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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Toyota Prius

5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Toyota Prius

By Jeff Youngs, March 15, 2013
Toyota sells four different cars named Prius. Here, we are discussing the 5-door hatchback model that most people picture when the name Prius is mentioned, as well as its plug-in electric counterpart. Changes to the 2013 Toyota Prius are limited in scope, amounting to a new Persona Series Special Edition that is based on the Prius Three trim level. To learn more about the 2013 Prius and Prius Plug-in, check out these 5 fast facts about the popular hybrid models.

1. Toyota sells the 2013 Prius in numerical trim levels including Two, Three, Four and Five. These versions of the car are equipped with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, an electric assist motor, a nickel-metal hydride battery pack, and a continuously variable transmission. A full hybrid model generating a combined 134 horsepower, the Prius can operate on electricity alone at speeds up to 25 mph, and is rated to get 50 mpg in combined driving by the EPA.

2. Buyers choosing the 2013 Prius Plug-in model can select from Standard and Advanced trim levels. The Prius Plug-in is equipped with the same powertrain as the standard Prius, but the battery pack is exchanged for a lithium-ion battery pack that can be plugged in to recharge, and that can power the Prius at speeds up to 62 mph for up to 15 miles of distance. Using a standard household power outlet, the Prius Plug-in can be recharged in 3 hours. A 240-volt quick-charger cuts the recharging time in half. The EPA gives the Prius Plug-in model a 95 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) rating. If the battery pack is depleted, the vehicle operates like a standard Prius and is expected to return 50 mpg in combined driving.

3. The 2013 Toyota Prius is a 5-door hatchback weighing 3,042 pounds and equipped with a 0.25 coefficient of drag. The Prius will hold up to 21.6 cu. ft. of cargo with the rear seat raised, and swallows 67.3 cu. ft. of cargo with the rear seats folded down. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 9.8 seconds, and the car's top speed is 112 mph. Every 2013 Prius includes Toyota Care, complimentary maintenance during the first 2 years or 25,000 miles of ownership.

4. In addition to 7 air bags, traction control, stability control, hill start assist, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist, the 2013 Prius models are equipped with Smart Stop technology that makes it impossible for the vehicle to accelerate if the brake pedal is pressed. Available safety features include Safety Connect telematics with Automatic Collision Notification service, a Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system, a Pre-Collision System, and Lane Keep Assist. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2013 Prius receives an overall rating of 5 stars (out of 5 stars). The Prius Plug-in does not match this rating, earning 4 stars overall, despite identical scores in each individual test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety designates the 2013 Prius as a "Top Safety Pick."

5. For a sportier Prius, Toyota dealers can install a Prius Plus Performance option package, adding 17-inch forged aluminum wheels, lowering springs, a rear sway bar, and, to visually distinguish it from a standard model, a ground effects kit.

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