2012 Toyota Prius v First Look, Review and Test Drive

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The Prius v’s audio system is all new.  The base audio system has a large display with USB connectivity so you can connect your iPod or other MP3 player.  You can also stream Bluetooth audio.

The Prius v three and five have Entune, Toyota’s in-car entertainment system that uses apps to give the driver access to Bing search, Pandora and iheartradio, movietickets.com, Open Table, and news and weather information.  It works with BlackBerry, Droid, and Apple smartphones.   Entune uses your smartphone for connectivity and audio quality from Pandora and iheartradio was excellent.  Of course, if you find yourself without a signal, you will have to resort to terrestrial radio.

The Prius v five has a 7” high-resolution display with JBL audio.  It also has a more advanced navigation system.  The JBL audio system was developed especially for the v and is lightweight and consumes less power.

The five also has dynamic (radar) cruise control, advanced parking guidance that steers the car into the spot (the driver controls the brake), and a vehicle proximity notification system that alerts the driver of a possible crash.

Since its introduction in 1997, Toyota has sold more than two million Prii in 70 countries.  The U.S. is the company’s single largest market for the Prius and more than a million have been sold here since 2000.  Indeed, sales of the Prius are greater than all of the other hybrids on the market combined.

With its combination of elegant styling, improved ride comfort and handling, exemplary fuel economy, and plenty of cargo space, the Prius v is bound to be a favorite, not only of the millions of Prius fans but of those who need to transport large items while protecting the environment.


2012 Prius v Five
Base price/price-as-tested TBA
Drivetrain Front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine 1.8 l/98 hp/I-4
Motor 80 hp permanent magnet synchronous motor
Battery Litium ion
Transmission CVT
Curb weight (lbs) 3274
Wheelbase (inches) 109.4 
Length x width x height (inches) 181.7 x 69.9 x 62.0
0-60 mph (seconds) 10.4
City/highway fuel economy (mpg)  





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