The College Driver Road Test 2013 Toyota Prius PlugIn Hybrid

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TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Road Test: 2013 Prius Plug-In Hybrid

has been the hybrid king for the decade, hitting the 3 million in global sales earlier In order to continue that and attract those who want electric miles in their they developed a plug-in of the popular Prius.

Our week the 2013 Prius Plug-In no different than most any It consisted of a 32 mile round-trip to work, a stop at the grocery some days on the way home and 12 of local driving to and from the gym in the We wanted to find out just how electric range we could out of this plug-in and how it compares to the Prius.

First and foremost, the big question wants to know: how many EV can the Prius Plug-In travel?

The EPA it at 11 miles of all electric range, a we had no trouble achieving. In fact, we able to squeeze 14 miles out of the battery mounted under the floor.


Now 14 miles is on the low end compared to plug-in hybrids, but remember the Prius Plug-In Hybrid is than any other EV with a extender (gas engine) on the market. Some electric can be cheaper with a federal tax but EVs are limited to local driving due to limited range.

So it comes down to your If you live in an urban environment, the hybrid would make sense. Even if you commute a distance like I do, you’ll achieve impressive fuel numbers thanks to Toyota’a Hybrid Synergy Drive system.

And impressive numbers we indeed. On mild day with a bit of A/C use and a charge before we left the the Prius Plug-In Hybrid 69 MPG! That makes the an excellent value if fuel is your number one priority.

Of braking is also just as as MPGs, and the Prius Plug-In all of its technical wizardry manages to smooth, controlled braking no what’s spinning the front

Charging time is another component of the plug-in equation, and engineers narrowed it down to under three hours for a charge on your standard 120 Call an electrician and upgrade to a charger, and that time cut in half. Now that’s quick.

We have the opportunity to take the Plug-In Hybrid on a long trip, but the EPA rates it with 49 MPG on the an impressive number by hybrid-only

Tech All Around

With a powertrain that via electrons, gasoline combustion or and on-board computers thinking of times per second, the driver is unaware of the complexity of the Toyota Plug-In Hybrid.

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

The only is the energy flow diagram into the 6.1-inch touchscreen. It when the wheels are being by electricity only, electric and and gas only.

The display audio as Toyota refers to it offers HD and radio, two sources that provide hours of entertainment; streaming audio, USB and a 3.5-mm jack round out the media list for a truly unlimited experience. A back-up camera is standard.

Storage space is all around, though legroom in the can get a bit tight for a passenger above 6 tall; three smaller or children will have no

The lighter but more energy lithium-ion battery pack take a toll on cargo or seating capacity, a very component of living with a hybrid.

TheCD’s Take

the 50+ MPG Prius, change its battery to a more energy-dense chemistry, add a powerful electric motor and in a charging port on the passenger-side and you have the 2013 Prius Hybrid.

The result is an even efficient hybrid that out more MPGs and even use the gas engine less or not at all if your allows it. With a starting of $32,000 plus delivery and the Toyota Prius Plug-In is an excellent value.

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

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