Toyota Prius gets a special edition for its 20th year

Updated Sep 15, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

That is one sharp-looking 20-year old.

The Toyota Prius hybrid marks two decades this year; to be more specific, it’s been 20 years since it was introduced to the U.S. market for the 2001 model year. Before that, however, the Prius debuted on Japanese roads in 1997.

The very first iteration of the hybrid had a more upright and conservative-looking sedan body style, and it wasn’t until 2004 that the trademark kammback shape appeared.

To date, 1.9 million Prius units have been sold to American households, and Toyota will celebrate 20 years of electrified mobility with the 2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition.

The special-edition Prius gets the black trim treatment

Don’t be confused by the name, as it simply refers to the car being a 2021 model that honors 20 years since its arrival on American shores. This special variant will have a limited run of just 2,020 units.

The 2020 Edition uses the Prius XLE FWD as the base, to which Toyota adds generous amounts of black body accents. Blacked-out projector headlights pierce the darkness, and these are complemented by the side mirror caps, B-pillar, and badges rendered in black trim.

Even the 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels are the color of the night, although this makes them look a bit small inside the wheel arches. A rear spoiler matches the car’s body color, which will be available in either Supersonic Red or Wind Chill Pearl. 

Even the badges are rendered in black

Inside, the Toyota Prius 2021 continues the black motif on the shift knob as well as the trim on the A-pillar, accompanied by air-conditioning vents treated to a smoked finish.

A special ”2020 Edition” insignia adorns the floor mats, which match the key fob. The driver’s seat boasts eight-way power adjustment, while a heated steering wheel is standard as well. Qi wireless charging is on hand for compatible mobile devices.

The head unit will now offer Android Auto integration alongside Apple CarPlay

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As on the rest of the Prius range, the 2020 Edition will have Android Auto functionality, apart from the currently available Apple CarPlay.

More importantly, the new Prius gets the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 safety suite, which packs a serious array of driver-assistive features: pre-collision braking with low-light pedestrian detection, bicyclist detection, blind-spot monitoring, dynamic radar cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure alert, auto high beam, and road sign assist.

Toyota will launch the new Prius at the company’s 2020 New Product Showcase on May 18, one of 11 electrified models for the 2021 model year.

Pricing is yet to be announced, but the model will be available throughout different regions in the U.S. But wait, will keep you posted!

Know more about Toyota Prius 2024

Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is a hybrid compact sedan which helped catapult hybrid powertrains into popularity the world over.Toyota Prius Philippines price is ₱2,339,000 with 1.8 Hybrid CVT as the only available variant

Under the hood, the Philippine-spec Prius uses the 1.8-liter Hybrid Synergy Drive. At maximum, this powertrain can produce a combined output of 121 horsepower and 163 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to its front wheels via an electrically controlled variable transmission (eCVT). 

Size-wise, the 2023 Toyota Prius is 4,540mm long, 1,760mm wide, and 1,470mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,700mm, and a ground clearance of 130mm. 

Locally, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is the Toyota Prius’ sole competitor in the compact car segment. Then again, there’s also the Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid


Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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