Toyota Prius News

  • To Go Before 2013 - national gathering of Toyota Prius owners

    Toyota has now sold more than 1 million Prius hybrids in the U.S. over 12 years. Now their owners can get together to celebrate their cars, and all the fuel they didn't burn. For the first time ever, a national gathering of Prius owners is being held from June 14 through 16 in Riverside, California, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. The event, called "To Go Before" (a translation of the Latin word prius), kicks off the evening of June 14 with a welcome gathering at the Sunkist Center in the California Citrus State Historic Park. During the following two days, participants can socialize with...

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    Discounts Soar On Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrids--In New York

    Live in the New York area? If you do, you're perfectly placed to get some hefty discounts on Toyota's Prius Plug-In right now. In fact, you're in the right place to get a discount on several green models at the moment, including the regular Prius, as well as Ford C-Max and Fusion hybrids. According...

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    California Is Unlike Anywhere Else: Toyota Prius Most Popular New Car

    Years ago, tourism officials in the Lone Star State adopted the saying, "Texas: It's Like A Whole Other Country". There's some truth to that, but the slogan might be most appropriate for California. Like Texas, California, is home to a diverse array of cultures and a wide range of environments...

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    NHTSA To Probe 2004-2009 Toyota Prius For Steering Issue

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into possible defects with 2004-2009 Toyota Prius steering shafts. No official recall has yet been announced, and will only follow if the NHTSA grants a defect petition claiming the steering column linkage was improperly...

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    Toyota Prius Becomes Emergency Generator With Special Kit

    Last year's East Coast power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy illustrated just how much we rely on electricity in our daily lives. Virtually everything we rely on day to day requires power. No power means no hot water for washing, no refrigerated food, and often, no way of cooking. After the...

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    Right Electric Range For A Plug-In Hybrid: Is Lower Better?

    How much electric range is the "right" amount in a plug-in hybrid or range-extended electric car? If you're a fan of battery electric vehicles, the answer is "all of it." But if you want to drive most of your miles on electricity, and still have the security of a combustion engine as a backup for...

  • Toyota Camry Hybrid NYC Taxi [Photo: Flickr user gomattolson]

    Taken a taxi anywhere recently? Nowadays, there's a pretty good chance that if you have, it's been a hybrid--low running costs and great reliability records are starting to make them popular with drivers, as gas prices creep ever upwards. Toyota's Prius and Camry Hybrids are becoming a familiar feature in many fleets, but it isn't Toyota putting them there--fleets are simply buying them because they work well. USA Today suggests that Toyota isn't even overly keen to see their hybrids making up the numbers in taxi fleets. Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor Sales in the U.S, said last week at the...

  • Toyota's Everyday Drive website highlights the advantages of the Prius Plug-In
    Toyota's Everyday Drive Website Highlights Plug-In Hybrid Benefits: Video

    While purchasing a hybrid vehicle is a relatively easy decision these days, the purchase of a plug-in hybrid can be significantly more difficult to justify, thanks to its greater expense. In terms of the Toyota Prius, a 2013 Prius Two with no options can be configured with a sticker price as low as...

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    Buy A Toyota Prius Plug-In, Get Up To $5,000 In Cash Incentives

    Toyota is offering up to $5,000 in bonus financing cash for buyers of the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. Until December 3, buyers can get $5,000 bonus financing cash on the Plug-In Prius Advanced model (offer #1239), and $4,000 on the regular Plug-In Prius (#1235). The deals also include 0% APR...

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    2016 Toyota Prius Rumor Roundup: 60 MPG, AWD, Lithium-Ion Battery

    Over the next 14 months, you can expect leaks, rumors, suppositions, spy shots, and outright guesses about the 2016 Toyota Prius to proliferate. The fourth generation of Toyota's quintessential hybrid car is a crucial model for the company. If Toyota sticks to its model cadence, we expect that...

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    Toyota Recalls Prius, Corolla Models For Steering Issue

    Toyota has announced the recall of 2.8 million vehicles worldwide to correct a steering fault found on some models. 670,000 Toyota Prius and Corolla models in the U.S. may suffer from an issue in the steering column. The faulty component may cause a knocking or rattling from the steering column...

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    Using A Hybrid For Emergency Power: Tough Choice

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, there are still thousands without power--and even shelter--along the Northeast coast. It makes most of our issues look rather trivial, but admidst the chaos we've seen examples of great solidarity and ingenuity from those affected. The power losses have also...

  • 2012 Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept

    Love it or loathe it, everyone can recognize the Toyota Prius. Since the second generation model arrived in the 2004 model year, the aerodynamically-honed one-box shape has always shouted "Prius". So much so that many consider Honda's Insight hybrid to deliberately feature similar styling. Only when a new Prius arrives, likely in 2014 as a 2015 model-year car, it may look very different. According to Bloomberg, Toyota is currently considering whether to give the Prius an all-new look, to widen its appeal. Various generations of Prius may have helped Toyota's hybrid sales fly past 4 million...

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    Toyota Prius Hybrids Now The Best-Selling Cars In California

    Ten years ago, even in green-car-loving California, the Toyota Prius hybrid was a rare sight on the roads. By the start of 2012, the Toyota Prius was far from rare, recording impressive sales figures in both March and May, to become the world’s third best-selling car line. Now, Toyota’s...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    Have Hybrid Cars Finally Moved Beyond Stereotypes?

    There was a time when anyone who drove a hybrid car--especially a Toyota Prius--was viewed with distain by the majority of other road users. They were seen as aloof, over-privileged, and perhaps, thanks to a certain episode of South Park, smug about their car buying decision. But with more hybrids...

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    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: Is It An Electric Car, Or Not?

    The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid is the second best-selling plug-in electric car in the U.S. today. It outsells the Nissan Leaf and is bested only by the Chevrolet Volt. But if you view it as an electric car, it’s an odd duck indeed. The car’s plug-in hybrid powertrain adds a...

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    2013 Toyota Prius, Prius V, Prius Plug-in Hybrid Pricing Announced

    The 2013 Toyota Prius Liftback and 2013 Prius V wagon will cost buyers between $100 and $200 more than comparable 2012 models, Toyota announced yesterday. The pricing increase, which comes into effect immediately, means that those buying the 2013 Prius Liftback will find themselves paying $200 more...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
    Toyota Prius Hybrid Family: Which Models Are Most Successful?

    For 12 years, the Toyota Prius hybrid stood alone in the growing lineup of Toyota vehicles. Then, for 2012, the Prius model became a whole family of cars--four of them, in fact. So which of the new Prius family members is doing the best so far, and which kid is lagging and might benefit from some...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show

    If you’re a car buyer in the U.S. looking for a high gas-mileage car, the chances are you’re going to choose a hybrid car for your next vehicle. In Europe, however, hybrid cars are generally shunned by car buyers in preference of high gas-mileage diesel cars. But why do U.S. car buyers prefer hybrids when Europeans love oil-burning diesels? In a recent post for The Detroit News, Neil Winton suggests that cost is the primary factor. Europeans, he proposes, are more cost-conscious than their American counterparts. Winton’s argument, however, is missing the subtleties of some...

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    2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Gets EPA-Approved 47MPG All-Round

    After taking part in a rather unusual fuel-economy test for its non-hybrid 2013 Fusion EcoBoost, Ford has announced its 2013 Fusion Hybrid has just been awarded its official gas mileage ratings by the EPA. Just like the 2013 C-Max Hybrid, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid has been rated at 47 mpg highway, 47...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    Making The Transition To A Hybrid Car? Here’s What To Expect

    Over the past decade, hybrid electric cars have gone from being niche market vehicles for movie stars and green thinkers to everyday vehicles that can save you big money on your gas bill. In fact, with more hybrid cars to choose from than ever before, there’s never a better time to make the...

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    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: Strong Sales, Owners Happy

    The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid has got off to a good start in its first six months on sale, with over 6,000 units sold so far. That, says Toyota, is more than the first six months of Chevrolet Volt sales, at 2,745 units, and Nissan Leaf sales, which managed 3,875 cars in its first month...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: Can It Compete With Toyota Prius?

    Several carmakers now offer hybrid models of existing cars, but the number of dedicated full hybrids on the mass market has been exactly one for a decade: the Toyota Prius, now a line of four models. The launch of the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, which we recently drove, doubles that number. And the...

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    Can You Buy A Used Toyota Prius Hybrid For Under $5,000?

    There was a time when buying a hybrid car meant that you had to shell out big bucks for the privilege of better gas mileage. But with the first Toyota Prius hybrids now over 10 years old, can you buy a used Toyota Prius hybrid for $5,000 or less? We hit popular Internet auction site eBay to find...

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