2012 prius v review




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    EDITOR WES RAYNAL: Ugh. That sums up my impression of my first drive in the Toyota Prius V. It's bigger in nearly all dimensions to be.

    2012 prius v review

    2012 prius v review

    We use our smart phones or our Garmin instead for GPS. Opened new office 70 miles from home and was getting killed on gas. 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. In some circumstances, the hybrid system may shut down causing the vehicle to stop while being driven. As the name suggests, the Prius v will be the largest Prius ever offered, giving owners more cargo room to haul around their stuff.

    2012 prius v review

    2012 prius v review

    2012 prius v review

    2012 prius v review

    2012 prius v review

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    That sums up my impression of my first drive in the Toyota Prius V. It's bigger in nearly all dimensions to be quite a bit roomier than the regular Prius, and the materials inside are an improvement. But it's slow, the engine drones and the mpgs aren't that good. I got 40 mpg driving home and The car has new tires that supposedly have better rolling resistance, comfort and grip and are quieter, but the engine is loud, and to me the handling feels even more floppy and loose than the smaller car.

    Combine that with its less-than-stellar off-the-line acceleration and it's simply not much fun to drive. I'm not quite so underwhelmed by the Prius V. If you want a larger version of the gold standard in hybrids, this is your car. We forget that the gold standard is an ugly little pug with similar performance.

    2012 prius v review

    Prius acceleration isn't a strong suit. Cornering on the economy-minded low-rolling-resistance tires created a new definition of understeer, and in general the car is not terribly well equipped or finely upholstered.

    Why do we think that might change in a larger, more versatile Prius? In fact, some of that does change. The seats are nicely trimmed in some sort of leatherette that can't be real leather, is it? The better tires do help with the cornering, and I'd argue that this car feels much more planted in turns than the original.

    2012 prius v review

    It's not great, but it's steady. There is some wind noise and road noise entering the cabin, but that's one of the costs of keeping weight low. I think some of the sticker shock is related to Toyota beginning to price these cars at a level at which the company can make some money, instead of pricing at a level that subsidized a huge real-world pilot program.

    My continuing problem with the Prius powertrain is the pulsating feel that is almost like riding a rocking horse. It drives me nuts. It seems that it is less noticeable in cruise control or in power mode, but I suspect both hurt fuel economy. There are a lot of highly efficient, far less complex cars of this size on the market today for less money. Some will hit 36 mpg, many others come close. To paraphrase the X-Files , I want to believe. I want to believe that the Prius is a fuel-efficient answer to our dependence on foreign oil, and that it does everything a much larger car can do, only more cleanly.

    I want to be OK with the compromises I have to make to achieve an indicated 38 mpg in stop-and-go traffic. But I just hate driving the things. I'll give Toyota props on the packaging with this Prius V model, though: There is an amazing amount of usable, configurable space inside, and the panoramic glass roof gives the cabin even more of a sense of roominess.

    2012 prius v review

    The rear seats slide and recline, perfect for setting up child booster seats, and there was ample room for pounds of dog under the hatch. I don't even mind the Tron dashboard anymore though the center bias will never be a good idea , and I actually enjoyed the monolithic center console that felt like something out of business class on an airliner.

    On the road, however, the Prius is slow, noisy and just devoid of anything that makes driving fun. That is unless you're into hypermiling, that is, which I can appreciate. It is vaguely entertaining to see how long the Prius can be held in EV mode, or to see how much brake regen you can get by adjusting your driving style.

    First Drive Review: Is the 2012 Toyota Prius V ready to haul you & all your stuff?



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