Toyota Prius News

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

    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. Toyota is putting demand for the Prius Plug-In down to not just its fuel economy--rated at 95 MPGe in EV mode, and 50 MPG combined on gas only--but also for its relative value next to the Chevy Volt, and lack of range anxiety next to pure electrics like the Leaf. The Prius name may also have something...

  • 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...

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

    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...

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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...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius C
    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...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

    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 differences by picking a city in each of the 50 states, and comparing pricing using TrueCar.com. The service displays an MSRP, average price and a target price for each car on sale, in an area of your choosing. For comparison, we looked at the average price consumers pay for the 2012 Toyota Prius. Our...

  • 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...

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    Five Reasons Buying a Hybrid Prius Won't Save the Planet

    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...

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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...

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    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

    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 estimate by 3 mpg. That gives the five-seat hybrid hatch one of the easiest gas mileage ratings to remember: 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined. The official EPA ratings for the 2013 C-Max Hybrid place it in just behind the erstwhile 2012 Toyota Prius Liftback’s 50 mpg combined in...

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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
    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: Quick Drive Report

    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...

  • 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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    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 Energy’s fueleconomy.gov website, we think the 2012 Toyota Prius is the most researched green car on the market today. To come to our conclusion, we examined our own page view data on hybrid car stories over the past few months. On average, we’ve noticed Prius stories get more page views -- and...

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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...

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    Beep Bloop Beep: Star Wars' R2D2, C3PO Sell Prius Plug-In (Video)

    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...

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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 --...

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