2013 Toyota Prius Lilftback Review – Video – HybridCars.com

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As the North American leader among all alternative cars, the 2013 Prius is reasonably fresh from styling updates and a complete overhaul. So perhaps Toyota it didn’t need to mess success in carrying it forward from the 2012 model .

The Prius has been called the for a year now to distinguish it from new Prii offshoots. 2012 saw the of the smaller Prius c hatchback, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle. and the late-2011-released Prius v  settled into its stride as

The Liftback is a third-generation rendition of a car was first launched in Japan in and to the U.S. in 2000. It has paid to become the vehicle many think of when they the term “hybrid car.”

has considered making the Prius its own sub-brand, and in a sense it is regardless. officials have said the car is a first, and a Toyota second. year, U.S. Liftback are up nearly 20 percent – triple the competitor, another Toyota, the Hybrid and quadruple the still-getting-started but well-ranked Prius v and Prius c.

For all the over the years of the Prius an “icon” of the green car movement, it is close to morphing into status. To be sure, it does unique and still prompts reactions for some between and hate. And if you’re one of the many in with its exclusive identity, at it, but between the opposite poles are a number of owners who merely see the as a serviceable five-passenger family

Blame – or credit – the blurring of the sharper lines of demarcation on its Its broaching into ordinary is due in part to the Prius’ solid record, and it’s hard to with its EPA-rated 50 mpg combined, 51 mpg 48 mpg highway.

For 2013, the Liftback with four trim – Two, Three, Four and – with trim level One only to fleets. New this is a Persona Series Special The Persona trim package is a exercise priced between Three and Four.

It features exterior colors, interior and 17-inch cast alloy – larger than the 15-inchers on all except level Five also comes with wheels.

Hybrid Synergy

At the heart of the Liftback is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine plus motor, and nickel-metal hydride This propulsion energy is to the front wheels by a continuously transmission (CVT) that like an automatic. The gasoline delivers 98 horsepower at 5,200

The electric motor kicks in 80 horsepower but because the two forms of power deliver their output at different points, horsepower is stated at 134.

the new breed of plug-in cars – as the Prius PHEV, Ford Energi, Fusion Energi, and Volt – the Prius Liftback can its peak mpg and lowest emissions start to finish of a tank of Its battery is recharged by the engine and braking so it won’t run out of juice as a plug-in powertrain. Some touted the fact that it not need to be plugged in” as a benefit, but characterize it as a trade-off.

One could as well say a plug-in hybrid be conveniently charged at home,” and on commutes it “may not often to stop at a gas station.” But in the plug-less favor, it follows a familiar using traditional refueling to deliver predictably high costs less on the sticker, and is for average consumers to wrap minds around.


The trademark body lines a slippery 0.25 coefficient of that beats many sports cars. That is where the performance bragging end, and the aerodynamics are not to make the faster, but to cut wind drag, required energy.

Toyota’s model year updates to the redesigned of the 2004-2009 second U.S. version included a front lower grille. added were LED daytime lights (DRLs) up front, in the taillights that were reshaped as well, and other changes.

Some people the way the Prius looks, either or after having it grow on as they learned how smart the really is. Others positively it, either because it offends aesthetic sensibility, idea of a car should be, or perhaps because it has to represent an enviro-statement that’s known to be accompanied by smug and holier-than-thou attitudes.

And then are merely indifferent to the would-be over the cultivated, massaged, and imagery merged into the known as Prius.


attempting to distinguish the Prius as special is its “flying buttress” console. Infotainment and controls are easy reach. Prominent is the joystick controller for Drive, Neutral, and additional regenerative as well.

Park is handled by a pushbutton to the joystick. Under the center is a convenient shelf.

Function-wise, the working environment is meant to work. It’s classified as by its interior volume, and the tall is sufficiently roomy for five

Cargo hauling capacity is with 21.4 cubic in the hatch. Fold flat the split rear seats, and you up 39.6 cubic feet. The floor is flat, moderately off the ground, but it’s relatively to slide things in and out with no lip blocking the way.

Connectivity and Tech

Varying levels of connectivity include Toyota’s infotainment system and an Head Up (HUD). Entune is Brand T’s to the Ford SYNC system and it your smart phone via or a USB cable. The features are then using the vehicle’s controls or, for services, by voice recognition. apps for Entune include iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, and

Entune data services a fuel price guide, scores, stocks, traffic and

Safety wise, the car is government-rated five-stars overall. Frontal protection is five stars for four for passenger. Side protection nets five and rollover garners four

The LIftback comes with airbags, traction control for conditions, and of course, ABS. also offer a “Pre-Collision that retracts them and the brakes right before an impact. To help prevent you getting to that point, the car offers optional “Lane Assist” using a radar using advanced millimeter to keep you from veering off

Also offered to prevent the allure toward distracted is “Touch Tracer” which on the prominent top-of-dash-mounted info a virtual duplicate of the steering-wheel infotainment controls. Additionally, parking helps guide the into spaces, a backup commandeers the infotainment screen Reverse is engaged, and a voice-operated system also helps eyes on the road.

Driving the

While no car is perfect, there’s a why the Prius has so many fans. For sensible driving, it does a reliable car is supposed to do while fuel economy that drivers regularly report as the EPA’s estimates.

That if one were to break the usual of fuel-efficient driving – with starts, greatly exceeding the limit, or simply driving it hard – mileage will not EPA ratings.

The car is pretty tolerant of “normal” however and does not require coddling.

As has been noted by a reviewer, it’s not especially by sportier car standards, handles and the electric steering rack has been criticized as nebulous as Overall, it’s no road and does display a fair of body roll if pushed Also, its braking is just – not bad, but not stellar either.

against the Prius as a performance is only modest power a 3,042 pound curb soft comfort-biased suspension and low rolling resistance tires. And by the these tires do transmit a amount of road noise the cabin – along with a musical exhaust note relatively modest sound lets wind noise be somewhat plainly at highway too.

And as for the comfortable suspension, it a decent job, is definitely not but it’s not luxo-cush smooth These are compromises a prospective must accept or pass on in whether ultimate fuel is a big enough priority.

So, that’s the of it. All that said, it’s no to operate the Prius and actually is pleasant for getting around or anywhere you need to go. The 2010 saw its 0-60 mph time whittled to approximately 10 seconds. Is this slow? We do not think so, and once this car will cruise at speeds if you want, with a top north of 100 mph.

It is definitely enough for the real world, and sufficiently for what people need.

Keep in mind Reviewers who pan the Prius as a frumpy ride are often enthusiasts who the finer things in automotive – such as ability to push the of lateral acceleration to near levels, or alternately, the experience by a plush, finely appointed car more power also, to fashionable curb appeal.

It is this mainstream world the form-follows-function Prius has been and sure enough, it has had its share of filtering things through own criteria and biases.

But truth be in normal situations, many of high-performance cars do not push to near their limits in driving. Often enough, see them plodding through and here’s the point: The Prius no effort to satisfy the spoiled, the or those who want super-legal available on tap. Nope, the is for utilitarian endeavors – and it can be made to go at a brisk extra-legal with full control.

It will never stay a VW GTI on a racetrack, but it will keep up with a poser in a Porsche he’s not driving his car near its

This is not to excuse the Prius for it could be better, but just to put into a more rounded We love driving fast but we see the Prius for what it is, and can understand why people with gas-saving and priorities never miss the lateral acceleration or 0-60 of more athletic cars.


Yen-to-dollar exchange and import costs for the Japanese-imported notwithstanding, Toyota knows it has some perception battles, but is the publicity war and its price in part this. Numbers do not lie, and the crushes all comers in the alternative market by a large margin. in also is the hard-won “icon” and naturally, this is perceived as added.

Tangible and intangible all told, the Prius Liftback from $24,200-$30,005 before a destination charge is added in. In 2012 a sub-1-percent uptick of per model was announced. This to an average 3.2-percent price at the beginning of the 2012 model

As we speak, the market for high-efficiency is heating up as automakers anticipate and California mpg and emissions mandates with those in Europe. there is no apple-to-apple Liftback but – aside from its own Prius c and v – there are alternatives worth depending on your proclivities.

include the $27,200-$32,200 Ford Hybrid that’s EPA-rated  at 47 mpg city and highway – although at writing, there is controversy  as to this is optimistic or even advertising. Another possibility – undergoing the same scrutiny now – is the 47 $25,200-$28,200 Ford C-MAX although this quasi-wagon is an alternative to the Prius v. Another could be Toyota’s Camry which is roomy, quicker, conventionally styled, and costs the realm at $25,900-$27,400. Its EPA rating  is at 40 or 41 mpg combined for the XLE or LE respectively.

For less is the $18,600-$23,790 Honda Insight. but its 42 mpg from its the 1.3-liter hybrid powertrain is not even competitive the second-generation Prius. It’s a handling car though, but has less seat space.

Alternately, you can spending more, but netting savings in the form of subsidies and operational costs to mitigate – or – your choices. Included in growing list is the plug-in the Ford C-MAX Energi. Energi. or Chevy Volt. others.

Federal tax credits are potentially – $3,750 for the Toyota or Fords, for the Chevy.

Crunching the numbers to whether plug-in cars financial sense depends how many miles one actually per year, and actual electricity Drivers doing somewhere say, 50-75 miles per day may pay in total energy costs for the depending on which plug-in is compared, but you’ll want to analyze your individual to be sure.

And, if after shopping you come back to the it is the most proven of them and not likely a losing proposition. The car is now in at least 80 countries, has sold 1 million units in the U.S. and 2.8 globally.

It’s among the conservative bets on an “alternative there is, and maybe that’s why it by a large margin the sales of them all.

About Handling and Braking

The Prius is rejected out of hand by those who it could potentially lower testosterone levels – you know who you

This opinion – like about everything else the Prius – varies. But it’s a performance-oriented drivers – and even just wanting something –often look askance at the car makes a point of pride out of others consider its lameness.

In form, the Liftback is currently as looking as it ever has been, but the Prius corners at around and stops from 60-0 in a 138 feet.

This discussion not need to end here, however. In 2011, Toyota announced a PLUS Performance Package by Toyota Racing Development  Toyota says the kit improves all weak spots (see with fewer tradeoffs one might think.

Namely, Product Specialist Moe Durand mpg is not adversely affected because its a seven-piece wind-tunnel tested kit that smoothes airflow the car to mildly improve its already coefficient of drag.

This of using the aero body kit for higher rolling resistance but low-profile tires on special forged wheels – not cast like on the Liftback Five and Series. These stiffer, expensive wheels are lighter and the tires’ extra grip and unsprung weight is aided by steel, powder-coated springs drop the car 1.1 inches in front, 1.3 in back. This serves to center of gravity while the ride.

To cap the package is a rear anti-sway badging and logoed floor

But be warned, tire life be less than stock and the will make ride a degree more harsh as rigid as say a Mitsubishi Lancer but harsher than the stock The tradeoff does net better however.

What does it all add up to? does not publish hard but the car looks and behaves sportier and distances are improved also the grippier tires. The only downside is you’ll be out somewhere $2,999 if you do this upgrade for a Five, and $3,499 for a Prius Two Four.

This is within of the cost of upgrading to a next Prius trim level or

Further, now that you know own formula, do you think the general could do it for less? As a matter of a quick Google search show there is a healthy performance aftermarket which also noted. Lowering a swaybar and wheels plus tires could also be without the color-matched bodywork if you to save on the total outlay, and are they will not void a new car – but do check with your first!

It also might you a mile or two per gallon if you forego the body kit, we’re not sure, but the Prius is already the mpg heap, so maybe the performance could be viewed as a worthwhile

This is just food for If this road less is within your risk and budget, you could take others castigate as a prim and car and surprise that unwary in the GTI – or Volt – on a twisty back Or it could make for simply sporty looking, enjoyably car with dry conditions safety improved also from the braking and control – snow drivers will want to out for winter or all-season tires as dictate.

And of course sport can use more gas, but the rest of the you’d have fuel as good as, well, a Prius. Or, if sounds like nonsense and a Prius is all you need, that’s too. You’d certainly not be in that decision, as the Prius has satisfied customers than any hybrid to date.

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