2013 Toyota Prius Five Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD 

  • $30k
  • 1.8L Hybrid
  • 51 city 48 hwy
8.7 Out of 10
The blending of regenerative braking with the all-disc friction brakes is excellent, and Toyota's had longer experience than any other maker in refining it.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
The 2013 Toyota Prius is spacious, versatile, and comfortable, though interior design and materials are far from luxurious.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Toyota Prius


Will it break the bank?

Prius Five
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Prius Five
Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

Prius Five
NMOG/mile and EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

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combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score


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Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Prius Five

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Toyota Prius

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

Prius Five

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Prius Five

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Prius Five
Model S Base
Prius c One

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

Prius Five
48 MPG
Golf TDI 2.0L
35 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Prius Five
Golf TDI 2.0L

Reviews Word on the street for the Toyota Prius

In this case, the driver provides the acceleration and braking while the software steers the car automatically.

Honda's hybrids — and non-hybrids with continuously variable automatic transmissions — feel a little more normal, but their mileage results aren't as impressive.

The dealer-installed Plus Performance accessory package adds a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs, ground effects, 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels, lower-profile tires, and a rear anti-roll bar.


8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Likewise, quietness is no longer the sole province of luxury cars, and the Prius stumbles in this area as well.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Once standard in the Four and Five trim levels, it's been replaced by imitation leather.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Overall, the fabrics and materials of the Prius interior have the appearance of an inexpensive economy car.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)


The quoted 0-to-60-mph acceleration time is just under 10 seconds, though flooring the 2013 Prius produces plenty of howling from up front.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
My new high-water mark for regenerative braking feel is the Nissan Leaf, though even it doesn’t rival the best experience in a normal car.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
At the top of the list is the Prius' braking: I have no reason to suspect that the car won't stop safely, but the pedal feel is numb and the effect nonlinear, making the brakes difficult to modulate.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)


It will keep up with fast-moving traffic if you run it hard; at steady highway speeds, the engine is relaxed and the traveling experience is pleasant.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
Due to the seamless transition between electric motor and gasoline engine, driving the 2013 Toyota Prius hybrid is a surprisingly drama-free event.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)
The Power mode delivers the full potential of the gasoline engine boosted by the electric motor.
by KBB (Nov, 2012)


It's a chronic fault, or feature, of many hybrids, which use smaller, harder-working engines for maximum efficiency.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
But when the car is driven hard, the howling noise from the high-revving engine shatters the quiet.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
Noise and vibration from the engine are well suppressed under most circumstances, except if you hot-rod it too often, as described above.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)


Standard safety equipment includes antilock four-wheel-disc brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
And the handling is hardly going to elate sports-car fans.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
Many small cars prove you can have pleasant ride quality at a fair price.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Toyota
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 606 miles
Highway range 571 miles
MSRP $30k
Annual cost $7,098

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.5 m³
CO2 per car made 0.46 metric ton

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.8L
Air compressor None
Fuel Hybrid
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Continuously-variable
Transmission Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand JBL
Speakers 8 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 9
EPA GHG score 10
Combined CO2/mile 179 g
Methane/mile 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 110 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 27 tons

power & handling

Max torque 105 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 98 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 31.04 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam
Front brakes 10 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.2 in Disc
Front wheel width 215 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 45

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Driver
  4. Passenger
  5. Side
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera Standard
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 68.7 in
Front track width 59.6 in
Height 58.7 in
Ground clearance 5.3 in
Length 176.4 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in
Curb weight 3,042 lb
GVWR 3,979 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 52 ft³
Rear seat room 42 ft³
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