2012 Toyota Prius V Review — Autoblog

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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 wouldn’t increase fuel but would increase the price, and a trade-off Toyota apparently willing to make in the U.S. we would’ve liked to see the upgraded matched with a lower floor in place of the (sure to be third row.

However, the stretched wheelbase three inches) of the V does rear seat passengers leg room and those same have been modified to forward and back, recline and lie for a dozen different configurations.

As expect with a vehicle been stretched by around six fitted with a more roof and a larger hatch, the weight of the Prius V has grown, but not by a margin. Overall weight is up to about 200 pounds more the liftback but because of a slight in battery output to 650 volts and a new ratio (from 3.268:1 to for you geeks), acceleration and the general to keep pace with the of the motoring world is roughly on par 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.

Toyota Prius v

Other bits that over from the Prius are the general ergonomics of the interior, the center-mounted instrument panel you either love or loathe. The provides all the pertinent hybrid, economy and system information, but still prefer a traditionally instrument panel behind the

The added glass and higher predictably provided more out back, something that’s been hit or miss with the Prius. The seats both and rear are coated in faux and are cushy enough to keep rear comfy during daily slog to middle

Toyota’s iPhone and Android-connected of services Entune includes from traffic data to music. I tested this and an updated Entune within two of each other and each has plusses and minuses. The updated is easier to navigate and connect while the older software did better with voice 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 Package and you the panoramic moon roof, HDD navigation system (a lesser nav with Entune still standard), radar-based cruise Toyota’s OnStar-like Safety system and a couple of other safety systems, but the price at just above $30k. For kind of coin, you’re a whole new class of compact and what’s coming out in the next few might not match the V’s or fuel economy numbers, but be a lot closer than they are

With the Prius line a family of three, made up of the liftback. smaller Prius C and V (not to mention the plug-in ), all of which are either on the market or soon, the question becomes: Why Toyota go all the way with the V? Stretch the even further, shove in a of lithium ion batteries into a intrusive position and maybe give it an occasional-use third Doing that wouldn’t have it competing with the of the compact crossover range, but put it a class of one just like the Prius did over a decade

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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