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2012 Toyota Prius v Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by alpfalzgraf

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Reviewed: 2012 Toyota Prius v

4dr Wagon 98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Why the 2012 Toyota Prius v?

Fuel economy

The average mileage [45] (using tank fill gallons and trip meter) is better than the EPA ratings for either city [44] or highway [40].

Ride smoothness

Quite a bit better (solid and quiet) than the original Prius model as late as the 2011 model year.

Safety & braking

The brakes pull the car down from speed rapidly, it takes a bit of getting used to. Lighter braking can be used to increase the charge rate as compared to coasting, the power display assists in getting the brake pressure just right.

Powertrain performance

It's no race car, but that is known going in. No problem getting up to freeway speed. A long uphill ramp will make things a little loud, but then just about any car will let you know that it is working hard.

Warranty, maintenance cost

The first two years (or 20,000 mi.) of maintenance is included at no cost. After that the required synthetic oil is a bit more expensive, but using the right product puts the change interval at one year the cost back in line with conventional oil.

Why Not the 2012 Toyota Prius v?

Controls and instruments

Keyless operation takes some getting used to. When the car is "started" nothing happens except that the dash lights up. The traditional "start" only occurs when the gas pedal is pushed.

Dealer practices

Follow up surveys that, according to the salesperson, are pass/fail with anything less than excellent a fail. The salesperson will do what it takes to get the top rating, but honestly that performance only rates average. Excellence is something else.

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