Toyota Prius price in Nigeria: Electric heads! We got you covered!

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The Toyota Prius has been that go-to car for people that want to spend less money fueling their cars on a daily basis.

The Prius was first a compact sedan and then went on to become a complete hatchback based on body classification. Ever wondered why the Prius is the most abused car on the internet? Well, it's because the Prius is an innocent car that doesn't offer anything other than saving its owners money because of how conservative it is in terms of fuel economy in automobiles.

The Toyota Prius Price in Nigeria is not a subject often broached as the country is yet to embrace EV fully. So you won't often see "Toyota Prius hybrid 2005 for sale" on a typical Nigerian car lot. 


People laugh at Prius a lot but they still buy it

The Prius is the first-ever mass-produced hybrid electric vehicle from Toyota that started in 1997. The Toyota Prius for sale in Nigeria is just like every other Toyota model that is mostly sold as a foreign used aka Tokunbo or locally used model.

What is a Hybrid car?

A Hybrid vehicle, for instance, a Toyota Prius 2005 hybrid, is a car that uses electric power from motors in addition to its internal combustion engine just for a better fuel economy. Hybrid electric vehicles use a fusion of electric car ability and the traditional engine system we all are used to and this is why it consumes less fuel than regular cars. 


The Prius is very economical, fuel wise

The Toyota Prius new model is that car that you, as a Nigerian that needs a new car and plans on saving cash, should buy for a lot of reasons you will understand today. This is a Toyota Prius review just like every other in-depth Naijauto car review so first, let's take a look at the exterior of this car across all generations. Toyota prices in Nigeria are the most affordable range of cars that perform excellently well in Nigeria and the Prius is no exception.

Exterior of the Toyota Prius

The first-generation Toyota Prius (NHW10 & NHW11) 1997-2003

The exterior design of the first Toyota Prius originated from California designers who won a design competition hosted by Toyota. Rounded and simple design with its size fitting somewhere between a Corolla and a Camry. This approach didn't really differentiate the Prius from other Toyota Sedans. It didn't have that hybrid feel but something happened in 2003.

The second-generation Toyota Prius (XW20) 2003-2009

In 2003, at the New York International Auto Show, a newly redesigned Prius with a complete liftback was presented. This was a full redesign that still had its size in between a Corolla and a Camry but this time, the Prius XW20  had its own identity as Toyota's flagship hybrid car.

The third-generation Toyota Prius (XW30) 2009-2015

The 3rd generation Toyota Prius wasn't much different from the XW20 but it just had a lowered liftgate angle to give it an overall sleeker look with clearly defined aerodynamic lines to boost the car's performance. The sloping angle at the front was also reduced to make the Prius feel more like a driver's choice sedan.


2005 Toyota Prius in Nigeria, a rare sight, right?

In constructing the Prius, Toyota used a new range of plant-derived ecological bioplastics to reduce the weight of the car compared to the previous generation.

The fourth/present generation Toyota Prius (XW50) 2015 - present

From 2015, Toyota completely redesigned the liftback design and gave the Prius a regular trunk appearance you just have to love but still on a hatchback platform. It still looks very unique compared to the existing regular Toyota Sedans like Corolla and Camry.
There is something about the way the headlights fit onto the front fascia that is highly inspired by the present generation Toyota Corolla.


All Prius year models to date

Now, let's take a look at the interior of the Prius across all generations.

Interior of the Toyota Prius

The Prius interior is a simple masterpiece that achieves that aim of comforting passengers and helping drivers navigate roads. From its inception, the interior of every Prius always features a standard screen for navigation using GPS and it also works in Nigeria. 

From the Toyota Prius 2010 model, you would notice that center-mounted infotainment that makes enough space available on the front for utility. Below this infotainment is the dash-mounted gear shifter sitting in a very small space just to make sure this present generation Prius has enough room both in front and at the rear. A Toyota Prius 2010 review will make you fall in love.


Dash-mounted gear shifter for more space 

The hatchback body style since the Toyota Prius XW20 (2003) makes enough cargo space available just behind the rear seat.


The Prius has plenty of space for cargo

Remember, this car's overall size is in between the Camry and Corolla but it has more headroom because of the design that gives it a higher roof level. Once you set your body into a Toyota Prius, it gives you that feeling of being at home. 


The rear seat of the Toyota 2019 Prius

Now, let's look at the technology and features of the Toyota Prius but before that, watch why the 2020 Toyota Prius is the greatest Hybrid vehicle you can buy:

2020 Toyota Prius review 

Technology & Features of the Toyota Prius

The technology on the Prius is called "Hybrid Technology" as explained in the first block. This Prius Hybrid technology, however, is divided into two, namely :

1. The standard Prius Hybrid

This is the normal Hybrid system of the Prius and here is how it works.


A standard Toyota Prius car is Hybrid

  • Scenario 1: When the car is driving at speeds slower than 15 mph, only the electric motors powered by the battery is involved in driving the car. This means that when the car is in traffic, it won't be using power from the petrol engine and this is why this car is perfect for commercial drivers in Nigeria.
  • Scenario 2: At cruising speeds above 15 mph, the electric motor goes off and the petrol engine is what drives the car while it also powers the generator attached to the engine that charges the battery for the electric motor.
  • Scenario 3: At heavy acceleration, the electric motor and the engine work together to give the car an increased overall power output. The two engines provide power to the wheels at the same time with the aid of a power-split transmission. Remember, as long as the petrol engine is working, the battery of the motor is being charged. 

2. The Prius Plug-in-Hybrid

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid works just the same way the standard hybrid works but its battery has the ability to be recharged from an external source of electricity. This allows the PHV to be driven in an all-electric drive mode. This makes the Prius have the ability of a fully electric vehicle but still carrying an engine that is useless on all-electric mode.


Plug-in charging of Prius Prime (PHEV)

The first Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle was introduced in 2012 as the Prius XW35 based on the XW30 and it has an all-electric range of 18km on a full charge. This PHV had a similar design to the standard 3rd generation Prius. 

The second generation of the Prius PHV was called the Toyota Prius Prime. It is a muddled 4th generation Prius making them look very different. Its all-electric range on a full charge is 40km, a 55 percent increase in range compared to the first generation Plug-In Prius. 


Is the 2020 Prius Prime the ultimate in Prius design?

Interior features of the Prius

The Prius has its infotainment screen at the center that controls everything on the car with its highly responsive touch screen ability and it has an optional Qi wireless charging pad for mobile devices in the limited models.  

The infotainment on the Prius for the first time is available in two options for this new 2020 model. A 7-inch display screen and an 11-inch tab style display screen are available that both come with AM/FM, GPS Link79,86 Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa101, USB 2.0 media port & two rear USB ports. There is also hands-free phone capability, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth as well as wireless technology standard on all variants.


The two multimedia screen options on 2020 Toyota Prius

How powerful is the Prius engine?

Power for the Prius comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motor-generators. Their combined 121 horsepower is sent through a continuously variable automatic transmission to the front wheels which gives it a combined miles-per-gallon rating of 52.


The engine of a 2010 Toyota Prius

Below is a table that shows the engine information and other technical details you need to know about the previous Toyota Prius generations.

Toyota Prius generations
  Engine Size (Liter + Volts)  Engine Power (hp) Transmission 


MPG  Rating

 First  Generation  1.5L four-cylinder + 273.6 V    70 + 44   1-speed planetary gear  48
 Second Generation  1.5L four-cylinder + 500 V   76 + 67  1-speed planetary gear  54.7
 Third Generation  1.8L four-cylinder + 600 V  90 + 80  1-speed planetary gear  56

The fuel consumption of the Prius has been reducing for each generation because Toyota kept working on ways to make the Prius the cheapest car to own in the world. Uber/Taxify drivers in Nigeria should buy 2010 Toyota Prius for more profits on the business because the  Toyota Prius 2010 engine won't consume fuel in traffic. A  used Toyota Prius 2010 for sale will certainly make the business more worthwhile.

Safety and Driver assistance features of the Prius

Toyota made most of its driver-assistance tech standard across all models. Blind-spot monitoring is optional, this Commission will make people go for the higher trim levels of the Prius. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control

Prices of Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius prices in Nigeria just like other Car prices in Nigeria, can be divided into foreign used and locally used. This is because these are the only two possible ways of owning a Toyota Prius in Nigeria. No dealership sells the Prius brand new in Nigeria because it doesn't have a high demand in Nigeria. This makes a Toyota Prius sale in Nigeria a bit of a rarity. Still, you need to know the Toyota Prius new price. To purchase a brand new 2020 Prius, it ranges between  ₦11,000,000 and  ₦13,500,000 including the shipping costs.  Toyota Prius used or new is still a great car as a good Toyota Prius 2005 review will reveal. A  Toyota Prius 2005 used meaning a Toyota Prius 2005 for sale is something you should grab quickly.

Prices of Foreign Used Toyota Prius In Nigeria  
Model year  Price in Naira
Tokunbo Toyota Prius 2005 price in Nigeria ₦1850000 - ₦2900000
Tokunbo Toyota Prius 2006 price in Nigeria

₦1900000 - ₦3000000

Tokunbo Toyota Prius 2009 price in Nigeria ₦2000000 - ₦3000000
Tokunbo Toyota Prius 2010 price in Nigeria ₦4200000 - ₦5000000
Tokunbo Toyota Prius 2011 price in Nigeria ₦4500000 - ₦5200000
Tokunbo Toyota Prius 2012 price in Nigeria ₦4700000 - ₦5300000
Tokunbo Toyota Prius 2014 price in Nigeria ₦8100000 - ₦8700000
Tokunbo Toyota Prius 2015 price in Nigeria ₦8100000 - ₦9300000
Tokunbo Toyota Prius 2016 price in Nigeria ₦9100000 - ₦1000000
Tokunbo Toyota Prius 2018 price in Nigeria ₦9500000 - ₦1050000

Now take a look at prices for locally used models.

Prices of Locally Used Toyota Prius In Nigeria  
Model year  Price in Naira
Used Toyota Prius 2005 price ₦1850000 - ₦2900000
Used Toyota Prius 2006 price ₦1900000 - ₦3000000
Used Toyota Prius 2008 price ₦3000000 - ₦5300000
Used Toyota Prius 2010 price ₦5000000 - ₦7300000
Used Toyota Prius 2011 price ₦5000000 - ₦8500000
Used Toyota Prius 2013 price ₦6000000 - ₦7300000
Used Toyota Prius 2015 price ₦6500000 - ₦7300000

You surely won't regret a model like Toyota Prius 2010 used if you get one, so do buy Toyota Prius 2010 or a Toyota Prius 2005 model. 

Toyota Prius Trim levels

The front-wheel-drive model is available in four trim levels: L Eco, LE, XLE, and Limited. The Prius all-wheel-drive is offered only in the LE and XLE trims.

Table of 2020 Toyota Prius Trims 


Version Name

Fuel Consumption

Brand New Price 


2020 Toyota Prius L Eco

50 - 54 MPG

₦8000000 - ₦9000000


2020 Toyota Prius LE

50 - 54 MPG

₦9000000 - ₦10000000

3 2020 Toyota Prius LE AWD 50-53 MPG ₦9000000 - ₦10000000


2020 Toyota Prius XLE

50 - 54 MPG

₦11000000 - ₦11500000


2020 Toyota Prius Limited

50 - 54 MPG

₦12000000 - ₦12500000

6 2020 Toyota Prius XLE AWD 50-54 MPG ₦11500000 - ₦12500000

Standard features for the L Eco include

  • 15-inch wheels,
  • Automatic LED headlights,
  • Heated mirrors,
  • Keyless entry (driver door only) and ignition,
  • Automatic climate control,
  • Adaptive cruise control,
  • A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel,
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seat.

The LE trim adds a rear window wiper, a cargo cover, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and an automated parallel parking system.

Stepping up to the XLE trim gets you features such as: 

  • 17-inch wheels,
  • Automatic wipers,
  • Keyless entry for the front passenger door and rear hatch,
  • SofTex simulated leather upholstery,
  • A power-adjustable driver's seat,
  • Wireless charging pad.

The Advanced Technology package further adds a head-up display and adaptive headlights.

Special types of Toyota Prius

There are two special limited production variants of the Prius based on body style, and they are :

1. Toyota Prius C - This is a subcompact Prius that was designed based on the Toyota Yaris. This car was designed for people that want a low-cost hybrid car but in a subcompact size.


A smaller Toyota Prius named C 

This is actually a perfect car for Nigerian students and unmarried individuals for daily city driving and can provide good Sustainable transport for this group. The Prius C  has been produced consistently under the Prius line from 2012 to date. 

2. Toyota Prius V - The Toyota Prius V is an extended hatchback wagon variant of the regular Prius. An option of a two-row 5 seater and a three-row 7 seater Prius that can carry more passengers, just like a mini-van, is available.


7 seater Toyota Prius V is a bit different from the regular version

The production of the Toyota Prius V started in 2012 and was discontinued in 2017 sadly. A Toyota Prius 7 seater review will easily reveal this model was a winner. Not all of these Prius models are available always in Nigeria. For instance, a Toyota Prius 5 for sale is not something you may easily find. But a  Toyota Prius 2010 used for sale is possible.


The Prius is the perfect car for people considering the fuel economy in automobiles because of its very low emissions and also considering the Toyota Prius price. The Prius is also a very versatile example of Hybrid vehicles for people that have different purposes for a car. The Prius C for Nigerian drivers who want a small-sized car and the Prius V for drivers who want more cargo and interior space. A Toyota Prius for sale in Lagos is possible but may not be so available in other parts of the country.


Rivals of the Toyota Prius 

The Prius' major rivals are the Honda Insight, Hyundai Ioniq, and the Kia Niro but none of these cars offers an all-wheel-drive like the almighty Prius. Now you know more about this car including  Toyota Prius Price in Nigeria, you can go ahead and make a solid purchase.

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