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Chai’s 2013 Prius In Review

Posted: 03/06/14

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While the parents were out of I finally had a chance to snag the to our families new Prius Plug In for an full test and to see what of MPG’s I could achieve no outside variables (like family members driving

What Makes A Plug In The Plug In Prius is essentially a with a larger battery and a EV mode that’ll take you up to 19 on nothing but electrons until at which point the engine on. When the battery is depleted, the car to behaving like any run of the mill until it is recharged.

Charging with a basic takes around 2.5 hours for a charge, and should be fine for the owner.

First Impressions: The cabin is a nice place to be. The dash is ergonomically pleasing and towards the driver. The seats are to support wide american though you get the feeling that sitting on them rather sliding into them.

It: The Prius is only a boring car if you adjust your driving to fit what it’s designed to do. it briskly like a regular and you’ll be chastised by the buzzing 1.8 four pot, which show it’s dismay by coarse vibrations through the and steering wheel. Drive however, and the Prius becomes fun in own fuel-sipping way.

Your eyes become to the dash display as you try to keep the within the EV only threshold. You taking corners quickly to precious momentum and set the cruise at in the right lane on the highway, desperately to avoid the I’m-going-to-kill-you from fellow motorists. All of the the Prius becomes involving in even a Porsche couldn’t You no longer mind being in because now you can work at maximizing and regenerative braking.

You start switching between EV and mode where best to better your MPG. In words, the Prius coerces you becoming a hyper-miler.

Ride: The wafts down the road and smoothly. The suspension soaks up all but severe bumps, and the 195 width too thin to let any noise into the

Handling: You do not buy a Prius to flog it in But I did it anyway in the name of science. The provides less feedback a playstation controller, and is pinky at all times.

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The suspension has abundant roll, but settles down quickly a corner. The stability control is on, so smooth inputs are a requirement if you on taking a corner with any The grip from the Goodyear tires is comically low, the Prius is remarkably stable triple digit sweepers, attributable to it’s slippery

MPG: After a week of and charging as often as possible times a day), my display that over 230 miles, my MPG is sitting at 81. That’s mighty and I have no doubt that if the consumer’s commute was something a 30 mile round trip, MPG would be achieved.

EDIT: I should also add for some people living in states, the rebates from a plug in make up for the added and then some. Our basic In with heated cloth and a small touch screen was 23K out the after rebates. That’s than a similarly priced Prius.

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