2012 Toyota Prius v

The second production version added to the Toyota Prius family is the new "v" version revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. With "v" expressing the vehicle’s versatility, the new Prius v will combine the practicability of a minivan with the hybrid drivetrain of a Prius hatchback model.

The new "v" version is built on the same platform as the first Prius, but promises a 50% space increase inside its cabin. The car also has a low 0.29 coefficient of drag, all while being produced in an evolutionaryPrius design.

The car is identical to its hatchback brother: the same exterior design language, the same hybrid drive train under the hood that delivers a total of 40 mpg, and the same technology for the interior that includes an Entune multimedia system which supports mobile apps such as Bing, OpenTable, and movietickets.com.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Toyota Prius v.

Exterior and Interior

Toyota Prius v

The car’s exterior look is defined by sharp-edged headlamps, wind-slipping aero corners for improved aerodynamics, and an enlarged under grille, which all help create a unique design evolving from the current Prius. The rear gets a refined backdoor panel, intricate combination taillights, and a specially designed roof spoiler that improves air flow.

The interior offers high seating position, ample head room, and an impressive 38-inch couple distance, providing generous rear legroom. A first for Toyota Toyota is a resin Panoramic View moonroof with power retractable sun shades that provides an open atmosphere in the cabin with a 40% reduction in weight as compared to conventional glass roofs of the same size.

Among the many technologies offered by the new Prius v is a new Entune multimedia system that offers fully integrated and wireless upgradeable navigation, entertainment and information services.

The Engine

Toyota Prius v

Everything under the hood remains unchanged. Meaning the Prius v will get an 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine that delivers 98 HP combined with an electric motor, for a total output of 134 net horsepower. The Prius v will deliver an estimated EPA fuel economy rating of 42 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 40 mpg combined.

When Can I Buy One?

The new Prius v will go on sale in late summer 2011. Prices will be announced closer to that date.

The Competition

Toyota Prius v

An obvious competitor for the new Prius v is theHonda Insight launched in 2009 at the Detroit Auto Show. The Insight is powered by an advanced 1.3-liter SOHC aluminum-alloy i-VTEC engine and CVT, along with a new generation of Honda’s IMA hybrid system that incorporates a 13 hp electric motor and a compact Intelligent Power Unit (IPU). The Insight is on sale at a price of $19,800.

  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Looks good enough considering its a hybrid
  • Entune multimedia system
  • Not enough power for a minivan
  • Much more expensive than competitors; considering it will cost more than the hatchback
  • Overall interior look is outdated


Everything under the hood remains unchanged. Meaning the Prius v will get an 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine that delivers 98 HP combined with an electric motor, for a total output of 134 net horsepower.

The exterior looks Ok to me but still lacking some LED lights for the front and tail, interior looks like my grandpa’s 1988 Corolla with an LCD display, If you look at the materials, the door handles and seats, it looks very cheap to me with no design.

I know Toyota wants to use an italicized lower-case v for their name, but that’s about as reader-unfriendly as you can get. I use the capital V as it’s a proper name, and skip the italics to keep things sane. Sorry if you don’t like it, but really, doesn’t it smell just as sweet?

Consumer reports recently tested a ten year old, 200,000+ mile prius that had the original battery in it, and it worked just as well as on day one

I’ve read of multiple instances where this is occurring. I dunno where you are getting this info, but the vast majority of prius batteries last much longer than 5 years if properly maintained.

There is no comparison between Toyota and Ford Toy0ta is top dog,esp.in hybird segment, while Ford is even much lower in ranking among those underdogs and Ford buys toyota’s hybrid technology for Fusion and others

If you know your hybrid history. Toyota contracted hybrid technology from another company who supply’s both ford and toyota. Toyota is not an innovator, they just used someone else’s technology for their vehicles.

Very nice, but the fuel economy must be strongly improved! The eco on this thing is just a bad impression!

What I like about this one is the plenty of room inside the car. On the outside I prefer the Hondas!

Good thing that you posted so much images smiley The problem is that all are showing me that the prius is not about the design. As I see it the current Toyota line started with the 2006 Yaris, which is very well balanced. Unfortunately except the Hilux and the new Avensis, all the other Toyota cars are crappy in design smiley

Whyyyyyyy!!!!!, as much as I love Toyota of the 90s most of these newer Toyota isn’t cutting it, why a Prius minivan, I thought toyoda wanted to bring more sport car, take Toyota back to it early day....either way I’m still looking forward to the new FT-86 or Subaru version if it ever going to come out.

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