2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Review — HybridCars.com

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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Plug-in Hybrid

BASE $32,000

Toyota – after of doggedly stating that the hybrid system was not compatible a plug-in system, and repeatedly that lithium-battery-powered plug-in were too costly and the technology – began delivering the Prius Hybrid in March. Easily the recognized hybrid on American Toyota’s hybrid followers are the automaker’s decision to finally in the Prius.

As the hybrid pioneer and it makes sense that would make the step to the cost-effective gasoline-electric technology. The benefit of a plug-in hybrid that it can be driven purely on for several miles, but that it range anxiety, a fact Toyota frequently points When the battery is depleted, the Plug-in seamlessly becomes a hybrid with the ability to be with gasoline when and delivers fuel economy exceeds gasoline-powered cars.

In Toyota’s position is that and plug-in hybrid vehicles smaller and less costly packs – rather than electric cars with and very expensive packs – the most value and versatility for overall. While the car itself that bull’s eye, the is does the Prius Plug-in the target when it comes to

A Prius With More

Essentially, the new Prius PHV, or Hybrid Vehicle, is a 2012 Liftback with a more 4.4-kWh lithium-ion battery of the standard 1.3-kWh nickel-metal battery pack, an onboard charger and an industry-standard charging As such, the Prius PHV can be charged and gasoline free for up to 15 miles at up to 62 mph according to Toyota. But, full acceleration or driving while in EV mode, the system to full hybrid mode. like the regular Prius the PHV version shuts down the engine at a stop and accelerates with the hybrid battery electricity to the front motor.

A depleted battery can be fully in around three hours a 120-volt household outlet. time can be cut in half with a home charging station.

the plug-in’s sheetmetal, the standard parentage continues. The engine is a 98 1.8-liter four-cylinder that on the Atkinson cycle and generates 105 of torque. (An Atkinson-cycle engine up a little power output in for improved fuel efficiency and emissions.)

The series-parallel hybrid uses two high-output electric one 60-kw (80 horsepower) unit mainly works to power the and another smaller motor works as the electric power for battery regeneration and as a starter for the gas Combined output of the gas engine and motor is 134 horsepower, which is to the front wheels via a continuously transmission (CVT). And no, the combined of the gas engine and electric motor is not an Output of the two occur at different so in this case one plus two not equal three. The electric produces 153 pounds-feet of torque but doesn’t publish combined numbers.

The Prius Plug-in three driver-selectable modes: EV, and Sport. EV mode operates as as there is some battery available. Eco mode is programmed to all driving conditions by modifying the throttle control program as as the air conditioning operation. Sport increases throttle response in the range that gives a to acceleration.

The standard Prius Liftback has an EPA economy rating of 50 miles per and at best, it can travel about two on electric power only up to 30 mph. By comparison, the Prius is EPA rated at 95 MPGe (Miles Per equivalent): the car’s efficiency operating on a mix of a fully charged and gasoline. When the battery is and it operates as a hybrid, the fuel is 50 mpg combined – and 51 mpg city, 49 mpg highway – the as the standard Prius.

When it to electric only operation, the numbers for driving range are confusing. The estimated driving for a fully charged battery with gasoline over a mix of and highway driving is 11 miles. there’s the small print – 6 “All Electric Range,” not the 15 that Toyota touts.

And Interior

There is little distinguishes the plug-in Prius’s from its less-electrified sibling. plug-in exterior trim a chrome finish on door and grille as well as blue-accent and LED taillight clusters. The most difference is the charging door on the rear fender, which has a chrome treatment. A close-up reveals that the small fender and rear badges are “Plug-in Hybrid” rather just “Hybrid,” and a keen eye notice the plug-in’s exclusive

Both cars exhibit a 2012 refresh, including a front fascia and bumper, new head- and taillights. In other there’s no elevated, “Look at me, I’m really green!”

Current owners will feel at home in the new Prius with a Five adults can fit comfortably, the same 16 cubic feet of room left over in The 60/40 split rear still fold flat, a surprisingly large cargo for hauling groceries, strollers, boxes, and gardening supplies – all at the time.

Interior storage spaces are and flexible. The sound system is but not ground breaking. The stereo’s functions are easy to see, and use.

From the driver’s everything is familiar and, those annoying beeps the unconventional shifter is positioned in will not let you forget that driving a Prius.

Behind The Wheel

Last summer provided a pre-production Prius PHV for a evaluation. It was different from the production car we drove a couple ago. The pre-production Prius PHV had a Li-ion battery pack, versus 4.4-kWh, and the pack in at 353 pounds compared to 176 pounds. The battery not only frees up in the trunk, it also provides electric-only driving range, 15 in contrast to the 13-mile distance of year’s development model.

last year, the Prius PHV in the morning with a depleted Three hours later I the EV mode and backed out of our driveway editor/wife Lynne seated to me, charged with the task of the hybrid system’s energy We had mapped out a 20-mile route of flat roads with limits of 35 to 45 mph with the goal of with electric power for as many miles as I could out.

Unlike the Nissan or Chevrolet Volt, acceleration a stop lacks the zip of an electric instant-on torque. Instead, motion, while nearly was steady but languid. With pressure on the accelerator, we clocked 13 of electric driving with the gas kicking in briefly one time up a small hill. While shy of Toyota’s estimate of 15 miles, slightly more than the EPA estimated 6 miles. But, the was on mostly flat roads and the was coddled – not exactly a normal excursion.

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

The rest of the time behind the we primarily drove in Eco mode, a that most drivers prefer when the EV mode is When the Eco mode’s electronic nanny became annoying, mode injected a little into the car. And yes, the PHV can travel up to 62 mph on electric juice. Of at that speed the battery quickly, but it is a bit of fun to run at that velocity in silence.

During our week the extension cord connected we topped the fuel tank Before the first top-up, we 132 miles – 102 miles on the Interstate – and in twice with recorded mileage of 66.2 mpg. the last fill up we drove 86 – mostly in the city – and plugged in each trip that from 9 miles and 22 miles a recorded 82.3-mpg. That’s an of 74.25 mpg for the 218 miles driven.

a dynamic standpoint, the Prius PHV has had all the and personality ironed out with passion to be found underfoot. If looking for entertainment, it’s to play with the multiple screens on the dashboard. This is a appliance meant to get you from A to point B while delivering economy numbers that car companies can only dream The only deal breaker be the cost.

Ouch! A $32,000 Price Tag

The price for the 2012 Prius is $32,000. That’s $8,000 than the base Prius Two. And even after a tax credit of $2,500, the car is still to 30 large, which is close to loaded Prius Liftback price of $29,805. Thankfully, are various individual state that can help ease the of the purchase price and, it for the coveted solo High Vehicle (carpool) lane in several states. For some that alone is worth the

So, what do you get for your hard-earned besides the eye-popping fuel Quite a lot, actually: A key” keyless entry with remote air conditioning; windows, locks and outside tilt/telescopic steering wheel audio, climate, Bluetooth and controls; heated front cruise control; Display with Navigation and Toyota’s 1; and an integrated backup camera.

If you resist bells and whistles, the Plug-in Advanced goes for It includes the above plus features such as radar-guided control, a pre-collision system, display, navigation system, a audio system and Toyota’s 2 Internet connectivity.

Is This Hybrid For You?

If your commute is 10-12 miles and you can in at work, you would use little, if gasoline all week. However, a 30 or mile run to the office and no chance of in means fuel mileage to the 49 mpg. That suggests the Prius with its 50 mpg combined is the wiser choice.

Then if the one-way trip is around 40 with a place to plug in, the Chevrolet Volt with its EV range is the best choice to the oil habit. Sure, it appears the Volt, with its $39,145 price, is seven grand than the Prius Plug-in, but is somewhat misleading because the qualifies for a full $7,500 tax credit. That means the between the Prius Plug-in and works out to only about It also has various state as well as HOV privileges.


minus the available federal and possible state tax Plus the C-Max Energi can up 20 miles and up to 85 mph on electricity without the gas kicking in.

As for cost of ownership, Car and magazine gives the Prius an “Excellent” rating over years. If you’ve done the plus, believe you can come to the magical 95 MPGe number, the may be the plug-in for you.

Prices are Suggested Retail Price at time of writing and do not include charges, taxes or licensing. .

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


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