Toyota Prius Plug-in
After the Prius made its mark as the most popular hybrid car in the early 2000s, hackers began converting it to a plug-in vehicle. It took Toyota quite some time to capitalize on plug-in capabilities, but it eventually released a production version. The Prius Plug-in drives similar to the standard Prius hybrid, but its larger battery pack gives it 11 miles of electric range.
Gasoline engine: 98 horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder Electric motor: 60 kilowatt Battery pack: 4.4 kilowatt-hour Electric range: 11 miles Total range: 540 miles Fuel economy: 95 mpg equivalent, 50 mpg (gasoline)
- Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $32,000.00
The good: The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in delivers the same stellar fuel economy as the standard model, but with the capability to further boost efficiency by being plugged in. The smartphone-connected Entune system brings live destination search, traffic data, and Pandora streaming to the dashboard. Voice command tech and intuitive steering-wheel controls help to keep eyes on the road.
The bad: The infotainment system locks the user out of most navigation and calling functions while the vehicle is in motion. The car's touch screen is prone to bad glare with a minimal amount of sunlight, and too many warning screens pop up when you try to use Entune.
The bottom line: The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in vastly improves the flexibility and potential economy of the standard Prius formula with the simple addition of a power cable and larger, more efficient battery pack.
August 14, 2013 4:27 PM PDT
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