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2012 Toyota Prius - Review

 

2012
logo OVERALL RATING 9
out of 10

Well, now we've driven a prototype of the 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrid that Toyota will sell in the U.S.

What's it like? It's just like driving a standard Toyota Prius hybrid. Only more so.

The 2012 Plug-In will be the first Toyota that can be plugged into the electric grid to recharge its battery pack since it sold several hundred RAV4e electric vehicles a decade ago.

But unlike the RAV4e, the Prius Plug-In Hybrid carries the entire Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain of a conventional Prius.

Its battery pack is larger, and it uses lithium-ion cells rather than the older nickel-metal-hydride chemistry of its conventional brethren. (Toyota has decided that particular lithium blend, however, is a dead end; production 2012 Plug-Ins might use a different variety.)

The Prius Plug-In runs in electric mode for longer, and at higher speeds, than a standard 2010 Prius hybrid. But like the stock vehicle, it recharges its battery using spare power from its engine and through regenerative braking.

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Specs: Select a Trim

5-Door HB (5) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
Five Specs $29,805 $27,744 51 48
Four Specs $28,235 $26,284 51 48
One Specs $23,015 $21,864 51 48
Three Specs $25,565 $23,799 51 48
Two Specs $24,000 $22,560 51 48
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