What a difference 120 pounds make.

That's the weight difference between a standard Toyota Prius hatchback and its newer, slightly heavier plug-in hybrid version, and that's the reason why the plug-in didn't match the standard's five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), according to Green Car Reports.

The Prius Plug-In got a four-star rating because it fell slightly short in frontal-crash and rollover ratings, according to the website. The plug-in performed the same in side-impact testing. Toyota, responding to Green Car Reports' inquiry, said the extra 120 pounds on the plug-in changed how the car was damaged when propelled into barriers used by NHTSA. Still, Toyota said, the occupant-seating positions were the same as with the regular Prius. You can watch two Prius Plug-In crash test videos below.

About three percent of the more than 126,000 Prius vehicles Toyota has sold in the U.S. this year were plug-in versions.




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      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Kids! Here is a pro-Obama, anti-Romney article. It is based on the premise that Obama is good because of all he has done for clean coal, and coal miners. It is reallyreally anti-Romney, so I am sure all of you will enjoy it, and all of what it says about Clean COAL. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/our-pro-coal-president-645289/ Yep....coal and President Obama...
        Marco Polo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        @ Ezee, That's really naughty ! Are you trying to send poor ol' PR into an apoplexy ? Coal is a real problem. Let's not kid ourselves, there is no such thing as 'Clean Coal' ! Yet most modern industrialized nations need coal fired power plants to provide a large percentage of electricity generation. The use of Coal allowed the industrial revolution to occur. Australia's economy is kept a float by the demand for natural resources by the PRC. Coal is an important percentage of those exports. But, Coal is an environmentally harmful product. Clean coal technology, is simply window dressing for an industry we should all be ashamed of, but at the present time need ! I suppose harm minimization is better than nothing, but it's still a product I wish we could afford to leave in the ground.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Obama? who's that? seems that George Bush is serving his 3rd term. Oh, but the 2 party system will polarize you into thinking you have a choice, that the candidates are so different. Voting for either of these guys is like going to burger king and asking them to 'make it like the picture'. Except every 4 years you are totally fooled into thinking the burger is not something other than low grade human feed smashed together by a pimply teenager who hates his life. I urge you all to look into the third party options. Notably the libertarian party and the green party.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          I get a minus 3 for a pro Obama article... Tough crowd!
        Anderlan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        I vomited a little in my mouth.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw one of these the other day. It is a Prius for someone that wants a carpool lane sticker.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't realize that the tolerances are that tight!
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        120lbs is a notable fraction of a car's weight, so it does matter, especially if you put it in the wrong place.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          The drivers in a car are more located towards the center, which is a good thing. That weight is rather neutral. An overweight driver can affect the suspension and handling for sure. Me and my lady are both fatties, and have some friends who are superfat, and yeah.. no more rides from us :D
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          ... or when there is a passenger?
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          How about when the driver is 120lbs overweight?