2012 Toyota Prius v Consumer Review: MPG much better than ratings

2012 Toyota Prius v - Consumer Review

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Three Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)

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MPG much better than ratings
By djlerkl on


2012 Toyota Prius v Three 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


We bought a 3 month old "V" as a used car with 2300 miles on it. Since then we've put 4000 miles on (75% highway, 2-3 people in car). I checked my odometer (ca. 0.5% off) and have been tracking actual fuel purchases throughout. After doing the math, computer is a bit off: shows 50.3 mpg and actual is about 48.9. That's with constant a/c use and in a fairly hilly area (upstate NY). In a flatter area, mpg goes up 5-10%. I'm not a hyper-miler -- just easy on the gas and brake. Acceleration is okay -- a lot better than the older Honda Accord (200K miles) it replaced. Visibility for shorter drivers much better than expected. Low road noise. Very satisfied so far.

Best Features

Bluetooth is great for phone. Voice-control is nice for navigation. (And kids find it amusing to search for weird stores.) Lots of cargo room -- you'd never guess it from looking at the car, but once you start loading, it's impressive. Driver's seat position quite comfortable. Not sure why some professional reviewers complained. Very nice reclining rear seat with LOTS of legroom -- compare the numbers to other vehicles, even large SUVs. It's not as good as a stretch mini-van, but better than many others. iPod/iPhone integration: mostly nice, but annoying when it automatically starts playing audio as soon as you plug it in. Easy engine brake mode for long downhills.

Worst Features

Power driver's seat. Slightly softer ride (you feel the bumps, like a sports car suspension, although you won't think you're in a sports car otherwise!) Cup holders that actually fit the one-liter water bottles many people use these days. These cup holders are made for thinner travel mugs, soda cans and bottles, etc. Navigation screen should show current speed limit (like most GPS units that you purchase separately). Don't lock up navigation controls when in motion -- link it to passenger sensor that determines air bag deployment so that passenger can use GPS while driving.
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