Is the Toyota Prius available with a manual transmission?

I’m looking into purchasing a hybrid car but I also like the feel of a manual transmission. Do they make the Toyota Pius with a manual transmission?

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Answer provided by
Matt Nightingale
Answered on Jun 13, 2022
Unfortunately, the Toyota Prius doesn’t have a manual transmission. In fact, hybrid cars generally haven’t been made with stick-shift capabilities—with a few exceptions:
  • 2000–2006 Honda Insight. When this odd-looking little ditty came to America, it came with a standard five-speed manual transmission. The Insight was actually the first hybrid car to hit the road in the U.S. and sported an impressive 61mpg fuel efficiency rating.
  • 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid. For one magical year, Honda made the Civic Hybrid available in a three-pedal configuration. In that year, the hybrid version of the popular Honda nameplate achieved a 35 city/45 highway mpg fuel efficiency rating.
  • 2011–2016 Honda CR-Z. The CR-Z paired a futuristic and sporty look with fuel-conscious hybrid technology and impressed precisely nobody. The critics panned the CR-Z for its performance, while the 37mpg fuel-efficiency rating wasn’t really enough to win over the masses.
Manual transmissions are becoming increasingly rare in the auto industry, for better or for worse.
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