Toyota unveiled the new Prius yesterday and has yet to release pricing and sales date information for the United States. The electric vehicle will be sold in America in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, both of which look nearly identical to the European model. This new generation Prius is, however, quite different compared to its predecessors and we have prepared a quick visual comparison between the two to visualize the changes. In all of the examples below, the new Prius is on the left, and the previous model is on the right.
Starting with the front fascia, the styling changes between the new Prius and its predecessor and major. The 2023 model has a sleeker design with C-shaped headlights and two rows of grille. The previous generation Prius, in turn, had vertical LED daytime running lights and an X-shaped lower fascia. The new model features a more muscular hood with a line that continues to the top of the fascia. The previous generation hybrid had a flatter bonnet with small indentations running towards the fenders
The rear of the two vehicles share a similar overall design, although the small details make them look very different. The new model’s more flowing design continues at the rear where the rear window merges with the taillights with a coast-to-coast LED strip connecting the clusters. Its predecessor had similar features, although the shape of the lamp was completely different. The new Prius also has a larger bumper with rounded edges replacing the square bumper of the previous Prius.
The side profile looks very similar between the two vehicles. However, the newer model’s aerodynamic shape dictates a steeper windshield, as well as a more sloping roofline at the rear. The more muscular wheel arches now incorporate the larger wheels and there are glossy black eyebrows that underline the changes. The front and rear overhangs are slightly shorter than before.
Just like the exterior, the interior of the 2023 Prius is also all-new. Toyota moved the instrument cluster to sit directly behind the steering wheel, breaking the tradition of placing it in the center of the dashboard. There’s a new infotainment system with a bigger screen and, thankfully, the physical buttons for the HVAC system are carried over to the new model. Overall, the revised cabin looks a bit more traditional and practical.