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MSRP: $24,200 - $30,005
Invoice: $22,748 - $27,930
MPG: 51 City / 48 Hwy
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Toyota Prius Interior

The 2015 Toyota Prius receives praise from some reviewers for its attractive, high-tech interior and handy storage spaces, though other critics think the materials are cheap and there’s too much road noise. The Prius has spacious, comfortable seats in both rows, according to reviewers, and one of the largest cargo holds in the class. Some test drivers think the digital gauges are hard to see, while others find them easy to view.

  • "The handsome contoured dash sweeps down into the center console, leaving a clever storage area underneath. Speaking of storage, there are nooks and crannies everywhere, offering enough space to put your cups, wallet, purse, phone and whatever else you carry around with you." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior feels a little low buck, with lots of hard plastic on the dashboard and door panels. It is a bit noisy, too, with noticeable wind and tire noise making their way into the cabin." -- Edmunds
  • "Hard plastic dominates. Many of the interior panels give off the impression that this car was built to a price." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Cabin ergonomics and the displays that monitor the activities of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system are top-notch." -- Automobile Magazine (2010)
  • "With the Prius, Toyota made a number of good choices on both materials and eye-pleasing color combinations." -- Cars.com (2010)

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Seating

The 2015 Toyota Prius is available with heated front seats, SofTex eco-friendly faux leather-trimmed seats and a power-adjustable driver seat on higher trims. Auto critics agree that the Prius’ seats are comfortable and spacious, even in the back, though some wish the steering wheel telescoped out farther.

  • "Potentially more irksome though, is the lack of useful range provided by the telescoping steering wheel, which doesn't extend far enough to reach some drivers." -- Edmunds
  • "Legroom and foot space are ample. Headroom is good, too, though the very tall might wish for a bit more. The seat isn't wide enough to accommodate three adults for any length of time." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Yet the 2010 feels very accommodating in back—plenty of knee room and toe space for big folks." -- USA Today (2010)
  • "Even with the base model's fabric seats, there's plenty of cushioning on the bottom and plenty of support for the back." -- Cars.com (2010)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Toyota Prius include automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, auxiliary and USB inputs, Bluetooth, push-button start and proximity key. Options include a moonroof with solar panels that power ventilation and remote air conditioning systems that can cool the car down while it’s parked, navigation, HD and satellite radio, Toyota’s Entune smartphone app integration, an eight-speaker JBL audio system, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and Toyota’s Safety Connect telematics system.

Most reviewers think the audio and climate controls are easy to use, but located a little far away from the driver, which makes them hard to reach. The 2015 Prius’ digital gauges and displays are disliked by some critics for being difficult to see, especially with sunglasses on, though others think they’re easy to read.

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  • “The center-mounted gauges take a little getting used to, but they're clearly visible from the comfortable front seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The standard touchscreen operates many of the Prius' high-tech features and is, for the most part, smartly designed. The optional Entune system can be a hassle, though, since you have to install an app on your phone and register for an account; plus, you always need an active data connection to use it." -- Edmunds
  • "On the Prius II, audio and climate controls are logically arranged, if just out of easy reach for some drivers." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Digital gauges themselves, though, were nearly unreadable if you're wearing sunglasses, and still hard to read without them. No excuse for high-tech Prius being behind the curve." -- USA Today (2010)

Cargo

The 2015 Prius hatchback’s cargo hold measures 21.6 cubic feet, which is a lot for a hybrid car and a midsize car. Compared with other midsize hybrid cars, the Ford Fusion Hybrid has 12 cubic feet of trunk space and the Toyota Camry Hybrid’s trunk measures 13.1 cubic feet. Test drivers like the added space under the Prius’ cargo floor as well as the numerous in-cabin storage spaces.

  • “… the Prius remains highly versatile. The hatchback body style provides considerably more cargo capacity than a typical midsize sedan. …" -- Edmunds
  • “Rear-seat room is decent, as is cargo space under the hatch." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Prius offers hatchback versatility with 60/40 split-folding rear seat backs, but be wary of the sloping glass roof panel when loading tall items. There's a large underfloor bin at the rear of the cargo area that can hold the roll-up cargo cover when it's removed. Cabin storage is plentiful, and includes a large bin under the raised center console, upper and lower gloveboxes, and a two-tiered console box." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 12/9/14

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