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2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in

2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in

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$12,209 — $18,897 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.7) 7 reviews

The Good

  • Fuel efficiency matches regular Prius hybrid
  • Interior space of regular Prius retained
  • Long charging cord
  • 240-volt charging not needed
  • Remotely activated 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)
2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • EPA-estimated electric range of 11 miles
  • Three-hour charging time on 120-volt service
  • 50 mpg combined when operating as a hybrid
  • Federal tax credit of up to $2,500

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2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Based on the regular Prius, the Prius Plug-In provides a wider range of electric-only operation with the ability to travel up to an EPA-estimated 11 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. Competitors include the Chevrolet Volt and Ford C-Max Energi.
New for 2015
There are no significant changes.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.
Exterior Highlights

  • Blue-tinted headlight covers; LED headlights available
  • LED taillights
  • Chrome accents on door handles, grille, liftgate and charge-port door
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Available fog lights
  • Coefficient of drag is .25, which helps efficiency

Interior Highlights

  • Seating for five people in two rows
  • Center-mounted instrument panel
  • Joystick-like console gear selector
  • Fabric-trimmed seats with first-row seat heaters
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio, climate and Bluetooth controls
  • 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
  • Available head-up display

Under the Hood

  • 98-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas e...

Vehicle Overview

Based on the regular Prius, the Prius Plug-In provides a wider range of electric-only operation with the ability to travel up to an EPA-estimated 11 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. Competitors include the Chevrolet Volt and Ford C-Max Energi.
New for 2015
There are no significant changes.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.
Exterior Highlights

  • Blue-tinted headlight covers; LED headlights available
  • LED taillights
  • Chrome accents on door handles, grille, liftgate and charge-port door
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Available fog lights
  • Coefficient of drag is .25, which helps efficiency

Interior Highlights

  • Seating for five people in two rows
  • Center-mounted instrument panel
  • Joystick-like console gear selector
  • Fabric-trimmed seats with first-row seat heaters
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio, climate and Bluetooth controls
  • 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
  • Available head-up display

Under the Hood

  • 98-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine and 60-kilowatt electric motor
  • 134-hp total system output
  • 4.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack in place of the regular Prius’ nickel-metal-hydride battery
  • Battery can be charged in about three hours using 120-volt service or 1.5 hours using a 240-volt connection
  • Can travel up to 11 miles on electric power alone
  • Under full acceleration, car reverts to hybrid mode and turns on the gas engine
  • 120-volt charging cable

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Available Safety Connect emergency communication system
  • Available precollision system can tighten the seat belts and apply the brakes when a crash is imminent

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.9)
(5.0)

This is my dream car. Plug in and hybrid!

by BB Prius Prime from Chicago, IL on September 19, 2019

This car has good trunk size sleek styling amazing JBL sound and even in hybrid I am getting 57 miles to My dream car. Comfy powerful and great mileage . 58mpg Read full review

(5.0)

Best Value Car I've Owned

by kgrimes21 from Yorba Linda, CA on December 21, 2018

This car was exactly what I wanted at the time, reliable, full efficient, low maintenance. I would recommend this car to anyone considering it. Prius! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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

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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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