2012 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Poor interior engineering, che

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Poor interior engineering, cheap plastics, cheap fabric
By malansworth on


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


Interior engineering was not well thought out and is deficient in many areas relative to comparable cars. Insufficient storage compartments. The large storage area under the "bridge" is awkwardly placed and leaves objects exposed. Access to seat heater switches and the 12-volt auxiliary input under the bridge is inconvenient and a potential safety issue if you reach for them while driving. The console storage is large and deep, which means that you must pile up objects on top of each other. The USB port is inconveniently located near the bottom of the console storage, so there is the likelihood that the USB drive will break due to contact with the storage contents. Seats lack lumbar support.

Best Features

Gas mileage Very smooth transmission Small turning circle Relatively quiet Nice climate control

Worst Features

Move USB port to dash where it can be accessed easily. Build in more small storage compartments in front passenger and cargo areas. Enclose large storage area under bridge and move switches to top dash. Design a sunshade for radio display. Improve quality of seat fabric. Design seats with better lumbar support. Employ a two-compartment console lid and remove the fabric console cover, which stains easily. Improve visibility out the rear. Employ lane change warning system built into side-view mirrors.
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