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2012 Toyota Prius Plug In

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in

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Great car for transportation

by from Maryland on March 28, 2013

I have 5,000 miles on my plug-in Prius now. I love the car for what it is designed for, transportation with high gas mileage, but it is not a sporty fun car to drive. It does not have a feel for the r...
I have 5,000 miles on my plug-in Prius now. I love the car for what it is designed for, transportation with high gas mileage, but it is not a sporty fun car to drive. It does not have a feel for the road, it is sort of like driving your home appliances. Turn it on and it does its job. It is hard to see when backing up, even with the camera. The EV. mode changes with driving style. If you leave your foot on the pedal you will get about 6miles. If you drive reasonably, you will get 9 to 12 miles. While driving up and down hills, if you let off the pedal going down hill, the car will revert to regular Pruis mode and your EV miles will become even higher. By doing so, I often drive 15 miles to town with hybrid and EV mode and still don't use gas. The heat is generated from the engine like any car, so if you turn it on, the engine will run for a while. The interior is larger than the Volt and the seat is hard but flat. I am 6'3 and this makes the Prius more comfortable for me. Although the center console does get in the way and the storage area below it is hard to reach. This car does not come with a spare tire and I would rather give up some cargo area for a spare. At todays gas prices, I spend about $28 every fill up and it takes 8 gallons. It does have an almost 11 gallon tank but I dont let it get that low. The worst gas mileage I have gotten in the winter is 38mpg, but I did let it sit and warm up while de-icing the windows several times. My winter average is between 40 and 50 mpg depending on snow, warmups, if I pluged it in and my driving. My summer average has been 65 mpg. I dont always plug it in, but when I do I have averaged between 85 and 110 mpg. I have not noticed an increase in my electric bill, but I did also replace all of my light bulbs with CFL's. I don't know if that is a part of the reason my electric bill stayed the same even with the Pruis. All in all, I think it is a great car for transportation, I just wish it had longer EV distance and a spare tire. If you are considering a plug-in vehicle, I recommend you drive each one as I did. Each model has benefits all its own. Good luck.
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Great modification to the Standard Prius

by from Wisconsin on March 24, 2013

This car fits my schedule and lifestyle to a T. As a minister, I frequently make short trips to visit people, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. My car gets 11-17 miles per charge, depending on how I driv...
This car fits my schedule and lifestyle to a T. As a minister, I frequently make short trips to visit people, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. My car gets 11-17 miles per charge, depending on how I drive it. That covers most of my 'territory.' Even on the routine trips to the YMCA, 35 miles away, the car still gets 75-100 mpg. Plus, they let me plug it into a regular outlet in the back. After 2,500 miles, I'm getting 75 mpg. That's 50% better than my old 2009 Prius (50 mpg). And it is Winter now. Even in HV mode, the '12 is much better than my '09. The exterior is classy, sportier than the older model. No complaints there. The interior layout of the '09 was more functional, IMHO, than the '12. The seat is too hard, but the new model has much more leg room. This is extremely important for taller folks. The dash and console, as well as the steering wheel controls, are not as easy to use as the '09. I've driven the new car for 2 months, and still feel that way. The car charges in 2 1/2 hours. I haven't had a real desire to get a 'fast charger.' Many of my stops are about 2 hours, so I can usually charge up. Sometimes I charge up as many as 3 or 4 times in one day. I average about 10-12 charges per week. The rear camera, bluetooth connectivity, and HV/EV switch are especially nice to have. The car handles just like my old Prius, good - comparable to other cars in its class. I would recommend this to anyone who has easy access to electricity. I have found that even if (especially if) the trips are long, I'm saving more than 'another' model listed as a range-extended electric vehicle (rated at 37 mpg). On a couple long trips (non Interstate) I got close to 60 mpg with ambient temps around 20°F. "Your mileage may vary." The 3rd generation engine heats up faster, and retains that heat more than my old Prius. So, after cruising through town in EV mode, it returns to HV mode and achieves the mpg of a fully warmed up engine. That's very noticeable up in the northwoods. The extra cost of the extended battery may not pay for itself during the life of the car, but it's sure saving me money. I estimate that I have saved $40 in gas in the last 6 weeks. In the end, I recommend it.
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Better Than Expected

by from Upstate NY on March 22, 2013

I was not sure the 11 mile EV range was enough to make a difference. It turns out the plugin version of the Prius is perfect given my situation. Most of my trips are less than 10 miles r/t at 35-45 mp...
I was not sure the 11 mile EV range was enough to make a difference. It turns out the plugin version of the Prius is perfect given my situation. Most of my trips are less than 10 miles r/t at 35-45 mph. So fair am averaging 120 MPGe. So far it has proven to be a comfortable and reliable car.
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Perfect commute car

by from San Jose,CA on October 25, 2013

I have about 12 miles to work and just used whole EV range. I can recharge car at work so I can use EV mode again back to home. So my average MPG about 140. I fill gas once per 2 month and my driving ...
I have about 12 miles to work and just used whole EV range. I can recharge car at work so I can use EV mode again back to home. So my average MPG about 140. I fill gas once per 2 month and my driving range is over 1000 miles per tank.
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Love & Enjoy'g the Ride!

by from NJ on November 11, 2013

This is my 2nd Prius. traded the prev for a Prius PHV. The battery gives me 12 miles,..and get an avg of 75-80 on local rd and 52 on Hwy. Of course I don't race on the roads, and use the EV mode when ...
This is my 2nd Prius. traded the prev for a Prius PHV. The battery gives me 12 miles,..and get an avg of 75-80 on local rd and 52 on Hwy. Of course I don't race on the roads, and use the EV mode when accelerating mainly. Love the Interior ,..the comfort and all. Yes,..the pick up is a lil slow but that compensates for everything else. Its Grt for commuting, running errands and taking my kiddo's for their daily activities and of course,..the long drives,..don't have to think twice before going on a vacation now!
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the most economic car on gas I have owned

by from clifton new jersey on December 25, 2012

I like to say that the prius plug in toyota is one of the best built,reliable, dependable and gas saving car in the market today,Im very happy to have purchased one .
I like to say that the prius plug in toyota is one of the best built,reliable, dependable and gas saving car in the market today,Im very happy to have purchased one .
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Most environt friendly car I've owned

by from Chesterfield, NJ on September 27, 2012

I wanted a Plug-In car with 36 miles electric only range, volt could have fit the bill but it is only four seater and getting in and out of the car was tight, so I leased Prius Plug-In with 12 miles E...
I wanted a Plug-In car with 36 miles electric only range, volt could have fit the bill but it is only four seater and getting in and out of the car was tight, so I leased Prius Plug-In with 12 miles EV only range hoping that by end of lease their will be more options for in the Plug-In cars.
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Trying 2BGreen

by from So Cal on October 7, 2014

The car is what I anticipated but NOT what was advertised. There are two models, a base model and a premium/delux model. The advertisement was for a premium model (which is nearly $5000 more) but this...
The car is what I anticipated but NOT what was advertised. There are two models, a base model and a premium/delux model. The advertisement was for a premium model (which is nearly $5000 more) but this was not the case. None-the-less, the car itself thus far is great and delivers what I had researched. I have been to the gas station ONLY once since I purchased the vehicle nearly 1 month ago and my carbon footprint has been lowered.
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Great mileage

by from Las Vegas, NV on June 25, 2012

Good: 46 mpg is the lowest I've gotten and that's when driving long distance over mountains. 61 mpg is the best when I'm only driving short distances around town and able to charge every night. Comfor...
Good: 46 mpg is the lowest I've gotten and that's when driving long distance over mountains. 61 mpg is the best when I'm only driving short distances around town and able to charge every night. Comfortable ride. Hands free Bluetooth with clear sound. Bad: lots of road noise. Closing doors sound like they are toys and doors might fall off (they haven't). Entune (Toyota's apps) is completely worthless but I don't need it anyway. Passenger seatbelt knocks against sidewall when driving with window down. Hatchback does not have auto close. Must close manually. The good far outweighs the bad and the Prius Plugin shows the future path of all cars. Love it.
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Savin'Money

by from Chicopee, MA on August 31, 2012

I have had my Prius Plug-In for about 4 months and have 4000 miles on it. I averaged 63 MPG from my "B" trip counter, which I have never reset. I work 2.9 miles from home and all the normal destinatio...
I have had my Prius Plug-In for about 4 months and have 4000 miles on it. I averaged 63 MPG from my "B" trip counter, which I have never reset. I work 2.9 miles from home and all the normal destinations, like grocery, dentist, office supplies, hardware stores and restaraunts are very close. This is good, because it only gets 11.4 miles on a 3 hour 110VAC charge. The things I like most are how zippy this car is. I can burn rubber from a side street intersection. The cruise control really is one of the most apt and tight that I've ever had. The bluetooth, sound and Gps are a great addition. The interior is very accomodating and it is a pleasure to be in. The all 4 1-touch up & down windows are a plus and all the controls and displays are superb. I hauled about $160 of liquid refreshments in this baby; it can take a lot of weight; even with the great air conditioner running full blast. The car is definitely good looking, too. What I don't like is that it should run at least 20 miles on a charge, 11.4 is just too little. But, it transitions to the hybrid mode automatically when the battery alone reaches zero. Oh, but you have to select hybrid if you want to save 8-10 miles for when you return from a long trip; you don't have to do this, but I like to. And, while you coast down hills or brake, it charges the battery. I like the hill brake feature, too! Back to the minuses: I don't like the voice activated feature because it could use some improvements. Maybe with future software updates it will get less frustrating to use. Also, after using the Garmin Nuvi all these years, we're spoiled and don't like the GPS 100%; maybe only 95%! Overall, I love this car. If they could have made it in all wheel drive and added a full spare tire, I would buy 2 of these.
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