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2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in

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2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in
Available in 2 styles:  2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in 4dr Hatchback shown
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51 city / 49 hwy


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2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in 4.8 5
$ 11,061-22,417
July 15, 2012
Vehicle Overview

The Prius lineup gained a plug-in hybrid version in 2012 with the introduction of the Prius Plug-In. Based on the regular Prius, the Prius Plug-In provides a wider range of electric-only operation with the ability to travel up to 15 miles on electric power alone. When the lithium-ion battery pack is depleted and during certain driving conditions, the Prius Plug-In operates as a traditional hybrid car. Fuel-conscious competitors include the Chevrolet Volt and Ford Fusion Energi.
New for 2013
There are no changes for 2013.
Like the regular Prius, the Prius Plug-In slips cleanly through the air with a drag coefficient of .25, which helps gas mileage. Subtle styling cues distinguish the plug-in version including chrome accents on the door handles, grille, liftgate and charge-port door. Additional exterior features include:

  • Blue-tinted headlight covers; LED headlights available
  • LED taillights
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Available fog lights

One of the Prius' distinguishing cabin features — a center-mounted instrument panel — carries over to the Prius Plug-In. So does the console gear selector, which looks a little like a joystick for a gaming system. The car has seating for five people in two rows. Additional interior features include:

  • Fabric-trimmed seats with first-row seat heaters
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio, climate and Bluetooth controls
  • Digital instrumentation
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack, USB connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Entune with applications for iHeartRadio and OpenTable, Pandora integration, weather information, gas prices and Bing search
  • Navigation system with backup camera
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Under the Hood
The Prius Plug-In uses the Hybrid Synergy Drive system of the regular Prius, which is paired with a 4.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack in place of the Prius' nickel-metal-hydride battery. The battery is located under the cargo floor along with the onboard charger.

With a full battery, Toyota says the Prius Plug-In can travel up to 15 miles at speeds as high as 62 mph on electric-only operation. Under full acceleration, the car will revert to hybrid mode and turn on the gas engine.

The Prius Plug-In's lithium-ion battery pack isn't as large as the one in the fully electric Nissan Leaf, and it can be charged in a much shorter timeframe. Toyota says it takes about three hours to charge the battery using 120-volt service or 1.5 hours using a 240-volt connection. Toyota has partnered with Leviton for 240-volt home charging-station equipment and installation. Additional mechanical features include:

  • 98-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine and 60-kWh electric motor
  • 134 hp total system output
  • Runs on regular gas
  • 120-volt charging cable

Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active front head restraints
  • Available Safety Connect emergency communication system
  • Available precollision system that can tighten the seat belts and apply the brakes when a crash is imminent

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