- Plug-in version of the Prius Hybrid
- Price drops $2,010 for 2014
- 11 miles of pure electric range before shifting into hybrid mode
The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in returns with no major feature updates, but one big change for the new model year: a lower price.
For 2014, Toyota has lowered the price of the Prius Plug-in by $2,010 which makes it even more affordable. And remember, since this Prius is a plug-in and can travel in electric only mode, it also qualifies for a Federal tax credit of up to $2,500 as well which adds up to more savings.
From the outside, the Prius Plug-in is virtually indistinguishable from the regular Prius except for a few slight alterations. There are “Plug-in” badges on the front fenders and the rear as well as an extra door for the charge port on the passenger side, but other than that they look the same with the same aerodynamic wedge shape. Under the skin however there are some big changes. Instead of a nickel-metal-hydride battery, the Plug-in features a more powerful, 4.4-kwh lithium-ion battery pack that provides 11 miles of electric-only range before the gas engine needs to kick in. It should be noted though that at highway speeds and under heavy acceleration, the gas engine, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder identical to the one in the Prius, will kick in automatically. Charge times range from three hours using a 120-volt socket (standard household connection) to 1.5 hours with a 240-volt connection that requires special installation.
When the gas engine does kick in, the news is still good – the Prius Plug-in gets the same fuel economy as a normal Prius, 51/49 mpg city/highway which adds up to a combined mpg figure of 50.
Inside, the 2014 Prius Plug-in piles on the standard equipment: dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, the Entune App Suite with support for Bing internet searches and Pandora internet radio, navigation, all automatic windows, heated front seats, and HD radio. Advanced trims gain a larger touch screen, upgraded speakers, and SofTex seating.
The Prius won a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award, the IIHS’ highest safety designation and the same safety features are built into the Prius Plug-in. Antilock brakes, active front head restraints, seven airbags, and an electronic stability system come standard. Optional safety technology includes a precollision detection system, adaptive cruise control which can maintain a safe following distance behind the vehicle in front of you automatically, and the Safety Connect emergency communication system.