The 2022-MY Prius Nightshade boasts premium tech and safety features including pre-collision...

The 2022-MY Prius Nightshade boasts premium tech and safety features including pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, road sign assist, and daytime bicyclist detection.

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Toyota has announced details and pricing for the 2022-MY Prius. Toyota's volume hybrid model starts at $24,525 MSRP for the lowest L trim and tops out at $30,575 MSRP for the newest trim level entrant, called Nightshade.

2022 Prius Pricing

Toyota Announces Pricing on 2022 Prius
Toyota Announces Pricing on 2022 Prius

Available in either front-wheel drive or AWD-e versions, all Prius grades add a standard Rear Seat Reminder. This safety feature is designed to activate based on door sequencing logic, can alert the driver that a child or pet remains in the back seat when the car is stopped, the transmission is shifted into park and the car is turned off. In addition, both the XLE and Limited grades add new integrated fog lights with LED accent lights.

Service Connect trial, available for all Prius grades, provides a vehicle health report and maintenance alerts to the car, and can send maintenance reminders via email, the Toyota App or a Toyota Owner’s online account.

The 2022 special edition is available in Midnight Black Metallic, Super White and Silver Metallic. Special exterior accent features include black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, and a shark fin antenna. This Prius has black 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels on the FWD model, and 15-inch alloy wheels on the AWD-e version, paired with black lug nuts.

But more than just cosmetics were included in the makeover. The vehicle adds features from the XLE grade, including 3-door Smart Key system, standard SofTex-trimmed, heated, adjustable front seats, and SofTex-trimmed heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel. Additional interior features include SofTex-trimmed door armrest area and seatback pockets, chrome accent interior door handles, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats with center armrest, and a retractable tonneau cargo area cover.

The AWD-e system uses a dedicated rear electric motor to power the rear wheels when needed. An automatic on-demand system can recognize when all-wheel-drive traction is not needed and can disengage it to maximize fuel economy.

The Prius AWD-e models are rated at an EPA estimated 51 city/47 highway/49 combined MPG.

Prius models come with the central screen interface. In all 2022 models, the 4.2-inch color Dual Multi-Information Display with customizable screens includes Energy Monitor and Hybrid System Indicator with Eco Score, Eco Savings Record, Drive Monitor, Eco Wallet and Eco Diary features, plus displays for climate control, driver support systems, audio system content, and navigation system. The AWD-e models also add and AWD-e system indicator.

All Prius models are equipped with Toyota’s Star Safety system, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

The standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS-2.0) system includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Low-Light Pedestrian Detection
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Daytime Bicyclist Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Road Sign Assist

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is designed to help offer automatic braking capability under certain conditions should the driver not react in time in an emergency situation. Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Intelligent Parking Assist are standard on all grades except L Eco.

All Toyota Prius models come with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. 

The Prius is one of 10 Toyota hybrid models and one of 11 electrified vehicles. The Toyota Prius was the world’s first mass-production hybrid car, dating back to 1997. Toyota has since sold more than 6 million Prius vehicles worldwide, with about one-third in the U.S.

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