Gallery: TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the New Plug-in Prius For an Exten...

 
The most important thing we discovered while driving the plug-in Prius was that it is clearly designed for stop-and-go city driving. When we took it from stoplight to stoplight, gradual braking could put as much as a third of a mile back on the estimated battery range indicator, which means that going across town block by block could tame your road rage by taking you almost infinitely farther than the original 13-mile EV range. At over speeds of 60 miles per hour, however, the car switched to gas power and felt a bit underpowered. The Prius has an indicator on the dash to tell you when you're in EV mode or "Eco" mode, and any time you push down the gas pedal for quicker acceleration, the lights speed to the right end of the Eco indicator marked "Power." As in, slow down, Lead Foot, you're ruining your gas mileage. The only problem is, this is required to get up to highway speeds or accelerate at a reasonable pace in faster traffic. So, we stuck to back roads after a while to keep from angering the little hybrid too much.

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  1. Jlmcannally December 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I would likw a plug in that foes 30 miles on a charge and burns regular gas

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