2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD 

  • $32k
  • 4 kWh Hybrid
  • 51 city 49 hwy
8.7 Out of 10
It's the combination of regeneration and the teamwork between the electric motor and a specially designed gas engine that make a hybrid efficient.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control, as is required of all new vehicles as of the 2012 model year.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Toyota Prius Plug-In


Will it break the bank?

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Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

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Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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Prius Five
NMOG/mile, carbon monoxide/mile and EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

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combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score


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Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Toyota Prius Plug-In

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

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

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

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Model S Base

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

Prius Plug-In
62 MPG
Prius Five
48 MPG

Driving Range on a Charge How far can you go before you need to recharge?

Prius Plug-In
11 miles
Model S Base
206 miles
Chevrolet Volt
40 miles

Time to Charge Battery From zero to ready to go, charging time in hours.

Prius Plug-In
1.5 hours
Model S Base
10 hours
8 hours

Reviews Word on the street for the Toyota Prius Plug-In


It's not a perfect comparison, as the PPI has some added features, including a navigation system and heated front seats, but if the goal is cheap operation, the base Prius is the one to compare.



8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The PPI is based on the Prius' conventional series/parallel hybrid system, down to the same drivetrain hardware.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
In real use, sometimes the 2012 PPI ran electric-only as expected, and other times the engine turned on for no clear reason, even before I put the car in Drive.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Most will be from Ford, whose broader hybrid strategy has long mirrored Toyota's: Using the same drivetrain hardware and small batteries makes them affordable to manufacture.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)


The noticeable difference between the PPI and the regular Prius is its true electric-only acceleration and range.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
This is where the PPI differs from the Volt, which uses an electric motor alone to accelerate — even when the initial charge is depleted and its gas generator has activated.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Once the PPI's battery is charged, the car accelerates at a reasonable clip.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)


Instead, to grasp the realities, consider the electric range of each, then separately the mileage rating when the engine is running, where applicable.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Once the engine starts for the first time, it tends to stay on for a couple minutes so the pollution controls can reach optimal temperature.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Sometimes the ludicrously low-resolution display shows the engine running, and sometimes it doesn't, even when it's clearly audible.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)


Throw in a hill or demand full acceleration, however, and the engine does turn on.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)


The PPI has the same interior volume as the regular Prius, though the battery pack is large enough to displace the spare tire (sealant and a pump take its place).
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Toyota
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 540 miles
Highway range 519 miles
MSRP $32k
Annual cost $7,487

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
240V charge time 1.5 hours
Battery capacity 4 kWh

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 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
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.1 g
Combined CO2/mile 133 g
Methane/mile 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 115 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 20 tons

power & handling

Max torque 105 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 98 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 32.3 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.2 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam
Front brakes 10 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.2 in Disc
Front wheel width 195 mm
Front wheel diameter 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65

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 60 in
Height 58.7 in
Ground clearance 5.3 in
Length 176.4 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in
Curb weight 3,165 lb
GVWR 4,056 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 52 ft³
Rear seat room 42 ft³
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