Plug It In with the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in

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The world has radically changed since a few decades ago when people only knew of gas as the sole power behind making vehicles move. In the modern world, gas has become a commodity of demanding price, making alternative sources for powering cars quite needed. So for a car that allows you to travel on gas which can be converted into energy for a battery to keep you going, you need a hybrid. If you want to never have to need the gas at all, you need the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

As far as appearance goes, the Prius Plug-in hybrid is not much different to the original Prius hybrid, except perhaps for the addition of a space to put away the plug. It still has the sensible design that delivers the message of a greener environment and the no nonsense exterior to prevent distractions.

Looking at the interior of the Prius Plug-in, you would really be impressed at how wisely the engineers maximized the space inside the frankly small car. With the amount of legroom inside, people would have no problem getting comfy even with a full load. The design for the consol is also quite sensible, with the temperature control and navigation system logically positioned to prevent confusion.

In terms of performance, those looking to lessen fuel expenses will find nothing to worry about as a full charge of the Prius Plug-in would be more than enough for a drive around town without even needing the gas. If the electric charge should happen to run out however, the Plug-in will simply revert to hybrid mode and allow you to continue moving.

Toyota’s Breakthrough Sedan, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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What is the secret of Toyota in selling cars? How do they consistently sell large numbers of automobiles even in the US, outselling known brands like Ford and Chevrolet? It’s because Toyota sticks to its winning formula: producing efficient and reliable cars. One of its models, the Toyota Camry, has sold millions worldwide. With the release of the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota is well poised to sell big once again.

With make-believe car technologies become reality today like self-inflating tires, voice operated dashboards and satellite uplink on the road, the Camry Hybrid might seem disappointing because at first nothing has changed.. Only when one has sat inside and taken it on the road, are the differences revealed.

In fuel efficiency and engine power, the 2012 Camry Hybrid has improved due to lighter materials introduced, allowing it to reduce overall weight and air drag. Powered by a 2.5L engine and a 105 KW electric motor, the new Camry produces 156 horsepower and 156 lbs of torque. Surprisingly, at that level of power, it has a fuel efficiency rating of 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway. For a midsize sedan, where else do you find that level of fuel efficiency?

The interior has also been greatly improved, with well trimmed seats furnished with cloth and plastic which give a texture. The dashboard features Entune, an in-car system built into the 4-inch touch screen which allows access to all sorts of online applications. There is also like Sirius XM satellite radio, cd/mp3 playability and blue tooth wireless technology.

For safety, the Camry Hybrid has 10 airbags, both for driver and passengers. It has Toyota’s Star System composed of Traction Control, antilock brakes, and Smart Stop technology.

Depending on the model, the 2012 Camry Hybrid sells for $ 25,000-27,000. The price range is almost the same compared to competitors like the Hyundai Sonata and the Ford Fusion. Fuel efficiency and road reliability are the best points of the 2012 Camry Hybrid.

2012 Toyota Yaris: The Hybrid That Stands Out

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The small hybrid car is seeing a resurgence in recent years thanks to newer technology allowing state of the art features to fit in such small space, as well as due to certain economic factors. But the 2012 Toyota Yaris is not something to be trifled with. If anything, it is a beautiful product from the world renowned automobile maker, packed with safety features that put all other hybrid cars to shame.

First and foremost, the styling. Previous models of the Toyota Yaris shows that Toyota indeed intends the Yaris to be recognized as among the most fashionable lineups in its roster of cars. And the 2012 Toyota Yaris doesn’t disappoint. Featuring color keyed details, distinct wheels, bolder looking air dams, and a look that resembles a rally racer in general, the 2012 Toyota Yaris no doubt fits the bill.

But the car looks just as good inside as it does outside. The choice materials used in this model are a significant improvement over last year’s, with more pronounced looking details, gauges rightfully relocated to right where they belong, and instrument panel design. The 2012 Toyota Yaris looks and feels great to drive around with the family for a camping trip or a simple weekend picnic out of town.

As a family car, Toyota ensured that safety features get top priority. The 2012 Toyota Yaris is now equipped with nine airbags—including roll sensing airbags for all occupants, a knee airbag positioned underneath the driver,  and side bags for front seat passengers. The 2012 Toyota Yaris is also a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

For small hybrid cars, nothing else even comes close to the 2012 Toyota Yaris.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: Leading the Way

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Toyota has been the known leader and pioneer of hybrid cars and it is not so surprising that they keep formulating better formulas every now and then to outdo their previous creations.  They now present consumers with the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid that will define perfection of hybrid marksmanship. Toyota was originally hesitant with adding a plug-in system for its renowned Prius hybrid for the fact that a lithium-battery-powered plug in can be costly.  But due to insistent public demand and criticisms, it became a challenge for Toyota to do the unthinkable – to give us an even better and more cost effective gasoline-electric technology by the name of Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

This latest plug-in technology though has to be understand by consumers as its viability somehow depends on the consumer’s geographic location, access to charging facilities, and drive cycle.  Basically, the fuel mileage that every consumer and critic is bragging about boils down to the fact that long trips in the 2012 Toyota Hybrid Prius Plug-In Hybrid will give you exceptional fuel economy while short trips with may be more frequent recharging can give you a stellar fuel economy.

There are no major visible distinctions between the all new plug-in hybrid and the original hybrid aside from some minor paints and door handles that has “plug-in hybrid” decals.  Interior wise, Toyota made some minor adjustments to make more room for the larger battery pack by slightly raising the cargo floor.  Other than those, the major improvement would only be the battery pack.

The original hybrid makes use of nickel-metal hydride battery and it has definitely proven its work throughout the many years of consumers loving the original Prius hybrid.  However, the plug-in hybrid makes use of a more potent lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged in only three hours.

The new lithium-ion battery can make you run more miles by itself alone, thus, giving consumers an excellent boost in real-life fuel economy.  When the lithium-ion battery pack dies, the vehicle runs on the traditional hybrid that works on gasoline as well.  This further eliminates the remaining anxiety of most consumers when it comes to range.

2012 Toyota Prius V: Hybrid Fuel Economy Meets Wagon Practicality

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The 2012 Toyota Prius V is one of the two extension models of the original Toyota Prius.  This came as a result of more consumers dreaming of Hybrid’s great fuel efficiency but is in dire need of a roomier car.  We all have different lifestyles and the 2012 Toyota Prius V is simply perfect for those who need quite an extensive cargo room along with passenger space but wants the benefits of a hybrid.  In today’s economy, who would not want a thrifty gas-electric powertrain? Critics are tagging the 2012 Toyota Prius V as the “holy grail combo”.  Once again, Toyota delivers exactly what the consumers have been longing for.  Even the adventurers would love this as there is no more need to eliminate most of their equipment to save room for friends who will be joining the trip.

Exterior sports a bit longer body looking more like a wagon with a capacity of five persons and cargo space similar if not better to that of small SUVs today.  Amazingly, it managed to remain the quietness in the cabin and smoothness even with a much more elongated body.  It definitely is a very practical choice especially if you are the person who has always been bummed out by outrageous fuel consumption over the past years.

While critics are somehow finding this great vehicle a bit hard to categorize, consumers are having no difficult time at all as they know in an instant that this belongs to their families.  It gives the just right balance of fuel economy with features of a station wagon.

Consumers do not mind at all the small difference in fuel efficiency when compared to the original hybrid because they know for a fact that they are getting more in terms of the whole package.  While it is true that we cannot have it all, we have the option of sacrificing a little something for a whole lot of other better things.

The 2012 Toyota Prius V gives the frugal families a chance of saving especially with the increasing fuel prices today.  Critics are saying that for the first time, the name Prius is screaming with both practicality and functionality.