Changes for the 2013 Toyota Prius:
For the 2013 model year, the only change to the Toyota Prius lineup is the addition of a Persona Series Special Edition model, which adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, leatherette seats and steering wheel trim, and unique interior accents to the Prius Three trim level.
The 2013 Toyota Prius is a 5-passenger, 5-door midsize hatchback sold in two series: Prius, and Prius Plug-in. The Prius Plug-in model is discussed in a separate overview.
The Prius is offered in numerical trim levels including the Prius Two, Prius Three, Prius Four, and Prius Five. All Prius models have LED running lights and LED taillights, while the Prius Three adds a navigation system, upgraded audio system features, a reversing camera, and more. The Prius Four includes leatherette seats, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, and a premium sound system. Prius Five models have 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED headlights, and fog lights.
Engines and Transmissions:
A full-hybrid powertrain is standard in the 2013 Prius, pairing a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric assist motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The Prius can accelerate to 25 mph on electricity alone, and when the gasoline engine is operating, delivers a combined 134 horsepower to the car’s front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Fuel Economy Ratings:
According to the EPA, the 2013 Toyota Prius is expected to return 51 mpg in the city, 48 mpg on the highway, and 50 mpg in combined driving.
The 2013 Prius receives a 5-star overall crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls the Prius a “Top Safety Pick.”
A humidity-sensing automatic climate control system with dust and pollen filters comes standard on every Prius model, as well as a 6.1-inch color touchscreen Display Audio system, a USB port, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming, and Smart Key passive entry.
Toyota offers a Solar Roof Package with a solar-powered ventilation system and remote-controlled heating and air conditioning for the Prius Three model, as well as a navigation system, a reversing camera, and a free 3-year subscription to Toyota Entune services.
A heads-up display is optional for the Prius Four model, and this version can be upgraded with a Safety Connect telematics system that offers Automatic Collision Notification service. This feature activates if the car’s airbags deploy, putting occupants of the Prius in touch with a live operator who can contact emergency rescue personnel and send them to the car’s exact location.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and a Pre-Collision crash-readiness system are reserved for the Prius Five variant.