2015 Toyota Prius: The Most Affordable, Fuel-Efficient Plug-In Vehicle Today

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  • Highlights: According to fueleconomy.gov, drivers can expect to achieve a combined 95 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent in the Prius Plug-In. Since the vehicle runs off of both gasoline and an electric charge, the government measures the vehicle miles in terms of a gasoline-equivalent, as well as the traditional miles per gallon.

    Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $31,189 (base model starts at $30,800)

    Seating Capacity: 5

    Standard Safety Features: airbags (driver, front passenger, seat mounted, knee; and curtain); a collapsible steering wheel; hill start assist (keeps the vehicle from rolling back, when stopped briefly on a hill); LED on/off lights; stability control system; electronic brake force distribution; a tire pressure monitoring system; a tire repair system; and a vehicle proximity notification system.

    Standard Equipment: 15-inch wheels; cloth manually adjusted front seats; an automated climate control system with a dust and pollen filtration mode; cargo area cover; 6.1-inch navigation screen; a keyless entry system; a manual tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel; and a push-button keyless starter.

    Suspension System:
    Front-Independent MacPherson
    Rear-Torsion beam

    Standard Audio: a 6-speaker AM/FM/HD/CD with XM Satellite for 3 months.

    Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles

    Hybrid Warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles

    Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

    Bluetooth Compatibility: Yes

    USB and iPod Compatibility: Yes

    Standard Engine/Horsepower: 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder/98-horsepower

    Recommended Fuel: Regular

    Standard Fuel Mileage:
    Electricity: 95 (combined mileage)
    Gas: 50 (combined mileage)

    Other Trim Levels:
    Advanced Base (Plug-In)
    Other Prius Models (a non plug-in hatchback and a wagon/crossover)

    What’s New: The Prius Plug-In is the newest addition to the Toyota hybrid family.

    Pros: At a starting price of $30,800, this is the least expensive plug-in hybrid in the market place. GM’s Chevy Volt, which is classified as a compact, since it only seats 4, has a starting price of around $35,000. Ironically, the Prius Plug-In offers a significantly higher combined driving range and a slightly lower price point (when federal tax incentives are factored in the calculation).

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