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MSRP: $29,990 - $34,905
Invoice: $28,791 - $33,509
MPG: 51 City / 49 Hwy
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Toyota Prius Plug-In Interior

Reviewers say that the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in has an attractive, futuristic interior design and spacious passenger and cargo areas. However, many think the Prius Plug-in’s cabin materials include too many hard, drab plastic trim pieces which aren’t nice enough for a car in this price range.

  • "But as in the regular Prius, we really like the way the dashboard curves toward the driver. It gives the cockpit a spaceship-like feel, which seems appropriate in such an advanced car. The gauges, too, look ready for outer space, comprising a variety of digital readouts and diagrams describing what the hybrid powertrain is up to. Interior materials aren't luxury-grade, even in Advanced trim, but they don't seem cheap, either." -- AutoTrader
  • "Materials quality in the Prius is also disappointing, with harder and cheaper plastics than other cars in its price range." -- Edmunds
  • "The contoured dash looks particularly handsome with its 2-tone panels, although on base models the gray-colored plastic and fabric look a little dull." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Many of the interior panels give off the impression that this car was built to a price. It's pretty disappointing given the substantial price premium the Plug-in commands over the regular Prius." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in seats five and comes standard with fabric upholstery and heated front seats. Available features include leatherette upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Test drivers agree that the Prius Plug-in’s front and back seats are spacious.

  • "The rear quarters are a step down from what you'll find in a midsize car like the Camry Hybrid, but there's still ample room for full-sized adults back there. While the same is true of the C-MAX Hybrid, the Volt's legroom-deficient back seat doesn't measure up." -- AutoTrader
  • "Passengers are treated to ample room in both rows. …" -- Left Lane News
  • "The cabin is unfailingly spacious, graciously accommodating passengers and cargo of most heights and sizes." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "As with the regular Prius, we like the roomy backseat and usable cargo space." -- Chicago Tribune (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in include automatic climate control, navigation, a rearview camera, satellite radio, an auxiliary input, a USB port, Bluetooth, push-button start and Toyota’s Entune touch-screen infotainment system, which uses your smartphone’s data plan to access apps like Bing, Pandora and OpenTable, as well as information about weather, traffic, gas prices and sports. Available features include an eight-speaker JBL sound system and adaptive cruise control.

Reviewers comment that some people may not like the Prius Plug-in’s unique dashboard layout, which puts the speedometer just out of the driver’s sight line. Some automotive journalists say the Prius Plug-in’s touch-screen navigation system, which operates most of the car’s infotainment features, is easy to use, but others think it makes adjusting the audio system more complicated than it should be. A few critics say Toyota’s Entune system can be a pain to use because you have to register for it, install an app on your smartphone and always be connected to the Internet to use it.

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  • "The standard touchscreen operates many of the Prius' high-tech features and is, for the most part, smartly designed. The Entune system can be a hassle, though, since you have to install an app on your phone and register for an account; plus, you always need an active data connection to use Entune." -- Edmunds
  • "The Plug-in has the same unconventional dashboard layout as the standard Prius. The speedometer readout is just out of the driver's line of sight, which can be good or bad depending on your taste. A redundant head-up display is standard on the Advanced; we wish Toyota offered it on the Base. The standard navigation system absorbs most audio controls, complicating some adjustments." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in has 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is larger than the cargo areas in plug-in hybrid rivals like the Chevrolet Volt and Ford C-Max Energi. The Prius Plug-in comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Reviewers agree that the Prius Plug-in’s cargo area is large and flexible, and they like that there are lots of interior cubbies for storing personal items.

  • "Remarkably, the Prius Plug-in offers the same 21.6-cu-ft trunk capacity as the regular Prius despite its larger battery pack. Moreover, the 60/40 split rear seat backs fold down to accommodate larger items." -- AutoTrader
  • "Like the standard Prius, the plug-in is a segment leader in versatility. The hatchback body style provides 21.6 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats up, and the rear seats offer plenty of space for passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "Prius Plug-in offers hatchback versatility with 60/40 split-folding rear seat backs, but be wary of the sloping glass roof panel when loading tall items. Cabin storage is plentiful, and includes a large bin under the raised center console, upper and lower gloveboxes, and a two-tiered console box." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The cargo volume is roomy enough for all the kids' gear. Behind the seats, you'll have 21.6 cubic feet of cargo volume." -- Chicago Tribune (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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