The 2001 Toyota Prius vs. the 2016 Toyota Prius

June 3rd, 2016 by

2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco

If you’re a hybrid enthusiast, then there’s one more reason to celebrate, because Toyota recently announced the automaker has sold nine million hybrids! It all started with the Toyota Prius. The original Toyota hybrid has been on sale in Japan since 1997, but the Prius first arrived in the U.S. market in the 2001 model year.

Let’s celebrate this landmark occasion for the world’s best selling hybrid by seeing how the all-new, fully redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius compares to the original U.S. version of this hybrid, the 2001 Toyota Prius. Learn how far this fuel-efficient and versatile hybrid has come and where it’s going, and discover the entire lineup of new and pre-owned Prius models at Toyota of Naperville.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Over the years, the Toyota Prius has provided excellent fuel economy at a more affordable price. Continued innovation has only helped it achieve more power and better fuel economy. The first U.S. version of the Toyota Prius ran on a 1.5L four-cylinder engine and a 30 kW electric motor that put out 114 hp. At the time, it rated at an EPA-estimated 42 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.

Now, the 2016 Prius is powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors. In total, this system churns out 121 hp. With a traditional set up, fuel economy comes in at an EPA-estimated 54 mpg city and 50 mpg highway, while the Prius Two Eco gets even better figures at an EPA-estimated 58 mpg city and 53 mpg highway.

2011 Toyota Prius

2011 Toyota Prius


Since 2001, the Toyota Prius has found ways to accommodate families in a variety of different ways. The original Toyota Prius offered to American drivers was a compact sedan with seating for up to five passengers. It boasted a cabin with a total interior volume of 100.4 cubic feet and a trunk that could fit 11.8 cubic feet of cargo. The newest rendition of the Prius is available as a compact hatchback (Prius), subcompact hatchback (Prius c), and wagon (Prius v), each of which has standard seating for five passengers and a split-folding rear bench seat that opens up extra cargo space when you need it.

The most widely distributed of these is the traditional compact hatchback Prius, which has a total interior volume of 117.7 cubic feet and 24.6 cubic feet of dedicated cargo space in back. The smaller Prius c has a total interior volume of 104.5 cubic feet and 17.1 cubic feet for storage and the larger Prius v wagon provides 131.5 cubic feet of interior space as well as 34.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats.

2016 Toyota Prius Cargo

2016 Toyota Prius Cargo


The Toyota Prius has remained at the forefront of innovation, not only in terms of engineering but also when it comes to in-car features and tech.

  • 2001 Toyota Prius: Even early on, the Toyota Prius came equipped with features like electric power steering, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, a remote trunk release, a trip computer, front seatback storage, and a climate control system.
  • 2016 Toyota Prius: A lot has changed in the last 15 years. These days, you’ll find the Toyota Prius equipped with advanced technology, including standard features like Bluetooth, a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, voice-activated controls, a rearview camera, and an iPod/USB interface. Moving up the line, you’ll find satellite radio, HD radio, a navigation system, heated front seats, a JBL stereo system, and a suite of advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and pre-collision alerts.
2016 Toyota Prius touchscreen

2016 Toyota Prius touchscreen


The Toyota Prius has always been manufactured with the average buyer in mind, which explains its accessible pricing through the years.

  • 2001 Toyota Prius: MSRP from $19,995
  • 2016 Toyota Prius: MSRP from $19,560 for the Prius c; MSRP from $24,200 for the conventional Toyota Prius*
2011 Toyota Prius model

2011 Toyota Prius

Experience the Joy of the Toyota Prius at Toyota of Naperville

Whether you’re thinking about buying the fully redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius or one of our many pre-owned Toyota Prius models, you’re guaranteed a great deal on a car that is sure to give you excellent gas mileage. Celebrate 9 million Prius models sold by taking one for a spin at Toyota of Naperville, located at 1488 W. Ogden Ave. in Naperville, IL. Feel free to contact us if you want more information before you come in!


*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $835 for Cars, $900 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1195 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $995 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. Actual dealer price will vary. Actual dealer document fee may vary.