2012 Toyota Prius PlugIn Advanced RideLust Review

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TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid – 1.8 VVT-i CVT

2012 Toyota Prius Advanced: RideLust Review

Up: If you want fuel economy and this is your car.

Down: Nothing here for enthusiasts, cheap interior.

Buy Car If: You care more about as little as possible on gas than you do performance or handling.

This may as a shock to driving enthusiasts, but the hard truth is this: people don’t like to For the masses, driving is an act to be tolerated, not and any conveyance that gets from point A to point B as little fuss and expense as is optimal.

That explains the of boring-but-reliable compacts and midsize and it also explains why the Toyota has become the most popular car on the planet. Instead of precise stunning acceleration or pull-the-glasses your face braking, the serves up a generous portion of and bulletproof reliability. For many that’s the winning combination.

are some for which even the isn’t frugal enough, is why Toyota launched a plug-in variant for the 2012 model In addition to the Prius’ 50 mpg combined economy rating, the Prius can travel an estimated 11 miles on power alone, at speeds up to 62 That may not be enough to get you back and to work, but chances are good plenty for running daily

Unlike electric cars, require lengthy charging to achieve full range, the Plug-In’s 4.4 kWh batteries can be replenished in three hours on 110 volts, or an hour and a half on 220 volt When the batteries are depleted, or the driver wants maximum the car’s 1.8-liter gasoline-fueled steps in to provide a helping In fact, keeping the car in full vehicle mode takes practice and requires very applications of throttle, with the car in Eco mode.

Acceleration, therefore, is and drivers trying this be wise to check the rearview for rapidly closing pickups or

Styling wise, the Prius’ shape lends to its appeal. An form is essential to the car’s fuel economy, yet the Prius up a generous amount of interior Its large daylight opening visibility, too, although the deck lid spoiler does reduce what you can see in the rear mirror.

Compared to standard Prius the Plug-In version (in Advanced is distinguished by its metallic front strip, exterior chrome blue headlight surrounds and wheels. Whether that’s an or not depends upon your styling tastes.

Inside, the Plug-In is a bit disappointing, especially in of the car’s $40,000 sticker The dash is an expanse of hard, plastic, but Toyota does get points for using a plant-derived, plastic. There’s an odd pass-though fitted with a shallow beneath the center console, but is awkward from the driver’s

As for layout, we do like that the stack controls are oriented to the creating a cockpit-like space separates the driver from the passenger.

We’ll admit to the Prius Plug-In’s instrumentation, although the information display take some setting up and getting used to. It’s to see that this press-fleet has spent 99-percent of its current in gasoline mode, while one-percent of its accumulated mileage has in full electric mode. We that Prius Plug-In who pay a $7,800 premium over the of a standard Prius will be far diligent about using cars in full-electric mode.

We re not really fans of the Prius front seats, either. supportive enough for commuting (and complete with driver’s lumbar support in models), they’re wrapped in a called SofTex that says is lighter and more than leather. That may be, but also has a decidedly artificial and we can’t imagine climbing the car on a hot day, wearing shorts. flogged this particular horse enough times in the but we’ll say it again: we’d cloth seats over leather seats any day of the week.

In we’d even pay more for cloth seats that pay for those skinned in cow-from-a-test-tube.

Toyota Prius Plug-In

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid – 1.8 VVT-i CVT

As for the rear seats, well, wrapped in SofTex, too. On the side, there’s a decent of head and leg room for average adults, so we doubt that passengers will complain about the accommodations on short Unless, of course, it’s and they’re wearing shorts.

Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy blends a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder with a pair of electric that double as generators. the drivetrain puts out 134 horsepower and to a continuously variable transmission which further boosts economy. A 4.4 kWh battery pack the Prius it’s 11-mile range, though critics are to point out that’s not really to be practical. The EPA says the Prius will return 51 mpg in the city, 49 mpg on the and 50 mpg combined on gasoline power factor in the battery power, and the car a rating of 95 MPGe.

As you’d from a car focused on fuel acceleration is on the leisurely side; in mode, the best you can hope for is a of around 10.1 seconds to get to 60

On the road, the Prius Plug-In’s is on par with others in the economy car That means its neither too nor too firm, though there’s no you’ll mistake the car’s quality for a luxury car. it isn’t sporty by any definition of the The steering feels light, yet the car oddly heavy.

Push hard in corners, and surprisingly little body probably because the low-rolling-resistance don’t offer up much in the way of While “entertaining” isn’t a we’d use to describe the Prius handling, words like and “safe” do come to mind.

So the Prius Plug-In is a reality for us. We can’t imagine any kind of universe where we’d be in the for one, because it simply meet our expectations for what a car be. For the thousands of satisfied Prius however, the car represents the best for getting from one place to while consuming as little as possible.

These buyers care about things 0-60 times, or lateral or even stopping distances; they speak of miles per or miles per gallon with the gleam in their eye as we have discussing lap times. They’re bit the enthusiasts we are, albeit a slightly different focus.

Toyota supplied the 2012 Plug-In Advanced for the purpose of evaluation. Total sticker on the car, which came options, was $40,365.

The Prius Advanced is a difficult car to draw a with, since it exists in a area between hybrids and cars. For illustration, a comparably-equipped Four would sticker for but wouldn’t include the Prius In’s battery-only driving A similar Chevy Volt sell for $42,785 but includes a longer range (up to 50 miles) on power alone.

When the generator kicks in, however, the simply can’t match the fuel economy.

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid – 1.8 VVT-i CVT
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid – 1.8 VVT-i CVT
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid – 1.8 VVT-i CVT
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid – 1.8 VVT-i CVT


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