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Everyone is familiar with the Draft Prius, but now the mother of all hybrids also has another version, one that can be charged from the power outlet and done several tens of miles without using the gasoline engine. for who is that for...

Connected to herself

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Everyone is familiar with the Draft Prius, but now the mother of all hybrids also has another version, one that can be charged from the power outlet and done several tens of miles without using the gasoline engine. Who is it good and how much money?

Kenan Cohen


About 500 km after we set off and the Prius Flag fuel indicator does not show me that we have another third of a tank until visiting the gas station. Doing 500 km with a car test and not even approaching the end of the tank is not something that happens a lot, in fact it happens Rarely. But on the other hand, is it really supposed to surprise a car that has become synonymous with fuel savings?


For those who have skipped the last few decades in the automotive world, the first Toyota Prius introduced in 1997 is the first to bring the gospel to the general public. A car that combined a gasoline engine with an electric motor and has since gone from strength to strength, until the rest of the automotive industry woke up to its life and a little bit less expensive and unique. In its third generation, Toyota took it to the next level and also included a plug-in version that, besides being able to charge it from the power outlet, also switched to using lithium-ion batteries and provided a range of about 20-25 miles. It also briefly marketed between 2013 and 2013 2015. We now meet it again in the fourth generation when it is again based on the usual Prius, with the option of charging an electrical outlet, also home and with a declared range of 45 km.

Like? Don't like? It is definitely designed in a way unlike any other

Road test: Toita Prius plug-in (Photo: Keenan Cohen, Keenan Cohen)

The reason for its resurgence is derived from the expected rise in price of the regular hybrid cars. The purchase tax on these is expected to rise from 30 per cent to 45 per cent in early 2020, while plug-in hybrids with a 20 per cent sales tax increase to 25 per cent, in 2021 to 30 per cent and only in 2022 to 40 per cent. percentage. In this situation, when its counterparts will rise significantly in Toyota, it is believed that the flag version will not find economic justification despite the price gap.

Spacious front and excellent visibility out of the front seats

Road test: Toita Prius plug-in (Photo: Keenan Cohen, Keenan Cohen)

Dad, the car got hit from behind

The Prius Flag does not accept the taut appearance of the new Prius. That means the familiar silhouette remains as it was, but the facade is slightly different, with new lighting units and the more prominent feature - a socket in the back that starts from the roof and goes down through the two-humped "windshield" rear window. At first glance it seemed odd or like my daughter said "Dad, I think the car got hit from behind." It's like someone put something too hot on the back of the car and they twitched. Her appearance at least at night with the LED lighting definitely plays on the futuristic section.

The driver environment still shows the unique arrangement for pricing, good quality of materials and also human engineering

Road test: Toita Prius plug-in (Photo: Keenan Cohen, Keenan Cohen)

In the passenger compartment you will meet everything you liked or disliked in the latest generation Prius. A driver's environment is designing something with glossy black plastic that looks really good and even better at filling with dust and fingerprints. Lots of information of every kind, and a variety of alternating and controlled views. Fuel consumption, use of electric motor, charging, recent driving average metrics, green score, NBA games statistics, fruit and vegetable classification by season, tidal cycles from 1845 to the year and more, no, just, there aren't really tidal cycles, just tide.

At the back is a third seat, visibility is less good due to the shrinking windows

Road test: Toita Prius plug-in (Photo: Keenan Cohen, Keenan Cohen)

More in the accessory, full LED lighting, keyless entry and exit, a windscreen display, full Hebrew multimedia on an 8.8-inch touchscreen with Apple and Android compatibility, heated seats and more. Advanced safety includes the Toyota Safety Sense package which includes pedestrian and auto braking, lane warning and correction, adaptive cruise control, automatic light control, "dead area" vehicle warning, and speed dial identification.

The increased battery price is a small trunk, the door is large and comfortable

Road test: Toita Prius plug-in (Photo: Keenan Cohen, Keenan Cohen)

The front spacing is excellent, and the outward appearance is outstanding thanks to the very large window area in the front seats. Operations are simple, and human engineering is also understood after getting used to the many switches. I less liked the rubber surface, which is preferable to the smooth plastic that was there in the usual Prius, but can't quite keep things in place. The back seat also provides a very proper space, visibility is already a little less successful due to the window line climbing up. There are no air conditioning ports, there is a charging socket. Unlike the previous version marketed here, the Prius now offers three seats (only two in the past).

The price of the "plug-in" and the increased batteries that allow it to travel with electricity are paid here in the trunk that shrinks wonders. Its volume is only 359 liters, which is up to the roof. In the standard priori measuring up to the roof height it stands at 502 or 343 liters up to the height of the folded shelf.

The 1.8-liter engine is not exciting or powerful, but will suffice for any reasonable and logical use. You will have a smile at the gas station

Road test: Toita Prius plug-in (Photo: Keenan Cohen, Keenan Cohen)

On electricity and gasoline

The Prius plugin version, as its name, is capable of charging from an external power source. The 8.8 kWh battery can be charged from the home socket in two and a half hours, a dedicated outlet and a charging stand within two hours. With a timer, the car can be set to charge for certain hours so as not to overload the home network while the boiler, washer or dryer is in operation. When fully charged, Toyota declares that the battery will provide up to 45 km of electric range. Our real-time measurement yielded 38 km which is a very good statistic given that quite a few were done on a highway, including the maximum speed power verification of 135 mph. The bottom line when it comes to the electrical component is that it definitely has real electrical capability for medium suburban ranges.

Charging from a public position, industrial or home outlet

Road test: Toita Prius plug-in (Photo: Keenan Cohen, Keenan Cohen)

When the electric power is exhausted, the Prius goes into hybrid mode. Here's the familiar 1.8-liter Prius whose combined power with the electric unit is 122 hp. Performance doesn't wobble, it's definitely not what a car burns. On the other hand, in the vast majority of driving modes, you won't feel any frustrating performance and sewing Of the Northern Road she did not really have trouble coping with spontaneous bypasses, restraint was required here. All of her out-of-the-way discomfort was answered uncomfortably back, the continuous gearbox catapulted the rpm and improved pace - measured. Of course, even attempting to drive it faster than it should not reveal any exciting partner, well, already. Once you remember what you drive and how it drives most of its customers, you can go back to appreciate the quiet, very good ride comfort and most of all, admit that the world has remained normal-size tires worthy of its use with a 195-section 65-inch sole on a 15-inch rim.

Charge Timer

Road test: Toita Prius plug-in (Photo: Keenan Cohen, Keenan Cohen)

After two days of regular use, and even after our efforts, the Prius Plug-in remained firm in its intention not to cover less than 25 kilometers per liter. Of course, this figure, by itself, would become irrelevant if the customer used it on a regular basis, even once a day. In that case, or if the daily commute does not exceed 15 or even 20 km in each direction, you are looking at a car that the need to visit the gas station for routine tire pressure testing is higher than for refueling.

"Special" is also a kind of compliment

Road test: Toita Prius plug-in (Photo: Keenan Cohen, Keenan Cohen)


The future, it is already possible to agree, whether in the desire or absence lies in the electric cars. But until then, until infrastructure has been improved, down to a level that allows them to be an alternative already in the showroom and not for years - the plug-in cars are the middle stage. Ability to move on medium term power with gasoline engine backup.

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At a cost of NIS 165,000, today it will cost NIS 25,000 from a standard price. You can buy a lot of fuel for NIS 25,000, just say. That is why the importer is packing this car with a service package to make it more attractive. If it is a charging cable for a home or industrial outlet, alternatively a credit of NIS 2,100 for installing a fast home position (the price starts at NIS 5,000). There is also a service package for 60,000 kilometers or three years, where for 70 shekels a month, customers receive a fixed 30 percent discount on each treatment and garage hour at a cost of 250 shekels (the average working hour price at the importer's garage is about 300 shekels).

The bottom line, excellent and cost-effective as it may be, and indeed it is, the big obstacle that must be overcome is the price gap between it and the standard version. The cold economic calculation proves that people with a very specific route of use need to justify its purchase over a standard Prius - right now. For those whose main or sole motive is concern for pandas and polar bears? Well, your life is strawberry.

Road test: Toita Prius plug-in (Photo: Keenan Cohen, Keenan Cohen)

On the technical side: Toyota Prius Flag

Engine, propulsion: gasoline, hybrid, front
Volume: 1,798 cc
Power / rpm (kW): 5,200 / 122
Torque / rpm (kg): 3,600 / 14.5
Gearbox: Continuous

Length (cm): 465
Width (cm): 176
Height (cm): 147
Wheelbase (cm): 270
Trunk (liters): 359

0-100: 11.1 seconds acceleration
Maximum speed: 162 mph

NIS 165,000

Source: walla

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