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2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In Review

The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in earns the highest possible reliability score, as well as admirable crash test ratings. Still, dismal performance and a mediocre interior relegate this hybrid to the middle of its class. 

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch reliability
  • Excellent fuel efficiency
  • Muted acceleration
  • Willowy handling




Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In Overview

Is the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in a Good Used Car? 

The Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid gets great overall gas mileage, but a very limited electric-only range limits its appeal. There's decent passenger and cargo space and a long list of features for its price point, but anemic engine power and dull handling make the Prius a snooze to drive.

Used 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in Performance and Interior

The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in has a four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, good for a combined 134 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are also standard. The Prius Plug-in gets a combined 95 mpg-e from its hybrid powertrain, or 50 mpg combined city/highway when running on only gasoline. The latter figure is great compared to all hybrids. It also has an EV mode range of 11 miles, which is low for a plug-in vehicle. Charging the Plug-in’s battery takes three hours with a standard 120-volt outlet, or just 1.5 hours with a 240-volt outlet. 

Aside from awesome efficiency, the Prius Plug-in's performance is lacking. Acceleration is adequate for city driving, but it lags at highway speeds. The transition from electric to gas power is mostly smooth, though. Performance is further sacrificed for efficiency; low-rolling-resistance tires (designed with fuel economy in mind) result in noticeable body lean around corners. Though it has uninspired handling, the Prius Plug-in’s ride quality is reasonably smooth.

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The hatchback Toyota Prius Plug-in seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Heated front seats are standard, while some models may have a power-adjustable driver's seat and SofTex-trimmed leatherette front seats. Both rows of seats offer good space for adult passengers. However, front-seat comfort is just average, and the steering wheel is a little far for the driver to reach. The Prius Plug-in has two sets of LATCH car-seat connections in the outboard rear seats and a third tether anchor for the middle seat.

Standard features include automatic climate control, Bluetooth audio streaming, proximity key entry, push-button start, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system, the Entune App Suite, navigation, and a rearview camera. Available features include an upgraded 7-inch touch screen, a JBL premium stereo system, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system. The Prius' dashboard is helpfully oriented toward the driver, and most controls are easy to use. However, the quality of materials in the cabin is disappointing.

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Used 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in Prices

Average prices for a 2014 Prius Plug-in range from about $16,300 for a base model to around $18,700 for a Toyota Prius Plug-in Advanced. What you end up paying will depend on the car's mileage, condition, and features. Keep in mind that prices can also fluctuate based on demand or your location.

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We analyzed 23 Toyota Prius Plug-in reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, cost of ownership estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2014 Prius Plug-in is the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in?

J.D. Power gave the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid a perfect reliability rating of five out of five. Many other Toyota vehicles earn a similarly high score.

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How Safe Is the Prius Plug-in?

The Prius Plug-in has average composite safety scores for its class. It earned four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's rollover test, and the highest possible score of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests. It also received the second-highest score of Acceptable in the IIHS’ small overlap front test.

A rearview camera comes standard in all Prius Plug-ins. Some models may have adaptive cruise control and Toyota's pre-collision system, which includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Prius Plug-in?

The 2014 Prius Plug-in hybrid is part of the car’s first and only generation, which spanned the 2012 through 2015 model years. The Prius Plug-in was replaced by the Toyota Prius Prime for the 2017 model year. There were no major changes between any of the Prius Plug-in's model years, so you may find similarly equipped older models at lower prices. 

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Which Used Toyota Prius Plug-in Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in is available in two trim levels: base and Advanced. The base model will be sufficient for most shoppers; it comes with features like heated front seats, satellite radio, an infotainment system, a rearview camera, and a navigation. These features along with its low average price make the base trim a great value. Still, if you can add a few thousand dollars to your budget, you may want to consider the Toyota Prius Plug-in Advanced. It adds leatherette front seats and a head-up display. Some Advanced models may come with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. 

Though the Prius Plug-in has a great reliability rating, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in or 2014 Toyota Prius?

Like the Prius Plug-in, the 2014 Toyota Prius (a hybrid) gets a perfect reliability score. The Prius Plug-in’s all-electric mode is attractive, but the regular Prius still gets one of the highest fuel efficiency ratings on the road. You'd save about $100 per year in fuel costs by going with the Prius Plug-in. The cars have similar driving dynamics and passenger and cargo space, but the standard Prius has its features spread out among more trim levels. Therefore, you may be able to save money by buying a more basic version if some amenities aren't important to you. 

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in or 2014 Chevrolet Volt?

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is also a plug-in hybrid, and it's both better and worse than the Prius Plug-in for efficiency. The Volt has an all-electric range of 38 miles (compared to the Prius' 11 miles), but it is only rated at 37 mpg combined city/highway when driving on straight gas. In comparison, the Toyota gets 50 mpg combined. The Volt also trails the Prius Plug-in with a merely average reliability rating. Inside, the hatchback Volt has less passenger and cargo space than the Prius, but its cabin materials are more upscale. The Volt has potent acceleration and balanced handling, giving it good overall performance scores for the class. When it was new, we named the Volt our 2014 Best Upscale Midsize Car for the Money. 

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in or 2014 Nissan Leaf?

The 2014 Nissan Leaf is an electric car with a total electric range of only 84 miles. While you won’t use any gas or make any emissions, the Leaf's limited range and long charging times (up to 21 hours) make it a better choice for those who only drive short distances regularly. The Leaf has better performance than the Prius Plug-in, with zippy highway acceleration and stable handling. It also has the lowest ownership costs in the class.

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