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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 372 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

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."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

ONE OF THE BEST CARS I HAVE OWNED.

By on Sunday, May 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"ONE OF THE BEST CARS I HAVE EVER OWNED. SNOW, RAIN WHATEVER SHE WENT THRU IT. ONLY HAD 1 MECHANICAL PROBLEM IN 98,000 MILES AND THAT WAS A WATER PUMP FOR THE HYBRID SYSTEM, COST TO FIX THOUGH WAS $970.00. NOT TOO SHABBY FOR OWNING THE CAR FOR 5 YRS. SUPER MILEAGE AND A GREAT CAR, WISH IT WASN'T SO EXPENSIVE TO BUY. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. WISH I COULD AFFORD ANOTHER ONE. UNLESS YOU BUY THE PRIUS 3 OR ABOVE THE CAR HAS NOTHING IN IT. ALL OF THE GOODIES ARE IN THE HIGHEER LEVEL AND MUCH MORE COSTLY!"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Low cost,reliable,smooth,++cargo space,versatile

By on Saturday, May 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Driving range, keyless start, solar technology"

Cons: "Poor ground clearance"

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

"I LOVE my PRIUS IV! It can seat 5 or with the back seats down using the hatchback, I can pack it to the ceiling like a truck! Beyond the 50 mpg, it drives so smoothly, has all the conveniences of keyless entry, keyless start, bluetooth, & that great solar powered cabin temp control fan for when it's parked in the sun on a hot day-all of which make me feel very spoiled or privileged compared drivers of other more ordinary cars on the road. If those other drivers only knew how cost efficient and high tech 'cozy' my Prius is they'd sure reconsider their plane-jane gas guzzlers!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle on the highway

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

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
Not Rated
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Traded in a 2005 Toyota Corrola best thing we did"

Cons: "Needs more headroom for 6 footers"

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

"Bought this Prius new in 2011 have taken it on trips and my wife drives it 24 miles a day to work and back, gets 50 mpg back and forth, a minor thing with your reviewer it's A/C is electric just like the power steering and the A/C will run on the hottest days for approx. 30 min. On a trip to Louisville it averaged 51 mpg.at 75-85 mph. on the way out and coming back thru the mountains it averaged 54 mpg, Also the cruise control is so good that descending the mountains it would only let you go 1 mph faster than it's setting before the electric motor started braking to maintain speed"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

First owner since 2010.Top design of pack III

By on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,159

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Feel so cool to drive Prius."

Cons: "It's too small for after school activity."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This is the best car for gas mileage, perfect maneuver on any road and high way. The JBL premium sound system is providing the big concert for your road trip. The GPS is so cool for this P III. This car was in the show room when I bought it. The exterior and interior electronic designs are totally different from others Prius in Pack III. What's not so great about this car is that Prius is a small sedan."

Great Car

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Mileage, reliability, comfort, cargo room"

Cons: "engine noise, sun roof noise, body paint chipping"

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

"Great gas mileage- 48-52MPG; I'd find it hard to go back to a 'normal' mileage car after this. We've had Nothing go wrong yet and have 35,000 miles on it, doing only the routine maintenance with full synthetic oil changes. Very comfortable and surprisingly large cargo capacity. I keep it in 'economy' mode and it can easily zip onto the freeway...put it in 'power' mode and it is like a rocket. Minor quibbles: engine noise a little loud but you get used to it; the body (fenders,etc)feel very flimsy and the paint chips easily, and the sun roof opens in a way that makes the air coming in very noisy and windy. Also has Very low road clearance. I was a Honda person but am won over by Prius. Filling up tank for $20 and driving over 400 miles on it in a stylish maintenance free car; what's not to like?"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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