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2012 Toyota Prius v

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2012 Toyota Prius v Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

The powertrain is the same, the face is familiar, but a unique interior helps define the 2012 Toyota Prius V as something different than a Prius wagon. It’s a tad slower than the Prius and a little smoother on the highway, but the driving experience is mostly similar. A sliding and reclining back seat provides luxury-size rear accommodations, and the cargo area is larger than that of the Chevy Equinox. While the Prius V’s combined fuel economy rating of 42 mpg isn’t as sexy as the Prius’ 50 mpg, it handily out-economizes anything with similar interior volume.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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 alternatives. If cargo capacity is your key concern, there are more affordable, more powerful options.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 Toyota Prius V was the first extension in what’s to become a 4-car Prius family in 2012. This plus-size Prius puts world-beating fuel economy in the hands of those with armfuls of cargo.

Driving the Prius v
Driving Impressions

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-gas power transitions and regenerative braking action are smoother and more refined than most hybrids, and while there may be a short adjustment period, it’s hardly a compromise. Overall, the 2012 Toyota Prius V simply drives like the well-built, modestly powered car it is.

Entune
Connect a phone via Bluetooth wireless or USB cable, and Toyota’s Entune system lets you use the vehicle’s controls or even your voice to access features like iHeartRadio and Pandora internet radio, buy movie tickets, make a restaurant reservation, or get stock quotes, sports scores, traffic or weather info. You can even use it to find the cheapest gas in the area.

Sliding Rear Seat
The 2012 Toyota Prius V treats backseat drivers and passengers alike to more legroom – and headroom – than plenty of high-dollar luxury cars. Slide the seats forward and the Prius V makes room for an additional six cubic feet of cargo.

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2012 Toyota Prius v photo Interior

When the Prius V was unveiled, we weren’t sure it was big enough to make a difference. But when we finally had the opportunity to open the door and sit inside, we got it. The sliding rear seat delivers more legroom than some luxury sedans, and the cargo area is bigger than that of a Chevy Equinox. The Prius V even feels roomier than the Prius up front, thanks to an open center stack design in place of the cockpit-like layout of the Prius. We also appreciate the Prius V’s abundance of storage nooks.

Exterior
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The 2012 Toyota Prius V is instantly recognizable as a Prius relative, although the two don’t share any sheet metal. The Prius V Two and Prius V Three ride on 16-inch covered steel wheels, while the Prius V Five rides on 17-inch alloy wheels (there are no "One" or "Four" trim levels in the Prius V lineup). The Prius V Five also features LED headlights and integrated fog lights, and is the only trim to offer the panoramic moonroof, which covers both rows but doesn’t open.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

At its starting sticker price of $27,160, the 2012 Toyota Prius V includes a robust, 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with backup camera, USB/iPod connectivity and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Other standard-equipment highlights include auto climate control, a sliding and reclining rear seat, plus keyless entry and start.

Optional Equipment

A fully loaded Prius V can top $37,000 with leather-like SofTex seating, panoramic moonroof, dynamic cruise control and an upgraded infotainment system featuring a 7-inch, high-resolution touchscreen, navigation, JBL audio, and Toyota’s new Entune system. With Entune you can buy movie tickets, reserve a table, listen to Internet radio and find the cheapest gas in the area. A loaded Prius V can also parallel park itself (while the driver mans the brakes).

Under the Hood

The 2012 Toyota Prius V hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine matched with a 60-kilowatt electric motor, sending power to the front wheels through a gearless, continuously variable transmission (CVT). But for a slightly revised CVT to accommodate the added mass, the Prius V’s powertrain is the same that powers the Prius. And in terms of efficiency and refinement, it’s the best hybrid powertrain on the planet. Toyota says compared to the smaller Prius, the Prius V loses five mpg from aerodynamics, three mpg from weight and one mpg from the slightly revised CVT.

4-cylinder hybrid (1.8-liter engine with 60-kilowatt electric motor)
134 net horsepower: 98 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm (gasoline engine) + 80 horsepower (electric motor)
105 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine), 153 lb-ft of torque (electric motor)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 44/40 mpg

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2012 Toyota Prius v Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 49 Ratings for the 2012 - 2017 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

the car gets great gas mileage

By on Sunday, July 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great gas mileage spacious interior"

Cons: "no auto lights, not enough cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"It is spacious so a 6'person can sit in comfortably. Pretty comfortable inside. The back seat is as roomy as other mid size cars. The hatchback is large."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Reliable utility vehicle that is inexpensive

By on Sunday, June 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Utility, economy"

Cons: "A bit noisy at high speeds"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Toyota makes reliable cars. this car in almost 3 years has not needed a single repair except a tire replacment due to a flat.. Garage kept. Love the dynamic cruise control which comes in handy on longer trips. Great fuel economy on regular gas- 42 mpg long term average right on top of the EPA listing. Can carry a lot of stuff with rear seat up and even more with part or all of rear seat down."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best car Ever Owned

By on Monday, June 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "reliability, confort, mileage and good pick-up"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Always thought of the Prius as strange looking. However, "Persona" model in black with the additional chrome trim along the baseboards as a startling improvement. Everyone tells me what a great looking car. More importantly, it has been trouble free. Made a trip to PA and NJ and on highway stretches got 55 mpg at 73-75 mph. Also, it doesnlt use a drop of oil. Further, approached recently in a shopping center parking lot where the man saif, "I envy you" I asked why? he replied that my wife made me trade in my Prius V for a Honda CRV and I hate the Honda and miss my Prius. What more can I say."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best investment

By on Friday, June 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Economical and roomy."

Cons: "mpg and maintenance needed signals break down."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2012 Prius V now has 40,000 miles, several trips between Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida. Roominess and gas mileage are the best features. Use earbuds to reduce road noise. Use wedge seat cushion to raise visibility for short drivers. The mpg readout function broke after one year and the 'maintenance needed' signal malfunctioned after one year but these are trivial issues compared to the excellent economic and ecological performance of the car."

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

This is/was a great car for my purposes.

By on Friday, April 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Loved to drive it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car was always ready to go. Easy to ride in or drive on long trips. Comfortable seats and very good vision. Like the Bluetooth feature."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

My 2012 Toyota Prius V - Five

By on Friday, April 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable; Roomy. A nice, pretty vehicle."

Cons: "Absolutely no cons at all."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Such a beautiful car in every way; has not needed any repairs except for regular maintenance. Ride is much more comfortable (extra weight) than my previous Prius vehicle and the gas mileage is nice, averaging above 41 mpg. There are not a lot of these styles on the street and it actually captures attention at times, partly due to the elegant Blizzard Pearl paint color. I love the hybrids and will only drive another one. Thanks Toyota"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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