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2012 Toyota Prius v
2012 Toyota Prius v
Available Price Range $9,572-$18,812 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 42 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Toyota Prius v

Our Take

The Prius v is a new model that will be sold alongside the current Prius. It's intended to offer more room for families than the standard Prius; the "v" stands for versatility. The added usability comes from more backseat and cargo room. Competitors include the Ford Escape Hybrid. The v is ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Center dashboard layout
  • Outdated-looking dash graphics
  • Still only room for five people

Notable Features

  • New for 2012
  • &quot
  • Wagonized&quot
  • Prius
  • 40 mpg combined rating
  • Separate model from regular Prius
  • Lightweight panoramic roof


Our Expert Reviews

It was brilliant in the city, where it moved easily through crowded streets, including roads obstructed by construction and careless double-parking.It was brilliant in the city, where it moved easily through crowded streets, including roads obstructed by construction and careless double-parking.It was not the kind of auto­mobile anyone would take to a speedway or run in a street race. But... Read full review for the 2012 Toyota Prius V

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A Great Car

by ColMelG from Palm Beach Cty, FL on April 9, 2012

A surprising hybrid. Smooth acceleration. Fast for a hybrid. My wife was passing a truck on a 2 lane road when I noticed we were doing 95 MPH; that was not in the power mode. Interior with leather is ... 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.