Toyota Prius News

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012

    The verdict is in: At last, the fabled Toyota Prius hybrid has a viable competitor. If you're in the market for a five-door hybrid hatchback with very high fuel economy--an EPA rating of 47 mpg combined--you should drive a C-Max Hybrid before you trot down to your local Toyota dealer and sign the papers for a Prius. Two weeks ago, we drove the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid for half a day through a mix of Los Angeles stop-and-go traffic and the winding, hilly curves of the Pacific Coast Highway. It's Ford's first-ever "dedicated" hybrid--no gasoline-only version is sold in the States--and at a...

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    NASCAR Star Builds Racing Prius In Toyota Charity Challenge

    Think of the high-gas mileage Toyota Prius, and you’re unlikely to make the jump to the high-octane, big-buck world of NASCAR racing. But thanks to the $50,000 charity Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge event being sponsored by Toyota ahead of the 2012 SEMA show, the two worlds will collide...

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    Graduating From College? Get $1,000 Off A 2012 Toyota Prius C

    As any graduate will tell you, the first few years out of college can be exciting, but financially tough. So for any recently-matriculated graduate, owning a car that gets good gas mileage is an important way to save those precious pennies and get out of debt as fast as possible. Now Toyota wants...

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    Where's The Cheapest Place To Buy A Toyota Prius In The U.S?

    Have you ever wondered whether you're paying over the odds for a car, compared to your neighbors in other states? We all know that prices differ abroad, but there can sometimes be hundreds of dollars between a car in one state, and the price people pay in another. We decided to investigate the...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius C
    Why Prius Buyers Choose C Over Liftback: Price, Ride, Normality

    Toyota’s new 2012 Prius C subcompact launched earlier this year, but it is already winning itself fans among old and new hybrid car drivers alike. Around $5,000 cheaper than the 2012 Prius Liftback, it offers the same 50 mpg combined as its larger sibling, but why are some car buyers choosing...

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    Toyota Uses Science To Sell Prius V Wagon, But Will It Work?

    As scientists have been warning for some time, the U.S. is at risk of losing its leadership in areas like Physics and Chemistry, thanks in part to a lack of public interest in the sciences. So when we found out that Toyota had paired its 2012 Prius V wagon with How Things Work for a web TV series...

  • 2011 Toyota Prius

    The 2012 Toyota Prius gets the best EPA-rated gas mileage--50 miles per gallon combined--of any non-plug-in car sold in the U.S. But the Prius hybrid sometimes gets a bad rap. At least some of it is due to the notorious (and very funny) South Park episode in which a deadly attack of Smug afflicts the little mountain town whose residents all drive a hatchback called the Pious. With its top-of-the-list gas mileage, a Prius hybrid is clearly a step in the direction of driving green--and all journeys begin with the first step. But by itself, buying a hybrid isn't enough. Here are five reasons...

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    Toyota Prius Hybrid Popular Among Very, Very Wealthy Americans

    You might think that the wealthiest individuals in society--commonly known as the 'top one percent'--would flaunt that wealth with Ferraris and Porsches. On the contrary, it seems that they prefer to remain fairly low-key on the roads--and that the humble Toyota Prius is one of the most popular...

  • 2013 Lexus RX 450h road test, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2012
    Google Adds Lexus RX450h To Self-Driving Fleet, Safer Than Drivers

    After more than 300,000 miles of testing, Google’s automated self-driving Toyota Priuses have proven that self-driving cars have a future. Now Google is adding another hybrid car to its self-driving fleet: the 2012 Lexus RX450h luxury crossover SUV. “To provide the best experience we...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
    2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Gets 47 MPG All-Round EPA Rating

    It’s been a while coming, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally approved gas-mileage ratings for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid. As Ford predicted, the $25,995 hybrid has achieved an official rating of 47 MPG City, but its highway rating of 47 mpg improved on Ford’s own...

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    Hybrid Owners: Still Happy After 200K-300K Miles

    You'll probably remember stories about Hummers being greener than hybrids over a dust-to-rust car lifecycle from a few years back. Much of the heavyweight Hummer's supposed advantage was down to spurious claims that a hybrid would become unusable after 100,000 miles, where the tank-like off-roader...

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    Green Police? Cops In Florida Go Undercover In Hybrid, Greener Cars

    For years, the unmarked police car has helped law enforcement agencies around the world capture speeding drivers, pounce on unsuspecting criminals and provide covert investigative opportunities. Powered by a large, powerful engine capable of high-speed pursist, the traditional unmarked cop car is...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

    In the spectrum of alternative fuel vehicles, there's something on sale to suit almost every taste. Whether you're buying an all-electric vehicle or simply want a mild hybrid to save a little on gas, there's a lot of choice in between. The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In sits virtually in the center of these choices, with range-extended electric cars and battery electric vehicles above, with full hybrids and mild hybrids below. With the car now on sale in the U.K, we took the opportunity to get behind the wheel once more. Familiar Behind that wheel, and indeed before you even clamber inside the...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Crash Test
    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Gets 4-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    A few months after going on sale, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid has been given an official crash-test rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unlike the 5-star rated, five-door Prius liftback it is based on however, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid only...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, production version road test, San Diego, CA, Jan 2012
    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid: Now By Royal Appointment

    As every automaker knows, getting Royal endorsement for a particular car or brand can help boost its image. Normally, such Royal endorsements are limited to luxury or prestige brands, but earlier this week, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid received its official royal appointment courtesy of His...

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    2012 Toyota Prius: Most Researched Car By Green-Car Buyers?

    Thanks to data published by most automakers every month, it’s pretty easy to find out which cars sell the most. But before any cars are sold, which cars are the most researched by buyers? According to our own data, and some observations we’ve noted from the U.S. Department of...

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    2015 Toyota Prius: Details Emerging For Next Hybrid Flagship

    Toyota's fourth-generation Prius hybrid, expected in around 2015, has a tough act to follow. Still among the most economical vehicles on the market, the third-generation Prius has taken the internal combustion engine to new levels of efficiency--and the new Prius will have to beat it. To ensure the...

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    'Fixing' A Toyota Prius Hybrid: Recycling 1, Aerodynamics 0

    You wash your Prius every week, give it regular oil changes, and always drive it for maximum efficiency. Then some imbecile T-bones you at a junction, and your pride and joy is ruined. What do you do? Normally, you might get it all repaired through the usual channels--insurance, bodyshops and the...

  • Star Wars droids C3PO and R2D2 advertise the Prius plug-in in Japan

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... In fact, not that long ago, and right here on earth, a rebel alliance of green-minded folk were attracted to the force of hybrid vehicles. Using less fuel and producing less pollution, the oil empire has never been quite the same since. We're not sure the Death Star has quite been destroyed yet, but they've definitely lost a few imperial ships. Our newest hope is the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid, and Toyota in Japan has found just the droids it was looking for to sell it--C3PO and R2D2. We join C3PO--quite impressively, even campier in...

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    Toyota Prius Becomes World’s Third Best-Selling Car Line

    Green is the new black. At least, when it comes to cars. For just over a decade, those who bought a Toyota Prius hybrid have had to entertain the possibility that the rest of the world would view them as tree-hugging, tofu-eating, hemp-wearing, middle-class hippies In April however, that changed...

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    2012 Toyota Prius V, Prius C, Help Toyota Top 4 Million Hybrid Sales

    Believe it or not, Toyota has now sold more than 4 million hybrid cars worldwide since it launched the original Toyota Prius hybrid in Japan in 1997. According to Toyota, the milestone was passed in late April, when the 2012 Toyota Prius C had only been on sale five or six weeks. But while it --...

  • Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press
    Yes, Even Prius Drivers Can Be Utter Idiots At The Wheel

    We spend a fair amount of time here defending Toyota Prius drivers, who seem to have a bad reputation for slow and inept driving. We point out that gentle acceleration gets you there almost as quick and saves you money, despite the angry SUV driver 18 inches off the rear bumper. But then something...

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    2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: Overshadowed By Prius, Competent Nonetheless

    With the 2012 Toyota Prius V wagon, 2012 Toyota Prius C, and 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid all launching within the past 12 months, it’s been easy to forget that there are other Toyota hybrids outside of the Prius brand. In fact, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid and 2012 Toyota Highlander...

  • Prius Tent by Habitents
    Like Hybrids? Like Camping? You'll Love The Prius Tent

    We've seen our fair share of dubious modifications to Toyota's Prius over the years, but we've discovered one that's actually pretty cool. Anyone who has ever tried will know that sleeping in the back of your car isn't always the most comfortable of experiences, so anything that improves this...

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