2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012Enlarge Photo
Where are you hedging your bets when it comes to the future of automobile propulsion?
Maybe you're sticking with hybrids. Maybe you've already gone all the way to an electric car, or are rolling around in a range-extended Chevrolet Volt.
For some, the latest version of the Toyota Prius with plug-in hybrid technology is just what they need. Largely similar to a regular Prius but equipped with a larger, lithium-ion battery pack and an extra few miles of electric range.
We've compiled all our articles on the Prius Plug-In, bringing you all the information you'll need to decide whether it's the car for you.
For those already used to the Toyota Prius, little of the plug-in will be too surprising. Aside from a few bits of shiny chrome trim, some different colors and a higher-spec interior, it's all standard Prius both inside and out.
Under the skin it's also fairly similar, with the same 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine and Toyota's familiar Hybrid Synergy Drive system. A planetary "electronic CVT" gearset blends electric and combustion power as and when it's needed.
Only this time, you can spend much longer in all-electric mode, thanks to a 4.4 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
Official EPA figures state an 11-mile "blended" electric range (mostly electric, but some combustion power) and six miles all-electric. Total range is a useful 540 miles, all-electric MPGe is 95, and it maintains the regular Prius' 50 mpg combined rating.
If you're a little confused by all that, have a read of our guide to the Prius Plug-In's EPA economy sticker.
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In HybridEnlarge Photo
Driving the Prius Plug-In
We've got behind the wheel of plug-in Prius models several times, so between the following articles you'll find a selection of different opinions on how it drives and just how far it can go on the road.