And Plug-In Makes Four — Prius’s Expanding Family —

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And Plug-In Makes Four: Expanding Family

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INSIDE The interior of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Photos #x00bb;

THE Toyota may not be a sex magnet, but it provokes strong often bordering on love or These emotional responses Toyota establish its original car as a niche vehicle with a following. But there is now an entire of Priuses designed to be less and more attuned to the needs of Americans. In other words, as it has mainstream, the Prius has been

Since last summer, the compact liftback version has joined by the Prius V wagon, the C subcompact and now the Prius Plug-in It is not so easy to spot the new Priuses blocks away useful for maneuvers that can keep you getting stuck behind the famously slow drivers. The swoop of the aerodynamic roofline is on the Prius V and nearly absent on the C.

What hasn’t disappeared is the powertrain technology that to be the core of every Prius. At point, the technology seems miraculous and more like a you save fuel by using an motor to assist the gasoline which shuts off entirely at low or when the car is at a standstill.

This gives all Priuses their driving characteristics: an engine shuts off at stoplights and performs if unremarkably around town, but at high r.p.m. as it struggles to Partly because of the cars’ variable transmission, there is a lag after you step on the accelerator the wheels gain momentum.

Most hybrids cannot be in. With the addition of the Plug-in to the Prius lineup, Toyota can now appeal to its die-hard green who want to drive on grid-supplied The Prius Plug-In joins the Volt and Fisker Karma in category, with the Ford Energi and a plug-in version of the Accord to soon follow.

all Priuses, efficiency is the priority, not accommodations or a sporty character. The has the feel of a high-tech gizmo, one more akin to an older PC to the latest Mac.

The real-world fuel economy is with all four of the latest from 40 to 70 miles per gallon on the model and how you drive.

Prius might talk in highfalutin about global warming and the but the secret to the success of the most Prius now called the Liftback is its level of overall competence 50 m.p.g. efficiency. The car is functional, more legroom and cargo than even in the popular Toyota Camry .

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So why bother the other models? It comes to how you use your car. For instance, the V provides more space for use, like weekend

A few weeks ago, I traveled my family of four to Big Sur from for the weekend, a trip I’d be to take in the Liftback. There was of room for our gear in the expanded area, and our teenagers had room to out in the back seat. Most they barely fought the 300-mile trip. Sign me up.

with the Liftback, the V is five longer over all, and its volume is nearly 13 cubic larger. Nearly every hip, shoulder and head by at least a couple of inches.

the trade off for the extra room? A dip in fuel economy from 51 48 highway m.p.g. to 44 city, 40 Both the Liftback and the V wagon a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and a electric motor, for total of 134. In the V, the same hybrid needs to pull 216 more so performance can be dull.

On the road to Big Sur, we moved at a pace in Eco mode, with use of the air-conditioning, and easily managed 45 On the trip back, which was uphill, the engine labored and the car reached its federal 40 m.p.g. estimate.

The extra space and comes at a price: the base-level is $24,795 and the Prius V starts at

If the V is about highway travel, the Prius C is all about the city, and cuteness. The C shaves 19 inches off the and it’s easy to park.

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

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