SALT LAKE CITY — We test a lot of cars, as the manufacturers intended, and we think we do a decent job.
So when Toyota loaned us a Prius Plug-In, we were excited. We gave it the kid test, found the hidden exhaust pipe, and headed for the garage to test the EV part.
After a few hours charging, it said we had 12 miles of all-electric range. Contrasted with the leaves, you can hear how quiet it is.
We ran down to a home improvement store. It was less than six miles round trip. While there, we appreciated the backup camera and good rear-view.
But we failed to keep it in EV mode. Turn on the fan, not even AC, and the engine kicks in. Pulling out into traffic, we burned gas.
In the <A href=http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=21585901">Chevy Volt, we floored it, and it stayed electric up to 50 miles.
We read Prius Plug-in testimonials. They stayed electric for 12 miles, but we couldn't get it to go for half that. It said we still got 78 miles per gallon.
The Prius Plug-In has no changes, including price, for 2103. You pay a couple grand more for the privilege of plugging in, but if you want the benefit of running like an EV, you'll need a lighter foot than ours.