1st Generation (2012—2015) Prius Plug-in Problems

Prius Plug-in owners with a 2012—2015 model year have the most problems with the electrical (50%), interior (16%), and the brakes (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Battery Brackets Broke 1 complaints at an average of 88,900 miles in the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in.
  2. Brake Failure 1 complaints at an average of 15,000 miles in the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in.
  3. Traction Battery Brackets Broke 1 complaints at an average of 21,235 miles in the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in.

What Prius Plug-in Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 2013 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2015 1 0 0 0.65
2014 2 0 0 1.15
2013 2 0 0 1.78
2012 1 0 0 0.12

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