2012 Toyota Prius V

The 2012 Toyota Prius V is the most useful and realistic model of all the Priuses.

It boasts not only its spacious seats and larger compartments but it is also equipped features that further minimize fuel consumption.

Interior

Toyota adds an exceptional dashboard for this latest version of the Prius which is more organized than the other models. The dashboard is divided into 2 areas: a customized instrument panel behind the steering wheel, and an information center installed at the base of the windshield.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Sedan Base Price: $26,400.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 11.9 gallons (45 liters) MPG: 44 city / 40 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 181.7 in. (461.5 cm) Wheel Base: 109.4 in. (277.8 cm)
Height: 62.0 in. (157.4 cm) Width: 69.9 in. (177.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 3274 lbs (1485 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.7 in. (14.5 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 34.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 1.5L DOHC w/ VVT-i Hybrid Motor: Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous
Net Horsepower: 98 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 153 lb-ft Transmission: ECVT
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Prius V Three MSRP: $27,165; MPG: 44 city / 40 hwy
Option:Prius V Five MSRP: $29,900; MPG: 44 city / 40 hwy

The front seat is also characterized by a deep storage compartment and a large cup holder that makes up the center console while the digital gauge panel is maintained at the middle.

The back seat gives passengers more room for movement and comfort. The trunk is about 59% bigger compared to the regular Prius and can handle five passengers.

Furthermore, it has a perpendicular hatch lid and a higher roof making it easier to load large items. Even if a passenger drops the back seat or move the rear seat forward, there is still enough space for other items.

Performance

It is equipped with a pair of motor-generators that mainly uses electrical power to fire up its 1.8-liter engine. The total output of its hybrid system and engine is about 134 horsepower. Aside from this, it can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds.

Just like any other Prius, it drives smoothly. With its longer wheelbase and slightly wider turning circle, drivers receive a calming effect on the road that is more efficient in city driving. It has 3 modes: The Normal, Eco, and Power modes (for quicker accelerator response).

The combined EPA rating of Prius V is 42 mpg. It is expected to have an EPA outcome of 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. In comparison with other models that has 51/48/50 hatch, it is less, but showed an impressive gas mileage for some drivers.

Added Features

Some remarkable attributes of Prius V include: Bluetooth, LED headlamps, remote air conditioning, a navigation system, and an advanced Information Display with a Touch Tracer steering wheel commands.

The Toyota Prius V is available in three levels. The Prius V Two is the base trim that has prominent features like keyless entry and ignition, back-up camera, a stereo and Bluetooth. The Prius V Three has satellite radio, navigation and an EnTune system that can provide your smart phone with handy applications.

The top of the line Prius V five, is the only model that gives factory options which can include radar cruise control, a moonroof, an automated parking system and an exceptional stereo at added costs. Its notable features include faux leather heated seats, LED headlights, alloy wheels and a trunk lid with a SmartKey function.

Competition

The performance of the Prius V has been compared with the Ford Escape Hybrid (MSRP $31,395; 34 city / 31 hwy), Ford Fusion Hybrid (MSRP $29,570; 41 city / 36 hwy), and even the Volkswagen Jetta Sportswagen (MSRP $26,310; 30 city / 42 hwy), when it comes to fuel efficiency & price.

Overall Rating
73 out of 100

What others say:

“The Prius V wagon may also have four doors and a liftgate, but while there's no mistaking it for anything other than a Prius hybrid, every body panel is different from the hatchback.”Car Connection

“While not particularly sporty, Prius v has well-balanced handling with accurate steering and confident road manners. On twisty mountain roads, it's quite fun to drive with little body lean in fast corners and minimal noseplow. Braking action is strong and swift with very natural pedal feel.”Consumer Guide

“This wagon version of the Prius offers a very roomy rear seat and a generous cargo area. It's about the size of a Mazda5 but seats just five. The extra weight and a less aerodynamic shape take a small toll on fuel economy, but the V still got an excellent 41 mpg overall in our tests. ”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“The 2012 Toyota Prius V gives buyers a larger, more family-friendly alternative to the standard Prius hatchback.”Edmunds

“Roomier than anything as efficient, and more efficient than anything as roomy, the Prius V is an unbeatable option for buyers seeking the ultimate balance of fuel economy and cargo capacity.”KBB