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2012 Toyota Prius V

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2012 Toyota Prius V

In The Commuter Lane

Form function, so it’s easy to one element of a vehicle that everything you need to know it.

A cursory look at the interior are enough to convince you of the Prius added utility over its sibling. With the rear in place you’ve got 34.3 feet of storage in the way back, to 67.3 cubes when you the seats flat. That’s space than the current Escape and Nissan Rogue and eclipses the standard Prius’ cubic-feet.

But the way you access that space is where the compromise in.

Because of the nickel-metal hydride pack mounted below the area, the loading area is high for a vehicle of this We are, after all, about a five-passenger mini-minivan, and compared to something like the it’s easier to get things in and out of the when the load floor is to knee height.

Interestingly, has begun selling a near of the Prius V in Europe under the moniker, which ditches the nickel-metal hydride pack for modern and efficient lithium-ion The reason for the switch? Toyota a third row to the Prius+ and had to move the pack somewhere. It proved the time to upgrade the batteries, but meant their new position in the console nearly eliminated all the capacity.

More over, the new packs increase fuel economy but increase the price, and that’s a Toyota apparently wasn’t to make in the U.S. Still, we liked to see the upgraded batteries with a lower cargo in place of the (sure to be cramped) row.

However, the stretched (around three inches) of the V provide rear seat more leg room and those seats have been to slide forward and back, and lie flat(ish) for a dozen different

As you’d expect with a that’s been stretched by six inches, fitted with a traditional roof and a larger the curb weight of the Prius V has but not by a massive margin. Overall is up to 3,274 about 200 pounds than the liftback but because of a boost in battery output to 650 and a new axle ratio (from to 3.704:1, for you geeks), acceleration and the ability to keep pace the rest of the motoring world is on par with the standard Prius.

But that’s still not saying

The same Atkinson-cycle 1.8-liter is fitted to the V, outputting 98 asthmatic But combined with the electric overall output comes in at 134 hp at rpm and 105 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 Naturally, the plus side of a miserly engine/motor combination is economy, and the V delivers with an EPA 44 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 42 combined.

a week of errand-running, short and a few blasts into the city, I 37.3 mpg overall something would surely be improved as one to the Prius’ throttle characteristics.

like it’s slightly brother, optimum throttle in the V is an exercise in microscopic ankle minute toe movements and regular when slipping out of full mode. As you’ve undoubtedly before, trying to keep four-cylinder from ticking turns into a game, that’s even more with the V thanks to its additional

Ahead of that massive are three driving modes: Eco and EV. EV gives you a slightly longer to go fully electric, but the smallest of flexes sends it right into normal mode, the clicking over to deliver the power. Eco is similar, retarding output, sticking to higher and setting more resistance to the pedal.

And again, as soon as you even the slightest increase in you’re back to Normal So here’s a tip: Just it in Normal and quit playing

Surprisingly, after more 10 years on the market, Toyota hasn’t cracked the code on pressure and modulation with its discs. The stoppers continue to be too at low speeds and less than inspiring when forced to rapidly on the freeway. What this all the more surprising is is about to release the Jetta and the braking system on a prototype we recently was remarkably superior to the

And it’s still in beta.

bits that carry from the Prius liftback are the ergonomics of the interior, including the instrument panel that you love or loathe. The display all the pertinent hybrid, fuel and system information, but we’d prefer a traditionally placed panel behind the wheel.

The glass and higher roof provided more perspective out something that’s always hit or miss with the standard The seats both front and are coated in faux leather and are enough to keep your comfy during your slog to middle managementdom.

iPhone and Android-connected suite of Entune includes everything traffic data to streaming I tested this version and an Entune within two weeks of other and each has their and minuses. The updated setup is to navigate and connect with, the older software did surprisingly with voice recognition.


The V should be getting the updated as you read this and came as of the $5,580 Advanced Technology the most expensive kit available on our model, which rang up to a palatable $36,692 (including as a result.

Nix the Advanced Technology and you lose the panoramic moon premium HDD navigation system (a nav system with Entune comes standard), radar-based control, Toyota’s OnStar-like Connect system and a couple of passive safety systems, but the settles at just above For that kind of coin, into a whole new class of crossovers, and what’s coming out in the few years might not match the eco-cred or fuel economy but they’ll be a lot closer than are today.

With the Prius officially a family of three, up of the standard liftback. smaller C and Prius V (not to mention the version ), all of which are either on the or coming soon, the question Why didn’t Toyota go all the way with the V? the platform even further, in a brace of lithium ion batteries a less intrusive position and even give it an occasional-use row. Doing that just have it competing the whole of the compact crossover but put it into a class of one just the original Prius did over a ago.

Vital Stats

Engine: I4 Power: 134 HP / 105 LB-FT Transmission: CVT Front-Wheel Drive Curb 3,274 LBS Seating: 2+3 Cargo: / 67.3 CU-FT MPG: 44 / 40 HWY MSRP: $36,692 as tested

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