Toyota Rolls out an All Wheel Drive Prius, Coming to This Toyota Dealer near Hackensack NJ in 2019!

January 5th, 2019 by

Toyota Rolls out an All Wheel Drive Prius, Coming to This Toyota Dealer near Hackensack NJ in 2019!


At the LA Auto Show in early December, Toyota revealed the new all-wheel drive Prius. The announcement generated much excitement, and we at East Coast Toyota are happy to bring you this news. If you’ve been looking for a reliable Toyota dealer, Hackensack, NJ residents can head over to our dealership and take a look at our available models – of which the Prius AWD-e will soon be one!

The Prius AWD-e features a drivetrain that previously featured in the RAV4 Hybrid AWD. It was well-received in that model, so we have high expectations from the Prius.

In this article, we’ll take you through the all-wheel drive addition, and some other features of the 2019 Prius.


Excellent fuel efficiency

The long-awaited model will offer an excellent mileage, as always, with 52 miles/gallon in the city and 48 mpg on the highway. According to the official news release from Toyota, “the 2019 AWD-e will lay claim to being one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive-equipped passenger cars available in the US, thanks to manufacturer-projected mpg estimates of 52 mpg city / 48 mpg highway / 50 mpg combined.”

Toyota has a long history of providing good mileage, with the standard Prius having a 56 mpg (combined) mileage.

People value fuel efficiency and report it as being a major factor in the decision-making process, as it hugely affects the car’s running cost. A car that reaches 25 mpg will cost you twice as much in terms of fuel. That really adds up in the long term.

Another important reason why people seek cars with a high mileage is because it’s environmentally friendly. The less fuel you consume, the less pollution you cause. When carpooling or using public transport aren’t an option, owning a fuel-efficient car like the Prius is the best way to reduce your impact on the environment.

Toyota endeavors to create environmentally-friendly products and to reduce their impact as much as possible. You can learn more about their green initiatives here

If you’re wondering when the new Prius will be available at your nearest Toyota dealer to Hackensack, NJ, East Coast Toyota is just down the street in Wood-Ridge – so be sure to bookmark our page or shoot us an email to find out exactly when the new Prius rolls out!


Lighter rear end

From the New Atlas website: “As with the RAV4 Hybrid, the AWD-e system will engage the rear wheels when traction requires, such as during inclement weather or unstable terrain. The Prius will otherwise remain front-wheel drive in most driving situations.”

The AWD option is not intended for regular, daily use like in the case of a heavy-duty car, but instead for short bursts of power like for getting out of a driveway that’s slippery with ice (and uphill).

Green Car Reports says, “The layout of the system—which adds a tiny 7-hp (5.3-kw) electric motor that can deliver 41 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels—and the rationale behind it is mostly carried over from the Prius E-four, a model that has been sold in Japan for many years.

As Prius chief engineer Shoichi Kaneko explained to us last week at the LA Auto Show, it snows a lot in Japan. For snowy roads, front-wheel-drive vehicles have the hardest time with launch on an incline. So the first priority was to support a confident launch in stop-and-go traffic, uphill, on slippery roads.”

In the new model the rear wheels are powered at up to 6 miles per hour for an easier launch (as explained above). When needed, the motor can reach up to 43 miles/hour.

The engineer stated that high mileage was a priority, so Toyota decided to not make it a full-time system to cut back on energy consumption. Toyota found, after optimization tests, that the best efficiency could be achieved by opting for a lightweight, magnet-less motor, and by skipping regeneration from the rear wheels entirely. Going light on the rear end further helped them maintain fuel-efficiency.


More details about the AWD-e system

In their news release, Toyota says, “Toyota’s AWD-e system is ideal for Prius. The automatic, on-demand system does not require a center differential or other torque-apportioning device, nor does it need a front-to-rear driveshaft. Instead, the “e” in AWD-e stands for electric.

The Prius AWD-e uses an independent electric, magnet-less rear motor (a Toyota first) to power the rear wheels from 0 to 6 mph, then when needed, up to 43 mph. This system provides the power to the rear wheels to confidently pull away from a stop, yet the on-demand system recognizes when all-wheel-drive performance is not needed to provide great fuel economy.”

More details will be revealed as the vehicle’s release date draws closer. Read on to find out what else is new in the 2019 Toyota Prius!


Other changes in the 2019 model

The all-wheel drive, albeit a major change, isn’t the only one. The 2019 Prius comes with a number of other changes – both inside and out.

The changes to the exterior, which will be immediately apparent, include “an all-new front bumper, headlamp design and taillamp design. The new AWD-e models will also sport new foglamps and an all-new LED accent lamp.”

If you’ve been hoping for more color options, you’re in luck, because the 2019 model will sport two new colors (Supersonic Red and Electric Storm Blue). The car will also debut a new two-tone 15-inch alloy wheel with a cover.

The car will have piano black accents inside, two additional USB ports, an enlarged Qi wireless phone charging tray (to evolve with our cell phones growing in size every year), and a standard heated steering wheel on the XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited models.

The AWD-e models will have a Nickel-Metal Hydride battery, which is resilient to extreme temperature change – and will therefore perform better in cold temperatures. The AWD-e version has a number of changes that appeal to buyers in colder climates. The FWD Prius models come with a Lithium ion battery.

The car will also offer more storage space, with “62.7 cu. ft. of carrying space with the standard 60:40 split rear seatbacks lowered. That’s more than in some small SUVs and larger than most full-size sedans.” You’ll also have the option to add cargo crossbars.

For a full list of changes and updates, check out the official news release from Toyota.


Pricing for the all-wheel drive Prius

Toyota recently released the model’s pricing details. The base version is priced at $27,300 – which includes a $920 destination charge.

The AWD-e system, as mentioned above, is not available in the Prime model. The XLE version costs $29,740 and comes with extra perks such as seat heaters.

You can buy the new model at East Coast Toyota, which is a trusted Toyota dealer. Hackensack, NJ is a short distance away if you’re in that area, so you can easily visit once the vehicle’s released to have a look and take it for a test drive.

The all-wheel drive is a splendid addition, and one we’re certain will add value to the vehicle. The folks at Toyota seem to be in agreement, because they estimate that the model could account for up to 25% of total Prius sales in America.

Can’t wait to learn more? Stay tuned, because Toyota will release more details about the Prius AWD-e as their launch date draws closer. The Toyota dealer near Hackensack, NJ expects to have the car soon after its release – the date for which hasn’t been announced yet.


If you’re looking for a used Prius in the meantime, East Coast Toyota has some excellent options available now.

2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in Advanced Hybrid HB FWD Hatchback

The car has a dazzling ‘blizzard pearl’ exterior, and 49,940 miles on the dash. It’s a gently-used vehicle with a 1.8l 4-cylinder DOHC engine. It has a lithium ion battery with a 6.6kW onboard charger.

Take a look at some of its other features below:

  • Cruise control (with steering wheel controls)
  • Delayed accessory power, front and rear cup-holders, cargo space lights
  • Power door locks with autolock feature, power windows
  • Remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter, 2 door curb/courtesy, illuminated entry, illuminated ignition switch and panic button
  • Electric power assist steering
  • Battery with run-down protection
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Regenerative 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel ABS, front vented discs, brake assist and hill hold control
  • 3 hours charge time at 110/120 V and 1.5 hours charge time at 220/240 V
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Airbags – driver’s knee, side mounted, front, curtain first and second row
  • Other safety features such as child safety locks, electronic stability control, side impact beams, and driveline traction control

The car is available for $18,995 (special internet price) from the Toyota dealer. Hackensack, NJ residents can see more details about pricing on the car’s page. We have EMI options, a payment calculator and other handy features on our website. You can also book a test drive online!


Of course, at East Coast Toyota, we sell both used and new cars. To see all the available new cars, visit our website today! We extend a special internet pricing on our website which will help you get the best price for your new or used vehicle of choice.


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