Toyota Prius Review

2012 Toyota Prius V

The 2012 Toyota Prius V is a wagon model, based on the original Toyota Prius. While Toyota candidly acknowledges the gas mileage isn’t as impressive as the Prius, the new Prius V has other options that make the car a terrific choice for fuel-conscious, family drivers. While it is technically a wagon, the Prius V resembles a traditional minivan more than a station wagon. However, in keeping with its Prius roots, the vehicle has an elongated square body.

This vehicle offers all the eco-friendly benefits of the original Prius, but with a vast deal more cabin room. In fact, the Prius V offers 50% more cargo space than the Prius and an astounding 38 inches of rear cargo space. To make hauling cargo even easier, the Prius V has a fold-down third row seat.

Toyota Prius V Specifications

The Prius and the Prius V both have the same powertrain and a 1.8-liter gas engine powered by an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery. This combination produces horsepower of 134 and 153 pound-feet of Torque. The Prius V’s EPA ratings weigh in at 44 mpg city/40 mpg highway with an average of 42 mpg. The Prius V comes with three different trim choices, the Two, the Three and the Five. Each different Prius V model comes with a variety of different options including:

Toyota Prius V Two Specifications

  • -16-inch alloy wheels
  • -Keyless ignition/entry
  • -Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • -Automatic climate control
  • -Cruise control
  • -Height adjustable driver seat
  • -Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • -60/40 Split-folding rear seat
  • -Six-speaker sound system
  • -CD player with an iPod/USB audio interface and Bluetooth connectivity

Toyota Prius V Three Options

  • -All the options available on the Two model
  • -Voice controlled navigation system
  • -Rearview camera
  • -Satellite/HD radio
  • Toyota Prius V Five Options
  • -All the options offered on the Two and Three model
  • -17-inch alloy wheels
  • -Foglights
  • -Automatic LED headlights
  • -Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • -SofTex interior
  • -Heated front seats
  • -Advanced Technology package, which includes a panoramic sunroof and adaptive cruise control
  • -Toyota’s Safety Connect system

Safety Features of the 2012 Toyota Prius V

The Toyota Prius V was rated “good:” by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This is remarkable because this is the highest rating possible from the institution. All Toyota Prius Vs come with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control and airbags including driver-knee airbags, side-curtain airbags and front-side airbags. Toyota’s Safety Connect system is also an available option. This system assists law enforcement in located the vehicle, if it becomes lost or stolen.

Even though, the Toyota Prius V isn’t as proficient on gas as the original Toyota Prius, it has a variety of options that make it an excellent choice for drivers who want great gas mileage, and room for their entire family.

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  • MPG: 53
  • Body Type: Hatchback
  • Model Year: 2012
  • Engine Size: 1.5L
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Fuel Type: Gas