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Our Expert Review: 2012 Toyota Prius

Great for the commute

by 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...
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 spots are wider than normal, and the rear window does not provide much of a view when backing up.
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New Prius Guy

by from St. Paul, MN on August 16, 2012

I love the car! As a matter of fact, I just drove it home today from work 29 miles and got 60.4 mpg. Averaging about 52-53 mpg per tank with mix city/highway. Try driving 500 miles and filling your ta...
I love the car! As a matter of fact, I just drove it home today from work 29 miles and got 60.4 mpg. Averaging about 52-53 mpg per tank with mix city/highway. Try driving 500 miles and filling your tank with 9.3 gallons. That's a cool feeling! I'm not so crazy about the granola liberal reputation of the Prius and their owners, and I feel like I need an NRA or GOP bumper sticker on it, but I got it for the mileage and the great basic features on this car. I can sit still in traffic with my engine off and the A/C still blowing cold on me. I can drive about a mile with electric only. Acceleration is something to get used to when driving in ECO mode. I can't blast off the line like I can in my other vehicles, but driving this car has made me a more relaxed driver to tell you the truth. And if I'm late for work I can put it in Power mode and let the 1.8 gas engine go to work which gives me about equal pick-up to my other sedan. Love the basic features at the level II that I have, handsfree bluetooth, automatic thermostat with very cold A/C. Handling is good- steering tight with mini-turn radius. Back seat is surprizingly big. My 6'1" son can sit in the back with me in the front with inches to spare. Can fit 5 fairly large kids in the back without a problem. Overall, Best car I've had. Hope it lasts 300,000 miles!
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We love our Prius!

by from Tees, Alberta CANADA on April 8, 2013

We traded in our '09 Prius with 236,000 km and no huge repair bills, except maintenance and oil changes for our beautiful ocean-colored 2012 Prius. We don't buy extended warranty, since the car is so ...
We traded in our '09 Prius with 236,000 km and no huge repair bills, except maintenance and oil changes for our beautiful ocean-colored 2012 Prius. We don't buy extended warranty, since the car is so reliable. We drive 130 km/day to and from work, never have to worry about starting the car in -35 degree weather and it handles very well with snow tires in the winter. It's the only way to go with gas in Canada at $109/litre or $4.50 US gal. Love the bluetooth radio, and leaving key in my purse to open the car
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Getting 48 mpg in my new Prius!

by from New Haven, CT on May 13, 2013

Bought a new 2012 Prius because we needed a 2nd car and fuel economy was really important to us. Other reviews were positive and my first two fill ups proved the Prius lived up to the hype. Got 48 mpg...
Bought a new 2012 Prius because we needed a 2nd car and fuel economy was really important to us. Other reviews were positive and my first two fill ups proved the Prius lived up to the hype. Got 48 mpg both times so far. Those that argue that the price doesn't justify the savings, well, it depends how much you drive and what your values are. Some people will pay extra for a luxury car or navigation or a V8 engine. I paid 'extra' for a car that pays for itself. We drive about 25,000 miles per year so my Prius car payment will be almost totally covered by my savings in gas! Went with the 2012 because it was cheaper than the 2013. Didn't need the extra trunk space that came with the Prius V. Considered the plug-in, but it only has a 10-13 mile range and in Connecticut, electricity is not that cheap So it didn't make sense for us.
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best green car

by from minneapolis on January 9, 2013

Excellent vehicle in every way. I love it. The navigation is complicated and takes getting used too. Good ride and acceleration. Getting 50 mpg with sixty percent highway driving and commuting sixty m...
Excellent vehicle in every way. I love it. The navigation is complicated and takes getting used too. Good ride and acceleration. Getting 50 mpg with sixty percent highway driving and commuting sixty miles a day.
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My FIRST solo car purchase

by from Columbus, IN on April 10, 2012

I am 66, Widowed, and just Purchased the 2012 Prius IV March 9th. So far I've put on 2,345 miles. That included a road trip from Columbus, IN to Columbus, GA. The comfort and ride were as good as I've...
I am 66, Widowed, and just Purchased the 2012 Prius IV March 9th. So far I've put on 2,345 miles. That included a road trip from Columbus, IN to Columbus, GA. The comfort and ride were as good as I've ever experienced. MPG is running an average of 48 mpg. Of course no problems and none expected this early. There are two things I've noticed. 1. After driving a Town N Country for 8 years I'm getting used to the reduced vision out the front windshield. I can't see the front of the car from inside no mater how seat is adjusted. I'm 5'7". The second is I feel the need to take a class on all the new electronic devices and displays. Seating was uncomfortable in lower end models but this Prius IV with leather seats is great. After driving a good way I don't feel stiff or have a sore back at all. Overall, I've watched this car since it first came on the market and am pleased to finally own one. Only reason I rated Value a 4 is that I don't use or need many of the extra electronics included to get the leater. Thanks to Cars.com: for all the help.
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Not perfect, but very good.

by from Washington, State on April 16, 2012

I've had the Prius for about 6 weeks and have taken 3 400 mile trips with it. The first over a mountain range in cold snow weather. The car handled fine and was able to handle the steep climbs well. A...
I've had the Prius for about 6 weeks and have taken 3 400 mile trips with it. The first over a mountain range in cold snow weather. The car handled fine and was able to handle the steep climbs well. Although at freeway speed you could really hear that little 4 cylinder screaming. I got 40 mpg on this trip. The second trip over flatter roads and a max speed of 70 mph 47.5 mpg was achieved. The last trip over the mountains again at 70 rather an 74 mph and in slightly warmer weather 43.5 mpg was achieved. My driving around town has been all over 45 mpg. These figures are based on odo / gallons to fill tank. Overall about what I had expected. An issue that I would like to see resolved by Toyota is the errors in the computer feed back. With this great technology I find it interesting that the mph, the mpg are both incorrect. The mph after going thru 4 "this is your speed" radar sets on an Oregon freeway indicated that at 70 and 74 mph speedometer reading the radar stated 67 and 70 respectively. As for the on board computer readout of mpg it, like my last 3 vehicles, is off by roughly 4 mpg. This seems to me to be a marketing ploy to make you feel good and a wish that you don''t discover the ....... As far as handling and comfort, for a smaller car designed to light and fuel efficient, it's a resonable compromise. The most bothersome issue is the road noise. The hatch back's open space probably adds to this, but a few pounds of sound deadening wouldn't affect the fuel efficiency at all. I'll be looking into aftermarket fixes for this. Overall if this car will perform as well as my last 2 Camrys at 30% better mileage I'll be very pleased.
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Excellent Commutor Car

by from Burbank, CA on August 21, 2012

I have owned my Prius II for approximately 3 months now. I have a 120-mile daily commute and the MPG on this is superb. I moved from a previous Honda Civic Coupe to this and the efficiency gain is app...
I have owned my Prius II for approximately 3 months now. I have a 120-mile daily commute and the MPG on this is superb. I moved from a previous Honda Civic Coupe to this and the efficiency gain is approximately 75% - imagine, over a Civic! Overall the car is very roomy and comfortable. If you plan to have 2 car seats in the back-seat plus an adult, know this: It is very tight, but doable. The car is best for crawling traffic on the freeway but not as great for stop and go. Also, cruising at 65mph on the freeway, it still gives you good MPG. Steering feels a bit heavy at times. The technology content in this car is great; I love the displays, Bluetooth, etc. There is only one thing that bothers me personally. There is something with the seating ergonomics that causes the back of my left knee (free leg) to hurt after long commutes. Perhaps my body is getting acquainted to this new seating position or there may be something with the foot-rest. By the way, the seating position is a lot more upright and erect compared to more laid-back seating positions. I would have liked a bit less plastic on the interior design but it doesn't bother me. I won't mention reliability and value because we are talking about a Toyota.
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Love my Prius!

by from North Carolina on December 9, 2012

This is my second Prius and I would never purchase anything else but another Prius. If I drive conservatively I get 62 MPG. I is very comfortable and my friends cannot get over how quiet it is. I had ...
This is my second Prius and I would never purchase anything else but another Prius. If I drive conservatively I get 62 MPG. I is very comfortable and my friends cannot get over how quiet it is. I had 40,000 miles and the original tires are still in good shape on my 2010 Prius. My husband like that car so much I traded his car in on my 2012 Prius and gave him my 2010. Now we are a total Prius family and luv'n it!
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Gen 2 Prius

by from Manhattan, KS on July 17, 2012

We drove our 07 Prius 86,200 miles with no problems. It ran well getting us where we needed/wanted to go efficiently. It hauled the peculiar stuff we needed to transport. We enjoyed driving it. We esp...
We drove our 07 Prius 86,200 miles with no problems. It ran well getting us where we needed/wanted to go efficiently. It hauled the peculiar stuff we needed to transport. We enjoyed driving it. We especially liked pulling in for gas; almost never over $30 to fill up. Because the Prius is driven more, we chose to upgrade it instead of a pickup. A great decision. The cost for owning and operating our Gen 2 Prius was about 32 cents per mile. When the IRS allows a standard business rate of over 55 cents par mile, 32 cents seems like a real bargain. The Gen 3 has improvements (sleeker body style, larger engine, more room, improved remote/smart key) over the Gen 2. The Gen 3 is more fun to drive.
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