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2021 Toyota Prius Changes Include Improved Safety, Android Auto, and a Special Edition

Christian Wardlaw | May 12, 2020

Toyota has announced changes for the 2021 Prius, which improves in areas that matter to consumers. 

2021 Toyota Prius Changes Include Improved Safety, Android Auto, and a Special Edition

For 2021, the Prius adopts the latest collection of the automaker’s advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), called Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0), while expanding upon its standard safety equipment list. All versions except for the top-of-the-line Limited gain Android Auto smartphone integration for the new model year. Toyota also debuts a new “2020 Edition” to commemorate the model’s 20 years on sale on America.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0

Replacing the previous grouping of ADAS that came standard on the 2020 Prius, TSS 2.0 both expands on the car’s safety technology offering while adding a big dose of accuracy and refinement.

A next-generation set of systems, TSS 2.0 includes full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with low-light pedestrian detection, daytime bicyclist detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, road sign recognition, and automatic high-beam headlights. 

Evaluated in other Toyota models, TSS 2.0 operates in a smooth, accurate, and consistent manner and is among the more sophisticated collections of ADAS from a mainstream brand.

Additionally, Toyota makes several other safety-related technologies standard on the 2021 Toyota Prius. They include a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic warning, front and rear parking sensors, and a semi-autonomous parking assistance system. Previously, these features were unavailable on the least expensive version of the Prius.

Every Prius also comes with a 3-year trial subscription to Safety Connect services, which provides automatic collision notification, emergency assistance, and quick access to roadside assistance. 

Android Auto Added to Most 2021 Toyota Prius Trims

Apple CarPlay was already standard for the Prius, but for 2021 most versions of the car gain Android Auto smartphone integration. That should expand the car’s appeal with new-car buyers who prioritize this type of connectivity.

One version of the Prius does not get Android Auto this year, and it’s the top-of-the-line Limited. In the Limited, Toyota uses a unique infotainment system with an 11.6-inch portrait-style touchscreen display. This setup includes embedded navigation, advanced voice recognition capability, a JBL premium sound system, and even Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. But Android Auto remains absent for 2021.

New 2021 Prius 2020 Edition

While the name of this limited-production Prius is confusing, the backstory helps to clarify matters. The original Prius went on sale in the U.S. in early 2000 as a 2001 model. Now, 20 years later, Toyota celebrates this anniversary with 2,020 examples of the 2020 Edition.

Available in Supersonic Red (pictured above) or a new Wind Chill Pearl color, the Prius 2020 Edition is based on the XLE trim level with front-wheel drive. Toyota will not offer the car with all-wheel drive.

Highlights include blacked-out exterior trim and 17-inch alloy wheels, a body-color rear spoiler, and special interior detailing and trim.

The information in this article is from Toyota. It was accurate as of May 12, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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