(4.6) 17 reviews
MSRP: $10,145$19,045
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 50
Engine: 98-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in

Our Take on the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in

Our Take

The Prius lineup gains a plug-in hybrid version for 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 pac... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Significant price premium compared with Prius
  • Relatively short EV range
  • Electric-only mode not sustained under full acceleration
  • No remote cabin heating (cooling only)

Notable Features

  • New plug-in version of Prius hybrid
  • EPA-est. electric range of 11 miles
  • Three-hour charging time on 120-volt service
  • 50 mpg combined when operating as a hybrid
  • Available in 15 states for 2012
  • Tax credit of up to $2,500

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.