About This Vehicle
The Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid electric car is largely the same as the conventional hybrid version we’ve come to know rather well, but adds a mains-rechargable lithium ion battery under the boot floor and recharging port under a flap on the opposite side of the car to the fuel tank opening.
Standard equipment levels are high on the Plug-in, Toyota’s recent updates have introduced more European-feeling dark plastics, and the new Touch and Go satellite
But it depends what you need. Toyota’s research shows 45-mile electric range isn’t always necessary, and the Prius is a better-known proposition. It’s also more efficient on longer trips, averaging 58mpg when driven with a flat battery against 44mpg for the GM range-extenders. Drivers regularly covering long trips could find the shorter electric range of the Prius less of a handicap than they expect. So plug-in technology is a well-considered addition to the already well-rounded Prius, but will offer its biggest benefits for short-distance drivers.
Those covering longer trips will find it’s a high tech way to widen the economy gap between a hybrid and the most efficient diesels on the market. Please read our PHEV guidance.