The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and permanent AC synchronous motor, for a combined 134 hp. Thanks to a larger lithium-ion battery pack the Plug-In offers extended electric-only driving in comparison to the standard Prius. An electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) paired with FWD enables the Prius Plug-In to achieve an EPA estimated range of 50 mpg (when in hybrid mode) to 95 MPGe (mile per gallons equivalents in electric-only mode). Features 15-in wheels, automatic climate control, Bluetooth® hands-free phone capabilities, USB with iPod® connectivity, push button start, and display audio with navigation. Safety is comprised of vehicle stability control (VSC), anti-lock brake system (ABS), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Smart Stop Technology (SST), and advanced airbags. The Prius Plug-In is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The big Prius news for 2012 is that Toyota is adding several new versions of the Prius-- a bigger Prius v that features more rear seat room and more cargo space than the standard Prius as well as an ultra-high-efficient Prius Plug-in. The standard Prius is carried over for 2012, but it does feature an upgraded stereo.
Leading fuel economy; proven reliability; new models provide cargo and passenger flexibility
The Prius has set the standard for hybrid-powertrains in the US since it was introduced. The current model is the most efficient, most reliable Prius yet and starting at $22,120 before tax rebates and incentives, it's an amazing bargain. With several new Prius variations on the way, the winning hybrid powertrain will be available in more body styles to appeal to more car buyers. Anyone who thought the original Prius was too small should look for the Prius v. Customers looking to maximize their fuel economy would be advised to consider the Prius Plug-in. Both feature Toyota's reliable, efficient hybrid technology at a reasonable price.