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2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in

$9,833 — $18,797 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
50 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Fuel efficiency matches regular Prius
  • Interior space of regular Prius retained
  • Long charging cord
  • 240-volt charging not needed
  • Remote air conditioning
  • Smartphone access of EV features

The Bad

  • Significant price premium compared with Prius
  • Relatively short EV range
  • Electric-only mode not sustained under full acceleration
  • No remote cabin heating (cooling only)
2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • New plug-in version of Prius hybrid
  • EPA-estimated 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Toyota’s all-new Prius Plug-in is the latest version of the popular hybrid family to hit the streets. Unlike the regular Prius, you plug this one in, so the higher-capacity battery can provide up to 15 miles of pure-electric driving.

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.
Exterior
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

Interior
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/...
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.
Exterior
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

Interior
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
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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
16 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Best Gas Saver and reliable commuter

by Teal Prius from San Jose, CA on October 14, 2018

I like the body of the car from any other Prius body style. I can this is the Legendary Prius body style. I owned already one for my wife and bought for myself too. I highly recommend if you are ... Read full review

(5.0)

Nice Economic reliable vehicle

by Gerry998 from NEW ROCHELLE on May 18, 2018

Love it. Economic on gas. Reliable. Not bad in the snow with snow tires. Great for teenager's first car, since you cannot really race with this car. Great for long drives. Love it. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Prius Plug-in received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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