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Toyota Prius Plug-in Review

Electric driving for a dozen miles, then a ol#039; 50-mpg Prius

The Toyota Prius maintains an status as the quintessential hybrid car. That dates to the introduction of the second-generation Prius a ago, when Toyota the car’s signature aerodynamic It is unmistakable on the road. Critics it as dorky, appliance-like, jellybean, or plain ugly. Fans it as tech-chic or space age, and to its very low air resistance (and the efficiency) as its underlying inspiration.

No how you slice it, the style of the Prius is not sleek and sporty.

From the the plug-in version of the Toyota is indistinguishable from its no-plug So, whatever you think about the Prius Liftback, just those emotions to the plug-in

In certain regions of the U.S. the Prius is popularit’s a best in Californiathe Prius is so common as to in with the environment. These are to be areas where the Prius Hybrid will sell in the numbers. As with other variants, the car can be a badge of honor for stewardship.

If that’s the case for the Prius, it’s even true for the plug-in version, can commonly double efficiency around 50 miles per gallon, to 100


The raison d’etre of the in all its forms, is to save fuelnot driving excitement. That’s true of the Prius Plug-in as If you see cars as primarily a means of from A to Bthis won’t you in the least. It’s just a and the ride is generally normal and But if want a more visceral with your road then you should expect the with the Prius to be purely

Acceleration is weak, steering is and braking is mushy. Oh well.

The hybrid system delivers 134 net with a 98 horsepower (105 pounds of torque) motor and a (80-horsepower) electric motor.

The key in terms of drive-feel, between the hybrid and other cars is the between gas and electric operations. appears content to allow a to be readily apparent to drivers, other automakersmost notably able to make those from electric to gas and back imperceptible.

In the Prius Plug-in, the transitions between all-electric to hybrid/gas mode are more because the primary motivation of plug-in drivers is to avoid combustion. Based on our multiple of the PIP, the gas engine can come on your foot applies too much pressure, even if just coming out of a parking lot and if there is energy in the extra battery pack. The consolation, of is long driving range great efficiencyeven when partially on gasbut don’t the wonderfully smooth and zippy-silent of most EVs.


The EPA the Prius Plug-in’s fuel at a 95 mpg equivalent on a fully charged and 51/49 mpg city/highway after the is depleted. Those are very ratings, not imaginable just a few ago.

There’s a big difference between 50 and 95 The ability to push efficiency to triple-digits means driving the PIP’s 11 miles of EV range as as possible. That can be achieved as a of course if your commute is or by charging up as much as possible the day.

The Prius Plug-in EV battery is 4.4 kilowatt-hours, a fraction of is used in more robust hybrids from competing So, the bad news is that 11 miles is not much, and will get burned up The good news is that it take long to re-charge the Prius, so frequent top-ups are (if you can get access to a source electricity at work, and on the go).

Another factor is how you drive. Unlike plug-in hybrids, such as the Volt and Ford PHEVs in the right driver-selected mode), you stomp on the Prius Plug-in and expect to stay electric. the benefits of the Prius requires a footwhich for some takes any hope of fun behind the wheel, but can be an hypermiling game for some drivers.

Toyota is keen to out that some Prius owner are consistently getting the of 130 or miles per gallon. I commute 31 each way to work, said Bay PIP-driver Rich Stephens. I put about 4,000 miles on my Plug-in, equally split gas and EV, and so far the average mileage shown on the is 136 MPGe. With a full my estimated EV range on the dash at 12.9, dipped slowly to as I was learning how best to drive, but has back up now to 12.5 miles and to climb. In the mornings, even it is cool, I can drive more 14 miles in EV mode on the freeway.

If you’re up to the challenge, and want all the and space that a Prius maybe you can match Rich’s

And remember, when the EV battery is the Prius Plug-in Hybrid back to a mid-size family that commonly manages than 50 miles per gallon. compelling.


As mentioned this is the prescribed driving/charging charge up overnight; drive 11 park and charge at work; 11 miles home; and charge while you have dinner, TV or sleep. If you follow this your gasoline mpg could in triple digits.

During one of our with the Plug-In, we made all trips of 10 to 15 miles, punctuated by a of hours on a home 240-volt We maintained an average of 74 mpg.

a 240-volt charger will replenish an empty PIP battery in 1.5 hours. With a standard outlet, expect about hours of charging. Still, not bad.

Passenger/Cargo Room

Toyota deserves kudos for plug-in capability without any of the passenger and cargo space of the Prius Liftback. This car is roomier than a LEAF or (Ford’s plug-ins compromise a lot of real estateso much as to its plug-in models off the shopping of many buyers.)

Seating for adults is easy, with head- and leg-room throughout.

the Priuslike many Toyota a fairly low grade of plastic in the interior. The build quality is meh, and after a number of drivers experience rattles and

The added price of the plug-in of the Prius is applied to the bigger and greater potential for exceptional economynot to creature comforts. For the price on a much less car, you could feel a lot pampered and impressed.

Standard include navigation, a rearview satellite radio, auxiliary and USB inputs, Bluetooth, seven air automatic climate control and Entune touch-screen infotainment Features available as options or on the Advanced trim include an JBL sound system and adaptive control.


The Prius Hybrid aced safety by the Insurance Institute for Highway earning a Good ratingthe scoreacross the board.

Scores the National Highway Traffic Administration are mixed, with an rating of 4 out of 5 in all tests, except the top of 5 on the side crash test.

The is equipped with the full of airbags and advanced braking/control


The price for the base-model Plug-in Hybridbefore incentives and feesis $29,900. The 2014 Plug-in Hybrid is well-equipped to a Prius Three), and includes features: heated cloth seats; remote climate (a that allows customers to activate); 10-spoke alloy and one additional year of Roadside through ToyotaCare, for a total of years.

The Prius Plug-in Advanced price is $34,905. The model offers: premium HDD with Entune App Suite; heated front seats; power-adjustable driver’s seat power lumbar support; Display; and safety connect.

The Prius Plug-in Advanced offers these options: Radar Cruise Control, System, LED headlights and fog lights as of an optional Technology Package.

The Plug-in qualifies for a $2,500 tax credit, and $1,500 from the Clean Vehicle Rebate It is also eligible for a California Vehicle (HOV) lane!/series/priusplugin/year/2014/incentiveid/77101

Comparisons of Similar

Given the combination of a midsize platform, and the smallest EV battery on the market, the Prius Plug-in doesn’t really compete any other plug-in electric You could argue that the Fusion Energi or Honda Plug-in Hybrid are comparable but those are big mainstream sedanswhile the has less robust electric and an overall geekier green

We believe that the closest car on the that stacks up against the Plug-in Hybrid is the regular Toyota Prius. In this you could look at the plug-in as a “super hybrid,” rather an EV. Then, determining which is regular Prius versus the Priuscomes down to your cycle: if you drive a lot of short with plenty of opportunity to at home, work and in-between, you will get a lot of benefit from the capability.

But if you are a long-commute road warrior, or feel committed to plugging-in all the social and environmental benefits come with it), the 50-mpg no-plug Prius be the best choice for you. we continue to hear reports California car buyers stepping up to Plug-in Hybrid strictly for the to get access to carpool lanes driving solo. That problematic when those never plug-in. (Consider California established a cap on the number of HOV it will issue, and will reach that ceiling in

Purchase Process

The plug-in is sold in the same way the brand’s cars. Visit dealerships in states: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

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