Prius v 2012 review




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  • The Toyota Prius V is ranked #7 in Wagons by U.S. News & World Report. See the full review, prices, specs and pictures.

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    Prius v 2012 review

    Prius v 2012 review

    But the fact that the Prius v does not equal its sibling's fuel economy is no failure, as the car still averages over 40 mpg in real-world driving. While the adaptive cruise control proved very useful, Toyota really needs to reengineer the automatic parking system. I now drive 60 miles one way to work in different driving conditions every day. Luckily, the Prius v came along. Your feedback has been sent to Cars.

    Prius v 2012 review

    Prius v 2012 review

    Prius v 2012 review

    Prius v 2012 review

    Prius v 2012 review

    Toyota Prius v review: Toyota Prius v - Roadshow

    The Good With its hybrid drive system, the Toyota Prius v averages better than 40 mpg. Entune gives it useful app integration, with Pandora, OpenTable, and others. The Bad The drivetrain makes a tortured sound under heavy acceleration. The iPod integration did not work reliably with anything older than an iPhone 4. The Bottom Line Excellent fuel economy and a large, airy cabin make the Toyota Prius v a very practical choice for families, and new electronics give it a modern tech edge.

    The Toyota Prius v, the minivan version of the Prius hatchback, serves as an excellent object lesson in the effects of drag on fuel economy. The Prius v, with its enhanced cargo space, weighs only pounds more than the hatchback, but the drag coefficient changes from. And that means the Prius v ends up with 10 mpg less in fuel economy than its hatchback counterpart, even while using the same engine and hybrid system. Maybe Toyota did not intend the Prius v to be a physics lesson, but the Prius has always appealed to the scientifically minded.

    Prius v 2012 review

    Engineers would buy the car just for the power flow animation, which shows in real time when the engine or electric motor is driving the front wheels. Hypermilers learned just how to optimize fuel economy, while a cottage industry of modders made it possible to recharge the battery from the grid. But the fact that the Prius v does not equal its sibling's fuel economy is no failure, as the car still averages over 40 mpg in real-world driving. And that is impressive when it can also seat five comfortably and fit a decent amount of cargo.

    Many nonhybrid cars boast 40 mpg on the highway these days, but that is not their average fuel economy and they don't have as much cabin space as the Prius v. With the rear seats down, the Prius v boasts enough cargo space for a typical Costco run.

    Prius v 2012 review

    Placed side by side, the Prius v does not look much bigger than the Prius hatchback. Its roofline holds its height to the back of the car, which is where the extra cargo space comes in.

    But Toyota managed to create a more airy feeling in the cabin. A freestanding center console made the Prius v feel like a minivan. I wanted to take the very cushiony seats with me and install them in my living room. Over the front and rear seats it had glass roof panes that unfortunately did not open. Options included adaptive cruise control and automatic parking.

    With the former, I drove for miles down the freeway without the need to touch gas pedal or brake, just steering and enjoying the scenery. The automatic parking was not nearly as successful. This is the same system Toyota originally launched in the Lexus LS It didn't work then and it doesn't work now.

    Prius v 2012 review

    Each time I tried it, the parking frame overlaid on the rearview camera showed red, no matter how much I tried to adjust it. It needs to turn blue for the system to work.

    Ford deployed a much better version of this system, which requires no onscreen tinkering, in the Focus. Using the same 1.

    2012 Toyota Prius V



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