2012 Toyota Prius V Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Toyota Prius v - Road Test Specs

2012 Toyota Prius V Wagon

(1.8L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)


Model year2012
ModelPrius V
Style4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Base MSRP$27,500
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$27,500 (est)


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,798/110
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)13.0
Redline (rpm)N/A
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)134 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)153 @ 4,000
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeContinuously variable
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)N/A


Suspension, frontMacPherson struts
Suspension, rearTorsion beam
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)19.1
Tire brandYokohama
Tire modelBluEarth S34
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP2056016
Tire size, rearP2056016
Wheel size16-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.4
0-45 mph (sec.)6.3
0-60 mph (sec.)10.3
0-75 mph (sec.)16.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.5 @ 78.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)10.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)129
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.74
Sound level @ idle (dB)37.9
@ Full throttle (dB)73.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.6

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsIn the case of the Prius V, Trac On indicates engine was stopped when throttle pedal was depressed to start the run, and Trac Off indicates engine running prior to releasing brake pedal to start the run. That said, there was a 0.01-second difference (essentially no measurable difference) between default/Eco/Power/EV modes at wide-open throttle. Best run was with engine running before releasing brake, otherwise it matters not. This Prius V is just as painfully slow and noisy in that same droning-Prius sort of way as the original.
Braking commentsNot as much dive as expected. The weight must be low to the ground. Nothing out of the ordinary: no fade, no pedal softness, no wander or wiggle -- just an average performance.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Non-defeat ESC means driving right up to the programmed, electronic threshold as evidenced by the blinking light on the instrument panel. ESC allows just a hint of howl and understeer before trimming throttle and dabbing brakes. Steering feel is completely artificial, although it does have more weight than previous Prii. Slalom: Steering change in Prius V (versus Prius) is very evident in the slalom, with some useful friction-free effort build-up just off-center. It's also reasonably easy to place next to each cone with precision. The chassis feels far more composed/sophisticated despite the Prius V's added size and weight. ESC rewards smoothness and a steady pace rather than quick inputs and throttle manipulation, and electronics remain the ruler of what is allowed. Who really knows if the Prius V under- or oversteers? Neither one is available.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)73.1
Relative humidity (%)51.9
Wind (mph, direction)2.1 head/crosswind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)44 city/40 highway/42 combined (est.)
Edmunds observed (mpg)40
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)11.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,274
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,304
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59/41
Length (in.)181.7
Width (in.)69.9
Height (in.)62.0
Wheelbase (in.)109.4
Track, front (in.)60.6
Track, rear (in.)60.8
Turning circle (ft.)36.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)35.9
Headroom, front (in.)39.6
Headroom, rear (in.)38.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)34.3
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)67.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance2 years/25,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance2 years/25,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Knee airbagsDriver only
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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