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2012 Toyota Prius V

Life In The Commuter Lane Form follows function, so it's easy to find one element of a vehicle that explains everything you need to know about it. Look at the widened haunches of a 911 and you know there's serious hardware in the Porsche's rump. Check the elongated bed of an F-150 and its obvious the Ford should be roaming free on the ranch. Look at a Smart ForTwo... Actually, don't. It's for your own good. So when I opened the door to the 2012 Toyota Prius V, a single feature stood out: the cupholder. Encircled in a chrome ring and mounted dead-center in the massive armrest, this... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
1.8L I4
Power:
134 HP / 105 LB-FT
Transmission:
CVT
MSRP:
$36,692 as tested
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    Official: Toyota Prius + gets refresh in UK, is it coming here?
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    Toyota has unveiled a mid-cycle refresh of its seven-passenger, UK-market Prius +, known here in the US as the five-passenger Prius V. The revised hybrid MPV now boasts looks inspired by Toyota's more aggressive compact stylings as seen on its new Yaris and Aygo – particularly in the redone front fascia. The new LED headlights are the most obvious ...

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    Tesla Model S gets 'recommended' Consumer Reports rating; Prius V, Ford hybrids not so much
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    How can Consumer Reports give a car a 99 out of 100 rating, call it "the most practical electric car we've ever tested" and still not give it a "Recommended" rating? Because of how that rating gets decided. Basically, when CR tests a vehicle, it also needs more reliability data over time to assign that famous "Recommended" rating. That time has now ...

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    Toyota Prius family has best July ever with double digit gains
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    July was a great month for the Toyota Prius lineup. Toyota Motor Sales, USA sold 23,294 Prius units in July 2013 versus 16,643 in July 2012 – a nearly 40-percent increase. In July 2013, the standard Prius Liftback sedan sold 15,252 units, the larger Prius V sold 3,428, the smaller Prius C sold 3,797 and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid moved 817 ...

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    Geneva: Toyota Auris Touring Sports is a handsome Prius V alternative [w/videos]
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    The Toyota Prius V has a lot to recommend it, but adventurous and sporty styling is not in its repertoire. That's why this new Auris Touring Sports has our attention. Claimed to be the "first full hybrid estate car" in the compact class, this two-box Auris has genuine visual panache to go with its load-lugging capability and parsimonious fuel economy. In ...

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    Ford C-Max Hybrid falls well short in careful CleanMPG economy test, beat by Toyota Prius V
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    The grain of salt one should take this post with is that Wayne Gerdes is just one man, and that his personal test results may not be applicable to everyone. Still, Gerdes is well-known in the green car community – his Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid and his position as owner of CleanMPG are just two good reasons – ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #322
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    2014 Jeep Cherokee, Tesla profit, 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Ford Atlas chief designer Gordon Platto Episode #322 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Tesla's cautious announcement of a first-quarter profit, the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur and Zach and Dan share an ...

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    Recalls: Toyota recalls slew of models for possible airbag calibration defect
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    Toyota is recalling sixteen models from the 2009 to 2013 model years over a potential issue with passenger seat airbag calibration. In spite of the large number of different Toyotas covered by the recall, just 3,235 units are included. These were vehicles installed with accessories like leather seat covers and headrest DVD systems by Southeast Toyota ...

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    Official: IIHS subjects midsizers to tough new impact test, finds fault with Toyota, VW [w/video]
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    Crash tests continue to get ever tougher, and the new "small overlap" test from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety is giving engineers fits. The new procedure, launched in August, subjects just 25 percent of a vehicle's front end to an impact at 40 miles per hour, and it's proven to be a lot tougher to ace than the institute's old 40-percent ...

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    Motor Trend pits the Toyota Prius V against the Ford C-Max, has fun
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    The Toyota Prius has pretty much ruled the hybrid roost since popularizing the super-efficient market segment over the last decade, but that doesn't mean other automakers aren't trying to catch up. Ford, in particular, has been dabbling with gas/electric drivetrains for some time – think Ford Fusion and Escape hybrids – and now has its own ...

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    Toyota Prius now best-selling model(s) in California
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    We've heard the Toyota Prius jokingly called the State Bird of California, but recent sales data shows that the world's most popular hybrid is, in fact, the best-selling car in the state. Well, the best-selling vehicle line, at least, since the Prius now comes in four variants. If you add up sales of the Prius Liftback (aka, the regular Prius), the C, V ...

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    Toyota will make more than 1 million hybrids this year
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    "Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss." The Who lyric seems apropos, given the news that Toyota may double its hybrid-vehicle production this year and will maintain that sales level for the next three years as it expands both the number of hybrid models it offers and sales efforts to markets throughout Asia. The world's largest hybrid-vehicle maker ...

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    Toyota Prius V lamely says 'mass matters' with How Stuff Works commercials
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    Hey there science fans! Want to learn more about the nature of the universe and its elements, and find out what's cool about the new Toyota Prius V hatchback hybrid? Then we've got three science lab commercials for you... In the first episode, "Science on the Go: Mass Matters," Ben Bowlin from How Stuff Works (a Discovery video channel) experiments with ...

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    Ford C-Max Hybrid will get 47 mpg, better than Toyota Prius V
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    It won't only start out cheaper than the Toyota Prius V, it will also be more fuel efficient. Ford is claiming its C-Max Hybrid, which goes on sale later this year, will get 47 miles per gallon. The family-size member of the Prius family? It is rated by the EPA to get 44 mpg city, 40 highway and 42 combined, and Ford says the C-Max Hybrid will get "at ...

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    Report: Toyota Prius now third-most-popular car in the world... sort of
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    Think you're seeing more Toyota Prius models on the road these days? Well, you are. Automotive News is reporting that all those increased Prius sales in the U.S. and Japan (see here and here and here and here etc.) have turned the Prius into the world's third-best-selling car model for the first three months of 2012. During the first quarter, the Prius ...

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    Toyota Prius V
    Toyota Prius now third-most-popular car in the world... sort of
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    Think you're seeing more Toyota Prius models on the road these days? Well, you are. Automotive News is reporting that all those increased Prius sales in the U.S. and Japan (see here and here and here and here etc.) have turned the Prius into the world's third-best-selling car model for the first three months of 2012. During the first quarter, the Prius ...

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    Ford now taking orders for C-Max Hybrid at $25,995
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    Ford is putting a big "X" on the Prius V. The U.S. automaker said its dealers began taking orders for its 2013 model-year C-Max Hybrid and is pitching the model as a cheaper, more fuel-efficient alternative to the Toyota Prius V wagon. Ford will start deliveries of the C-Max Hybrid this fall, while a plug-in hybrid version – the C-Max Energi ...

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    Report: Toyota announces service campaign to fix exhaust on 28,000 Prius V hybrids
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    Toyota engineers have worked hard to get the emissions that come out of the tailpipe of the Prius V down to a low level, but that doesn't mean everything is copacetic with the car's exhaust system. To fix a known problem, Toyota has announced a service campaign for the Prius V, both in the U.S. and Japan. The Wall Street Journal reports that the problem ...

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    Toyota announces service campaign to fix exhaust on 28,000 Prius V hybrids
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    Toyota engineers worked hard to get the emissions that come out of the tailpipe of the Prius V down to a low level, but that doesn't mean that everything is copacetic with the car's exhaust system. To fix a known problem, Toyota has announced a service campaign for the Prius V, both in the U.S. and Japan. The Wall Street Journal reports that the problem ...

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    Toyota Prius sales surge 54% from a year earlier to monthly record
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    Toyota looked to redeem a relatively slow year for Prius sales in 2011 by broadening its lineup for the world's best-selling hybrid. By the looks of its sales last month, the strategy is working. The Japanese automaker sold 28,711 Prius hybrids in March, the all-time U.S. monthly record since introducing the model stateside in 2000. Prius sales were up ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #276
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    New York Auto Show, Chevrolet Camaro 1LE, 2013 Ford Explorer Sport Episode #276 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Chris, Zach and Dan cover the known knowns so far at the New York Auto Show, the Chevrolet Camaro 1LE, and the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport. Your questions and comments power the end of the 'cast, and for those of you who hung with ...

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