Test Driving Toyota's 2013 Prius Plug-In and Loving It

| 10/13/2011 2:57:29 PM

Tags: 2013 Prius Plug In, Innovation, Toyota, Gasoline Electric Hybrids, Green Cars, Gains In Efficiency,

I’ve completely changed my mind about driving.

Well, almost completely.

For two weeks I’ve been using an innovative new car that has radically changed my experience of driving.  The 2013 Prius Plug-in prototype we’ve borrowed from Toyota provides a very different experience from the traditional Prius or any other car I’ve ever known.

I’ve driven hybrids before: three generations of the Prius; the Toyota Highlander Hybrid; the Nissan Altima Hybrid; Honda’s Civic Hybrid and CR-Z hybrid sportscar; a Lexus SUV hybrid; and even Chevy’s (now defunct) hybrid pickup. Each of them was impressive in its own way.  They all made big gains in efficiency over their conventional gas-powered peers.

But the newest generation of green cars seems to be setting a new automotive benchmark with gasoline/electric hybrids that are using technology to create much higher expectations than ever before.

Prius Plug-In at Rancho Cappuccino Photo by Bryan Welch 

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