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2013 Toyota Prius Overview

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2013 Toyota Prius Overview

What’s New for the 2013 Toyota Prius

A new trim level, the Persona Series Special Edition, is introduced this year – otherwise, the Prius remains unchanged.

2013 Toyota Prius Exterior

The Toyota Prius is arguably the most widely-recognized hybrid on the market, with its unique curves and boxy rear hatchback. The Prius comes in five trim levels: the Two, Three, Persona Series Special Edition, Four and Five.
Standard on every Prius regardless of trim includes heated power mirrors, a rear window wiper, and keyless ignition/entry.

2013 Toyota Prius Performance

A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a pair of electric motor/generators power the Prius. Together they create 134 hp through a specialized continuously variable transmission, or CVT.

2013 Toyota Prius Efficiency

2013 Prius Engine

The Prius is known for its incredible fuel efficiency. The EPA estimates the 2013 Prius gets 51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway, and 50 mpg in combined driving.

2013 Toyota Prius Interior

The Prius has a practical interior design featuring gauges, controls, in a “floating console” which provides a storage tray underneath. At first appearance it might seem weird, but the location is actually very practical, with easy-to-read controls and plenty of cabin storage.
The Prius also features plenty of flexible interior space, most notably in the rear seats.

2013 Toyota Prius Safety

Every Prius comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, side curtain airbags, front side airbags, and a driver knee airbag. The Prius Five includes a pre-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system, and optional in the Prius Four and Five is Toyota’s Safety Connect emergency communications system. In government crash tests, the Prius receives a perfect five stars for overall protection, and the highest-possible safety rating of “good” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • Robert PiehlContributor

    Robert Piehl is the General Manager of Carver Toyota in Taylorsville, IN, which serves the greater Indianapolis areas including Columbus, Bloomington, Greenwood, Franklin, Seymour, and Brownstown.

  • Llew Keller

    We bought a used 2007 Prius in 2010 with about 50,000 miles. It’s now at 100,000 and has been totally trouble-free since the day we bought it. It’s definitely not an exciting car, but who can argue with a real-world 38 MPG city mileage – and that’s in San Francisco which has few freeways and lots of hills. The best my 2 other cars (both 4 cylinder) can manage is about 21 MPG city.