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BMW i3 vs. Toyota Prius Prime

When comparing the BMW i3 to the Toyota Prius Prime, the BMW i3 has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Toyota Prius Prime has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency, interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the BMW i3 versus the Toyota Prius Prime, the Toyota Prius Prime is a better car than the BMW i3.

BMW i3 versus Toyota Prius Prime Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used BMW i3 ranges from $33,995 to $45,395 while a used Toyota Prius Prime from the same model year range is priced between $24,852 to $34,479. For a new model, the BMW i3's price is between $49,295 and $59,780, with the Toyota Prius Prime priced between $28,106 and $35,997.

BMW i3 versus Toyota Prius Prime Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the BMW i3 is 6.5 out of 10 while the Toyota Prius Prime's quality rating is 8.1 out of 10. This results in the BMW i3 being ranked 8 out of 19 Best Luxury Plug-in Hybrid Cars and the Toyota Prius Prime being ranked 1 out of 8 Best Plug-in Hybrid Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the BMW i3’s base engine makes 168 horsepower, and the Toyota Prius Prime base engine makes 121 horsepower. The i3 is rated to deliver an average of 31 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 197 miles. The Prius Prime is rated to deliver an average of 54 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 629 miles. The i3 uses electricity, premium unleaded, and the Prius Prime uses electricity, regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Toyota Prius Prime, a hybrid midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The BMW i3, a hybrid compact car, has the advantage in the area of front head room. The BMW i3 and Toyota Prius Prime are comparable in regards to rear head room.

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2021 BMW i3 Hybrid

2022 Toyota Prius Prime

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$49,295 - $59,780

Used Asking Price:

$33,995 - $45,395

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

62.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,106 - $35,997

Used Asking Price:

$24,852 - $34,479

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

40.5%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

6.5 / 10

Reliability:

6.1 / 10

Retained Value:

6.9 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.1 / 10

Reliability:

5.7 / 10

Retained Value:

8.5 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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Summary Review

The BMW i3 is a compact electric car and was the first European EV to market in the US. BMW broke the mold when it created this fresh approach to motoring.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Ultra-green construction with low carbon footprint
  • Unique styling
  • Vegan interior options

  • Polarizing styling
  • Limited space for its price point
  • Poor reliability score
  • Adaptive cruise control is not standard
  • Rear-wheel drive only

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric, Plug-In Hybrid

Available Drivetrain Options

Plug-In Hybrid

Trim Levels

Base, s

Trim Levels

LE, Limited, XLE

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

168 hp

Torque:

184 foot-lbs

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.051 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

121 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

Not yet available

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.036 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

0.7 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

2

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

30 / 31 / 31

Range (city/hwy):

195 / 197 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity, Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.8 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

55 / 53 / 54

Range (city/hwy):

652 / 629 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity, Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

N/A

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Not yet available

Pedestrian Detection:

Not yet available

Lane Departure Warning:

Not yet available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Not yet available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Not yet available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Not yet available

360-Degree Camera:

Not yet available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Not yet available

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Not yet available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.5 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

53.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

31.9 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

49.2 inches

Cargo Space:

15.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

98.7 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53 inches

Cargo Space:

19.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

111.3 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3276 lbs

Width:

80.3 inches

Height:

62.9 inches

Length:

158.3 inches

Wheelbase:

101.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.5 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3365 lbs

Width:

69.3 inches

Height:

57.9 inches

Length:

182.9 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

19.0 x 5.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

155/70R19

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P195/65R15