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2012 Toyota Prius v

At a Glance

Pricing $26,400 - $29,990
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.8l I4 HEV
Transmissions CVT
Fuel Economy 44 (city), 40 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 47

Overview Information

The Prius family has grown to include the Prius V which replaces the steeply sloped rear hatch of the standard Prius with a higher wagon-like profile. The Prius V loses an inch of legroom but increases the cargo capacity by 12 cubic feet to 34. The extra cargo area and utility are intended to increase the appeal of the Prius for small families. Under the hood, The Prius V uses the same proprietary Hybrid Synergy Drive system which pairs a 98-bhp 1.8L inline-4 with an 80-hp electric motor for seamless operation. The heavier Prius V is rated at 44/40 (city/highway) by the EPA. Toyota offers the Prius V in three trim levels named Two, Three, and Five with pricing ranging from $27,000 to over $30,000.

What Changed:

The Prius v is a new model that combines the high-mileage hybrid powertrain of the Prius with a larger wagon body for additional utility. Compared to the Prius, the Prius v is longer by 6 inches, taller by 3.3 inches and wider by 1 inch. Like the Prius, the hybrid drive system contains a 1.8l four cylinder gas engine, an 80-hp electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack.

Official Word:

The newest entrant in a growing Prius family of hybrid vehicles, the Prius v delivers an unparalleled blend of versatility and fuel efficiency in a comfortable, mid-size package. A new evolution in hybrid vehicles with excellent cargo space and Prius' heritage of environmental performance and fuel economy, the 2012 Prius v will go on sale in Fall 2011. The new Prius v, with "v" expressing the vehicle's versatility, will meet the needs of growing families with...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Prius v Two 1.8l I4 HEV (98-bhp) CVT FWD 44/40/42 44 $26,400
Prius v Three 1.8l I4 HEV (98-bhp) CVT FWD 44/40/42 44 $27,165
Prius v Five 1.8l I4 HEV (98-bhp) CVT FWD 44/40/42 47 $29,990