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Buying and owning the Prius Plug-In
As a buyer of a new plug-in Prius, what exactly can you expect?
Once again, that very much depends whether you've owned a regular Prius before--in which case the ownership experience will be much the same. Naturally, there's added onus on remembering to plug it in each time you stop somewhere--it'd be a shame to spend the extra on the Plug-In and not make use of it!
Plug-In sales are strong though, so the simple format clearly works--and owners are happy too.
Those who haven't previously owned a Prius will no doubt appreciate its reliability and easy-going nature, as well as strong fuel efficiency. Don't expect much excitement, though...
Prius Plug-In technology and safety
With recent arrivals such as the Chevrolet Volt, the Prius is now a long way from being the most advanced plug-in on the market. That simplicity will help with reliability too, as regular Prius models have been known to do large mileages without any issue.
Since the regular Prius was downgraded from an NHTSA five-star rating to four, both share the same safety score. The 2014 Prius also gets an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, though the plug-in version hasn't been separately tested. You can read full details on the crash test rating here.
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Prius Plug-In social media and marketing
Like any vehicle these days, the Prius is subject to heavy attention on the internet and elsewhere. Whether you're intrigued by the car's crazy Japanese advert featuring robots from Star Wars, or simply want to drive one using the Zipcar service, all the details are below.