.7 in AWD-e variants.
- The Prius celebrates its 20th anniversary in Canada this summer.
The Prius is by far the world’s most popular hybrid vehicle, and this summer, it will celebrate its 20th anniversary on the Canadian market. That will coincide nicely with the arrival of the 2021 Toyota Prius, which gets a few enhancements for the new model year to better rival the Honda Insight, the Kia Niro and the Hyundai Ioniq.
The hybrid hatchback sedan now includes the company’s TSS 2.0 advanced driver assistance systems suite. Over last year’s TSS-P package, it adds the latest version of the Pre-Collision System with low-light pedestrian detection and daytime detection of bicycles. It also features Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with low-speed following, stopping and acceleration/deceleration with the vehicle ahead. TSS 2.0 also includes Steering Assist to keep the car in its lane as well as Road Edge Detection and Lane Tracing Assist.
These extra functionalities complement the standard Lane Departure Warning as well as the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Intelligent Parking Assist.
Also, the 2021 Toyota Prius now benefits from Android Auto integration, included in all trim levels except the Prius AWD-e Technology—the one that boasts the 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen. As before, Apple CarPlay is included in all trim levels.
The Prius is equipped with an Atkinson-cycle, 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, two electric motors and an electronically controlled, continuously variable automatic transmission, for a combined output of 121 horsepower. The 2021 Toyota Prius AWD-e variants add a small electric motor on the rear axle, which powers those two wheels from 0 to 10 km/h, and at up to 70 km/h as needed. The all-wheel drivetrain barely raises fuel consumption—from a city/highway combined figure of 4.4 L/100 km to 4.7.
Pricing is not yet available, but the 2021 Toyota Prius should offer the base, AWD-e, Technology and AWD-e Technology lineup as the 2020 edition. Note that these enhancements do not apply to the Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, whose 2021 model will be introduced at a later date.
Since its launch back in 1997 in Japan, Toyota sold more than six million units of the Prius hybrid, including 90,000 vehicles in Canada through the 2019 calendar year. The automaker will soon unveil two all-new hybrid models for the North American market, which will join the hybrid lineup that also includes the Toyota Corolla Hybrid, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.