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First Drive: 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In

September 30th, 2011

2012 Toyota Plug-In Prius Production Model

Toyota’s new 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrid is an evolution, not a revolution, of what is already the best and most-popular hybrid car on the market. Autoblog testers recently put a near-production model through its paces, and their results show a car that looks, feels and drives like the standard class-leading hybrid. Only better.

For those who haven’t heard, the new Plug-In’s key feature is its ability to drive for around 15 miles on electric power alone. Its 4.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack can be charged in around 2.5-3 hours using a standard home outlet, or in around 90 minutes with a customized level-2 charging system ($999 from Toyota).

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Electricity Door

Only 124 lbs. heavier than the standard Prius, testers found the Plug-In’s driving experience to be nearly identical, and that’s mostly a good thing. Combined EPA fuel efficiency measures 49 mpg after EV cruising range. The 2012 Prius sees 50 mpg; the Chevrolet Volt, 37.

One drawback, and it’s a significant one, was the Plug-In’s practice of engaging the gas engine even in EV mode under heavy stabs at the pedal. Toyota says the Plug-In can run off battery power alone at speeds of up to 62 mph, but Autoblog found the gas engine engaging regularly, even at lower speeds.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Engine Detail

Thus the 15-mile electric range is a little misleading. Drivers can achieve the stated EV range without burning any gas, but it will take good discipline and familiarization with the car’s quirks.

The interior features the same dimensions Prius owners are used to, even retaining all cargo space beneath the rear hatch despite the larger battery pack. Toyota’s new Entune smartphone-pairing infotainment system is standard, and a new heads-up display comes with the upscale Prius Plug-In Hybrid Advanced.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Interior

Toyota is taking orders now with the first deliveries to begin in Spring 2012 in 14 states, with a national rollout by early 2013.

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2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Pricing Announced

September 16th, 2011

2012 Toyota Pris Plug-in Hybrid

Toyota has announced pricing for the all-new 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid. The Plug-in will be offered in two trim levels when deliveries begin in March of 2012 in 14 states with national sales to commence in 2013. Pricing for the base model will start at $32,000 while the upscale Prius Plug-in Hybrid Advanced will start at $39,525. Prices are before a $760 destination charge. Toyota expects the car to qualify for around $2,500 in Federal EV tax credits, bringing the true cost of the base model to just over $30,000.

2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid Quick Facts

Combined Peak Output: 134 horsepower
Battery: Lithium Ion, 4.4 kW
EV-Only Range: Approx. 15 miles
Post-EV Fuel Efficiency: 49 combined mpg
Charge Time: 2.5-3 hours (120V), 1.5 hours (240V dedicated charging)

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2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: Pricing, Specs and Availability

July 25th, 2011

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In

Toyota’s exciting new Prius Plug-In will be hitting dealership floors soon, and a few more concrete official details have come in by way of a report from Bloomberg News. The Plug-In ditches the standard Toyota Prius‘s small nickel-metal hydride battery pack for a beefier, heavier lithium-ion unit, giving the ability to run for around 13 miles on electric power alone. Regenerative braking can recharge the batteries past the capacity necessary to power the car in hybrid form, meaning on some trips drivers should see more than 13 miles of EV-only cruising.

Let’s look at pricing. Toyota’s Jana Hartline confirmed to Bloomberg the new model will retail for $3,000 to $5,000 more than the standard Prius. But, a Federal tax credit of “at least $2,500” will apply, Hartline says, as will state incentives like $1,500 and carpool-lane access in California. Toyota expects to sell at least 16,000 units in 2012.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Engine Detail

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Quick Facts

Engine/Electic Motor: DOHC 16-valve 1.8-liter 4-cylinder/Permanent-magnet electric motor (Combined 134 horsepower)
Transmission: CVT
EV-Only Range: Approx. 13 miles
Post-EV mpg: 51/48/50 city/highway/combined mpg
Charge Time: 3 hours (Standard 110V), 1.5 Hours (240V)
0-60: 11.3 seconds (Standard Prius is 9.8 seconds. Plug-In approx. 330 lbs. heavier)
Base Price: Est. $27,000 before Federal and state incentives
Release Date (Nationwide): “Very early” 2012

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2012 Toyota Prius PHEV (Plug-In): Features, Pricing and Release Date

June 17th, 2011
2012 Toyota Plug-In Prius

Pre-production model

The production version of Toyota’s exciting new 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will release in just a few short months. Hybrid car buyers should consider waiting for the car’s release date in early 2012. The plug-in version’s chief advantage is its ability to run for around 13 miles, Toyota promises, before its gasoline motor kicks in at all.

Some new details are just in about a couple of new features not found on pre-production models, Consumer Search reports. First, the Plug-In offers a driver-selectable electric-only mode which drivers can utilize to achieve the best fuel economy for a given trip. The car’s batteries are, for example, discharged much faster when on the highway overcoming all that wind resistance.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid EV Jack

Another feature is the car’s regenerative braking and engine braking with the ability to charge the lithium-ion battery pack past the point it needs to run the Hybrid Synergy Drive system while the car is in operation. For longer trips this can extend the electric-only range for past 13 miles.

After the EV range is exhausted Toyota promises fuel economy better than the standard Prius’s 51 mpg city/48 mpg highway. Though the Toyota’s EV range is less than half as long as the 2012 Chevrolet Volt’s 35 miles, the Chevy achieves around 35 mpg city/40 mpg highway on premium fuel once its EV range runs out. Toyota has confirmed the Plug-in Prius will run off regular unleaded.

Electric-only Range: 13 miles
Post-EV Fuel Economy: Expected combined 55 mpg or greater
Production Version Unveiling: Sept. 2011
On Sale: Early 2012
Expected Base Price: $29,000

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