The Prius is the latest Toyota to get the Nightshade treatment

Pretty impressive what a change of color can do for a car
by Drei Laurel | May 28, 2021
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It’s impressive what a simple change in color can do for a car. Take this Prius, for example. One moment, it’s seen as a vanilla hybrid. Add a splash of black, and it’s a brooding sedan with a chip on its shoulder.

Okay, maybe it isn’t that big of a deal. But you have to admit this looks like it has more going for it attitude-wise than the standard version of the vehicle.

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This is the Toyota Prius in Nightshade Edition guise. If you’ll recall, the Japanese carmaker gave the same treatment to the Tacoma, Camry, and Corolla. Now, it’s the hybrid’s turn to go dark, and we really like the results.

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You can get the Nightshade package on FWD and AWD-e trims of the car, and it’s available in Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, and Silver Metallic. Obviously, you want to opt for the first one to go all-in on the theme.

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As with the rest of the brand’s Nightshade lineup, this Prius gets its headlight trim, mirror housings, door handles, and shark’s fin antenna blacked out. The same goes for its wheels, which are available in 17- or 15-inch sizes, depending on the variant you choose. Some of that treatment makes its way inside, too, in the form of a semi-gloss black center console.

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Toyota’s also been kind enough to include a capable entertainment setup here. Prius Nightshade Edition units come equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility paired with a JBL sound system. A wireless charging tray also comes as standard.

No changes to performance, though. Units still come powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine and dual-motor setup mated to a continuously variable transmission.

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Not bad, though we reckon some of you guys will scoff at the idea of a tougher-looking Prius. Any other cars in the brand’s lineup you would like to see get the Nightshade treatment? Let us know in the comments.

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