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Prius Turns 20

Who would have thought that the Prius would have such legs? Outside of people in Toyota City, perhaps not many. But in the U.S., 20 years on, and 1.9-million sold...
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Toyota is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Prius in the U.S.

Since the first-generation vehicle—the 2001 model year—was made available in the U.S., and through the years that saw variants (e.g., c v, Prime), there have been 1.9-million Priuses sold in the U.S.

Gen 1 Prius

Gen 1 Prius: Hard to imagine that this was once “revolutionary.” (Images: Toyota)

In terms of the history, there was gen 2 in 2004, gen 3 in 2009 and gen 4, the current one, which was launched in 2015.

Gen 2 Prius

Gen 2 Prius: The shape that came to mean “hybrid.”

The second-generation model is the one that has the exterior design which is quintessential Prius. Gen 3 pretty much refined the form. Gen 4 was a departure—and one that is still somewhat controversial.

2021 Prius

Model year 2021 Prius 2020 Edition. Yes, 2,020 will be built.

Over the years we’ve written a lot about the Prius, both specifically and as a foil for other vehicles—just as everyone who is in the electric vehicle space today is trying to create a “Tesla beater,” for a long time it was about creating a “Prius fighter.”

And 20 years on, Prius is still the dominant hybrid.

Here are some of the things we wrote:

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