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Toyota Prius Plug-in Earns 2012 Urban Green Vehicle Award


The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in, which will go on sale in Spring of 2012, earned Decisive magazine's annual Urban Green Vehicle of the Year Award today. The three Urban Vehicles of the Year award winners and finalists were announced after being selected by an independent panel of automotive journalists, who reviewed several dozen cars and trucks in various North American urban settings. Decisive magazine's Urban Vehicles of the Year, which were selected on the basis of style, practicality and attainability, will be featured in the magazine's winter issue and on mobile applications. 

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: Pricing, Specs and Availability

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Toyota's exciting new Prius Plug-In will be hitting dealership floors soon, and a few more concrete official details have come in by way of a report from Bloomberg News. The Plug-In ditches the standard Toyota Prius's small nickel-metal hydride battery pack for a beefier, heavier lithium-ion unit, giving the ability to run for around 13 miles on electric power alone. Regenerative braking can recharge the batteries past the capacity necessary to power the car in hybrid form, meaning on some trips drivers should see more than 13 miles of EV-only cruising.

2012 Toyota Prius PHEV (Plug-In): Features, Pricing and Release Date

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Pre-production model

The production version of Toyota's exciting new 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will release in just a few short months. Hybrid car buyers should consider waiting for the car's release date in early 2012. The plug-in version's chief advantage is its ability to run for around 13 miles, Toyota promises, before its gasoline motor kicks in at all.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: Driven

When the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale about this time next year, it will be the first mass-production vehicle from Toyota that plugs in. Yet, despite that, the Plug-In feels more like a value-added version of the Prius than a model that will be itself iconic or radically new.

It's value-added, because owners will have some of the benefits of an electric vehicle, without the worry that they won't make it back on a charge. After a relatively short three-hour charge on standard 110V household power, you can drive approximately 12 to 15 miles without the gasoline engine contributing to propulsion. After that, it's just a standard Prius and gets about the same mileage as the standard-issue model (which has an EPA-rated 51 mpg city, 48 highway).

2011 Detroit Auto Show: Toyota Prius C Compact Hybrid Concept

As part of the family of four Toyota Prius hybrids that the carmaker unveiled at the today's Detroit Auto Show, it showed a concept for a new, compact Prius hatchback.

Low, edgy, and relatively sleek for a highly aerodynamic Kamm-tailed car, the Prius C concept is actually Toyota's second concept on the compact hybrid theme, the first being the lime-green FT-CH Concept that was unveiled at the same show last year.

Toyota FT-CH hybrid concept car, 2010 Detroit Auto Show

Video: Toyota Previews 2012 Prius MPV Ahead Of Detroit Show

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show holds promise for Prius-lovers, with the first addition to the ubiquitous hybrid brand's family: an MPV, or multi-purpose vehicle. Americans may want to call it a wagon, or a hatchback, or something else, but whatever it's named, it's a longer, larger version of the Prius.

X Games skateboarder Bob Burnquist, himself a big fan of sustainable living and minimizing environmental impact, gives us a few teasers of what to expect--including a look down its long cargo area--in the video below. Beyond this small sneak peek, however, we know a bit about what to expect of the Prius MPV.

Want To Buy a Toyota Prius Hybrid? This Is The Month To Do It

Auto executives always want you to buy their cars, today. That goes without saying.

But it's slightly less common for them to say, in effect, "This is the month to buy, 'cause we're going to be discounting the heck out of 'em."

Nonetheless, that was the message from Bob Carter, Toyota's group vice president and general manager, about the company's quintessential hybrid-electric vehicle the Prius.

2nd Generation Toyota Prius Buying Guide

The editors at Autos.com have put together a helpful guide for shoppers interested in purchasing a used 2nd generation Toyota Prius. Not only is this the generation of Prius that's synonymous with the word hybrid, but it's also the hybrid that brought the technology to the masses. Additionally, it's hands-down one of the most reliable vehicles you could buy, not to mention most-efficient. Used Toyota Prius Buying Guide

2010 Toyota Prius Review: In-Depth on Models, Features, and the Drive

The all-new 2010 Toyota Prius offers no surprises, just significant improvement. It's sleeker and better looking, and more powerful while delivering an EPA-rated 51/48 mpg City/Highway, up by 3 miles per gallon.

The hybrid mechanicals are lighter by 65 pounds, while being more efficient and presumably stronger. The 1.8-liter gas engine is also new, producing more horsepower while being more efficient. Top speed has flown to 112 miles per hour from 103 mph, slam-dunk evidence that the Prius is a lot slicker package at half that speed.

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2010 Toyota Prius Review: Engine, Performance, MPG, Styling, and Pricing

The 2010 Toyota Prius has been redesigned top to bottom, with more family space inside and more Lexus-style luxury technology. We can expect this next evolution of America's best selling hybrid car to be roomier, faster and more fuel-efficient than the current model.

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