What's New for 2012:
- New version of the familiar Toyota Prius model
- New rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack
- EV mode allows travel for 15 miles at speeds up to 62 mph
- Recharges using a standard 120-volt household outlet
The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in is available in two trim levels, Standard and Advanced. Each trim features chrome exterior trim, blue-accented headlights with LED running lights, LED taillights, and a unique wheel design. The Advanced trim adds LED headlights.
The Toyota Prius Plug-in comes with automatic climate control, touch-screen radio with Entune smartphone pairing and mobile application operation via Bluetooth connectivity, reversing camera, keyless entry and ignition, and heated front seats.
The Prius Plug-in Advanced adds a power driver seat, leatherette seats, navigation system, JBL premium sound system, heads-up display, and access to a suite of vehicle-related mobile applications.
Under the Hood
The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in is fitted with the same Atkinson-cycle 1.8-liter gasoline engine, electric assist motor, and continuously variable transmission (CVT) as the regular Prius. However, the Plug-in is equipped with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack that allows it to operate purely on electricity for up to 15 miles and at speeds up to 62 mph, according to Toyota. The system's combined output is rated at 134 horsepower. When the battery runs out of charge, the vehicle operates like the regular Prius, drawing power from a small internal-combustion engine. The battery may be recharged in 3 hours using a standard household outlet, Toyota says.
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in are 51/48/50 mpg (city/highway/combined) when operated in Hybrid Synergy Mode. Maximize electric-only operation, and the Prius Plug-in's rating is 95 mpgE.
Standard safety features on the 2012 Prius Plug-in include Toyota's Star Safety System and a reversing camera. The Advanced trim comes standard with Safety Connect service, including Automatic Crash Notification, along with dynamic cruise control, pre-collision system, and lane-keep assist.
In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Toyota Prius Plug-in received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Prius Plug-in received "Good" ratings--the Institute's highest--for all crash protection tests, and the hybrid model was named a "Top Safety Pick" for 2012.
|Base (CVT)||continuously variable automatic||$32,000||98-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl||50/95|
|Advanced (CVT)||continuously variable automatic||$39,525||98-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl||50/95|