Not one to miss out on the blacked-out special-edition trend, the 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition becomes the 11th Toyota model to infiltrate the market in dark guise. It is the first hybrid model in the Toyota lineup to get the bold Nightshade styling treatment, too.
The Nightshade appearance package adds blacked-out wheels, headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, and badges. The special edition package is available on standard front-wheel-drive or AWD-e Prius grades with a choice of three exterior colors: Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, and Silver Metallica. Front-drive models ride on 17-inch wheels, while the all-wheel-drive Prius sits on teeny 15-inch wheels.
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On the inside, black SofTex upholstered seats are power-adjustable and come heated; in the FWD Prius, they are eight-way adjustable, while the AWD-e layout gets six-way units. The SofTex-trimmed (think faux leather) steering wheel is also heated, and other interior touches include a semi-gloss black center console and chrome door handles. With the rear seats folded, the Prius offers a staggering 50.7 cubic feet of storage space, perfect for when you need to go into nomad mode.
A 1.8-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder coupled with two electric motors propel America's top-selling hybrid that everyone loves to hate. The Prius AWD-e has an EPA-estimated 51 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, and 49 mpg combined, whereas the front-drive Prius improves fuel economy to an EPA-rated 54/50/52 mpg.
2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Aims for Mass Appeal
Toyota doubles down on the Corolla's popularity by reshaping it into a subcompact SUV. You may question whether Toyota needed yet another crossover, given that the automaker already sells seven SUV models in the U.S. But Toyota believes there is space for the Corolla Cross between the smaller and funkier C-HR and the larger and top-selling RAV4. Toyota is hoping that the space between the RAV4 and C-HR will be good for 100,000 annual sales. To hit that target, the Corolla Cross offers things that the C-HR lacks: an inoffensive design, decent cargo space, and optional all-wheel drive.
Standard equipment on the Nightshade Edition includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker JBL sound system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Additional tech features consist of Alexa compatibility, a wireless phone charger, an integrated backup camera system, advanced voice recognition, and Siri Eyes Free. Customers receive a one-year complimentary subscription to Toyota Safety Connect and a 10-year Service Connect trial.
The sportier-looking (but no more sporty) Nightshade Edition comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 and the Star Safety system. Safety features include bicyclist detection, lane departure alert, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, and intelligent parking assistance.
Regular Priuses—or Prii, if you will—in L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e, and Limited trim levels gain a new standard Rear Seat Reminder, which will inform the driver whether a child or pet is about to be left behind in the back seat. The protocol kicks in when the car is stationary and in park and turned off. New fog lights with LEDs are new to the 2022 Prius XLE and Limited variants, as well.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra Ditches the V8 and Adds a Hybrid
Toyota brings the Tundra into the future with a new frame, and a turbocharged V6 hybrid.Powering the old Tundra is Toyota’s tried-and-true 5.7-liter V8. While that engine was good for 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque and has a great exhaust note, the V8 was relatively thirsty and only netted 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg highway. For 2022, Toyota has dropped that venerable V8 in favor of a turbocharged V6. The new V6 makes 389 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, outperforming its naturally aspirated predecessor.
Now in its fourth generation and 6 million strong in sales worldwide since debuting in 1997, the outfitted fuel-efficient hatchback is sure to attract more haters in the fast lane. The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition arrives this fall, and at $30,470 to start, its pricing falls between the XLE trim and that of the fancier Limited. Full pricing for the 2022 Prius lineup below:
2022 Toyota Prius Pricing
Prius L: $25,550
Prius LE: $26,760 (+$1,400 for AWD-e)
Prius XLE: $29,770 (+$830 for AWD-e)
Prius Nightshade: $30,470 (+$1,130 for AWD-e)
Prius Limited: $33,675
This story was originally published May 27, 2021, and has since been updated to reflect the 2022 Prius lineup's overall changes, as well as pricing for each trim level.
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