Tuesday, 12 May 2020 23:15

Toyota Marks 20th Anniversary of Prius With Special Anniversary Edition


Twenty years ago, with the Y2K computer glitch reduced to the punchline of the year, technology in another corner took a mammoth leap as a small, unassuming sedan very quietly rolled into U.S. Toyota dealerships.

The 2001 Toyota Prius, the world’s first production hybrid car, had arrived, and it would profoundly change the trajectory of automotive propulsion evolution.


Over the next two decades, Toyota would go on to sell more than 6 million Prius vehicles worldwide and more than 3.6 million total hybrid models, including Lexus, in the U.S. Toyota Prius sales in the U.S. reached 1.9 million through 2019, and the model name became synonymous with hybrid technology.


The original Prius went into production for the Japanese market in 1997.


All of that is worth commemorating.


And so, Toyota is marking the special anniversary of the groundbreaking Prius, the foundational car of its global hybrid leadership, by offering the Prius 2020 Edition for model year 2021. Toyota will offer 2,020 of these special models, based on the well-equipped XLE FWD grade. Available in a choice of Supersonic Red or the new Wind Chill Pearl, the 2020 Edition features striking black exterior trim and unique features, including a color-keyed rear spoiler.


The 2020 Edition model includes black inserts for the 17-in. alloy wheels, blackout headlight components and trim, B-pillars and mirror housings.


Unique to the Prius 2020 Edition are a “2020” insignia key glove/fob and floor mats, as well as black shift knob and interior A-pillar trim and smoked HVAC vents.


The overall look is both sporty and elegant, with just a touch of mischief. But there’s nothing mischievous about a car rated at a manufacturer preliminary-estimated 54 city MPG/50 highway MPG/52 combined MPG and equipped as standard with one of the auto industry’s most advanced driver-assist safety systems.


The Prius, which already had Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) standard, steps up to the more capable TSS 2.0 for 2021. This latest version of the advanced safety system includes:


  • Pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection
  • Full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control
  • Bicyclist detection
  • Lane departure alert
  • Automatic high beams
  • Road sign assist


Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection is designed to offer automatic braking capability, under certain conditions, should the driver not react in time in an emergency situation. Blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert and intelligent clearance sonar with intelligent parking assist are also standard.


Also for 2021, all but the Prius Limited add Android Auto compatibility. Apple CarPlay compatibility was already standard on 2020 Prius models.

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