The new 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrid defines pure marksmanship. Easily the most recognized hybrid in America, this new hybrid impresses with a massive cache of specs. Here is a breakdown.
Interior – The Prius Plug-In maintains its futuristic looking interior, with its Entune infotainment system. Like Ford SYNC, Entune is about connectivity with popular app integration like Bing and Pandora along with data services to grab fuel pricing, scoreboards, stock quotes, traffic information, and more.
Power – Its new 4.4-kWh lithium ion battery replaces nickel hydride of yesteryear, with an up to 3 hour charge time using a standard outlet or an hour and a half using a $999 home charging station from Leviton. This translates into a up to 15 mile range running purely on electric power, with an overall 50 mpg on hybrid mode, blowing the Chevrolet Volt's 37 mpg out of the water. One exception is the gas engine's integration into the 15-mile range figure. At lower speeds, its gas engine becomes active.
Look for the Toyota to start rolling out in Spring 2012 in select states and all states by the end of 2012. It will start at $32,000 for the base model and $39,000 for the Hybrid Advanced which comes with premium HDD navigation, eight speakers, auto dimming rearview mirrors, and more. Compare both models by visiting http://www.toyota.com/prius-plug-in/features.html?trim=1239.