2018 Toyota Prius vs. 2018 Fiat 500L

Are you a car buyer in Milford, Connecticut, looking to choose between the 2018 Fiat 500L and the 2018 Toyota Prius. Both the models are packed with excellent features, but after going through this comparison, you will come to know why Toyota is a safe bet.

Design & Style

Exterior styling and design are quite impeccable for both the vehicles. Talking about the interiors, the 2018 Fiat 500L is a 5-seater wagon, with sufficient space in both the rows. However, the seats are not quite supportive, and it can be challenging to find a comfortable driving position. Even though the car has an attractive interior, the materials are cheap and are of low quality.

On the other hand, the 2018 Toyota Prius is a 5-seater 4-door hatchback with a standard cloth upholstery. It provides comfortable seating to both the front-seat passenger and the driver.  The cabin is made up of soft-touch high-quality materials, with an exceptional build. With a futuristic overall appearance and a mounted hybrid system indicator, the interior design is something unique.

Technology & Safety

Technology and safety are two important attributes of any vehicle. The Fiat 500L comes with a Uconnect infotainment system, with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a 7-inch touchscreen, alongside a USB port, Bluetooth and 6-speaker audio system. Although the infotainment system has a user-friendly interface, the standard safety features are quite basic.

The 2018 Toyota Prius is a car with plenty of high-tech gadgetry. Each individual model comes with Toyota’s Entune infotainment system, keyless entry with push-button start and automatic climate control. A 6.1-inch display screen is standard, while other trims have bigger displays. In addition to basic safety feature such as airbags, the Prius comes with advanced driving assistance features as well. It includes a rearview camera and Toyota Safety Sense with automatic high beams, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision system.


In terms of performance, the 2018 Fiat 500L lags behind with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that offers sufficient passing power at high speeds, but due to noticeable turbo lag from a stop, it feels underpowered at lower speeds. Compared to that, the Toyota Prius has a superior 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with a standard continuous variable automatic transmission producing an output of 121 HP. The electric motors produce instant power even at lower speeds.

The Bottom Line

Given the set of attributes, the 2018 Fiat 500L may be a good choice, but if you are looking for a complete package at the same price point, you should definitely go for the 2018 Toyota Prius. It outclasses Fiat in terms of design, technology and performance.

Ready to Schedule a Toyota Prius Test Drive Today?

If you want to experience the total package offered by the 2018 Toyota Prius, come for a test drive with us at Colonial Toyota. We are located in Milford Connecticut and we serve the needs of car buyers from the entire state. You can drop by our showroom today or call us in advance to book your Toyota Prius test drive appointment.

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