2012 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: fuel economy is misleading

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fuel economy is misleading
By prius2012owner on


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


I was buying this model in February-March 2012, when neither diller, no Toyota website had the 2012 model description. I was told that the model is exactly as 2011. It turned out that there's single difference - parking assist was removed from 2012 model. Huge, huge disappointment! Another minus is that Toyota, looks like intentionally!, overstates fuel economy. The car does regularly show 49 to 51 overall mpg, but the number is always (I mean ALWAYS) 2-2.5 mpg higher than reality (miles driven/number of galons filled in). At 60mph the car shows speed 2mph higher than external GPSes. May be related to the previous. Tires are bad, very noisy on hwy. Hwy mpg is only about 40 at 70-75mph.

Best Features

LKA dynamic range radar fuel economy heated driver and passenger seats HUD sound system quality panel(s) layout is convenient

Worst Features

1. tires are horrible! Almost third of interstate miles produces unbearable noise. 2. speedometer shows 1mph higher at 40mph and 2mph higher at 60+mph. 3. self-dimming rear view mirror could dim better 4. Horrible GPS. Must be replaced. May be horribly outdated, but there is no updates included, no way to check. It's simply unreliable 5. No speed-sensitive radio (?!) 6. trunk space is not rational. Spare tire is not necessary. 7. parking assist must be added
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By hectorartm
on 08/10/13 19:57 PM (PDT)

I can definitely tell you that I don't get 40 mpg at 70 mph. I get more like 50 and 48 at 75.

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