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2018 Toyota Prius Prime near Knoxville TN

The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is the plug-in variant in the Prius lineup. Knoxville-area car shoppers concerned about driving range will be pleased to know that the 2018 Prius Prime combines the traditional Prius hybrid powertrain with an electric battery. When the electric battery runs out of juice, the traditional powertrain will take over meaning drivers don't need to be concerned about low driving ranges like the ones offered by some electric-only competitors.

The 2018 Prius Prime is the most expensive Prius in the Toyota lineup with a starting MSRP of $27,100, but a fuel economy rating of 54 miles per gallon combined and 133 miles per gallon electric helps to offset the higher up-front costs over time.

2018 Toyota Prius Prime in grey driving down a long and empty stretch of road

Prius Prime Seating Capacity and Cargo Space

One thing that car shoppers will have to consider when looking at the 2018 Prius Prime is the tradeoff on interior space. The 2018 Prius Prime loses one interior seat compared to traditional Prius models (for a max passenger capacity of four) and some cargo room to make space for the electric battery.

Car shoppers interested in a Prius model for their next family hauler may find that the added benefits of the plug-in Prius Prime do not make up for the lack of a fifth interior seat. Car shoppers who regularly travel alone long distances for work commutes or travel may find that the fifth seat isn't necessary and the added fuel benefits are worth the tradeoff.

The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime also has a smaller cargo space area than the traditional 2018 Prius model. The 2018 Prius base model offers 24.6 cubic feet of space while the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime's base trim offers a slightly smaller but still generous 19.8 cubic feet of available cargo space. Something to consider if you plan on folding the rear seats flat occasionally to make room for larger items.

Not sure which 2018 Prius model is right for you? The sales staff at Fox Toyota is great at matching the right customer to the right vehicle. Head to the dealership and speak with someone that can help match your budget and lifestyle to the perfect Prius model for you. Car shoppers can also browse current Prius inventory at Fox Toyota online via our online inventory page.