Car Review 2012 Toyota Prius v

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Car Review: 2012 Toyota v

by on January 31, 2012

The Toyota Prius v Review

Review by Andy: A Classic Car Bigger

The all-new Prius v pronounced PREE-UHS VEE, is latest rendition of its iconic car. The v, which stands for marks the entry of a new era of family-friendly The Prius v was a finalist for Green Car 2012 Green Car of the Year and it should be a finalist on your list as well.


The original Prius was a poster-child for green design, but the stretched v, if anything, is the better-looking of the two. Its wedge-shape and tapered rear end add an air of attractiveness, if not elegance, to the hatchback.

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But Toyota is not the only in the gas-sipping game. The Volkswagen TDI Sportwagen nets 30/42 surpassing the Prius v’s freeway economy. It also costs figures less than the boasts more standard and has an upscale interior.

If you spend a lot of doing 60 and over, the turbodiesel may be a better alternative.

The original Prius hatchback exactly a staple in enthusiast The new Prius v is even portlier a higher center of gravity and wheelbase. Put two and two together, and what you get is handling and anemic acceleration. the Prius v is less exciting piloting a golf cart up a The wagon takes over 10 to slog to 60 mph, and has as much of winning a rally race as I do Blake Griffin in a dunking

But enough with the lambasting; no one a Prius for driving excitement. The v has enough get-up-and-kinda-go to suit the of the most drivers.

Safety Information

Equipped seven airbags, ABS with assist, and a standard rearview the Prius v passes the safety with flying colors. cruise control and a pre-collision are among the available options.


The regular Prius 21.6 cubic feet. But for people, especially those on the Prius as their sole of transportation, 22 cf isn’t enough. The v comes to the rescue, offering cubic feet with the seat up and a maximum of 67.3 feet. Interior storage is exceptional, including underfloor bins, two gloveboxes, and more. But the v does not place people their possessions.

Front occupants have to lounge and lie, while occupants sit in a split-folding, reclining, and bench seat. The Toyota’s one failure is ergonomics: The control is difficult to operate and the awkwardly steering wheel requires arms to reach.


The 2012 Toyota Prius v is in three trims: Two ($26,400), ($27,165), and Five ($29,990). Who what happened to One and Four.

The Prius v Two is functionally equipped automatic climate control, ignition/entry, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker system with universal interface, among other The Three level upgrades to a navigation system, satellite HD radio, rearview camera, and Five rounds out the lineup eco-friendly leatherette upholstery, front seats, automatic LED and other features.

Advanced are available, but quickly balloon the price. (See pricing for the Prius v). The Hyundai Elantra is a better budget-oriented choice.

2. The Prius v is called the Prius a in Japan and the Prius + (plus) in

Horsepower Torque: 134 combined hp rpm, 153 lb-ft of torque rpm

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