Filed under: Car Buying , Hybrid , Hatchback , Toyota , Electric The Toyota Prius , the most popular hybrid in the world, was also the most popular plug-in vehicle in U.S. last month. Compared to sales of the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf , which sold 1,462 and 370 units , respectively, the $32,000 Prius Plug-in quietly sold 1,654 copies in April, reports PluginCars. With such strong name recognition and pent-up demand for a Prius with a cord, this shouldn’t really have been a surprise. But it still kind of is. Toyota sold more Prius models in the U.S. last month than ever before in April (March 2012 was the Prius’ best month ever ), even though the number of selling days was short . The four members of the “Prius family” sold a combined 25,168 units, an increase of 126.9 percent compared to April 2011 (which was right after the Japanese tsunami). Overall, Toyota and Lexus sold 32,593 hybrids last month, 30,126 of them wearing the Toyota badge, 2,467 of them the upper-class Lexus models. Last year, Toyota said it expects to sell 16,000-17,000 Prius Plug-in models in 2012 .