2019 Toyota Prius with roof racks parked in a snowy clearing in the mountains

Prius Adds AWD-e System to 2019 Lineup

The 2019 Toyota Prius lineup can now go where no Prius has gone before thanks to the addition of a brand-new electric all-wheel drive system. Like you might expect, the AWD-e system on the 2019 Prius was specifically formulated to offer premium fuel efficiency and it’s now one of the most fuel-efficient AWD-equipped passenger vehicles on the market. Learn more about the 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e fuel economy figures below.

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2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e Fuel Economy Figures

The 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e has a manufacturer-projected fuel economy of 52 miles per gallon in the city and 48 miles per gallon on the highway. It’s only slightly less efficient than traditional 2019 Prius models equipped with front-wheel-drive that offer a manufacturer-estimated 58 miles per gallon in the city and 53 miles per gallon on the highway.

Further increasing the 2019 Prius AWD-e’s fuel-sipping capabilities are its low coefficient of drag, automatic grille shutter system, and intelligent air conditioning system. Heavy use of a car’s air conditioning system can lead to significant use of fuel. Select 2019 Prius AWD-e and FWD models will come equipped with S-FLOW mode that pumps cold air towards occupied seats only to maximize passenger comfort but lower the overall footprint of the air conditioning system to conserve fuel when possible.

2019 Toyota Prius dashboard

2019 Toyota Prius crossing a rainy intersection at night

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e badging

2019 Toyota Prius with a roof rack parked on a stage

AWD-e Mechanics

The ‘e’ in AWD-e stands for electric. The Toyota’s new AWD-e system is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor that pumps power to the rear wheels when necessary and conserves power and fuel when not. Traditional AWD features like a center differential and front-to-rear drive shaft are unnecessary with the new system and their removal helps to further optimize fuel efficiency.

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Keep following the Fox Toyota blog for more updates on the 2019 Toyota Prius lineup as they become available. Toyota has yet to announce a release date for the 2019 Prius lineup, but we will be sure to let you know when they do!