Largely unchanged for 2013, the 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. A larger lithium-ion battery pack enables extended electric-only driving in comparison to the standard Prius. An electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) paired with FWD yields 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
Following big changes last year, which included the introduction of several new Prius models, changes for 2013 are minimal. New this year is the Persona Series Special Edition for the Prius Three, which features 17-inch wheels, a special Black Cherry Pearl paint job and unique badges. Additionally, most models receive a modest price increase.
Leading fuel economy; proven reliability; new models provide cargo and passenger flexibility
The Prius has set the standard for hybrid-powertrains in the U.S. since it was introduced. The current model is the most efficient, most reliable Prius yet has proven to be an amazing bargain. With several Prius variations from which to choose, the winning hybrid powertrain appeals to even 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.