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The 2022 Toyota Prius “Nightshade” Is a Special Edition in Name Only

What do you call a Prius with black paint and black-out badging? Special edition would be Toyota’s answer, and that brings us to the Nightshade edition introduced for the 2022 model year with front and all-wheel drive.
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Finished in the very same Midnight Black Metallic available throughout the range, the Nightshade can also be had in, wait for it, Super White and Silver Metallic. The Japanese automaker makes a rather dubious statement with “unique exterior features” that include the smoked headlights, black-painted mirror caps, door handles, shark-finned antenna, and rear spoiler. The only problem with Toyota’s statement is that any Prius and Prius Prime shares these characteristics as long as you opt for Midnight Black Metallic.

Offered with 17-inch alloys on the front-wheel-drive version and 15-inch alloys on the AWD-e version, the Prius Nightshade also features black-painted wheels and lug nuts. Are those nearly enough to consider the Nightshade special? I don’t think so, not when you can black out the wheels, lugs, and badges of any Prius for less than a grand for the parts and labor.

Hop inside, and this fellow is much obliged to keep you warm on cold mornings with the help of a heated steering wheel trimmed in SofTex, a soft-touch synthetic leather that’s easy to clean and resistant to spills. SofTex also brings the point home by producing fewer carbon emissions in the production process and using no animal-based materials whatsoever.

Synthetic leather further wraps the seats, which come with heating and power adjustments for the driver and front passenger. A semi-gloss black center console pretty much rounds off the so-called special edition, which averages up to 52 miles per gallon (4.5 liters per 100 kilometers).

The Nightshade version also knows how to keep you entertained on the long haul, for it features a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. A trial subscription for SiriusXM satellite radio, one year of Toyota Safety Connect, 2 gigabytes of Wi-Fi Connect, and 10 years of Service Connect are also worthy of note.

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