2012 Toyota Prius V MotorWeek

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Toyota Prius v Electric Cars

Episode 3042

With 1 million Prius Hybrids in the U.S. it’s safe to say the is a success for Toyota. So much so Prius has now gone plural, a family of Prii, starting the larger Prius v. The station Prius v has the potential of being as important to the hybrid movement as the hatchback. So come along and see if the v really does stand for

When you first see the 2012 Prius v hybrid, you know it is a of the Prii clan, but then it you. The V appears more and more like a crossover the well known hatchback. the Prius v wheelbase is 3-inches than the 5-door from it is derived.

Overall length 6-inches to 181.7. It’s 1-inch wider and 3-inches

The overall aerodynamic shape is the however. Aero corners and moldings help direct around the wheels and headlight keep air off of the side mirrors. wheels are standard, while our v Level Five features the 17-inch alloys.

A standard rear spoiler helps to divert air in back, and in nicely with the overall looking design.

Despite its increase in size, weight up by only 232 pounds. One lightweight is the optional resin panoramic with panels that 50 percent less than It’s part of the technology that also includes cruise control.

The bigger and weight does give the v a substantial feel, but you never forget that it is a high appliance, and not a car meant for driving The electric steering is extremely but provides little feel.

a soft ride, the new Pitch and Control feature takes from wheel sensors and the torque of the electric drive to smooth out expansion joints and pavement. Still, the size and gain do extract a fuel penalty. Government Fuel ratings are 44-City, 40-Highway, and 42 That compares to a combined of 50 MPG for the Prius.

Still, the v handily beats crossover including hybrids.

The of the Prius v is noticeably roomier the 5-door with the bulk of the space in the rear seat and cargo bay. Sliding seats let you decide where you room the most, and seat also recline. There’s cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats, 50 percent more than the Prius.

Slide the seats and it to 40.2, and maxes out at 67.3 feet with the split-seats And the seatbacks feature a hard surface.

Not that all of the attention has focused in the back, however. Up the Prius v features a fresh, new design. Gauges are center and the color coded digital makes finding what looking for at a glance a bit easier.

Most functions can be carried out the steering wheel, including control.

Door panels been sculpted out a bit more to additional wiggle room as There’s plenty of small storage, including dual boxes, center console as well as a lower console The optional upgraded interior new SofTex seating material, is lighter than leather, as eco-friendly.

There are a wide of audio options, and all but the base include navigation and a new Entune smartphone apps for weather, and stock information, as well as apps such as bing and A back up camera is standard in all levels.

The Prius v is a full-hybrid, using the same Hybrid Synergy found in the 5-door. The few updates a new heat exchanger to speed uptimes. The Power Control has been downsized a bit and both are now liquid cooled.

Combined the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, total output remains at 134-horsepower. The 0-60 time of 10.4 is only slightly less the 5-door.

And just as in the 5-door, drive modes are available EV, Eco, Power, and normal. The v can manage up to a mile in EV mode, Eco mode modifies throttle and air to maximize fuel economy; and mode increases throttle Batteries are still Nickel-Metal and not lithium-ion, but the packaging is still compact.

Official pricing for the Toyota Prius v hasn’t announced just yet, but we the base model to start around $25,000.

Despite recalls, the Prius hatchback far and away the best selling in the U.S. No other car can match its mix of economy and versatility. That is, the 2012 Prius v. V not only for versatility, but for volume, as we expect wagoneer will greatly hybrid appeal.

And with a smaller, sportier c in the pipeline, we think a lot more families will be thumbing noses at volatile gas prices by into the Prii clan.

Term Updates

Date: 2012

Mileage: n/a

We’ve had a to spend a lot more time the Toyota Prius V since our road test last The “V” is the largest member of the family, which won our Drivers’ Best Eco-Friendly honor for The V has 50% more cargo space a standard Prius, and a more back seat for long

What can be improved? Well, the are still rock hard. You sit on not in them. And, if you order trim with seat the switches are way down at the bottom of the stack. And, there is one levelvery hot.

As to the central readout — it’s having everything in one spot, but all the tends to run together. Still, the V is impressive. Fix a couple of little and it could be the perfect.


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