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You say you want an evolution? Well, look no further than the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. It's not game-changing like the Nissan Leaf. It's no Chevrolet Volt. But it's truly the most advanced Prius ever to hit the streets.

From behind the wheel, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid drives much the same as its non-plugged in sibling, the 2012 Prius Liftback. But the seemingly simple addition of a 4.4-kWh lithium-ion battery makes for a Prius that returns an estimated 49 miles per gallon combined and 87 MPGe.

What does the world's most advanced Prius to date cost? Well, $32,000 is the point of entry, but the Advanced version – a radar toatin', auto parkin', lane keepin', Pandora playin' machine – starts at $39,525.

For those of you dying to find out what it's like to drive the 2012 Prius Plug-in, your wait is now over as our sister site, Autoblog, has just posted its First Drive of Toyota's plugged-in machine.

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      • 3 Years Ago
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        rini1946
        • 3 Years Ago
        HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY AOL TO LET YOU KEEP ADVERTISING WHAT HAPPEND TO THE PENNY AUCTIONS NOT THEY STOP PAYING YOU
      Gary
      • 3 Years Ago
      This "green" **** is nothing but a liberal, progressive money-making scam. I'll keep my Chevy Silverrado with the 350 V-8. You tree hugging hippie freaks stay the **** out of my way unless you're obama and then step on out in front of me please!
      frank1946
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reminds me of an ElectoLux Vac Cleaner..............where is the black Cord ?
      R L Baker
      • 3 Years Ago
      www.flixxy.com/zero-polution-automobile.htm.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "at the anticipated battery price collapse, the breakeven points work out to $3.02 for an EV-40 and $7.54 for an EV-100. At those prices, there are only two classes of buyers, the emotionally committed and the mathematically challenged. This is not encouraging news in a recession" NOT HAPPENING
      Loren
      • 3 Years Ago
      After learning about battery life with Roomba, Scooba, DeWalt and Black and Decker I'm not ready to get involved with a multi thousand dollar car battery. Sorry - Battery technology is not ready for automotive use. Now if the Obama administration could confiscate the universe's supply of Dilithium Crystals, they might have some thing.
        Terry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Loren
        Last I heard, Toyota had never had to change a Prius battery pack yet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope there are some govt rebates, this seems exspensive almost $10.000 more than the standard prius we now have. Not sure I could justify the cost vs the mileage gain
      normkr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perfect for a short commute or local shopping and occasional long trips!
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 3 Years Ago
      It'll be interesting to see how the battery capacity holds up on the plug-in Prius - with such a quick and easy recharge even off 110v (because the pack is so small) there's going to be a good group of people who will be cycling the pack more than once a day (something the Leaf and Volt, for the most part due to their much longer recharge times, don't have to worry about).
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not a good deal for the price at all. I can buy 4.4kwh retail of decent high discharge lithium batteries for about $2000. Gas engine seems to be eager to kick on too. That is a big downside. This is not the Volt killer i thought it would be.
        Sasparilla Fizz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I was hoping for better as well - this is just a Prius with a extra pack to give you more EV range (basically). I was hoping they'd at least give the user some better EV acceleration. It's alot of money for what you get - after the Federal tax credit you're within spitting distance of a Volt or Leaf, you'll get a much better driving experience and (by the end of 2012) both the Leaf and Volt will be made in the US. Although for long range driving mileage nothing compares to a Prius. My guess is that they'll just wait till the next generation comes out (GM and Nissan had both said they were testing batts with double the capacity for the 2nd gen versions of their vehicles) and then Toyota will have a 30 mile plug-in Prius and it'll be a much better proposition. We'll be getting a handle on capacity loss issues by then as well.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sasparilla Fizz
          You do get better EV acceleration. Behind the wheel if a PHV last year, I was delighted to see how much more power was available. I could easily climb hills in the burbs without any concern that the engine would start.
      goatcars2
      • 3 Years Ago
      Game changing Leaf???? Get a grip!!! Most sales are to large corporations trying to do the right thing and "Go Green" The reality is retail sales are dismal and customer interest waning. These glorified golf carts simply aren't practical. The real posibility of running out of power in 0 degree weather on a traffic snarled highway are daunting to most consumers. "Fast charging" of 3-4 hours is impratical and severely reduces battery life. Normal charging of 12-16 hours not useful for a dailty driver. Let's face it, the Leaf is, at best the 3rd car in the family used for short trips and errands Could you imagine taking the family on a weekend trip to the beach or mountains?????. Technology is simply not there yet for a PURE electric....Hybrids are a good alternative , but not really cost effective.
      upstategreenie
      • 3 Years Ago
      local antique show had orig. model t. henry ford has cookbook sold with the car along with recipe inlc. such as driving 20 miles at 40 mph and meatloaf will be done. I thought it was cool. it was progressive before the term entered modern lexicon.. environmentalism was always conservative until recently...etc... if model t came out today, there would be lies and picture in paper of a model t on bottom of cliff with mangled bodies in ny post and we would never have any cars at all due to fear-mongering...it is lies and sensationalism and paranoia and fearmongering and labeling and what passes for news. since elec. cars and cable cars were already established when car/cementtire consortium bought out rail lines and ripped them up, cable car industry should have done what big oil is doing now and just bought out all polticians to prevent progress. now that we are ruining planet after 100 yrs of unregulated emissions, it wasn't much progress or we haven't made any MORE progress....getting off oil isn't luddite. staying on while costing us trillions and denying the obvious connection of what we are doing to ourselves IS.
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