2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in was new.


Interior: 7.2

Test drivers are disappointed with the materials and build quality of the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in’s cabin. They say it looks and feels too cheap for the car’s price point.

  • "The contoured dash looks particularly handsome with its 2-tone panels, although on base models the gray-colored plastic and fabric look a little dull." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Many of the interior panels give off the impression that this car was built to a price. It's pretty disappointing given the substantial price premium the Plug-in commands over the regular Prius." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inferior interior quality is the Prius Plug-in's most glaring weakness, however. The dash and panel plastics are harder and cheaper than those in similarly priced cars, although green-minded consumers will appreciate that the plant-derived materials require less petroleum in the production process. For many buyers, though, this concession to eco-consciousness won't mean much, especially considering that competitors offer much nicer interiors." -- Edmunds


Reviewers agree that the five-seat 2013 Prius Plug-in has a roomy cabin and plenty of legroom. One notes that the base trim’s seats aren’t firm enough and that visibility is compromised due to the split rear window and large rear pillars. The base Prius Plug-in comes standard with heated fabric front seats, while the higher trim has heated faux leather SofTex front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat.

  • "The cabin is unfailingly spacious, graciously accommodating passengers and cargo of most heights and sizes." -- Edmunds
  • "The Base's cloth seats are quite soft and lack support. Thick roof pillars and a large horizontal bar nestled between the two glass panels seriously hamper rear vision. Fortunately, a rearview camera is standard. Legroom and foot space are ample. Headroom is decent given the slope of the car's roof." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The Toyota Prius Plug-in comes standard with seven air bags, automatic climate control, navigation, a rearview camera, satellite radio, auxiliary and USB audio inputs, Bluetooth connectivity, push-button start and Toyota’s Entune touch-screen infotainment system, which uses your smartphone’s data plan to access services like Bing, Pandora and OpenTable, as well as weather, traffic, gas price and sports information. Available features include an eight-speaker JBL sound system and adaptive cruise control.

Some critics think the Prius Plug-in’s tech features are confusing and their layout is a little overwhelming, while others say the controls are intuitive.

See 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in specs »

  • "The Plug-in has the same unconventional dashboard layout as the standard Prius. The speedometer readout is just out of the driver's line of sight, which can be good or bad depending on your taste. A redundant head-up display is standard on the Advanced; we wish Toyota offered it on the Base. The standard navigation system absorbs most audio controls, complicating some adjustments. The backup alarm that chimes inside the car when in reverse is highly annoying, but dealers can turn it off at customer request." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in features controls that are easy to read and use. … The digital instrument panel also features a floating layer that displays audio, temperature and trip computer information when the driver touches those controls on the steering wheel, minimizing eye movement. Some drivers might find the overall design a bit too busy-looking, however." -- Edmunds


The 2013 Prius Plug-in’s trunk is large for the class at 21.6 cubic feet. By comparison, the Chevrolet Volt’s trunk can hold 10.6 cubic feet of cargo. Reviewers say the Prius Plug-in’s cargo area is large and flexible, and they like that there are lots of interior cubbies for storing personal items.

  • "Like the standard Prius, the plug-in is a segment leader in versatility. The hatchback body style provides 21.6 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats up, and rear seat passengers enjoy plenty of legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "Prius Plug-in offers hatchback versatility with 60/40 split-folding rear seat backs, but be wary of the sloping glass roof panel when loading tall items. Cabin storage is plentiful, and includes a large bin under the raised center console, upper and lower gloveboxes, and a two-tiered console box." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There is room for five and plenty of storage in back. Try putting as much into any other plug-in hybrid on the market, like the Volt or - ha! - the Fisker Karma." -- Autoblog (2012)

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