2018 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Review, Changes


After the last year launch, 2018 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid continues without bigger changes. The most famous hybrid car is currently in the fourth generation. For more than two decades, this model gained and retained the reputation of the most reliable hybrid car on the markets. Sales numbers are the best proof. While first versions of this car featured a classic parallel hybrid technology, last two generations are available in plug-in variants as well. Moreover, there is a whole family of this iconic nameplate, which includes several different models.

This particular model comes with various improvements compared to the previous generation. Besides expected longer range, there are many other improvements. The new model is better in pretty much all aspects. It comes in a new, fastback body style that makes this car more attractive. For the second year of production, famous Japanese manufacturer will not offer bigger changes.

2018 toyota prius plug in hybrid front view

2018 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid design without bigger changes

As we already mentioned, 2018 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid comes without bigger changes. Since it came last year, it is still very fresh. Based on the fourth generation of classic Prius, this model features a pretty familiar design. It features the same design language, although there are many distinctive details. The front end comes with several novelties. There is a new bumper, front fascia, as well as new LED headlights.

On the other end, new 2018 Prius Plug-In Hybrid features new taillights, curved bumper, and various other details. There is also a completely new tailgate. It is made of carbon fiber, in order to save some weight and keep the perfect weight distribution, despite new larger and heavier battery pack. Interior is also very close to the classic Prius, although there are few new details on the dashboard, as well as some exclusive color schemes.

2018 toyota prius plug in hybrid interior

2018 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid powertrain

Well, this is the most interesting part of 2018 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. It continues in the same way as the last-year model. There is a familiar 1.8-liter gasoline engine, which comes in a combination with the dual-electric motor system. The new battery has a capacity of 8.8 kWh.

Compared to the previous generation, you can see a significant improvement in the electric part of the powertrain. With the new battery pack, this car can make around 25 miles. In EV model, this electric motor system is capable to produce 91 horsepower, which is much better compared to the original. So, it is no wonder that 2018 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid can go up to 84 mph in this model. The overall range goes over 600 miles. Also, this model is the most efficient hybrid car in the world when operating in EV model with 133 mpg-e.

2018 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid has a self-charging option

One of the most interesting optional features is definitely a solar panel on the roof. This feature isn’t something completely new in Prius familiar. In previous generations, this source of power has been used for the running of air condition. However, the new system is far more advanced and it is used for the charging of the main battery. The whole system weighs around 35 pounds and it is capable to provide additional 3 miles per day. This means roughly between 400 and 650 free miles per year, depending on weather conditions.

2018 toyota prius plug in hybrid rear view


2018 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid price and competition

The 2018 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid keeps the same price form the last-year model. So, base models are available at 42/43.000 dollars, depending on the market. Despite the fact, this model is by far the best-known hybrid nameplate in the world competition is getting tougher every year. Some of the competitors are models like Ford C-Max, Hyundai Ioniq, Chevrolet Volt etc.

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