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2013 Toyota Prius
2013 Toyota Prius
Available Price Range $10,482-$19,282 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 50 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2013 Toyota Prius

Our Take

Toyota calls its Prius an "Eco-Icon," and the latest generation should have plenty of available gadgets for technological and environmental die-hards. Among them are a solar-panel moonroof that powers modest air conditioning in hot parking lots and LED headlights that use less energy than conven... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Braking feel
  • Balky acceleration
  • Noise
  • Blind spots
  • Ride and handling

Notable Features

  • Gas/electric drivetrain
  • 50 mpg combined
  • Available Entune multimedia system
  • Four driving modes
  • New Special Edition model


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in August 2012 about the 2012 Toyota Prius. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2013, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. The 2012 Toyota Prius is an exceptionally efficient car at a relatively low price for people who care more about conservation than the act o... Read full review for the 2013 Toyota Prius

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Our second Prius

by Fuel saver from Philadelphia, PA on February 14, 2013

After owning a 2006 Prius with great satisfaction, we decided to add a second one to the family fleet. Generation 3 is a slightly different car from our old one that now has 137,000 miles on it. It ge... Read Full Review


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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