2012 Toyota Prius Plugin Hybrid Review

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TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

A more fuel-efficient Prius is on the way

The Toyota Prius Plug-in MSRP: $32,000 to $39,525) is what it sounds like a regular 2012 Toyota (Base MSRP: $24,000 to that you can plug in for a relatively recharge. Experts say it’s the roomy, practical hatchback hybrid owners know so only with better gas

How much better? That wildly, depending on whether you short trips, drive mountains and a lot of other factors.

But is it than its plug-in hybrid the 2012 Chevrolet Volt MSRP: $39,145). The jury’s out — experts haven’t the Prius Plug-in as extensively as the — but the Volt does some trump cards. It can run and farther on electricity (35 miles 11 miles for the Prius Plug-in, to the EPA), with snappier and a more natural drive

The Volt also qualifies for a federal tax credit (up to $7,500, $2,500 for the Prius Plug-in), so the two wind up priced in the same (Some states also thousands of dollars’ worth of tax for both cars). The five-seat Plug-in does hold people and cargo than the Volt, and the Prius Plug-in better gas mileage once the kicks on, but experts still the Volt more highly.

For Toyota is selling the Prius in 15 states: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Other states get it in 2013.

Looks like a Prius

The Plug-in looks exactly a regular Prius, reviews say in fact, Autoblog.com’s Sebastian bets that a Prius wouldn’t be able to tell the without scrutinizing the Plug-in really closely inside and

Sure, there are hints this isn’t a regular before you start driving, writes. Small front well and rear badges now say Hybrid instead of just and the model also sports wheels. Otherwise, the two cars precisely the same hatchback with its now-familiar wedge

That means they the same styling flourishes and — including the cabin that Edmunds.com finds harder and cheaper plastics other cars in its price We’ll cut the Prius a small of slack, as the plastic material is and uses less petroleum in the process. For many buyers, that concession to eco-consciousness cut it against others with interiors.

Roomy and comfy a Prius

The Prius Plug-in smaller batteries than the Volt. This unfortunately it can’t run as long on electricity below), but it does have one big The batteries don’t eat up any passenger or space. Instead, Toyota away with the spare (the Volt doesn’t one, either), preserving all of the Prius’s space for people and stuff.

So while the Volt only four — and in the backseat will feel — the Prius Plug-in five, with backseat that feels more a midsize car than the compact it is. And while the Volt holds a paltry 10.6 cubic of cargo behind its rear the Prius Plug-in holds a 21.6 cubes (both rear seats also

The base Prius Plug-in MSRP: $32,000) lacks a of the Volt’s standard features there’s no remote ignition or rearview mirror — but it up a few that the Volt charges for, including an on-board system, back-up camera and front seats. Like the the base Prius Plug-in gets touch-screen cabin keyless entry/ignition, cruise automatic headlights and climate tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a CD stereo with auxiliary and iPod/USB interface and a smartphone system (Toyota calls it

The Prius Plug-in Advanced MSRP: $39,525) substitutes leather seats, a bigger screen and a better stereo and some Entune features, an rearview mirror, LED headlights and fog and adaptive cruise control.

like a Prius

The Plug-in drives exactly like a Prius, testers say: comfy ride, same steering, same leisurely Its identical 1.8-liter four-cylinder pair of electric motors and variable transmission (CVT) out an identical 134 horsepower. The Plug-in it to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds at Edmunds.com, like the regular Prius far from quick, but plenty for drivers.

Critics like the Volt better — about 1 second faster to 60 with more natural-feeling and testers say the Volt just more like a normal

The Plug-in uses a different than the regular Prius, It’s lithium-ion, not nickel-metal and it can store about four as much juice. It can’t as much as the Volt’s, though, so the Plug-in can’t travel as far on electricity alone. The EPA estimates the Volt can go 35 miles without a drop of gas (reliable testers say get 20 to 50 miles, depending on driving and weather — running the wipers, etc. gobbles but only 11 miles for the Prius.

And pushing it, ConsumerReports.org’s Gabe says. If you thought you’d be electricity exclusively for 11 miles, soon discover that’s not the As soon as you press the throttle than about a third of its the internal combustion engine in and you’re using fuel.

So, the Volt, the Prius Plug-in is an unequivocal EV, even for the portion supposed to be gas-free.

ConsumerReports.org that, With such a electric-only range, the Prius really only makes for those who have short or who can plug in frequently.

However, Alex Dykes disagrees. his 870-mile test, Dykes that with the Prius battery fully charged, he had to the gas pedal about three-quarters of the way to the before the gas engine would on. In fact, the Prius Plug-in’s economy crushes both the Prius and the Chevy Volt on hilly 109-mile daily (see below).

But you do have to the throttle gingerly to keep the Plug-in in EV mode, testers all The Volt will rev up to 100 mph on electricity, but says the Plug-in’s gas engine kick on at 62 mph. Dykes the Plug-in past 70 mph in EV mode, but does mean you have to off everyone behind you on the freeway

Driven normally, he says, around 45 to 50 mph the gasoline engine turn on.

Almost any sudden inputs will force the of some of your precious says Blanco at Autoblog.com. the Volt, for example, the Prius has to rely on its gas engine to pass car on the freeway.

It’s a shame one of the most fun things about an electric vehicle – instant – is missing here, but we doubt will be a deal breaker for of the people who consider buying a Plug-in Hybrid, Blanco

So how much gas can you save by plugging in?

The Plug-in is so new that experts had time to conduct extensive tests. Plus, your may vary has never been so as with plug-in hybrids.

But at EPA estimates, the Prius Plug-in the same gas mileage as the regular — 50 mpg — plus 11 of gas-free electric driving ConsumerReports.org hasn’t been to achieve that in early see above). Even paying for the the EPA says that’s like a 95-mpg vehicle for the first 100 of a trip.

The Chevy Volt can much farther without a drop of gas — an EPA-estimated 35 (20 to 50 in reliable independent tests, on driving style and weather) but when the gas engine does in, it gets a lower 37 mpg. if you typically drive fewer 35 miles a day, you could drive a Volt forever burning any gas at all — something you couldn’t do in the Prius Plug-in.

TheTruthAboutCars.com’s Dykes has an interesting with the Prius Plug-in. On his 109-mile commute over mountains, he gets outrageously gas mileage from the Prius (72 mpg) — better the Volt (48 mpg) or regular (52.9 mpg). Why?

The advanced batteries store times as much juice as the Prius’s, so they don’t as much of the power the regenerative feed them on Dykes’ descents (a regular Prius its battery to capacity before I am 1/3 of the way Meanwhile, when the gas engine up, the Plug-in gets better than the Volt.

Over entire 870-mile test, the Plug-in averages about 60

The Prius Plug-in’s smaller can’t power the car as far as the Volt’s, but do take less time to recharge. It takes three on a regular 120-volt outlet (10 for the Volt) or 90 minutes on a 240-volt (four hours for the Volt). The Plug-in comes with a charging cord that in a compartment under the cargo bay

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

EPA Fuel Economy Estimates

51 mpg


Highway: 49 mpg

Combined: 50 mpg gas-only

mode: 95 mpge

Crash should be strong, but no reliability yet

The regular Toyota Prius’s crash ratings also to the Prius Plug-in (the two an identical body). The Prius includes the usual standard features — antilock traction and stability control and front-side and curtain airbags plus a driver knee

We found no reliability predictions for new model. The Prius Plug-in three-year/36,000-mile basic and five-year/60,000-mile warranties, plus eight miles for the hybrid component.

Safety Ratings (based on Toyota Prius)

Front 4 stars

Side Impact: 5

Rollover Resistance: 4 stars

5 stars

IIHS Safety (based on 2012 Toyota

Front Offset Impact:

Side Impact: Good

Impact: Good

Roof Good

Named 2012 Top Pick

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