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2012 Toyota Prius
2012 Toyota Prius
Available Price Range $8,558-$16,886 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 50 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Toyota Prius

Our Take

Toyota calls its Prius an "Eco-Icon," and the latest generation should have plenty of available gadgets for technological and environmental die-hards. Among them are a solar-panel moonroof that powers modest air conditioning in hot parking lots and LED headlights that use less energy than conven... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Braking feel
  • Balky acceleration
  • Noise
  • Rear blind spots
  • Ride and handling
  • Low-res instrument display

Notable Features

  • Restyled bumper, headlights, taillights
  • New standard touch-screen
  • Optional self-parking feature discontinued
  • Genuine leather discontinued
  • Gas/electric drivetrain
  • 50 mpg combined


Our Expert Reviews

The 2012 Toyota Prius is an exceptionally efficient car at a relatively low price for people who care more about conservation than the act of driving. Given its success, the formula seems to have worked just fine. Mechanically, the Prius is unchanged for 2012, though there have been cosmetic tweaks to the front bumper, headlights and taillights. (See the 2011 and 2012 compared side by side.) Th... Read full review for the 2012 Toyota Prius

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Consumer Reviews


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Great for the commute

by Allen in Georgia from Atlanta, GA on January 5, 2013

Nothing like 45-50mpg to make the commute easier! Much more headroom and interior space than I expected. Decent audio system and other standard features. What's difficult about the Prius? The blind s... Read Full Review


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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