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We all know that the 2023 Prius is efficient. It’s also a lot better looking, and driving, than any previous Toyota Prius. However, beginning in 2019 Toyota integrated one cool feature that makes it a standout: all wheel drive. But, this isn’t just any all-wheel drive system. What makes the Prius’ all-wheel drive system special?

Does a Prius have all-wheel drive?

The Prius saw a complete redesign for 2023. To our eyes, the new styling sets this car apart from the competition and doubles down on the futuristic styling of a futuristic car. But, it kept the clever all-wheel drive system that the car first got in 2019. While most all-wheel-drive cars and trucks use a complicated system of driveshafts and transfer cases to route power from the engine to all the wheels, Toyota doesn’t.

Instead of overcomplicating all-wheel drive Toyota simply adds an electric motor to the rear axle to power the rear wheels. A computer recognizes when the rear wheels are slipping and simply adds power to the rear tires when you need it, not all the time. It’s great when you’re in inclement weather and adds an extra piece of mind. But, the all-wheel drive Prius also gets a boost in power: the base Prius has 194 horsepower, while the extra motor in the all-wheel drive version makes 196 horsepower, according to MotorWeek.

Toyota pioneered this system on its AWD Sienna minivan and it uses it in the RAV4 Prime. As a bonus in all of these Toyota all-wheel drive vehicles, you get a flat floor in the back. Without a driveshaft to take up room under the car, it allowed Toyota to better package the interior.

How many miles per gallon does a 2023 Prius get?

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The all-wheel drive adds some weight to the 2023 Prius, with an extra battery and motor in the back. The base car gets 57 mpg city, and 56 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive version gets 52 mpg city and 52 mpg on the highway. But, as we mentioned, it does make more power. That means that the front-wheel drive version can hit 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds, while with all-wheel drive, the Prius can make the sprint in 7.0 seconds, per Toyota.

Which Prius models are all-wheel drive?

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The 2023 Prius comes in base LE, mid-level XLE and top-of-the-line Limited trims. You can order each with all-wheel drive, and it’s a $1,400 option. That means the LE starts at $28,850 with all-wheel drive, while the XLE starts at $32,295 and the Limited starts at $35,865. The Prius Prime plug-in hybrid is a different model.

Of course you can add tons of options to the new 2023 Prius, too, including $1,735 glass roof, a giant 12.3-inch screen for $735, and more. Catalytic converter thieves target Prius’ emissions systems, so Toyota now offers a $140 CatShield. It doesn’t protect against cats, but deters thieves from stealing your catalytic converter.


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