Toyota’s 2023 Prius is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the lineup


Toyota has unveiled the latest Prius at an event on the eve of the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it says the model is the most fuel-efficient entry in the lineup to date. The company designed the 2023 Prius, which will come in LE, XLE and Limited trims, with a low center of gravity, wider stance and lower driving position. The roofline is 5 cm lower than that of its predecessor and is 2 cm wider at the rear. Toyota was clearly going for a sportier, more modern look, aided by the bigger wheels in the XLE and Limited variants.

Of course, the new Prius also comes with performance improvements. It uses Toyota’s 5th-generation hybrid powertrain and a new lithium-ion battery, which offers 15 percent more output compared to the lineup’s legacy nickel-metal battery technology. That means the company was able to develop a smaller and lighter battery for the vehicle without sacrificing performance. But since Prius is still a hybrid and doesn’t rely solely on electricity for power, Toyota has also equipped it with a larger two-liter petrol engine.

The automaker says the front-wheel drive variants are rated at 194 horsepower and can go from 0 to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds, faster than the 9.8 seconds of the outgoing FWD vehicles. The All-Wheel Drive models have an output of 196 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7 seconds. All models have three driving modes: Eco, which improves fuel economy, and Power and Sport modes, which increase throttle response.

Other features include half a dozen USB-C ports and the Toyota Audio Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Toyota’s Connected Service Drive Connect also gives owners access to an intelligent assistant that can monitor voice commands and cloud navigation, which can download the latest available map, traffic and route information from the cloud. And if drivers are having a really hard time finding their way to their next destination, they can also use the Destination Assist feature to talk to an agent at any time of the day.

For driver assistance, the vehicle has a blind spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, as well as front and rear parking aids with automatic braking on all variants. The Limited version has a panoramic monitor that provides a live 360-degree view around the vehicle and a hands-free system that can assist drivers with parallel or reverse parking.

In addition, the 2023 Prius comes with the latest version of Toyota’s Safety Sense generation, which enables a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Cruise Control. A new addition to the feature, and to the Prius as a whole, is the proactive driver assistance that allows for gentle braking when cornering or when it detects a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist in front of the vehicle.

Toyota has yet to announce pricing and availability for the 2023 Prius, but it promises to make another announcement with those details before the end of the year.


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The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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