2012 Toyota Prius v Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Classic Silver Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,706 - $12,808
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
44 City / 40 HWY
Horsepower
98
Seats
5

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.8 Overall Score
Performance 3.4Comfort 4.0Styling 3.4Value 3.7

You'll Like The 2012 Toyota Prius v If...

Roomier than anything as efficient, and more efficient than anything as roomy, the Prius V is an unbeatable option for buyers seeking the ultimate balance of fuel economy and cargo capacity.

Toyota Prius v Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Two $9,938 - $12,025
Horsepower: 98 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 98 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Five $10,765 - $12,808
Horsepower: 98 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.55
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I love my roomy and gas efficient Prius v!

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I have never had any problems with my Prius V. It is very comfortable with plenty of room in the back seats and trunk. I never spend more than $30 at a time buying gas. The car does not have a lot of get up and go unless it is in power mode, but that is not too important to me. The back seats do not get as much air, which can be uncomfortable for passengers until the air has been running for a while.

Abby N
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Reliability is amazing and resale is awesome.

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We have had the Prius v for 6 years and have had no issues. There was a computer issue that was fixed under warranty. We have almost 95000 miles and had to replace the tires once. Nothing else has needed repair. We have always completed regular maintenance required. The car is very efficient on fuel and we love it. I cannot say enough great things about it.

Virginia L
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Fuel efficient vehicle for any we're in economy.

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Haven't had to change the brake pads in five years, saves gas, really, not too many problems if you keep up with the manufacturer's maintenance. Very good mileage in the city and on the highway. Normal wear and tear on the wheels. Love the part that tells you when you are crossing a line on the highway, sensor to tell you are too close to another vehicle.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$9,938 - $12,025
$9,706 - $11,773

Horsepower

Horsepower
98 (hp)
98 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.8L DOHC 16, Hybrid system
1.8L DOHC 16, Hybrid system
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 (in.)
41.3 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.6 - 40.4 (in.)
39.6 - 40.4 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.9 (in.)
35.9 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.2 - 38.6 (in.)
38.2 - 38.6 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard
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Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Standard
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Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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Not Available
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Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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Standard

CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Standard
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Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Not Available
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Standard

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Standard
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Standard
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Standard
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Standard

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/60R16
P205/60R16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.4 (in.)
109.4 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.1 (ft.)
36.1 (ft.)

Length

Length
181.7 (in.)
181.7 (in.)

Width

Width
69.9 (in.)
69.9 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3274 (.lbs)
3274 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
98 (hp)
98 (hp)

Torque

Torque
105 (ft. lbs.)
105 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid
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Standard
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FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
11.9 (gal.)
11.9 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
42 (mpg)
42 (mpg)

City

City
44 (mpg)
44 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
40 (mpg)
40 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
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Standard
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Standard
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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Standard
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
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Good
A
Acceptable
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Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) & brake assist (BA)
  • Active traction control (TRAC) *
  • Enhanced vehicle stability control (VSC) *
  • Smart stop technology (SST)
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Front/rear energy-absorbing crumple zones
  • Vehicle proximity notification system
  • Rear-view backup camera
  • Driver/front passenger advanced airbags w/occupant classification sensor
  • Front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Front & rear side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • 3-point seatbelts w/front pretensioners & force limiters
  • Adjustable front seatbelt shoulder anchors
  • Three-point seatbelts in all seating positions -inc: driver & front passenger seatbelt warning sensors
  • Automatic locking retractors (ALR/ELR) on all passenger seatbelts
  • LATCH (Lower anchors & tethers for children) system for outboard rear seats
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Direct tire pressure monitoring system
  • Energy absorbing collapsible steering column

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (2)

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Hybrid Propulsion System Oct 4, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 4, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V684000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Toyota Prius and 2012-2014 Toyota Prius V vehicles. Excessive voltage in the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) within the inverter may cause the hybrid system to shut down, causing the vehicle to stall while being driven.
Consequence:
If the hybrid system shuts down unexpectedly, it can increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the motor/generator control electronic control unit (ECU) and the hybrid control ECU as necessary, free of charge. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk are expected to begin October 22, 2018. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is J0V. Note: The software updates in this recall are needed even if the vehicle had the software previously updated under recalls 14V-053 or 15V-449.
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Hybrid Propulsion System > Inverter Jul 14, 2015
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 14, 2015
NHTSA Campaign:
15V449000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Prius V vehicles manufactured August 22, 2011, to June 30, 2014. A component within the hybrid inverter assembly may overheat, causing the hybrid system to reduce output power allowing the vehicle to only drive a short distance. In some circumstances, the hybrid system may shut down causing the vehicle to stop while being driven.
Consequence:
The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. The hybrid system could also shut down completely resulting in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the motor/generator control electronic control unti (ECU) and the hybrid control ECU, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late July 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371.

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