Happy 20th Birthday to the Toyota Prius

Posted Wednesday, Jan 03, 2018 by North Hollywood Toyota

Our Los Angeles Toyota dealership wants to take a moment to wish the Toyota Prius a happy 20th birthday. We also want to thank the numerous Prius owners which have helped to make this Toyota model one of the most important and influential vehicles over the past two decades. As we prepare to look ahead to the 2018 model year and beyond, let’s take a moment and reflect back on how the Prius became to be loved around the world.

First Generation: 1997 – 2003

The Prius was first debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1995 as a concept hybrid vehicle. The car was well-received by those in attendance. The following year, Toyota went to work in developing and testing on the new model. In December 1997, the first Prius models arrived at Japan Toyota dealers and went on sale to the general public.


Until 2000, the Prius was only sold in Japan, but interest in the model had resulted in several private imports of the vehicle to other countries around the world. As a result, Toyota gave the Prius a mid-generation refresh in 2000 before releasing it on a global basis in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

  • Fun Fact: The Prius was the world’s first mass-produced hybrid gasoline-electric vehicle.

Second Generation: 2003 – 2009

The second generation saw a complete redesign. Changes were made to improve its aerodynamic features to increase its fuel/electric efficiencies. The newly design Prius had a lighter battery pack that provided more power than the previous generation.

In the United States, Toyota upped the length of warranty coverage on the hybrid to include a 10 year or 150,000-mile warranty on the battery packs in California, along with an 8 years or 100,000-mile warranty on hybrid parts and components. Elsewhere, the warranty period was 8 years or 100,000 miles on battery packs and hybrid parts and components.

  • Fun Fact: The second generation Prius was the first vehicle to use an all-electric compressor for the AC system.

Third Generation: 2009 – 2015


Toyota gave the third generation some minor styling updates and technology enhancements to reflect recent advances in technology. Car buyers also noticed an increase in fuel/electric efficiencies, along with a decrease in the list price of Prius models at car dealers.

  • Fun Fact: Toyota was the first manufacturer to use plant-based bioplastics for plastic parts and components on the Prius.

Fourth Generation: 2015 – Present

The fourth generation saw an updated design of the Prius to give it a more modern look. Some people even say it has a “sportier” appearance. Fuel and electric ranges were also increased, with an average rating of 54 mpg in city and 50 mph on the highway with the base trim package.

To check out the 2018 Prius models and trim packages, or to take one for a test drive, please feel free today to stop by your authorized Los Angeles Toyota dealer, North Hollywood Toyota, or call us at (800) 800-6730.