Toyota Prius Plug-In reliability & safety

Strong standard safety tech makes the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid a great candidate for family transport.

Euro NCAP rating Adult protection rating Child protection rating Safety assist rating
5 stars 88% 82% 86%

As you’d expect, the Prius Plug-in shares much of its electronics and tech with the regular fourth-generation Prius that was released before it. With more than 20 years spent developing hybrid technology, Toyota has made the Prius Plug-in totally dependable, even though this model features a new Dual Motor System and a bigger battery. There are secondhand examples with nearly quarter of a million miles on the clock that are still going strong.

Toyota Prius Plug-In reliability & problems

Our sister title Auto Express ranked Toyota as the 12th best brand for customer satisfaction in its most recent Driver Power owner survey, while the brand ranked eighth for reliability. This also includes its standard petrol and diesel models as well, but Toyota is known for its reliability so the Prius will be no different.

The fourth-generation Prius finished fourth in our Driver Power rundown of the best 75 cars to live with, as voted by readers, so the Prius Plug-in will likely be just as easy and trouble free to live with. That’s because it uses many similar components, so this information should give you reassurance.

The Prius also finished third for safety, first for fuel economy and running costs and third for reliability and build quality, which bodes well for owners.


All Prius Plug-in models get Toyota’s Safety Sense package as standard, which includes collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and seven airbags.

Given it shares its body with the standard Prius, it also scores a full five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating.