2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid |MotorWeek

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid


As the most popular car by far, the Toyota Prius needs little help in to American buyers. But, the last year, Toyota has expanding the Prius brand, the of which is this 2012 Plug-in Hybrid.

How does PHEV differ from the Prius? Well, very actually, but in one important area. Due to the nature, which includes a new battery charging system and Lithium-ion battery pack, it an EV-mode range of up to 15-milesor 10 times the standard Prius. doesn’t sound like a but if your commute fits that range, you won’t be much gas at all on your way to work. you, the gas engine still under heavy demand.

Still, we managed 12 EV-only on more than one occasion. you’ve tapped out the EV range, reverts to standard Prius You won’t be able to use EV-mode until you plug in and recharge the which takes a short to fully charge on standard current.

So how does all this into Government Fuel Ratings? Well, combined is close to twice the standard at 95 MPG equivalent. But, that’s a short trip. Using gas it rates 50 Combined, the same as the Prius. We did several commuter and saw a still impressive 80 miles per result with the radio and a/c blasting away. Energy scores are great, as you would consuming just 4.7-barrels of oil per with annual CO2 emissions of 2.2-tons

Operation of the Plug-in is simple as there’s nothing to turn on or the car automatically defaults to EV-mode you start out, provided the is fully charged.

On the exterior, the gets a few changes to set it apart to be noticed by keen “green” There’s chrome trim on the and door handles, unique blue accented head LED daytime running lights, and LED lights. 15-inch alloy are also unique and of course a new right rear fender port, which also is LED lit for in after dark.

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Navigation is standard on the Plug-in, as is a camera, though it doesn’t lane markings like a lot of cameras. An available Advance includes a head-up display, SofTex upholstery, 8-way driver’s seat, Dynamic Cruise control, and full LED lights. Otherwise, the interior is Prius fair, which there’s decent room for but it also still has the same than stellar overly seat cushions; better the original Prius but still not comfy for long trips.

Under the hood is the same I4 with 98-horsepower and 105 lb-ft. of Working with the Hybrid drive total output is

We were out of EV-range by the time we it to our test track, but the Plug-in managed a 0-60 time of The quarter mile took a 18.0-seconds and we made it at 80 miles-per-hour. but reasonable for any fuel stingy

Pricing for the Prius plug-in at $32,760. It’s difficult to a direct price comparison to the Prius as the Plug-In has features don’t quite line-up any one trim level. But, we you’re paying around six for the PHEV system. Although of that can be recouped through and local tax incentives. And, the Chevy Volt and Nissan the Prius Plug-In Hybrid is for California’s HOV lanes.

Plus, driving a PHEV is cool! The 2012 Toyota Plug-in Hybrid is indeed a addition to the Prius family. One increases the potential of what a can offer us, quite simply, it even less gas. Now the kind of car we’re all looking for a few of.

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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