2024 Toyota Prius Prime: The Original Authentic Hybrid, Only Better

The original Toyota Prius is a true millennial, having launched for the model year 2000 in the US.

It’s still a best-selling hybrid for a quarter century – and if you want a Prius, get the Prius Prime for 2024.

Gone are the days of the clunky, struggling Thomas the Tank wannabe trying to get from Point A to the Bear-B-Que. The 2024 Toyota Prius Prime (a plug-in hybrid) is truly in a league of its of own – and know that before you buy one.

(A plug-in hybrid does require that you plug-in the car at least once a week, so it would be impractical to own if you do not have a garage or protected space to do that – at least for a few hours at a time.)

And – know upfront that for 2024, the backseats are very tight, the cargo area makes it hard to get a week’s worth of Bear groceries back there, and, well, this really isn’t a road trip kind of car IMHO. 

Introduced last year, the Prime edition of the Prius has much going for it. When you regularly use the plug-in feature, you can get up to 127 miles per gallon, or an average of 52 mpg on just gas and battery.

 U.S. News and World Report says this year’s Prius is “easy and enjoyable to drive [and] provides responsive driving dynamics and a handsome cabin.” calls the Prius Prime the “poster child for hybrid efficiency.”

Even Road & Track says this year’s Prius can “finally sit at the cool kids’ hybrid lunch table.”

Starting at $33K US, this year’s Prius Prime could be your perfect glass slipper if you are indeed the fun-sized Cinder-Fella who needs a car for (mostly) inner-city maneuverings. 

Indeed, there is a lot to be said about the 2024 Toyota Prius Prime.  But I’ll admit, I’m not quite feeling like I am sitting at the Cool Kids’ lunch table with this one. At least not on homemade pizza day.

As with the 2023 model year, the design of the dash makes it difficult to adjust the steering wheel so you can see it clearly while driving.  

And for our demographic, the drive would be tight for many of us.  Please test-drive first.

Remember, this isn’t like ordering a pizza online.  There are many online car dealers who can sell you a car this afternoon, but like an anchovy pizza that might upset your stomach, the pain will not just go away once it’s delivered and your throw it in the trash.

Take your time.  Breathe.  And check your finances. 

Pretty pictures online have a habit of being not-so-pretty once the 3-D reality comes to life on your doorstep.  And as Bears, we know that Game of Thrones / Catfish storyline all too well.

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