03 Oct '16, 11am

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: first drive of new plug-in hybrid

John Voelcker 223 views Oct 3, 2016 Follow John Add to circle The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is a considerably better car than a few electric-car fans had feared. In fact, with an EPA-rated range of 25 miles (more than projected) and energy efficiency so high—at 124 MPGe—that it matches the BMW i3 with all its whizzy advanced technology, it’s a very viable plug-in hybrid choice. And it all has to do with one little design choice made by the plug-in Prius design team. DON'T MISS: 2016 Toyota Prius: First Drive Of 56-MPG Hybrid That decision was to default the car into electric-only mode if its battery has any charge remaining (above that needed to operate as a conventional Prius hybrid, which it does after the battery is depleted). It’s a simple software command, but it turns the Prius Prime from a hybrid into an electric car over its first 20 or 25 miles. That means it’s not ...

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