2012 Toyota Prius v Consumer Review: The most versatile high MPG hy

2012 Toyota Prius v - Consumer Review

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

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The most versatile high MPG hybrid
By jcihak on


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


When we went looking for a car that got both high real MPG and had good utility, we had few choices. It was either a sacrifice of MPG or cargo space. The Prius V's only competition is the C-Max, but in the real world the V gets better mileage and has a lot more cargo room. . Although the Prius V is not a standout car, its the one that met all our needs, and left us pleasantly surprised. . We got the Model 5 with the 17" wheels. It handles much better than any Prius I ever drove before. I think the trade-off is a big turning radius and expensive tires. However, the big tires do not seem to hurt mpg. . The engine is noisy when pressed, but still manages even on long highway hills.

Best Features

- Cargo room of a small SUV - Great mpg for the size (beats EPA) on the highway) - Entune, Nav, and BT tech work great - Very comfortable seats - fold down front and rear seats (like the Honda Fit) - Good handling, comparable to a good non-hybrid car - Instruments are easy to use - Very roomy for passengers for the class

Worst Features

- Nav / audio screen washes out too easily - Needs dual climate control - Shorter turning radius and 16" tires on model 5 - Option of sunroof without paying $5500 for a tech package - Power driver's seat
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