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Roomier than anything as efficient, and more efficient than anything as roomy, the Prius V is an unbeatable option for buyers seeking the ultimate balance of fuel economy and cargo capacity.
The 2012 Toyota Prius V's sophisticated gas-electric hybrid powertrain requires a price premium that can complicate the car's long-term value equation compared with many of the equally roomy alternati
Built on the same platform and using the same powertrain, it's no surprise the Prius V drives a lot like the Prius classic. Larger and a just tad slower, the 2012 Toyota Prius V nevertheless offers plenty of merging power. Its high-speed passing abilities are another matter, but overtaking is the kind of fuel-intensive maneuver that Prius V drivers might be happier to avoid. Heavier than other cars its size, the Prius V is perfectly comfortable on the highway, while responsive steering helps impart a lively feeling around town. The electric-to-
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By Mamu (CA) on Sunday, June 16, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Roomy, fuel effeceint, comfy, trendy"
Cons: "Specific way to drive for optimal mpg"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"We originally planned to purchase an eight passenger SUV. On a whim we looked at the Prius V, and liked it instantly. I had never driven a hybrid before, but came with a Highlander 4-cylinder, so there seemed to be more pick-up than my eight year old Highlander. I was immediately impressed with the comfort of the seats in the Prius, they seem to wrap around you and are very cushiony. I was very impressed by the amount of space in the back seat and in the rear area. We have two young boys, and they are only going to get bigger, so the sliding rear seats provided a surprising amout of leg room when moved back. We also have a RAV4, and the space in the middle of the back seat is much bigger than the RAV's. I am also a softball coach, and I was able to get my back pack, three five-gallon buckets, a very large duffle bag that carries catcher's equipment, a baby high chair, and a bag full of gloves and cleats in there without obscuring the rear window. You have to drive hybrids differently than normal gas propelled cars. I wasn't getting the ideal gas mileage, so I researched it on the internet and made some tweaks and now I am averaging 40.5 MPG consistently with an equal amout of city and freeway driving. Our model is equipped with heated synthetic leather seats that don't burn your buns in the blazing summer sun, rearview camera, push-button start, and navigation with Sirius Radio. There is even a feature that shows you Real-Time gas mileage...both good and bad to have. Occasionally, the radio will switch modes from FM to Bluetooth to stream music without me chaning the mode, but that is the only bug I have been able to find so far. We drove from central California to Los Angeles and back on $75 and the remaining gas lasted me until the following Friday. Again, it takes some getting used to, but it has been surprisingly plesant to zip around in."
By NCgirl (TX) on Sunday, June 09, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great car"
Cons: "requires unlimited internet"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love the gas milage I get, an I love how quite it runs. I do wish it had auto seats. My much cheeper cars an trucks had buttons on the side of the drivers seat that made the seat move up an down. I fo feel very safe in the V. I have had it up to 95mph an I have taken it on a 6000 mile 10 day trip. Never had 1 problem. I would buy another Prius I would just buy the up graded model..."
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