2019 Hyundai Nexo vs. 2018 Toyota Prius Prime

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Nexo and the Prius Prime have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.

The Hyundai Nexo weighs 615 to 625 pounds more than the Toyota Prius Prime. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


The Nexo comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Prius Prime’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Nexo 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Prius Prime. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Prius Prime ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Nexo’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Prius Prime’s (7 vs. 5 years).


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Nexo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Prius Prime:



Prius Prime

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Nexo has larger standard tires than the Prius Prime (225/60R17 vs. 195/65R15). The Nexo Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Prius Prime (245/45R19 vs. 195/65R15).

The Nexo’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius Prime’s standard 65 series tires. The Nexo Limited’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Prius Prime’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nexo has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Prius Prime. The Nexo Limited has standard 19-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

The Nexo has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Prius Prime’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nexo’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the Prius Prime (109.8 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

Passenger Space

The Nexo has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Prius Prime can only carry 4.

The Nexo has .3 inches more front hip room, 3 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 5.2 inches more rear legroom, 1.9 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius Prime.

Cargo Capacity

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Nexo’s cargo door can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.


To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Nexo has a standard rear wiper. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Nexo has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Prius Prime has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Advanced.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield, the Nexo has standard extendable sun visors. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Nexo Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Nexo’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Nexo and the Prius Prime offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Nexo has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Nexo has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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