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2020 BMW 230 vs. 2021 Toyota Prius Review

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2020 BMW
230

MSRP*: $35,300 to $37,300
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2021 Toyota
Prius

MSRP*: $24,525 to $32,650
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Invoice* $33,330 to $35,190 $23,054 to $30,395
MPG - City 21 - 24 MPG 51 - 58 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 32 MPG 47 - 53 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.8 ft3 50.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 248 hp 95 hp
Exterior Length 174.7 in 180.0 in
Exterior Width 69.8 in 69.3 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 33.0 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 33.4 in
Head Room Front 40.1 in
Rear 36.5 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.4 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the BMW 230 than in the Toyota Prius, due to the BMW 230's smaller rear head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the BMW 230 and the Toyota Prius in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Toyota Prius you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the BMW 230, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The BMW 230 is somewhat more expensive than the Toyota Prius. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The BMW 230 and the Toyota Prius have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The BMW 230 is about the same width as the Toyota Prius. The BMW 230 is slightly shorter than the Toyota Prius, which may make it easier to park.

Handling
The BMW 230 has about the same turning radius as the Toyota Prius, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the BMW 230 has a much more powerful engine than the Toyota Prius. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the BMW 230 does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Toyota Prius.

Utility
The BMW 230 has less seating than the Toyota Prius, making the Toyota Prius the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The BMW 230 has significantly less cargo room than the Toyota Prius, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the BMW 230 than that of the Toyota Prius.