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2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In

You Say You Want An Evolution? Here's a game that the first people who buy the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid should play with their other Prius-driving friends: Let them slide behind the wheel and see if they can even tell that it isn't a standard, third-generation Prius. Very few will be able to tell. That's how subtle the changes are between the two vehicles, at least, to someone who isn't looking too closely. After driving the corded Prius in California recently, we can confidently say that from both the outside and behind the wheel, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid looks, drives and feel... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
1.8L I4 / 4.4 kWh Li-ion
Power:
134 HP (combined)
Transmission:
CVT
MSRP:
$32,000 (base)
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    Say what? Plug-in Prius can't charge additional battery packs on the fly
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    About a month ago, we got our hands on the Prius plug-in hybrid prototype for a brief drive. While we walked away pleased with the overall efforts from Toyota, we're a bit upset to learn that the vehicle lacks the ability to charge its two additional battery packs on the fly. As it turns out, the plug-in Prius can only juice up those packs by plugging it ...

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    Toyota: Prius Plug-In Hybrid won't compete with Leaf or Volt
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    Not all plug-in vehicles are created equal. As we finally start to see mainstream, commercially available plug-ins arrive, the market is developing into a continuum. At one extreme we have the pure battery electrics like the Tesla Roadster, Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric. Somewhere in between we have the extended range electric vehicle as ...

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    Electric vehicles love Oregon and vice versa
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    Oregon has always been a state that values its independence (without having to threaten secession). In fact, the state motto is "alis volat propriis," which (ignoring the no-feminine-pronoun-in-Latin issue) means "she flies with her own wings." That independent spirit lends itself to open-mindedness – which might be a big reason Oregon is quickly ...

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    Toyota targets China for plug-in Prius tests as soon as possible
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    Speaking at the Beijing Motor Show last week, Toyota executive vice president Takeshi Uchiyamada said his company is looking to start tests of the Prius plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in China as soon as possible. The car, which we had a chance to drive in San Diego recently, is making its China debut at the show. More details are not available in the U.S. ...

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    Toyota announces first details of U.S. plug-in Prius test program
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    The reason we just got to drive the new plug-in Prius hybrid in San Diego is because Toyota is introducing the vehicle to the U.S. during the company's second Sustainable Mobility Seminar (see our full coverage of the first event, held in 2008 in Portland, OR here, here and here). Now that the event is in full-swing, the company has announced some more ...

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    Quick Spin: 2010 Plug-in Prius prototype is just like your mother's Toyota hybrid, but better
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    It's been two-and-a-half years since we last got behind the wheel of a plug-in Toyota Prius. The name is the same, but today's plug-in Prius is a totally different vehicle, and it was high time to see what changes Toyota has made to their plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in its ongoing effort to slowly get the car ready for the U.S. market. Back in late 2007, the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2010 Plug-in Prius prototype is just like your mother's Prius, but better
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    It's been two-and-a-half years since we last got behind the wheel of a plug-in Prius. The name is the same, but today's plug-in Prius is a totally different vehicle, and it was high time to see what changes Toyota has made to the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in the ongoing effort to slowly (slowly) get the car ready for the U.S. market. Back in late 2007, for ...

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    Officially Official: Toyota recalls 2010 Prius and Lexus HS250h for ABS fix
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    In what is perhaps our least surprising announcement of the young day, Toyota has officially announced that it will recall 2010 model Prius and Lexus HS250h models globally along with the Toyota Sai in Japan to fix an issue the performance of their braking systems. The latest in a series of safety related problems with Toyotas became public fodder last ...

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    Officially, Official: Toyota recalls 2010 Prius and HS250h for ABS fix
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    In the least surprising announcement of the day, Toyota has officially announced that it would recall 2010 model Priuses and Lexus HS250h models in globally along with the Toyota Sai in Japan to fix an issue the performance of the brake system. The latest in a series of safety-related problems with Toyotas became public last week when Toyota acknowledged ...

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    Toyota to test Prius PHEV in Oslo, Norway
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    With all the bad news about Toyota recently, it's about time for something a bit more positive. Toyota is in the process of deploying a fleet of several hundred plug-in Priuses in Japan, North America and Asia. Of the 200 Prius PHEVs destined for Europe, two are headed for the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Toyota Norge has reached an agreement to supply the ...

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    Ever since we started getting government estimates of fuel economy for new vehicles back in the 1970s, the first thing people noticed was that the numbers rarely reflected reality. The problem is that efficiency is highly dependent on the duty cycle and driver's behavior. However, in order to compare cars against each other a standardized test is needed, ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #157 - Mike Levine trucks along with us!
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    Our friend Mike Levine from Pickuptrucks.com joins Chris, Sam and Dan for Episode #157 of The Autoblog Podcast, bringing his vast knowledge of all that is crew-cabbed and full framed. Of course, we start off with what we're driving and dreamy talk about the Dodge Ram Power Wagon, but the real meat and potatoes news items begin with a peek at the ...

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    Toyota officially launches plug-in Prius program, retail sales in 2011
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    In Japan today, Toyota officially launched its Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) lease program. Over the next six months, Toyota will be building and deploying 600 examples of the plug-in Prius for testing, primarily in Japan, the United States and Europe. The Japanese market will get 230 units, with 150 coming here and 200 going to Europe. The cars will be ...

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    Toyota officially launches plug-in Prius program, retail sales in 2011
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    In Japan today, Toyota officially launched its Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) lease program. Over the next six months, Toyota will be building and deploying 600 examples of the plug-in Prius for testing primarilly in Japan, United States and Europe. The Japanese market will get 230 units, with 150 coming to the States and 200 going to Europe. The cars will ...

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    LA 2009: The plug-in Prius makes its North American debut
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    Toyota rather unceremoniously parked their plug-in Prius at its North American market debut during the LA Auto Show, while their new Sienna minivan got a royal welcome at its coming out party. At a show that saw the production-ish Chevrolet Volt appearing in public for the first time, it might have seemed likely that Toyota would have made a bigger deal ...

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    LA 2009: Toyota debuts its plug-in Prius for North America
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    Toyota rather unceremoniously parked their plug-in Prius hybrid prototype at its North American market debut during the LA Auto Show, while their new Sienna minivan got a royal welcome at its coming out party. At a show that saw the production-ish Chevrolet Volt appearing in public for the first time, it might have seemed likely that Toyota would have ...

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    Toyota starts discussions on who will get PHEV Priuses
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    Toyota is getting ready to start deploying a fleet of 200 plug-in Prius hybrids in the coming months and the company needs to figure out what to do with them. The cars will all be leased for purposes of field testing. Toyota is now in discussions with federal and local governments and energy companies about who will get how many of the lithium ion ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid can't get any greener
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    One day, children will be taken to a Museum of Momentous Moments, and there among artist's impressions of the missing link and the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs will be an example of the first Toyota Prius. The placard next to it will declare that it is the car that turned green... green. The standard bearer for all that makes Mother Nature ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid can't get any greener
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    One day children, will be taken to a Museum of Momentous Moments, and there among artist's impressions of the missing link and the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs will be an example of the first Toyota Prius. The placard next to it will declare that it is the car that turned green... green. The standard bearer for all that makes Mother Nature ...

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    Frankfurt Preview: Toyota to show Auris Hybrid, Prius PHEV and two iQ variants
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    In addition to the LF-Ch from its Lexus luxury division, Toyota also intends to bring a few more environmentally friendly automobiles to the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, some seemingly close to production form and others as concepts to whet our appetites for the future. Included among these new forward-looking machines will be the Auris HSD Full Hybrid ...

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