The standard Prius v seats are fabric, and not very sporty or rugged. Driving Impressions The bottom line on Prius v performance is that it's slower and less fuel efficient than the sedan, because of the extra weight. The biggest Prius news for 2012 is the addition of two new models. It's only 230 pounds heavier, but that makes a big difference in a car with only 134 horsepower to start with. As the name suggests, the Prius v will be the largest Prius ever offered, giving owners more cargo room to haul around their stuff.
Rear-seat legroom benefits from hollowed-out front seatbacks, but in front, the seat padding is skimpy and the hard-plastic center console cuts into knee room for taller drivers. Data Unavailable Third Shoulder Room in. The V represents a standout choice for fuel efficiency if you need the extra room … just be sure you do. Noise, vibration and harshness not so good. I use it to drive to work every day and to haul things around on weekends. While its styling may be wacky, part of its mass appeal is due to the fact that it operates much like a normal car.
And I still have doubts about how much of a market can be created. The 2012 Toyota Prius will keep up with fast-moving traffic if you run it hard, but you'll hear frequent howling as the engine runs up to its maximum speed and stays there. The package also includes a seven-piece body kit and a slightly lower stance 1. This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment. We found the same flaws in the Prius sedan: road noise and rough ride.
It also rates vehicles for front crash prevention, systems that warn the driver or brake automatically to avoid or mitigate a frontal collision. My guess is about the same number of people that wanted the Highlander Hybrid. The five-seat Prius v shares the same Hybrid Synery Drive powertrain as the standard Prius, which means a 1. Floor rigidity has been added to the v, which helps reduce interior noise, but it's still surprisingly buzzy in the cabin, mostly engine noise but also road noise. The full-throttle drone is such incessant torture that you will willingly take your place in the slow lane, where you will now blot out more of the road ahead than regular Prius drivers.
Standard creature comforts include automatic climate control, Bluetooth, and smart key. The brake light and tail light circuits are switched causing the brake lights to be illuminated continuously until the brake pedal is pressed, when the brake lights will go out. That makes for a similar driving experience, c. As with most Toyotas, the electric power steering is limp, lifeless, and utterly devoid of road feel--though it works fine and lets drivers hustle the car among competitive urban traffic. Fold them flat and there's a relatively massive 67.
A small group of the affected vehicles will need additonal remedies which are still being developed. But when faced with a series of steep hills in San Francisco or coastal mountains immediately to the south, I put it in power mode and the increased throttle sensitivity whipped up all its horses with a half push on the accelerator. Fortunately this Prius is used mostly for driving too and from work which is about 9 miles round trip so it mostly uses electric but far too often it is on the gas for warming up etc. Losing 10 mpg is the biggest mark against it, however. The front seat folds flat, like the Honda Fit or Jeep Patriot.
The new voice command system is also a very useful update to the car's electronics. Credited with starting the hybrid craze, the revolutionized the alternative powertrain by packaging it into a unique, yet practical 5-door. The Prius V is one of the roomiest cars inside for a car its size outside -- and the most economical and reliable! I called Toyota said this was all new behavior it is terribly annoying and they said. The drive systems in each car produce a net 134 horsepower, and Toyota notes a 0-to-60-mph time of 10. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859. . Now it looks like a real car.
Meanwhile, a rear-view camera and Bluetooth hands-free technology are bolstered by standard navigation and Entune multimedia technology with Smartphone apps that include Bing search, Pandora and iHeart radio. Overall I am pleased with our purchase the only complaint would be the blind spots from the rear, a back up camera helps but does not eliminate them completely. The Pandora interface was very good, letting me select stations and give songs a thumbs-up or thumbs-down as they played. It has approximately 24,000 miles on the odometer. Prius v is 6 inches longer than the Prius sedan, 3.
They reluctantly agreed to give us a Prius V to pit against the new Ford C-Max Hybrid, but they also insisted on handing over a regular-flavor Prius, too. It is a great cross. I've averaged over 852 miles per tank over the life of the car, as well as received a raw 99. For 2012, Toyota introduced several new Prius variations intended to appeal to a wider group of potential buyers. The hybrid system could also shut down completely resulting in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
As will soon be required of electric vehicles and hybrids, the Prius V emits an artificial sound at low speeds to warn pedestrians of its presence. A freestanding center console made the Prius v feel like a minivan. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Remedy Southeast Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the sensitivity of the occupant detection sensors, and recalibrate them as necessary. Equally as important, the width between the wheel wells is 39 inches, making the flat load floor wide as well as long. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371.