There’s a Toyota nameplate called the Prius that maybe you’ve heard about. Well, they have a new addition to the family, and this one’s bigger than ever. And better? Decide for yourself.
Introducing the 2012 Prius v…
Toyota Prius v
Based on the regular Prius hatchback, Toyota’s new eco player is a wagon that offers larger dimensions, to the tune of 60% more cargo space. Alongside 42 combined MPG, the Prius v (the v is for versatility) is more geared toward larger families. Prius v shares the same engine as its predecessor, so don’t expect a sudden performance boost; the bigger picture is focused on the bigger size.
Starting at $26,400, Toyota is offering 3 trims- the Prius v Two, Prius v Three, and Prius v Five. Look for a nice array of tech features including a standard rearview camera, and navigation with Entune infotainment for v Three and v Five models. The v Five can also be loaded with additional safety features. Pick out your Prius v right now at Carwoo.
Toyota Prius v Performance
Like its siblings, Prius v contains a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine combined with 2 electric motors. The total output of the gas-electric motor becomes 134 net horsepower and 153 lb.-ft. of torque. Toyota pairs the engine with an electronically controlled CVT (ECVT) transmission.
Prius v contains lets drivers control the engines’ duties to an extent with the push of a button. Hit EV Mode and you’ll be able to coast for up to 1 mile entirely with the electric motor, and ECO Mode maxes out potential economy by reducing the gas pedal’s sensitivity. There’s also a POWER Mode which, as assumed, maximizes Prius v’s available performance.
Toyota Prius v Fuel Economy
The best performance highlight Prius v can boast about may be strictly economical, though it’s still worth bragging about. EPA estimates are 44/40/42 (city/highway/combined) MPG, which are tops in the wagon class by a large margin.
Prius v Interior Highlights
Opened space is one of the better attributes of the cabin. Reviews have been lukewarm about the overall appearance, but the consensus is that you get a regular Prius feel, just expanded. Seating is comfortable for a 5 passenger setup, though taller drivers may take some time getting comfortable in the driver’s seat- even with telescoping steering wheel. The 60/40 reclining rear seats slide forward and backward to allow further exploration between legroom and extra luggage space. If you do get picked for backseat duty, you’ll have 35.9” of legroom compared to 41.3” up front.
Luggage space is great, as designed, with 34.3 cubic feet behind the back row expanding to 40.2 cubes with back seats all the way forward. Fold the back row down and open up 67.3 cubes to play with. This, Toyota states, equates to 80% more cargo space than ‘small SUVs.’ And just for added versatility, Prius v has extra storage bins underneath the rear floor.
Prius v Safety
Prius v standards include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, Smart Stop Technology, stability/traction control, and 7 airbags, including driver knee and 2-row side curtain bags. Optional items on the Prius v Five include a rearview camera (part of the Advanced Technology Package), Pre Collision System, Safety Connect emergency services, and parking guidance system. Government crash ratings have not been given for Prius V, though the IIHS has tagged it as a 2012 Top Safety Pick.
Prius v, the Bottom Line
The 2012 Prius v manages to get bigger physically but keep its smallish carbon footprint. Those who need space but struggle with their earth friendly conscious will definitely want to check it out. It’s everything Prius and a little more. Come get more at Carwoo with the ease of a click.