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Plug-in Prius

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

    The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is a new plug-in version of the fourth-generation Prius hybrid launched last year. It succeeds the previous Prius Plug-In Hybrid, but it's a much better—and considerably more electric—vehicle than that discontinued model. We've driven the new Prius Prime in southern California, but is it the right car for you? Here's our assessment of the plug-in hybrid hatchback's strengths and weaknesses. We think the Prime is definitely better-looking than the regular hybrid Prius, whose design is—frankly—more than a little bizarre. Toyota has done a lot...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, 2016 New York Auto Show
    2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid: 22-mile range, styling updates: Live photos and video

    The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, the new plug-in hybrid version of the world's best-selling hybrid car, was unveiled this morning at the New York Auto Show. The second plug-in version of the Prius hybrid, it will carry an EPA range rating of 22 miles from the 8.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack, according...

  • Toyota Plug-in iPhone App
    Prius Plug-in Hybrid Ad Aims To Get You Excited About Plugging In

    With perhaps the exception of British electronic synthesizer group Add N to (X) and a certain risqué music video, the concept of plugging in an electronic gadget isn’t what most people would think of as the most...ahem...suggestive of acts. But Toyota’s latest Japanese social...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid window sticker showing EPA fuel efficiency ratings
    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: Parsing The EPA Efficiency Sticker

    We all understand what miles-per-gallon means for a gasoline car. And we can readily grasp the range in miles of an electric car. But when a car has both a gasoline engine and an electric motor, things can get complicated. The standard 2012 Toyota Prius is rated at 50 miles per gallon, and at best...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model
    Why I Bought A Prius Plug-In, Not A Volt Or Leaf: A Reader's Choice

    Last month, Toyota said that it had 2,100 pre-orders for the 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrid. Now, with first sales of that car being logged this week and dozens of them delivered to dealers, we have a third viable, high-volume plug-in car available to U.S. buyers. Consumers can now buy a pure battery...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, production version road test, San Diego, CA, Jan 2012
    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: Brief Drive Report

    In the world of plug-in cars, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt may get all the attention, but a new arrival will make it very much a three-car race. The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid is just now arriving at Toyota dealers in California plus a dozen or so other states. While it may look just like a...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

    So what's the least expensive plug-in car in the U.S.? That ought to be pretty simple to figure out, right? Just compare the base price for every electric car, add in mandatory delivery fees, and see which comes in lowest. Which is why we got confused this morning when we read Toyota's Bob Carter saying in the Detroit News that the company's 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrid model would be "the lowest-priced plug-in hybrid or pure electric vehicle on the market." The base price of the plug-in Prius is $32,760 (including delivery), and it's expected to qualify for a Federal electric-vehicle tax...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Drive  -  March 2011
    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid: Five Things We Like

    We’ve now had four chances to put the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid through its paces, covering everything from fast-moving freeways and inner city streets through to mountain passes and trips to the local Costco. In the end we concluded that for some drivers, Toyota’s 13...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid: Everything to Everyone?

    The iconic Toyota Prius was the car which started the hybrid revolution. Offering fuel economy that very few other gasoline cars could hope to achieve, it has been loved by politicians, movie stars and wannabe greenies for over ten years. Although Toyota improved its hybrid drivetrain for the...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
    Will 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Get Us Used To Plugging In?

    Last week, Toyota said it expects to sell 16,000 or more 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrid models in the U.S. next year, once the car is launched (in June or before). For all intents and purposes, it's a standard Toyota Prius hybrid with a larger battery pack that uses lithium-ion cells. The car can be...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Drive  -  March 2011
    2012 Plug-in Toyota Prius: What Do You Want To Know?

    Toyota may have started the hybrid revolution with its original Prius, the first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car and the vehicle which quickly became the eco badge of honor for celebrities and city dwellers alike. But ten years after the first Prius rolled into the U.S., Toyota is now...

  • 2011 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius Gas Mileage

    The 2011 Toyota Prius hybrid gets the best gas mileage rating of any car for sale in the U.S. market today. It's rated at 51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 50 mpg--and that's a number no other car can match. At least, no other car that doesn't plug into the wall for some (2011...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius

    Any press relations firm will tell you that in the modern world companies need an active Internet and social media presence in order to best sell a product, but what if you could go one step further and create your own social media network? That’s exactly what Toyota is planning, with the announcement that it is partnering with renowned cloud computing company Salesforce to develop a private social network for Toyota customers and their cars. Due to launch in Japan in 2012, the unimaginatively named Toyota Friend will offer electric car and plug-in hybrid customers a chance to connect...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V launch press conference, 2011 Detroit Auto Show
    2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon/Minivan: Arrives This Fall

    There's nothing like a story translated from overseas media, concerning a related but not-quite-the-same model of a new hybrid car, to get people all in an uproar. So here's the real deal on the 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon/minivan: It will still arrive in U.S. dealerships this fall. That's...

  • prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010
    Want A 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid? Register Online Now

    It's been a long time coming, but by June of next year, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will go on sale in the U.S. If you're eager to be one of the very first on your block to own the world's most popular hybrid vehicle--but you insist on being able to plug it into grid power--now is your...

  • Kyle Thibaut and his grandmother in 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (CrunchGear TV)
    Would Your Granny Buy A 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid? (Video)

    It's all about video these days. We do video here at GreenCarReports (discussing whether a 2011 Chevy Volt will save you money, for instance) and so do many other automotive sites. But we have to admit, we never thought about bringing grandmothers into the picture. Which is exactly what Kyle...

  • 2011 Fisker Karma
    Plug-In Hybrid MPGs: Is Parallel or Range-Extended Better?

    These are exciting times to be a car shopper, as the choices in every possible category just keep getting better and more fuel-efficient. The options for ecologically sensitive hybrid buyers have taken a major step forward with the introduction of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the imminent arrival of...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Drive  -  March 2011
    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: Driven

    When the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale about this time next year, it will be the first mass-production vehicle from Toyota that plugs in. Yet, despite that, the Plug-In feels more like a value-added version of the Prius than a model that will be itself iconic or radically new. It's...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In

    Over six days of driving—limited to around-town trips—we put about 103 miles on a fleet-test Toyota Prius Plug-In, averaging 90.8 miles per gallon. In that time, we gave the Prius Plug-In five full charges and two partial ones, and according to the trip computer, we covered 77.7 miles in EV mode. As we've reported in prior driving impressions, the Plug-In, which won't go on sale until spring of 2012, will move on—or primarily on—electric power for up to 14 or so miles per charge, and a full charge only takes about three hours with a standard 110V household power...

  • Evatran Plugless Power
    Look Ma! No Wires! Google Gets Wireless Electric Car Charger

    Let’s face it: going wireless is cool. The humble phone lost its stuffy image when it lost that annoying cable, wireless computing has transformed access to the Internet and unlocking your car with keyless entry beats stumbling around in the dark for the key hole any day. So when software and...

  • Felix Kramer and his fleet: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Plug in Prius
    Three is a Magic Number: One Family Gets Volt, LEAF and Prius

    If you’re in the market for an electric car one of the biggest decisions to make after you’ve decided to buy a plug-in vehicle is which one to choose. For one family in California, however the choice was far easier: Get one of each. And with good reason. Ten years ago marketing...

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