HIGHLIGHTS
 
The 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PHV) – the newest member of the Prius family – is the world’s first plug-in hybrid using hybrid synergy drive, with the lowest charge time of any plug-in. The PHV combines the benefits of the standard model Prius hybrid vehicle operation with extended electric vehicle (EV) driving and more affordable pricing than pure electric or range-extender type vehicles. It offers the same five-passenger seating and luggage space as the standard Prius model, while providing the quick, smooth, quiet driving of a pure electric vehicle when operating in EV mode. The PHV also retains the Hybrid Synergy Drive synonymous with Prius, where the driver is free to manually select between EV and hybrid mode seamlessly.
 
POWERTRAIN PERFORMANCE
 
  • 1.8L 4-cylinder engine delivers 98 horsepower (gas engine only or 134 combined horsepower).
    • Has electric water pump that requires no belt
    • Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system
    • Overall fuel efficiency of 95 MPGe (2.5 L/100km)*, with 49MPG (4.7 L/100 km)* in hybrid mode
  • Hybrid Synergy Drive system: parallel hybrid system that can provide power either from engine alone, or electric motor alone, or combination of both: provides 17 km of pure EV driving at speeds up to 100km/h
    • Hybrid control computer manages the system so optimum power delivered according to driver demand
    • Start-stop system and regenerative brake help conserve fuel, with battery recharge on deceleration
    • When in EV mode, switches to full hybrid mode under full acceleration, keeping battery charged; even when not in EV mode, will rely more on electric-only when that is more efficient
  • Specially developed, large lithium ion battery
    • Even with new onboard battery charging system and larger 176-lb. battery pack, PHV weighs only 123 lbs. more than the standard Prius Liftback
    • 4.4 kWh battery pack includes charger under battery that features internal cooling fan
    • Lowest charge time of any plug-in: Full charge using external AC outlet takes approximately 2.5 to 3.0 hours using a 120v household outlet or 1.5 hours using a 240v outlet; 120v charging cable connects to charging port inlet on right-rear fender
    • Battery charge cable weighs just 3.75 lbs. and fits in its own compartment in trunk area
    • Timer allows charging to take place during off-peak hours and can be set for both start and end times
    • In event of malfunction, Charging Circuit Interrupter Device (CCID) in the cable will stop flow of electricity for safety, and indicator lamp will flash
 
TECHNOLOGIES
 
  • Touchscreen display audio and navigation system
  • Touch Tracer Display featuring steering wheel switches designed to reduce driver eye movement
  • Rear backup camera
  • New battery “state of charge” gauge and multi-information display of fuel and energy consumption
  • EV Drive Ratio display records ration of driving distance covered by EV power
  • Driver feedback screens
 
SAFETY
 
  • The 2012 Prius PHV features seven air bags and the Toyota Star Safety System, a suite of six standard active safety technologies.
    • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
    • Traction Control (TRAC)
    • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
    • Brake Assist (BA)
    • Smart Stop Technology (SST)
 
FEATURES AND OPTIONS
 
  • Five-passenger seating
  • Exclusive exterior trim, including chrome-like finish for door handles, front grille, rear license plate garnish and battery charging door
  • Unique badges, blue-accent headlamps and LED high mount stop light
  • Unique 15” alloy wheels
  • Halogen headlamps, heated rear-view mirror
  • Heated front seats
  • Smart Key system (for driver, passenger and rear) with push-button start
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Rear wipers
  • Display 6-speaker audio and navigation
  • 6-way manual driver seat, 4-way passenger seat and 40/60 folding rear seat
  • Auto up-down for all windows
  • Standard HDD navigation system
  • Advanced option available, which adds:
    • LED, auto-levelling headlamps and headlamp cleaner
    • Fog lamps
    • SofTex interior seat trim
    • 8-way power driver seat
    • JBL premium audio + 2 speakers
    • AVN navigation
    • Pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control
 
EXTERIOR COLOURS
 
  • Alpine White
  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Classic Silver Metallic
  • Sea Glass Pearl
  • Winter Grey Metallic
  • Clearwater Blue Metallic
 
BASE MANUFACTURER’S SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICING
Model
Engine
Transmission
Base MSRP
Toyota Prius PHV
1.8L 4-cylinder
CVT
$35,700
 
*Based on U.S. EPA ratings
 
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