2012 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Great Car - comfortable cruise

2012 Toyota Prius Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Great Car - comfortable cruiser - great MPG
By tiversen on


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


Had to spring for the Prius 5 since the fabric seats in the 3 were the worst (flat with no lumbar support).
The leatherette seats in the 5 are awesome.
Plus the 5 wheels are nice.
The car is quiet, comfortable and can fit five, with room in the back for three to four wheeled carry-on suitcases.
With about 1000 miles getting about 49mpg on the readout and about 46mpg using the manual calc method - in 80% hwy 20% city.
Short 5 minute trips will only get you about 30 to 40 mpg since the engine has to warm up before it shuts off at stops.
Still twice the mileage in the city of any gas miser.
Have got up to 75mpg on a short trip when I used only the ev mode (slow excel) up to 35mph.

Best Features

MPG, LED Headlights, 17 inch wheels, keyless ignition, comfortable cruiser, Nav, leatherette seats with lumbar support....excellent (doesnt seem to get as hot as real leather....so far). Head room - I dont fit in many cars. Entune system is nice. Engine/Electric Motor system info..great info and system information....dont get distracted though people : ) Kids love all the gadgets and think its kind of fun (Kids like it more than Moms new Elantra). Knowing in stop and go traffic that you are getting 5 to 10 times the MPG of everybody else, not in a Prius. Hopefully Toyota Quality ; )

Worst Features

Cant input address changes when car is moving....can do in the Elantra. Some strange longer routes from the Nav on occasion. Tires can get loud on some road surfaces. Sometimes my phone doesnt link via bluetooth - have same issue in the Elantra, but much more often in the Prius. Obvious, but make the battery and electric motor stronger for even better gas mileage and more ev mode driving - especially for short trips.
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