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2013 Toyota Prius

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2013 Toyota Prius Review

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The world's first and most successful mass-produced hybrid car, the 2013 Toyota Prius hybrid is now a family of vehicles, a sub-brand consisting of the original hatchback Prius, the Prius Plug-In Hybrid built on the same body, the Prius V with its wagon-like extended roofline, and the smaller Prius C hatchback. All Prius models use versions of the same basic powertrain technology, a marriage of gasoline engine and electric motor Toyota calls "Hybrid Synergy Drive." Both power sources can drive the vehicle, and they normally do so in a fluid dance where either can take the lead or both can work together. With varying degrees of pure-electric range plus the gas engine and regenerative braking charging a battery pack, the overall result is exceptional energy efficiency.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want the best fuel economy in the hybrid field, the 2013 Toyota Prius is still king, with a 51/48 mpg rating for the standard car, 51/49 for the Plug-In, 53/46 for the Prius C and 44/40 for the Prius V.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't mind sacrificing a few mpg, and you'd like something more conventional, or more sporty, the Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan and Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe are certainly worth a look.

What's New for 2013

There are no styling, specification or equipment changes to the Prius for 2013, though a new trim package is added, the Persona Series Special Edition.

Driving the Prius

Driving Impressions Due to the seamless transition between electric motor and gasoline engine, driving the 2013 Toyota Prius hybrid is a surprisingly drama-free event. The driver has a choice of performance options...

via the EV, Eco and Power buttons. In EV mode, the Prius functions solely on electric power, though speed and range are quite limited. The Power mode delivers the full potential of the gasoline engine boosted by the electric motor. The Eco mode selects throttle response for best efficiency, and will even shut down the air conditioning when at idle. The Plug-In Hybrid version operates almost exactly the same, though its electric-only range is lots longer, a rated 11 miles. Driving conservatively and taking full advantage of the regenerative braking can yield fuel consumption that tops the EPA ratings.

SOLAR ROOF PACKAGE
Thanks to the solar cells mounted on top, the Solar Roof Package nets you a power moonroof that self-ventilates to help keep the car comfortable. Also, the air conditioning can be remotely started to pre-cool the cabin.

POWER BUTTON
Although the 2013 Toyota Prius hybrid is a lean, green, gas-saving machine, everyone can use a little more urge now and then. Putting the car into Power mode changes the Hybrid Synergy Drive program to get where you're going a bit faster.

2013 Toyota Prius Details
Interior

The 2013 Toyota Prius hybrid hatchback features an interior as modern and different as its exterior. 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. The Prius' steering wheel incorporates a wheel-like control that operates the Touch Tracer Display controlling a number of fuel-usage and hybrid-operation displays on the Prius' LCD information screen. Plant-derived (and recyclable) plastic resins are used for the seat cushions and lower door panels.

Exterior

There's no mistaking a Toyota Prius hybrid. The 5-door hatchback's familiar shape is not exactly head-turning, but it's clearly efficient and slippery. Even the car's wheel covers are aerodynamic. The roof's apex is pushed rearward, creating a slightly sporty appearance while simultaneously maximizing rear-seat headroom. Most models ride on 15-inch wheels, but the Prius Five has 17-inchers. Plug-in Prius models feature a port on the right side where the charging cable goes, while the left side has a traditional gas cap. Plug-in models also have a distinct grille, wheels, door handles and lights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A 2013 Toyota Prius Two hybrid includes a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with air-conditioning controls and Touch Tracer Display, height-adjustable driver's seat, auto up/down on all windows, pushbutton start, two 12-volt power outlets, a 6.1-inch touch-screen audio display and Bluetooth. Trim levels Three through Five bring upgraded audio systems with Entune telematics, navigation, heated and power-adjustable driver's seat, 17-inch alloy wheels and energy-saving LED headlights and fog lights. The Plug-in Hybrid version comes as a base model with up-level features such as navigation, and as an Advanced version with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and a head-up display.

Optional Equipment

Several advanced safety systems are available for the top-of-the-line Prius Five, including Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, head-up display, the Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist, and Intelligent Parking Assist. All are offered in the Advanced Technology Package, which includes the Navigation Package. The optional power moonroof has solar-powered ventilation and remote-start air conditioning to help keep the vehicle cool. The dealer-installed Plus Performance accessory package adds a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs, ground effects, 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels, lower-profile tires, and a rear anti-roll bar.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Toyota Prius hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine mated mechanically and electronically to a 60-kilowatt electric motor, all working with a continuously variable transmission and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Total hybrid system horsepower is 134. The Plug-in Hybrid model uses a higher-capacity lithium-ion battery that can be charged from any outlet for up to 11 miles of pure-electric operation. The Prius' EPA city/highway fuel economy rating is 51/48.Learn to manage the system, utilizing regenerative braking and the low-speed full EV mode whenever possible, and you can push actual mileage even higher. The Plug-in Hybrid has a rating of 51/49 for standard hybrid operation, and 95 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) by the EPA's plug-in-hybrid formula.

1.8-liter inline-4 Atkinson Cycle
98 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
105 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
60-kilowatt Permanent Magnetic Synchronous Electric Motor
80 horsepower
153 ft-lb of torque
Net output: 134 horsepower
EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy: 51/48 mpg (hybrid); 51/49 mpg, 95 MPGe (Plug-in Hybrid)

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2013 Toyota Prius Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 377 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Great fuel economy, lots of room inside

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fuel economy, reliability"

Cons: "NOT a punchy engine, not the sexiest of styling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm very glad we bought this car. I love the silent ride when in all-electric. I love that I barely go to the gas station anymore. I love how easy it is to move items in it because of the folding seats and the hatch. My brother, who owns 2 SUVs, was laughing because I could fit more in my Prius than he could in his cars! It's never broken down or given us any trouble. I would definitely recommend a Prius!"

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Surprisingly Comfortable Car

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Economical, comfortable, fun"

Cons: "Poor satellite nav. Low clearance on front."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Cooling in the shade

"The Toyota Prius is a great value. Outstanding efficiency of course but very good handling which was a bit surprising. Not a performance car by any stretch but very adequate. It has a feature that changes the gas pedal response which does not add any power but you get it with a lighter push which feels like better performance. I would like to add that it is surprisingly comfortable especially for a car of its size. So if you are not out to drag race and you want to save fuel but still want to get your grin on consider a Toyota Prius."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Cooling in the shade

Reliable fun to drive vehicle

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,215

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "see written review"

Cons: "see written review"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Totally trouble free car thus far. Handling is superb with the lower profile tires on the Prius 5 hatchback. Seats are low but comfortable leather like surfaces. Hatchback and folding back seat proved an amazing amount of cargo area. The interior noise is greater than we would like and tiring on a long trip. Wish Toyota had added more sound deadening to the doors, floor pan and trunk area. Fuel economy--as high as 51 on a trip in warm weather and as low as 34 driving locally in very cold weather."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

2010 Toyota Pruis, Motor when bad at 106000 mi.

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great on gas mileage and compact car."

Cons: "Motor when bad at little over 100000 mi."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Toyota Pruis. Be careful when you buy a Pruis. We bought a 2010 Toyota Pruis, It has a little over 100,000 miles on it and the motor does not start. It will cost around $4000-$6000 to replace the motor."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

A Car I had Originally Shunned

By on Friday, May 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Lot of Tech, Great Fit, Much Room, Easy to Clean."

Cons: "Glare on Radio/GPS Screen, No Coin Holder"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"When the sales rep directed me to the Prius I l said "No man really, I came here looking at the Camry". But he asked me to just at least give it a look and I got in it and it fit like a glove. I'm not a typical male, I'm 5'6", on most cars either I have to pull up the seat at an uncomfortable level, or deal with a steering wheel that even pulled forward was a stretch. The Prius was different. Empty, it looks like any other car, sit in it, you feel like you're being surrounded and all the components are there to assist you. From the visuals at night, the dash and the near by console cleverly positioned making the entire experience a joy to drive. One of things I enjoy about the car that may seem small is the lack of an automatic trunk release. I had a Camry and it was annoying how many times my trunk lid opened because the release button was pushed in my pant pocket, coming back to either see it open, once receiving a note from someone nice enough to shut it for me. No more worries. Also the trunk space, amazing, I can fold the back seats flat, the g/f was buying for her business and we were able to get two large flatbed carts from a popular warehouse store in the back. For those that sit in the back the first time, they laugh about the optical illusion, you are outside the car, it looks small, you get in, it's huge, bigger than larger cars they see on the road. Average mileage if you are a cautious driver in the right lane, about 60mpg's if you are a bit lead footed it can go anywhere from 35mpg to 50mpg. Eventually you'll start to learn to drive the car better and should get an average of 55mpg or more. So the minuses .. Well the plastic interior, I know Toyota did this to keep costs down, it is however pretty pleasing to look at, it's not wood, not high end, but seats are comfortable and I'm focused on driving. The space below the console...not sure what that is..other than putting a baseball cap and maybe your cell phone, nothing else I can find use of. No change holder, but you can buy the astray option (or a simple cup) and use it for a change holder. And one thing that does annoy me, the GPS is not easy to see during the day with the sun glaring on it, there is an aftermarket accessory available but someone should have realized "hey hard to see, maybe we should add a CD insert free with every purchase that lets the driver see the GPS better" Other than the nit picking, great car, I have the solar roof option which makes it a pleasant sit overtime, even in the worst heat it's much better than any other car I've been in, worth going with the Prius 3 solar/sunroof package."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best car for saving on fuel costs.

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great mileage, no problem in snow."

Cons: "Can't think of any."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I average 50.1 mpg driving to and from work. I estimate I save about $2000 a year in fuel costs! I love knowing I'm saving money. I've had my Prius five years and therefore saved over $10,000! Not bad at all. I will buy another without question."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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