Toyota just launched the new Prius yesterday and has yet to release pricing information and on-sale dates for the United States. The electrified vehicle will be sold in the US in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, both of which look almost identical to the European model. However, this new generation Prius is quite different from its predecessor and we’ve created this quick visual comparison between the two to see the changes. In all the examples below, the new Prius is on the left, and the previous model is on the right.
The front one
Starting with the front fascia, styling changes between the new Prius and its predecessor and the Major. The 2023 model has an elegant design with C-shaped headlights and two rows of grilles. The previous generation Prius, instead, had vertical LED daytime running lights and an X-shaped lower fascia. The new model features a more muscular hood whose lines continue across the top of the fascia. The previous generation hybrid had a flatter bonnet with small curves flowing towards the fenders.
The overall design of the rear of both vehicles is similar, although small details make them look very different. The new model’s more flowing design continues at the rear where the rear window merges into the taillights with a coast-to-coast LED strip connecting the clusters. Its predecessor had a similar feature, although the lights had a completely different shape. The new Prius also has a larger bumper with rounded edges, replacing the boxy bumper shape of the previous Prius.
The side profile looks very similar between the two vehicles. However, the new model’s more aerodynamic shape dictates a steeper windshield as well as a more sloping rearward roofline. The more muscular wheel arches now include larger wheels and black eyebrows to indicate the change. Both front and rear overhangs are slightly shorter than before.
Just like the exterior, the interior of the 2023 Prius is all-new. Toyota moves the instrument cluster to sit just behind the steering wheel, breaking with the tradition of placing it in the center of the dashboard. There’s a new infotainment system with a larger screen and thankfully the physical buttons for the HVAC system carry over to the new model. Overall, the revised cabin looks a bit more traditional and practical.