2021 Toyota Prius Gets Special Edition, Android Auto
To celebrate 20 years of Prius sales in the U.S., Toyota is offering a special edition with unique exterior trim. It’s one of the few updates we can expect for the 2021 Toyota Prius lineup that should arrive later this year.
Despite being a 2021 model, the special edition wears the Prius 2020 Edition badge. Blacked-out 17-inch wheels, headlights, B-pillars, and mirror caps lend it a stealthy look. The model also features a color-keyed rear spoiler and is available in two paint colors: Supersonic Red or Wind Chill Pearl.
Open the doors, and it looks like a regular Prius, except with “2020” insignias on the floor mats. Other subtle updates include a black shift knob, black A-pillar trim, and smoked HVAC vents. Since it’s based on the XLE grade, you’ll find leatherette seats, wireless phone charging, and a standard 7-inch touchscreen inside the cabin.
Prices will be announced in June, but the special edition won’t go on sale until mid-to-late summer, Toyota confirmed to MotorTrend. Appropriately, only 2,020 copies will be made.
All 2021 Toyota Prius models, including the special edition, get an updated safety suite and infotainment upgrades. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, bicyclist detection, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist. Blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert and intelligent parking assist are now standard. Toyota is finally adding Android Auto capability on all but the Prius Limited. Apple CarPlay was already standard on 2020 models.
The Toyota Prius is exceptionally fuel efficient, and that’s not expected to change for 2021. Toyota is once again estimating 54/50 mpg city/highway for the standard version. Buyers will also have the choice of the Prius AWD and Prius Prime plug-in hybrid.
Two decades since its introduction, the Prius remains at the top of the dedicated hybrid game. Toyota has sold more than 1.9 million Priuses in the U.S. since its launch, and more than 6 million have been sold worldwide. For the 2021 model year, there will be a total of 10 hybrid vehicles in the automaker’s stable. Toyota says it will introduce two all-new hybrids at a product showcase on May 18th, so stay tuned.