The 2012 Toyota Prius V is the first new member of the Toyota Prius Family and the first Prius model to debut after the Prius we’ve all come to know and love. The goal of the Toyota Prius V is to meet the needs of full-families with active lifestyles while providing the same ‘care about mother nature’ feeling, traditionally found in the Prius DNA including Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive.
Power for the 2012 Toyota Prius V comes from the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the regular Prius – 98-hp 1.8 liter 4-cylinder that runs on the Atkinson cycle and contributes to a maximum 134 total system horsepower. There is still a 80-hp electric-motor powered by Nickel-Metal Hydride and it’s main function is to drive the front wheels and provide regeneration during braking.
EPA Estimated fuel-economy comes in at 44/40 mpg (city/highway) or 42 mpg combined. 0 to 60 mph is achieved in a slow 10.4 seconds with a top speed of 103 mph.
The Toyota Prius V provides 58 percent more cargo space than the regular Prius, and at 34.3 cubic feet, it apparently has more cargo room than 80 percent of the small SUVs on the road today.
Inside, the 2012 Toyota Prius V adds standard Display Audio with Navigation and the new Entune multimedia system.
The 2012 Toyota Prius V comes in three model variants including Two, Three and Five – prices start at $26,400, $27,165 and $29,990 respectively. Sales of the 2012 Toyota Prius start in late October.
– By: Omar Rana