Toyota released details of its compact 2017 Prius Prime on Monday, and there’s at least one number that should make Prius fans smile: the hatchback can travel 25 miles solely on electric power from its lithium-ion battery — more than double the automaker’s previous model — before switching to its gasoline engine, the Detroit Free Press reports. The manufacturer also released the car’s price of $27,100 and that it will go on sale next month. With incentives, drivers can shave up to $6,500 off that price.
The car’s estimated EPA rating of 55MPG in the city and 53 on the highway is among the best for a hybrid car.
It’s all electric range, however, is less impressive, with other hybrid vehicles going up to twice as far as the Prius Prime on electricity. The Chevrolet Volt plug-in, which sells for $33,220 has a 53-mile range, for example. (Pure electric vehicles, on the other hand, get significantly longer ranges, with Tesla’s $74,000 Model X traveling up to 265 miles between charges.)
The Prius Prime is much cheaper than similar cars by other manufacturers. The hybrid hatchback starts at $27,100, and buyers can get a $4,500 federal tax credit. The advanced model will run you $33,100, and comes with tech perks like a “heads up” infotainment display, heated steering wheel, and upgraded safety features like blind spot warnings and rear cross traffic alerts.
Even at a sweet price point, it’s tough to convince consumers to opt for hybrids. Cheap gas has prompted car buyers to opt for larger SUVs, making the cars a tough sell.