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Say adieu to the as a stand-alone vehicle name. with the 2012 model the car which has become a synonym for in the American lexicon will a new name, the Toyota Prius

Why is this? Because the Prius sub is growing. The larger Prius v is on sale, and joining the Prius in 2012 will be the Prius Hybrid and the subcompact Prius c.

it arrives in dealer showrooms in the Prius Liftback will more than just a new Toyota has given its hybrid a mild exterior refresh, styled 15-inch wheel other enhancements and a small up in pricing. The 2012 model continue with four levels – Two, Three, and Five – and seven configurations.

The Liftback One trim is available to fleets.


Up front, a front bumper with an lower grille gives the Liftback a more energetic, muscular face. The bumper incorporates LED daytime running (DRLs) and a close look new clear lens headlamps a revised LED lamp arrangement. On the slightly restyled taillights LED lights.

These minor changes haven’t altered the space-age shape of the Prius; a effort by Toyota to maintain the essential and iconic appearance. Its diamond-cut headlamps and snub-nose are the starting point for the Prius’ saucer appearance. The angled seamlessly flows into the then to a flowing roofline is sleek and low.

Short overhangs and a chopped section finish off the hybrid’s hatchback character.

Of course, is subjective, so the Prius continues to mixed reviews on its appearance. are many who think the Prius gimmicky, if not entirely ugly. But for hybrid owners, the distinctive of the Prius sends a message declares that we must steps to reduce our voracious for oil – with all its negative consequences in of the environment and geopolitics.

For this the Prius is like a a defiant on wheels aimed at Suburbans, and the like.


Prius’ design is as futuristic as its exterior and hits all the marks for comfort and high quality materials. The success of the Toyota Prius has its ability to combine great efficiency and utter practicality.

adults can fit comfortably, with a 21.4 cubic feet of room left over in The 60/40 split rear also can be folded flat, a surprisingly large cargo for groceries, strollers, large gardening supplies or what you – all at the same time. The hatchback is large, but the load floor is rather high, so lifting objects aboard isn’t as as it might be.

Short and tall drivers feel equally comfortable the wheel. The back seat is providing a little more than the Civic Hybrid – and a lot head, leg and shoulder room found in the Honda Insight. The hybrids are cheaper by a few thousand

Bells and Whistles

When in 2010, this third-generation had loads of gizmos – including Tracer Display, high-tech monitor, and a moon roof solar powered ventilation and air conditioning. For 2012, Toyota even more technology at the

It starts with the optional Up Display (HUD), a feature associated with General Corvette and former Pontiac The device projects information speed, hybrid efficiency and details onto the windshield below the driver’s line of Controls allow adjustments for and position of the projected HUD image.

HUD is touted as a big step toward driver distraction of glancing at complex console displays and automotive safety.

2012 buyers can also be treated to the Entune infotainment system – answer to Ford’s SYNC Connect a smart phone via or a USB cable and Entune’s features are operated using the vehicle’s or, for some services, by voice Mobile apps for Entune Bing, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, and Pandora.

Entune data include a fuel price sports scores, stocks, and weather.

Other high-tech goodies an optional radar system advanced millimeter waves enables “Lane Keep to help the driver stay within the lane, while the System” retracts seatbelts and the brakes in certain conditions a crash is unavoidable. Intelligent offers settings to help the Prius into parking A backup monitor, which a view of rear obstacles reverse is engaged, is available an optional voice-activated navigation

Under The Hood

The 2012 Liftback powertrain and mechanical are unchanged. Prius uses Hybrid Synergy Drive which allows it to travel at speeds on electric power Sensors decide when to gasoline engine power or a of gas and electric propulsion: the goal is to balance fuel economy and

The gas engine is a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, engine producing 98 horsepower at rpm. Together with its motor, the hybrid system a combined 134 net horsepower. Prius a continuously variable transmission which acts like an transmission but employs infinite rather than preset

The hybrid system uses the and regenerative braking to recharge the hydride battery pack; no plug-in capability. With the sufficiently charged, the stop-start can further save gas by automatically off the engine and restarting it while the car is

The Prius Liftback is the only available today to offer 50 per gallon in combined city/highway a distinction it will give up in a few Toyota has stated the compact c will exceed the Liftback’s mileage although it has not provided numbers.

On The Road

The Prius Liftback the quickest, fastest, best or quietest car you can buy. But, if economy and overall comfort are at the top list, the Prius is difficult to

Handling balance is nose and the electric power steering has a disassociated feel. Both are to competent cornering; even tracking seems compromised by the artificial feel. Enthusiast-minded will turn their up at these characteristics but as an urban family car, it offers an drive.

On the plus side, start-stop is unobtrusive and the overall quality is good.

For sharper and a sporty demeanor, Toyota a dealer-installed PLUS Performance package. The TRD (Toyota Racing engineered package starts a seven-piece aerodynamic ground kit that delivers an aggressive and stance. The custom body kit is designed and engineered to reduce the coefficient of drag, maintaining its efficiency.

Seventeen-inch forged wheels reduce the unsprung The wheels are fitted with low 215/45R17 tires and have a offset, which increases width yet maintains the car’s low resistance. Toyota says the lowering springs lower the 1.1 inches in the front and 1.3 inches in the to enhance steering response and cornering ability.

A tuned rear sway bar reduce body lean for cornering.

If you’re looking for a ride, the Prius Liftback disappoint. Noise intrusion by the 15-inch low-rolling resistant is quite noticeable. This an issue isolated to the Prius.

Insight and Civic Hybrid exhibit high noise caused by low-rolling resistant

Some Prius drivers that the hatchback design the visibility through the rear They refer to this as the “Prius blind spot.” visibility makes some crazy and is a non-issue for others. a test drive to see what you

Modest Price Increases

For Toyota bumped up the Prius suggested retail price by an of 3.2 percent. The least expensive Two has a base price of $24,000, a increase. It includes keyless cruise control, a new 6.1-inch screen multi-information display and Tracer controls. The Prius the most popular 2011 starts at $25,565, up $1,045.

It the Entune audio system, backup camera display, and Key.

The Prius Four leather trim, heated seats and auto-dimming mirror JBL GreenEdge speakers and an eight-channel JBL Its suggested price of $28,235 is a increase. The most expensive Five, which includes diode (LED) headlamps, and 17-inch alloy wheels at $29,805 – up $1,015.

Additional options for most levels include navigation and an technology package.

The 2012 Fusion Hybrid challenges the on refinement, and according to some offers a better driving It is more expensive at $28,700 but is a car with lots of interior

Honda’s Insight hybrid is considerably less than the $18,350 to $23,540 fully While it is a noticeably better car, it’s smaller and get the fuel mileage of the Prius.

there’s the all-new 2012 Hybrid. Yes, at $25,900 to it costs more and it has a lower economy rating but, or not, it’s fun to drive, is and offers some of the high-tech found on the Prius.

What of these competitors have, is the pro-green, anti-gas-guzzler iconic the Prius has long-since come to

Prices are Manufacture Suggested Price (MSRP) at time of and do not include destination charges, or licensing. .

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