KBB Best Buy Awards Praise the Prius Prime as Top Electric/Hybrid Car

December 1st, 2016 by

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The Prius Prime has been named the Top Electric/Hybrid Car in the KBB Best Buy Awards, distinguishing it as a frontrunner for the eco-conscious drivers. A long-running judge of everything the industry has to offer, Kelley Blue Book’s annual awards have always been trusted to honor the best new vehicles entering the US market, so it’s fantastic to see the Prius Prime earn the recognition it deserves.

The KBB Best Buy Awards

When Kelley Blue Book’s expert editors single out vehicles for the Best Buy Awards, they start with more than 300 new models, then narrow it down to 12 major vehicle categories before evaluating finalists in head-to-head showdowns over a whole year.

They focus on finding the “best value in all of its different forms.” From asking price to driving experience, it takes 365 days of driving and six weeks of back-to-back testing to determine the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award Winners. For 2017, the Prius Prime reigned supreme in the increasingly competitive Electric/Hybrid Car category.

What Made the Prius Prime Stand Out?

The team over at Kelley Blue Book is a discerning bunch; it takes more than just a single advantage to win them over. The Prius Prime delivered across diverse measures, with a few standout attributes including:

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime exteriorCharge Time and Range: As noted by the panel, up to 22 miles of electric range is enough to “cover the daily commutes of average Americans,” but what really astounded was recharge time. The Prime’s 8.8-kWh battery pack can be refilled in just 5.5 hours from a 3-prong outlet.

  • Refreshing Ride: Described as “surprisingly rewarding from behind the wheel,” the Prime’s specially tuned suspension and sophisticated powertrain creates an engaging ride, whether you’re tackling the morning commute or taking a sun-drenched cruise from Daytona Beach to Palm Coast.

  • Top-Tier Technology: With an 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment center, sumptuous 8-way power driver’s seat, and Qi wireless charging, there’s plenty to love about the Prius Prime’s list of amenities.

It’s No Surprise the Prius Prime was Named Top Electric/Hybrid in the KBB Best Buy Awards

The Prius Prime can travel up to 600 miles, make up to 120 MPGe,* and achieve an electric-only cruising speed of up to 84 mph. It’s the type of car that shows other efficiency-focused models what’s possible, and you can learn more at Beaver Toyota of St. Augustine — just contact us today to find out more.

* 2017 Prius Prime EPA-estimated combined MPGe. Actual MPGe will vary and is dependent upon many factors, including charging practice, driving style, road/traffic conditions, outside temperature, air conditioning control levels, payload/cargo weight, proper tire pressure, vehicle maintenance, battery age and changes in energy costs. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information on MPGe and range, please see fueleconomy.gov.