Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Goes Two-Tone for 2014 in Japan



Still Not Liking It

Still Not Liking It

Only one word is truly need to describe the flood of minute changes that Toyota is making on the Model Year 2014 Prius Plug-In Hybrid in Japan.


In a flashback to the long forgotten past, Toyota has decided to revive the two-tone paint job.

The 2014 Prius Plug-In Hybrid features this two-tone mess in Japan.  Let’s hope it doesn’t show up in the US.

Other changes for Model Year 2014 are minor:

Fake Wood Within

Fake Wood Within

  • New aluminum wheels
  • LED lit badging
  • Improved spot welding
  • Wood-grain inserts

Basically, the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid carries over into 2014 unchanged, except for that two-tone hideousness.

Pricing in Japan starts at at 2.85 million yen  to 3.998 million yen, or $29,398 to $41,200 USD.

We hope to have details on the US Model Year 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid soon.  Until then…our fingers will be crossed to protect us from this two-toner making the trek across the Pacific.

via IndianAutosBlog

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Toyota does not believe there is a market for single-tone paint jobs.

I wouldn’t mind two tone on the Prius if done right, it’s just a beetroot-red two tone? I’m not sure if I’m that deliberately sick in the head to come up with that!

Two tone isn’t bad at all! Citroen DS3 and Renault Captur come to mind, it’s just this two-tone Prius is rather lazy.

Lame changes to the PiP aside.

“…are fingers will be crossed…”

I think you meant “our”.

Sorry toyota, you can not polish a turd.

According to Mythbusters, you can:

But yes, it’s lipstick on a pig. Might as well throw some racing stripes on there, LOL.

I think it looks good. I like it. Now if they’d just improve the PiP’s performance such as more EV range, higher EV speed, and I.C.E. lockout… I might consider putting it back on my list of acceptable future vehicles.


This is bullsh*t. I always live the two tone Prius phv

Hopefully they can boost the EPA rated 6 mile pure electric range. Can’t they tweak the engine to not come on when using the battery going up a hill or when accelerating harder than normal in battery mode?


It seems Toyota has always targeted “efficiency” with their hybrid systems, rather than user experience. And I think this is another example of where they just don’t “get it.” They don’t understand that lots of drivers are looking for an EV driving experience, rather than just improved fuel economy, and it is only a matter of software changes to give it to them.

This is exactly the kind of negative distraction that goes on at death locked PSA, it leads to nowhere.
Toyota must add EV range to the PIP and extend the pure electric working regime of its car. If that means reducing the color choice to back or black be it, but at least there will be true progress not eye catching.

Nice a two-tone appliance style car

I was hoping they push up the EV range to put pressure on the other PHEV to increase theirs.