2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In  -  $30,865

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $30,865
Base Invoice: $30,566
Destination Charge: $875
Options: $0
Trim: 5dr HB (SE)
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 50 | City: | Hwy:
Body Style: 5dr HB (SE)
Transmission: Transmission: Continuously Variable Automatic
Engine: Engine: 1.8L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V VVT-i


Leading fuel economy; advanced hybrid powertrain; more models provide cargo and passenger flexibility

Model Highlights

The original Toyota Prius set the hybrid standard for the rest of the American car market. It proved that a practical mid-size hybrid vehicle could work and be family-friendly while achieving 50 mpg efficiency ratings.

The full hybrid drivetrain of the Prius means it can run on engine alone, battery alone, or a combination of the two depending on the demands of the driver and the terrain. The drivetrain comprises a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine and a NiMh battery pack and motor. The engine charges the battery and the battery assists the motor when needed. The brakes capture kinetic energy and use it to recharge the battery as well.

The suspension is a very conventional MacPherson strut front/torsion beam rear setup. The car comes with a 6-speaker stereo, power accessories and automatic climate control -- essentially a very conventional mid-size sedan, but one that achieves 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway.

Several Prius variations are available, intended to appeal to a wider group of potential buyers. A larger version of the Prius is called the Prius v. It's a little longer than the standard Prius, with most of that length going for rear-seat room and rear cargo space, essentially making this a "Prius Wagon." The Prius v gets the same 1.8L 4-cylinder and battery pack, and fuel economy will be slightly lower with this model. However, it still offers the same value-packed standard feature list and "green" credibility as its older brother.

The diminutive Prius c is the smallest variant, offering an impressive 53/46 mpg return in a super mini package. It is powered by a 1.5L 4-cylinder with an electric motor and battery pack. Finally, there's the Prius Plug-in. It uses a wall charger to maximize the range of its onboard battery and thus achieves very strong fuel economy numbers. The Plug-In utilizes the standard Prius body and a similar powertrain, but is intended to be charged before use. The stored energy in the battery pack can propel the Prius Plug-In for 13 miles without starting the gasoline engine, and it charges in as little as 1.5 hours. Most commuters will be able to get to work on battery power alone, using the 1.8L high-efficiency engine for anywhere else they want to go.

Several trim levels exist for each Prius model, each carrying a number designation. Even base models, known as the "Prius Two" come nicely equipped, with amenities such as halogen headlights, automatic climate control, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, 3.5-inch multi-function display, and more. Top-tier Prius Five models include things like LED headlights with integrated fog lights, 17-inch wheels, special SofTex leatherette seating, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Persona Series adds equipment to the Prius Three trim level, including chrome accents, SofTex seating, 17-inch alloys and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

Special options include hard-drive-based navigation, a pre-collision safety system, panoramic power moonroof and Entune, which is essentially a suite of mobile applications and data services that connect you with your Prius.

All Prius models come standard with a host of safety features, such as advanced multi-stage airbags, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, a tire pressure monitor and more.

Model News

For 2015, the Toyota Prius receives few changes. Among them, a rear camera is now standard, while a new Persona Series trim adds special appearance items.

Value Writeup

The Prius has set the standard for hybrid powertrains in the U.S. since it was introduced. The current model is the most efficient, most reliable Prius yet and has proven to be an amazing bargain.

With several Prius variations from which to choose, there's a Prius for every buyer. Anyone who thought the original Prius was too small should look for the Prius v. Customers looking to maximize their fuel economy would be advised to consider the Prius Plug-in. Both feature Toyota's reliable, efficient hybrid technology at a reasonable price. The Prius c is an even more cost-conscious hybrid for those looking to maximize fuel economy.

Front Wheel Drive

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
50 MPG

Engine Type
Gas/Electric I-4

1.8 L/110

Fuel System
Sequential MPI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
134 @ 5200

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
105 @ 4000

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined

Battery Range
11 mi

EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
93.7 ft³

Front Head Room
38.6 in

Front Leg Room
42.5 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.9 in

Front Hip Room
52.7 in

Second Head Room
37.6 in

Second Leg Room
36 in

Second Shoulder Room
53.1 in

Second Hip Room
51.2 in

106.3 in

Length, Overall
176.4 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
68.7 in

Height, Overall
58.7 in

Track Width, Front
60 in

Track Width, Rear
59.8 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.3 in

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up
21.6 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3194 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
15 X 6 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 X 6 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.2 ft

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.2 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
10.6 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Hybrid/Electric Components Years

Hybrid/Electric Components Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Maintenance Years

Maintenance Miles/km

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Engine: 1.8L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V VVT-i

Transmission: Continuously Variable Automatic -inc: Electronically Controlled (ECVT)

Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature

Front-Wheel Drive

4.11 Axle Ratio

Battery w/Run Down Protection

Hybrid Electric Motor

4056# Gvwr

Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers

Front Anti-Roll Bar

Electric Power-Assist Steering

10.6 Gal. Fuel Tank

Single Stainless Steel Exhaust

Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs

Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs

Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Lithium Ion Traction Battery w/6.6 kW Onboard Charger, 3 Hrs Charge Time @ 110/120V and 1.5 Hrs Charge Time @ 220/240V

Wheels: 6J x 15" 10-Spoke Aluminum Alloy

Tires: P195/65R15 AS

Spare Tire Mobility Kit

Clearcoat Paint

Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert

Body-Colored Rear Bumper

Black Side Windows Trim

Chrome Door Handles

Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding

Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster

Light Tinted Glass

Variable Intermittent Wipers

Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels

Lip Spoiler

Black Grille

Liftgate Rear Cargo Access

Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks

Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off

LED Brakelights

Radio: AM/FM/CD Player w/Display Audio/Nav -inc: 6.1" touch-screen w/integrated backup camera display, AM/FM CD player, 6 speakers, SiriusXM Radio w/90-day All Access trial, HD Radio, auxiliary audio jack, USB port, vehicle information, hands-free phone capability, advanced voice recognition, and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, Entune App Suite includes Bing, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable and Pandora; realtime info including traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks Access to Entune services is subscription-free. See toyota.com/entune for details.

Radio w/Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls

Window Grid And Roof Mount Antenna

Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat

60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat

Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column

Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer

Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows

Front Cupholder

Rear Cupholder

Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start

Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button

Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel

Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls

Automatic Air Conditioning w/Steering Wheel Controls

HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts

Illuminated Glove Box

Driver Foot Rest

Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents

Full Cloth Headliner

Cloth Door Trim Insert

Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob

Fabric Seat Material

Day-Night Rearview Mirror

Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination

Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets

Front Map Lights

Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

Full Carpet Floor Covering

Carpet Floor Trim

Cargo Area Concealed Storage

Roll-Up Cargo Cover

Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit

Cargo Space Lights

Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins

Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down

Delayed Accessory Power

Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature

Systems Monitor

Trip Computer

Outside Temp Gauge

Digital Display

Seats w/Cloth Back Material

Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints

Front Center Armrest w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest

2 Seatback Storage Pockets

Engine Immobilizer

2 12V DC Power Outlets

Air Filtration

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

ABS And Driveline Traction Control

Side Impact Beams

Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags

Low Tire Pressure Warning

Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags

Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags

Airbag Occupancy Sensor

Driver Knee Airbag

Rear Child Safety Locks

Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners















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