Toyota Prius Reviews – Toyota Prius Price, Photos, and Specs – CARandDRIVER

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Overview: Although the typical Toyota Prius driver might call America’s most popular hybrid fun to drive, excitement behind the wheel is not the goal. Instead, each model in the growing Prius family offers virtually unmatched fuel efficiency. The lineup includes the original hatchback, the compact and affordable Prius C, the Prius V wagon, and a plug-in version with a longer electric-only range. Instrumented Test 2013 Toyota Prius V

2013  (2013 Third Generation, 2010Present)

Each version of the Prius uses a gas-powered engine paired with an electric motor/generator and a continuously variable transmission. Unfortunately, such a combination is a recipe for efficient but lackluster performance. With a 1.5-liter engine, the C nets 99 hp with electric assistance.

All other Priuses use a 1.8-liter engine for a combined output of 134 hp. Skinny, low-rolling-resistance tires make the same compromise as the hybrid powertrain, hampering agility while promoting efficiency.

The regular Prius, like the rest of its kin, is more an appliance than a car that you drive for fun. It offers a compliant ride and is quiet at any speed, and it transitions seamlessly from electric to gas operation. Body motions, however, are poorly controlled; its steering is vague and without feedback. Rated at 51 mpg city and 48 highway, we saw 42 mpg in our test of a 2010 model .

The Prius V offers more interior space for passengers and cargo. It drives much the same as the hatchback and offers plenty of comfort and luxury features. It’s rated at 44 mpg city and 40 highway; in our May 2013 test. however, we managed a mere 31 mpg.

The plug-in offers a bigger battery that, unlike those in the rest of the family, can recharge using electricity from the grid. The battery needs about three hours to fully charge on a 120-volt outlet, and its electric-only range is up to 15 miles. Fuel economy is rated at 95 MPGe, or 51 mpg city and 49 highway when running on gasoline.

The C is the least expensive Prius and is based on the Yaris. It is less distinctive in appearance, and its interior is even more basic than the other models’. It gets optimistic ratings of 53 mpg city and 46 highway, but when we tested one in July 2012. we averaged 36 mpg.

2010: The third-gen Prius is introduced with a larger, more powerful engine and a more powerful motor, more space, and better fuel economy. 2011: The optional Plus Performance package gets a lowered sport suspension, 17-inch wheels, and an aero kit. 2012: The C, the V, and a plug-in join the lineup.

Toyota’s Entune infotainment system and a power driver seat are available for the regular hatchback.

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