2012 Toyota Prius v Review — HybridCars.com

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The Toyota Prius has racked up than one million sales in the since its introduction in 2000, and is now third-best selling passenger Yet, the familiar 50-mpg gets crossed off the shopping of many consumers who say the quintessential is just not quite big enough. want stellar fuel packaged with more

In response, the 2012 Prius v, for joined the standard third-generation last fall as the second in a new Prius family of cars also includes the just Prius c, an economic compact The fourth family member, the Plug-in, will arrive in the several weeks.

Sporting 60 percent more cargo the Prius v earns its additional at the expense of 8 mpg. The v is bigger, and taller – but delivers an EPA average of 44 mpg in the and 40 on the highway – instead of the 51/48 of the Prius Liftback version. It has a bigger price tag with a price of $26,400 compared to the base price of $24,000. are three trim levels the Prius v Two, Prius v and Prius v Five.

Looks Like A Prius

Historically, either love or hate the wedge shape, and the dramatic of its liftback. No matter which you’re in, the Prius design is For the front half of the Prius v, the wedge remains in place, but the end breaks the mold with a metal design that back heavy and somewhat (Remember the Pontiac Aztek?)

It’s easy to categorize the v as a wagon version of the Prius, but not just a stretched out standard with a new body. The new vehicle, from the ground up, is larger in all versus the 2012 Prius The Prius v rides on a 109.4-inch compared to the 106.3-inch wheelbase of the Prius Liftback, and the overall of the v is 181.7 inches versus inches for the Liftback. Add 1.2 inches in and 3.3 inches in height and the v not only has cargo space, but also additional passenger room.

Not as aerodynamic as the Liftback model, the v nonetheless has a commendable 0.29 of drag. Toyota engineers careful aerodynamic attention to the corners and roofline, as well as panels, mirrors, wheels and Still, apart from an front under grille and the extended roofline, culminating in a lip spoiler above the rear there are few external differences.

Hybrid System And Drivetrain

The system and drivetrain for the Prius v are identical to the one used in the Prius model. With judicious on the accelerator pedal, Toyota’s Synergy Drive System the Prius v to travel at around-town on electric power alone. decide when to employ engine power or a combination of gas and propulsion: the goal is to efficiently fuel economy and acceleration.

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. Like all the v uses a continuously variable (CVT), which acts an automatic transmission but employs ratios rather than gearing.

The hybrid system the engine and regenerative braking to a slightly smaller on-board hydride battery pack; no plug-in capability. With the sufficiently charged, the system can save gas by automatically shutting off the when the car comes to a stop and it when the brake pedal is

The system carries over driving modes – Normal, Eco and EV. Power maximizes throttle at the expense of fuel economy, for freeway merging or passing vehicles; ECO has sluggish acceleration but the best mileage; and EV allows at low speeds for about a mile on power only. The normal which is the default when the car is is somewhere between ECO and Power it comes to fuel mileage and performance.

Bigger Is Better

For considering a five-seat crossover a look at the Prius v could your decision. Behind the seat is 34.3 cubic of cargo space, which to 40.2 cubic feet the back seats are moved Fold the 60/40 split seats flat, and that swells to 67.3 cubic That’s more room the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Honda Element or Nissan crossovers offer.

There’s more. Respectable underfloor storage bins add to the v’s function as a family hauler. interior storage includes pockets, two gloveboxes, a console bin and a open cubby beneath the stack.

If you’re familiar the standard Prius, you won’t any surprises in the cabin’s front That means an instrument placed in the center of the dash the windshield rather than the location behind the steering Readouts include the speedometer, gauge, trip odometer, selection, battery state of and a graph showing real-time efficiency.


Below the instrument is a screen in the center console more hybrid info. An Monitor display shows the flow between the engine, and electric motors. It’s for entertaining passengers who have experienced a hybrid car, but if you safe driving includes your eyes on the road, select it.

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The Prius v’s larger are focused on the cargo area, but space is increased by 3 percent to the Liftback. This translates to a more leg, shoulder and hip plus a generous amount of Front seats are large and bolstered. Short and tall should feel equally behind the wheel with a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and adjustable seat.

Like its sibling, the Prius v has a smart key with push-button start; an shift lever; hill control, a back-up camera, and airbags – all as standard equipment. options include energy-efficient LED dynamic radar cruise with a pre-collision system; and a guidance system.

2012 Prius v buyers can be treated to the Entune infotainment Toyota’s answer to Ford’s system. Connect a smart to the vehicle via Bluetooth or a USB cable and features are then operated the vehicle’s controls or, for some by voice recognition. Mobile for Entune include Bing, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, and Pandora. data services include a price guide, sports stocks, traffic and weather.

The Steering Wheel

To my knowledge, no one has the Prius Liftback a “fun-to-drive and the Prius v follows in the same 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 a family it offers an acceptable drive. On the side, engine start-stop is while on the road, the interplay the gas engine and electric motor is, for the part, insignificant.

For the first engineers have employed the system to control what call “pitch and bounce” by extra tension to the front under some road We didn’t exactly feel the benefit during our week the v, but this version of the Prius the overall driving profile of its comfortable, somewhat noisy and to drive.

With a weight gain of 250 pounds, the v’s acceleration can best be as leisurely so passing on two lane needs to be well planned. says that the 0-to-60-mph is 10.4 seconds, versus 9.8 for the Prius Liftback, a pace won’t win any stoplight drags. OK. It’s not the reason for this Its raison d’etre is to provide as or more cargo space as every small SUV on the road – and to that competition on efficiency by 42 mpg combined fuel economy those vehicles commonly eke in the mid-20 mpg range.

As for that EPA 42 mpg rating, like all of our Prius drives dating back to the 2012 Prius v blessed us a higher number. After 339 of mixed driving we average mpg.

The Family Hauler For

At the moment, the Prius v has no head-to-head There isn’t another that can deliver the fuel and interior space at any cost. a sticker price of $26,400, the 2012 Prius v Two is reasonably equipped, but if you don’t need the the base 2012 Prius is $2,400 less and delivers a 50 mpg. If the v is the best fit for your and you want more features, the v Three starts at $27,165, the v Five at $29,990. Surprisingly, are no entertainment screens for backseat offered. Sorry kids.

For fuel economy and space, the Prius v challenger is the Volkswagen TDI. This turbocharged powered wagon has a smidgen cargo room and bests the v’s highway numbers by 4 mpg, but is 8 mpg shy of the v gets in the city. The bonus is, at the same price, performance is included. If seven-passenger seating is a the Mazda 5 falls within of the Prius v’s exterior and interior and has minivan-type rear sliding Fuel mileage won’t the v, but the 21/28 mpg combined with a price of $19,625 make it a option.

The 2012 Prius v is a with all the versatility and comfort of a hauler while delivering fuel economy. This version of the quintessential hybrid fulfills its mission: a more hybrid than the already Prius Liftback.

Prices are suggested retail price at time of publication and do not include charges, taxes or licensing.

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