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2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Review

While reviewers appreciated the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in’s excellent fuel economy, they were let down by its lackluster performance and cheap cabin materials.

Pros & Cons

  • Remarkable fuel economy
  • Large cargo area
  • Bland performance
  • Cheap interior materials




Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Overview

The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in is powered by a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, which are paired with an automatic transmission. On a fully charged battery, the Prius Plug-in can travel up to 11 miles on electric power alone. It gets 95 mpg-equivalent in electric mode, and 51/49 mpg city/highway in gas/electric mode. While they acknowledged that the 2013 Prius Plug-in’s main goal is to save gas, reviewers were still disappointed with its acceleration and the jarring transitions between gas and electric power. Most reviewers agreed that the Prius Plug-in has a comfortable ride, but complained about its dead steering and pronounced body lean.

Test drivers were largely disappointed in the cheap materials in the cabin of the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in. However, most agreed that the Prius Plug-in has good passenger and cargo space. Standard features in the 2013 Prius Plug-in include a rearview camera, satellite radio, navigation, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system. Optional features when it was new include an upgraded stereo and dynamic cruise control.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is another plug-in hybrid and can go up to 21 miles on electric power alone, which is nearly twice the distance the Prius Plug-in can travel on electric power. Additionally, critics appreciated the Fusion Energi’s roomy cabin, which features premium materials.

The 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid gets great fuel economy for the class, and reviewers said that it has plenty of power in most situations. The Camry Hybrid also earned praise for its upscale interior materials and roomy front and rear seats. 

Compare the Prius Plug-in, Fusion Energi and Camry Hybrid »


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