Prius plug-in vs standard hybrid

Discussion in 'Gen 1 Prius Plug-in 2012-2015' started by Kidze, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. Kidze

    Kidze New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2019
    4
    0
    0
    Location:
    Europe
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    N/A
    Hello,

    what i would like to find out is the reason for difference in the performance between standard prius gen 3 and prius plug-in gen 1.
    As far as i know, plug-in version takes about 1 second more from 0 to 100 km/h than standard prius (approx. 10,5 sec vs 11,5 sec), even though it is only a little bit heavier, negligible for such difference in acceleration data.
    Is it because control system of the power-train operates differently or is it something else?
    I would really like to hear the impressions of the people who had driven both cars, is there any difference in the feel how much power there is available in each car with full throttle?
    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Deoc

    Deoc Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2017
    52
    29
    0
    Location:
    Pasco
    Vehicle:
    2014 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    If you buy a prius and worry about 1 second between the normal and plug in, then i think you are buying the wrong car (no trying to be rude just opinion) the plug in is heavier thats probably why, the suspension is slightly more robust but no noticible difference, the plug in is usually more expensive, but if you can get the plug in for the same price as the normal you will want to get the plug in, better battery and you could get better gas milage if you dont charge it.
     
  3. Kidze

    Kidze New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2019
    4
    0
    0
    Location:
    Europe
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    N/A
    No offence taken
    I am not planning drag races, but still the car has to be useable in everyday life, i.e. it has to be powerfull enough to pass a truck on some road in some time which is not dangerously long.
    So that's why it bothers me is the plug-in version noticably slower than regular prius or not.
     
  4. jerrymildred

    jerrymildred Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2016
    7,175
    8,818
    0
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    You made me curious. I googled and found 0-60 Times | Find 0 to 60 & Quarter Mile Times Car Specs

    I compared the two and they said this:
    Screen Shot 2019-01-04 at 8.14.27 AM.png

    I'm not aware of any tuning differences between them. I do know that weight makes a big difference in acceleration. It also impacts fuel economy as I noticed yesterday while making a 50+ mile trip with a heavy friend.

    That said, my PiP's acceleration is enough for me. If it wasn't, I'd still have a sport touring motorcycle. ;)
     
  5. Kidze

    Kidze New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2019
    4
    0
    0
    Location:
    Europe
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    N/A
    Thanks Jerry.
    I guess that there is no big difference, but if someone has driving experience of both cars, please share your impressions.
     
  6. jfschultz

    jfschultz Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2004
    635
    112
    0
    Location:
    Germantown, TN
    Vehicle:
    2013 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    How our perspectives have changed. When I learned to drive 0 to 60 in ten seconds was a hot car!
     
  7. QuantumFireball

    QuantumFireball Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2016
    312
    180
    0
    Location:
    Ireland
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    I've only test driven a few standard Gen 3 Prius briefly, didn't really feel any difference between them and mine.

    One thing to note since you're in Europe: There is no "PWR Mode" in the Plug-in, as it's replaced by "EV City" mode (which further restricts ICE usage). But this just changes the linearity of throttle response - flooring it in normal HV mode isn't any different to PWR mode.
     
    SFO and jerrymildred like this.
  8. Kidze

    Kidze New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2019
    4
    0
    0
    Location:
    Europe
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    N/A
    Thx for info. I would also expect that they are more less the same, but i found on toyota.uk faq page (i can't put a link as a newbie) the info that li-ion is 40 kg heavier and plug-in is 1 second slower than standard prius, which makes no sense to me, 40 kg is the weight of a kid, it cannot make the difference in performance.
    That's why if thought there is something else, maybe something in control system which puts more accent to the fuel saving other than performance.
     
  9. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    40,448
    12,006
    41
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    Final Scoring, Performance Data, and Complete Specs

    10.2 secs naught to 60 according to Car and Driver. I’m pretty sure the regular Prius doesn’t do it in 9.2. (Closer to 9.8 IIRC)
     
  10. QuantumFireball

    QuantumFireball Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2016
    312
    180
    0
    Location:
    Ireland
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Yeah, the 0-60 figures don't make sense. I don't think they're that useful anyway for normal driving, something like 30-60 MPH would be more relevant.
     
  11. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 'Orrible Oracle

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    38,243
    26,986
    80
    Location:
    Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Touring
    A lot of Prius drivers are content to stay in line with the trucks, good for the mpg, easier on the nerves.
     
Loading...