Many people think of the
ToyotaPrius when they think of hybrid vehicles, and for good reason. While today the car has many rivals, the 2022 Toyota Prius is still as fuel-efficient as previous models that came out 25 years earlier.
The 2022 Toyota Prius L Eco is the most affordable option
The most affordable trim level of the 2022 Toyota Prius is the L Eco, with a starting price of about $24,525.
This trim level includes a complete set of safety systems, including front and side-impact air bags, rear airbags, a driver’s knee airbag and a tire pressure monitor, as well as electric traction and stability controls.
It also comes standard with Toyota’s Safety Assist 2.0 suite, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning that has lane-correcting capability, adaptive cruise control, and more.
Autotrader notes that even though the L Eco is the 2022 Toyota Prius base model, its infotainment system is fairly advanced. It includes a 7-inch touchscreen with a 6-speaker audio system. It also comes standard with a rear backup camera and also Toyota Care, which includes all scheduled factory maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles.
With a smart key keyless entry, the 2022 Toyota Prius L-Eco recognizes its owner and allows the driver’s door to unlock with just the press of a button.
The 2022 Toyota Prius LE adds a few more features
The next trim level, which is the LE, builds off the L Eco’s equipment list and adds even more, including available all-wheel drive. It has a starting price of around $25,735.
In addition, the front seats on the LE have extended pockets for extra storage. There is also an additional driver-assist feature with a blind-spot monitor that has rear cross-traffic alert.
It also includes Toyota’s Intelligent Parking Assist, helping to guide the car while parallel parking, as well as Intelligent Clearance Sonar, which monitors potential hazards around the car using multiple sonar sensors.
Another additional feature is the intermittent rear wiper, which automatically clears the back window with a timed interval, so you don’t need to run it constantly.
The 2022 Toyota Prius XLE bumps up the luxury
Like the LE, the XLE has available all-wheel drive. But it has additional features, such as auto on/off headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels and rain-sensing wipers.
The interior of the XLE is also a little different from the lower trims. The seats on the XLE have a simulated leather that Toyota calls SoftTex, which is supposed to be easier to clean. There are also soft-touch surfaces on the doors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats and steering wheel and a wireless charge pad.
But interestingly, the XLE all-wheel drive model actually loses some features, such as the 8-way power driver’s seat, the 17-inch wheels and the optional Premium Convenience Package.
The 2022 Toyota Prius Limited is the most expensive trim
The 2022 Toyota Prius Limited is the highest trim level, so of course it adds a few more luxury features—although it doesn’t have an all-wheel drive option. This trim level starts at $32,820.
It does include the XLE’s Advanced Technology Package contents, plus adds a 10-speaker JBL premium audio system and larger 11.9-inch infotainment touchscreen.
The Limited also includes adaptive front lighting, which moves the headlights in the direction of the steering wheel so the driver can see what’s ahead when going into corners, and a head-up display that projects essential information like speed and navigation direction.
Test drive and look at all your costs
Test driving the different 2022 Toyota Prius trim levels can help you decide which one you like the best.
If you are still having trouble deciding on a trim level, try factoring in the cost of
car insurance. A higher trim level typically means a more expensive car insurance premium.