2022 Toyota Prius Review – Losing its Appeal



For 2022, the Toyota Prius remains largely unchanged – which is good for the most part. This limited grade brings a big price tag for an economy car with many features but with some HUGE compromises.

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42 thoughts on “2022 Toyota Prius Review – Losing its Appeal”

  1. why buy the Pious when you can get the same drivetrain in a Corolla or GET the new Corolla Cross AWD with more room, bigger engine and AWD for about the same money??

    I do downshift when next to a Pious just to let them know that I'm harming the environment…………J Clarkson!!

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  2. I like the prius, but couldn’t find one at a good price. Ordered a hybrid Maverick and got it for $23990 (xlt), but if Maverick would not have been around, I would have loved a prius (base model).

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  3. I think when the stock market crashes and we go into another recession (mostly bidens fault) these type of cars will be in huge demand.

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  4. You can buy the base model Maverick hybrid instead, a Kia Niro or Hyundai Ioniq instead that do not look so wacky, or spend about 30 grand for a new all electric Mini Cooper or Fiat 500. Or spend a little more for a Tucson hybrid or RAV4 hybrid. Another option is a used Ford C-Max hybrid, with a faster 0 to 60 mph time than a Prius, and looks like a bigger Bolt or smaller Prius V.

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  5. They should make it fully electric, once you driven a hybrid like Prius you only want to drive on electricity, that's at least my conclusion after owning one. Now a happy EV-driver.

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  6. The front seats in the new 4th Prius are terrible. Hard, small and uncomfortable. The Prius is otherwise awesome. The seats suck

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  7. 8:10 LOL Kirk I deal w/ the snow birds here in AZ its terrible too. Its like they think they are being safe driving at those speeds when in fact they are a hazard.

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  8. 10:58 UNACCEPTABLE is right. Its a slap to the person who bought this. C'mon Toyota we all expect better. Honestly this car is just a lame duck on their product line just waiting to be killed off. It serves no purpose in a line up of hybrids. Id take the Corolla over this all day long.

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  9. In UK Prius is discontinued and so was early in Sweden., perhaps in more countries to follow and there may not be another generation of Prius as we know it coming . Only plug in Prius remains for now. 5gen hybrid drive train is coming with Corolla cross for eu market in the summer. Now hybrids is the norm for Toyota cars and Prius is no more different and interesting.

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  10. I'm a mustang guy and a year ago if I told myself I'm going to own a prius I thought I would be living I have 2016 pris and love it

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  11. I honestly thought the Prius should have been Toyotas first EV. But that weird CUV is. I just felt like the Prius being a EV was the most fitting. But what would happen to it when all cars go to EV is another future problem it would have.

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  12. About the rattles…it seems like the new TNGA Toyotas just have poor interior build quality compared to their prior generations. My main complaint with the 2019 Camry I drive everyday is the interior rattles. Dashboard squeaks, door panel rattles. I ripped most of the interior apart and discovered that the door panel clips were just loosely mounted and I used 3M windo weld to make a tighter seal. Our 2005 4Runner never had a single rattle from any of the door panels or the dash. I’ve been scouring the forums and it seems to be a common complaint for new corollas, new Highlander’s, the Prius. My relatives 2012 Toyota Camry also had no interior rattles either. Besides that though, I love the reliability, looks, and driving dynamics of my Camry.

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  13. Not sure if the Prius is "losing its appeal" or it has lost it already. Toyota just made this generation too ugly inside and out. Expecting a significant leap for the upcoming gen (if any would come)

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  14. The parking scensors and park assist actually come on every trim standard from the LE and up. The base L eco does not have it. The Le trim also has a spare tire.

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  15. this prius will outlive any similar Hyundai, kia, etc. it would cost 15k in 2032, when any similar Hyundai Kia's would cost 5k$, the only toyota's model that is produced in japan, quality that last forever. miser pays twice, smart pays ones!
    PS. I just can’t get rid of my old Prius because it doesn’t break at all, already 380k miles

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  16. Since Hybrid tech spread out with other Toyota models, I see Pruis lost it's uniqueness unless the it's going to be fully EV by 2025. If not, it might as well go like the Avalon or Scion brand.

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  17. The Prius used to be a favorite of the greenies but that has shifted to teslas and other EVs which Toyota has taken thier time bringing to market. If they actually get solid state EVs out soon it will help them compete for EV buyers. The B4ZZ4Z or whatever is pretty weak imo along with that stupid name.

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  18. Considering a ‘23 Prius IF they give us 360 camera along with the HUD and a spare tire. Knobs would be nice as well as getting white plastic off the dash. Definitely need to improve acoustics. Longer range Prime as an option would be great. OTHERWISE I’ll get a Limited Venza or drop $5k more for new NX hybrid. Good video Kirk!

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  19. Been a subscriber since you were a wee lad reviewing lexus by the lake and I must add that I think you've missed the mark on this one Kirk – first, average new car price right now (without all the silly dealer markup) is $45k, this vehicle fully loaded is $34 – you really can't compare this to a Rav4 H – which with same options is just under $50k (just got my 2021) Does anyone really fiddle with climate that much? I've set mine to 68 and auto, seems reviewers think people are always raising or lowering temp – I haven't touched it in months — volume control on steering wheel – have not touched dash controls in months – and you've proven it is not dangerously slow – as to looks, 95% of others on the road really don't give a rats XXX what you are driving, they just care if you don't drive predictable and at the speed of traffic

    What your getting here is a comfortable, reliable (always in the top 5 for reliability) , feature rich "high-performance" vehicle which will be (with minimum maintenance) happily cruising down the road for the next 15 years – the perfect second car or commuter vehicle – and will constantly throw 60 mpg at you for a long long time and plenty of room due to hatchback

    My 2011 CT200h was totaled recently, due to crazy used market got $16k for the loss, purchased a 2022 prius prime limited for $34, less the $4500 tax credit and I'm out the door for under $15k – figure in what I spend on electricity (about $12/month) in gas purchase and I'm averaging 98 mpg real world (not dash) – last tank was 1,100 miles long and at $4.11/gal regular was only $36 – I like this vehicle better that my CT as far as ride quality, sound quality, features and comfort – so, looks aside (ct was a great looking car) – if you know what you need and this fits that model this is a great little vehicle.

    Wise person purchases depreciable assets for what they need, not what they want….

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  20. I don’t get why they added the turn signals on the Mirror last gen but didn’t add them this gen

    Honestly it was one of the reason why I got my Camry hybrid instead of this. This would have been a lot more practical t which is nice

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  21. I have the 2021 Prius and love it. Heated seats, steering wheel and awd. Its a great ride with great gas mileage. It carries 5 people comfortably. Gas prices are a joke and a game that i dont choose to play. Thank you Toyota for my sweet ride. 👍👌😊

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  22. The Limited is a bad choice in the Prius because of that large panel without the Android Auto support. The lower trims have a smaller display, more physical dash controls, and Android Auto support. The Prius is still one of the best choices for people who rent vs own a home, and so can't reliably leverage EV options because you don't know for sure you'll have a spot to charge. The Corolla was a no go for us due to lack of hatchback. I definitely would not like to see Prime-only, it increases the price and robs you of cargo space.

    What they need to do is kill that large display, it's very poorly executed.

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