2023 Toyota Prius Amazes with a Hot New Body and 220 Horsepower

2023 Toyota Prius stuns with hot new body, 220 hpMichael Simari - Car and Driver
Toyota has introduced the US version of the 2023 Prius Hybrid and the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid.
The standard model makes either 194 or 196 hp and the Prime has 220 hp.
The new Prius will launch in the US sometime next year.
Every new car is supposed to look faster and better than its predecessor, but it wouldn't have taken Toyota much to make such claims about the new 2023 Prius. Being slow and ugly has always been the Prius' thing - and that shouldn't even be taken as a snub to it. Slow and Ugly worked for the Prius, which was a bestseller for many years and even won one of our 10Best awards in 2004. But the quintessential mass-market hybrid has fallen out of favor with both buyers and C/D staff of late.
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The thoroughly revised fifth-generation Prius seems to be just the right antidote. It's significantly more powerful than before, offers slightly better fuel economy too, and adds many new features, including solar panels and a hands-free function. And wait, it looks like this?!
The same teardrop shape remains, but the new model's smooth side face, sleek details and far more athletic proportions make us look back at the previous model and ask - what happened? If the Prius could have looked like this all along, why not? The front end features hollowed-out headlights with a C-shaped LED accent light, while the rear features a full-width LED taillight strip that looks like that of the new Crown sedan. Two inches lower than before and one inch wider, the Prius has a whole new stance - and seemingly a new attitude towards life.
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This also applies to the new powertrain, which increases output to between 194 and 220 hp, depending on the configuration. That's a huge increase over the previous model's panting 121 horsepower. Toyota claims the new Prius will accelerate to 60 mph in 6.6 to 7.2 seconds, which could make it feel like an NHRA dragster compared to the previous model's 10-plus-second runs.
Although Toyota has yet to release detailed powertrain specs, the 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder petrol engine that replaces the previous 1.8-liter unit adds to the newfound muscle. All Priuses now use a lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the rear seat; Gone is the old nickel-metal hydride package still found in certain versions of the outgoing car. The all-wheel drive Prius also swaps out its rear-axle-mounted induction motor for a new permanently excited synchronous unit.
A 194-horsepower front-wheel drive setup is standard, and the all-wheel-drive model adds 2 horsepower to that total. The FWD-only Prius Prime leads the range with its 220-horsepower plug-in setup that packs a larger lithium-ion battery that promises around 38 miles of electric range compared to the 25-mile rating of the previous Prime.
2023 Toyota Prius PrimeMichael Simari - car and driver
Despite the extra grunt, Toyota is also promising a combined EPA rating of 57mpg for the base front-wheel drive LE model and its 17-inch wheels. That's one better than the outgoing 2022 Prius Eco's 56mpg rating, although adding AWD and opting for the larger 19-inch wheels on the XLE and Limited models will likely bring that number down a bit.
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