• Good fuel economy
  • Decent driving dynamics
  • Proven and popular
  • No longer the greenest choice
  • Even with more flavors, it’s still vanilla
SUM UP A hybrid for every need.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Prius in 2013

The Prius enjoys a quiet 2013...more

Overview

The versatile Prius hatchback not only pioneered hybrid technology but also proved “green” cars could appeal to those outside a narrow niche of environmentally conscious buyers. Toyota has widened the vehicle’s scope even further with the Prius v and Prius c variants. The v has a tall rear hatch that certifies it for Costco duty. The c, which rides on the same platform as the Toyota Yaris and has a smaller engine, is the least expensive hybrid on the market. The v and the c both exhibit the competent—if not quite engaging—dynamic qualities of the regular Prius, with good body control and decently weighted steering. On the other hand, they’re also very slow. The heavy v puts out the same 134 hp as the hatchback, and the lighter c squeaks out just 99 hp. The c manages the same 50 mpg combined rating as the regular Prius, with the v hitting only 42 mpg. Toyota has also rolled out a plug-in version of the Prius hatchback that uses lithium-ion batteries. Its promised fifteen-mile electric range isn’t quite in the Chevrolet Volt’s league, but the Prius Plug-in returns better mileage than the Chevy in hybrid mode and thus receives a higher mpge rating from the EPA. The Toyota is cheaper, too.

Safety

Front, side, side curtain, and driver’s knee air bags; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Toyota Prius

  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Honda Insight
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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2013 Prius Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Vehicle Information Center

Exterior

  • Rear Spoiler

Interior

  • Cargo Cover

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Navigation System
  • Voice Activated Controls

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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