Car Review of New Toyota Prius Hybrid

The Toyota Prius hybrid electric car is the top selling green car in the U.S.. But is this hybrid really green, or just a guilt free yippie mobile?

Embarking on a hybrid car adventure, WebRidesTV host Jeremy Lusk reviews the Toyota Prius during a 320-mile West Coast road trip from the smoggy British Petroleum Oil Refineries in Carson, California to the majestic mountain cliffs of Big Sur.

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A recent study shows that the average American commutes 25 minutes each day to work every day so the need for fuel efficient cars like the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid is growing. Last year Toyota released the Prius Plug-in which took the fuel savings game to a whole new level. The Plug-in differs from the regular Prius family in that it is outfitted with a larger battery pack (4.4 kWh vs 1.4 kWh) which allows for more electric only operation. The result is a mice increase in fuel economy over the already fuel efficient Prius family. The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in has a base price of ,000, but there are tax credits available.

The Prius is the most popular 5-door hatchback in the U.S. selling over 230k units annually. The Prius Plug-in looks almost exactly like the regular Prius except for the green carpool lane stickers and the extra fuel door which houses the electricity plugin port. You can get up to 13 miles or pure electric driving on a single charge. There is also unique badging on the Prius Plug-in. And that’s about all that separates the 2 cars on the outside.

The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in is powered by the same Hybrid Synergy Drive 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine that is mated to a CVT transmission and is helped by 2 electric motors and the aforementioned 4.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Fuel economy is EPA rated at 95 MPGe and 50 MPG combined for just hybrid mode. If you have a very short commute you could theoretically use the Prius Plug-in as an electric car.

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