The 2023 Toyota Prius is an incredibly versatile hybrid model boasting a refined exterior and interior. You have a much different Prius than what was available 10 years ago, with this model offering an almost luxury look and feel, all for under $30,000 starting MSRP.
Looking deeper inside the 2023 Toyota Prius, we see a fairly expansive driver and passenger area, which, for a compact four-door, always gets us excited. The Prius family continues to expand, both in models, but also in specs and overall quality. What once was considered a pretty basic hybrid on the market has now become fierce competition for everyone also releasing hybrids, even at the luxury level.
With this being essentially a new car versus previous generations, the interior craftsmanship of the 2023 Prius especially stands out to us and drivers. This model is available in three trim levels: LE (base model), XLE, and Limited. You have a stunning cabin even at the base LE trim, which only gets nicer as you hop into an XLE and Limited. Again, 2023 was the year Prius took its crown back. Therefore, we want to cover the interior specs of this model a bit deeper than ‘usual,’ so stick around!
2024 Toyota Prius: A Comprehensive Guide On Features, Specs, And Pricing
If you are in the market for a Toyota Prius, this guide will give you a better understanding of the hybrid car and help you decide.
In order to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the data used to compile this article was sourced from Toyota and other authoritative sources, including Motor Trend and Car and Driver.
2023 Was The Year Prius Got Its Sexy Back
- Stunning Styling: Unlike its predecessors, the 2023 Prius places a strong emphasis on aesthetics, combining sleek and sporty exterior design with the renowned fuel efficiency that Prius is known for.
As most of you already know, 2023 marked a complete overhaul of the Prius nameplate. This model year, unlike previous generations, focused mainly on the interior and exterior aesthetics of the hybrid icon, especially with detailing throughout the main cabin. You had a major facelift in the Prius, as well as the Prime PHEV seeing similar upgrades. Most importantly, the 2023 Prius’s interior saw changes, including the center instrument panel and joystick shifter being removed, as well as extended passenger volume despite a fairly low roof line.
This generation of Prius also sees an extended length and wheelbase, providing more front and rear legroom. The front seats are redesigned for a sportier look, almost reminiscent of what we saw circulate with the GR Prius for an event in France last year around the same time. It’s sportier, which to many, makes Prius cool again.
Sporty Look, Happy Drivers
Adding to our above point, the 2023 Prius interior boasts a far sportier vibe, with attractive seating, trim, and an upgraded infotainment panel. You always had a pretty basic tech package inside this hybrid model, although, through tweaks to the overall theme, the 2023 Prius looks a lot fancier.
Again, you’re not hopping in a Lambo, but this version of the Prius is 100 percent sleeker than before. What’s also nice is that moving up into the XLE and Limited trims, you’ll have SofTex-trimmed heated front seats with an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat PLUS a similarly trimmed steering wheel. It’s the little things, people. They make a difference.
2023 Prius Standard Features
- Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 (TSS 3.0) standard
- Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
- Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
- 17-inch alloy wheels with wheel covers
- Safe Exit Assist
- Wireless Apple CarPlay compatible
- Wireless Android Auto compatible
- Integrated backup camera display
- 8.0-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia display
- 60/40 split fold-down rear seats with center armrest
- LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with an on/off feature
- Single-zone climate control system with pollen filtration
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Space To Store Your Stuff And Stretch Your Legs
- Cargo Space and Storage: While cargo space is slightly reduced due to the lower roofline, the Prius still offers a practical amount of room for groceries and luggage.
With the redesign of the 2023 Prius, we saw a low roofline, although the stretched body/frame of the Prius made up for some of the lost headspace. That said, inside the 2023 Prius, you have slightly reduced cargo capacity compared to 2022, so the upgraded features start to make sense. Toyota wanted this to be a more streamlined nameplate, opting for more bells and whistles versus a basic, spacious building. However, the 2023 Prius still offers 20.3 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 26.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
It’s not the best in class, but it’s nowhere near the worst. Again, sometimes a sexy car doesn’t get to also be entirely practical. There’s still plenty of passenger space, though, with 91 cubic feet of passenger space, down from 93 cubic feet for the old model. Two inches won’t make *that* much of a difference in the broader scale.
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Two Touchscreen Options Based On The Trim Level
- Infotainment screens start at 8.0 inches and go as large as 12.3 inches in the Limited 2023 Prius.
- Upgraded JBL eight-speaker sound systems are exclusive to the Limited trim level, while a 6-speaker system is standard for LE and XLE models.
Moving onto what you can expect from the infotainment system in a Prius for 2023, this is where much of the available upgrades come into play. For example, your standard LE trim comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, where you can find music, navigation, and vehicle information.
The XLE also boasts the same size infotainment display, so you won’t see the premium 12.3-inch screen in any other Prius trim rather than the Limited models. That said, even with a smaller screen, the way Prius has integrated the tech inside your vehicle into the broader main cabin is perfect. It’s right at a comfortable eye level, for even people in the back of the car, plus you have a broader dashboard across the driver and passenger seat.
Moreover, Wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, and there are multiple USB-C ports throughout the car. Of course, nowadays, it’s pretty customary to have charging outlets throughout a new model, although Prius remains on trend or ahead in its lineup. You do not have wireless charging in the 2023 Prius, so that’s one thing to keep in mind while buying.
Upgraded JBL Audio And Even An Impressive Standard Sound System Make The 2023 Prius Sparkle
For music lovers, the added tech inside this model will spark your interest. First, with this generation of Prius, you have a standard six-speaker audio system boasting balanced sound throughout the vehicle. This comes in your first two trims, LE and XLE, while the upgraded JBL 8-speaker system is exclusive to the Limited trim. With the upgraded sound system, you’ll experience premium audio quality, as well as an amplifier. If you want bass: Limited is calling your name.
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The 2023 Model Year Is The Boldest Prius Design We’ve Seen So Far
- 2023 marks a new chapter for the Toyota Prius nameplate.
- Current 2024 models have not changed dramatically inside or out.
Although the 2024 Prius and Prius Prime bear close resemblance to 2023, there likely won’t be as dramatic of a shift in aesthetics from the nameplate for quite some time. Between 2022 and 2023, we saw the Prius family transform from boring to sleek and sexy, all without compromising the quality of driving or passenger experience. Yes, the 2023 Prius boasts a lower, sleeker body, but with upgraded seats, an expansive infotainment display/cluster, plus its three distinct trims, there’s no going wrong with it, even this year.
It’s not every day an iconic model sees such a dramatic facelift, so thanks to Toyota for taking on a risk with this generation. There’s truly nothing quite like it.