2012 Toyota Prius Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$11,876 - $14,575
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
51 City / 48 HWY
Horsepower
98
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$11,876 - $14,575
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
51 City / 48 HWY
Horsepower
98
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.0 Overall Score
Performance 3.4 Comfort 3.8 Styling 3.3 Value 3.8

Editor's Overview

With a starting price in the low-$20,000 range, combined fuel economy of 50 mpg and more versatility and amenities than most drivers need, the Toyota Prius remains the reigning sales champion of electric-enhanced mobility.

Toyota Prius Models & Trims

Base $11,876 - $14,575*
Horsepower: 98 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: Premium Synthetic, Cloth
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0, 17 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Advanced $11,876 - $14,575*
Horsepower: 98 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: Premium Synthetic, Cloth
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0, 17 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
One $11,876 - $14,575*
Horsepower: 98 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Two $11,876 - $14,575*
Horsepower: 98 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0, 17 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Three $11,876 - $14,575*
Horsepower: 98 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0, 17 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Four $11,876 - $14,575*
Horsepower: 98 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: Premium Synthetic
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0, 17 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Five $11,876 - $14,575*
Horsepower: 98 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: Premium Synthetic
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.63

227 Reviews

67% 28% 4% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

2012 Prius -- economical plugin is fun to drive, reliable, and features-rich.

No problems, great performance and mileage, extremely reliable, very comfortable front seats and comfortable back seats with good legroom. Love the air-conditioning system, defrosters, and ability to control/target airflow. Left and right rear corners can be blind spots if you are not careful. Rear wiper blade should cover more glass than it does (Imho). Needs more USB connection. Excellent cup holder sizes. All buttons well located. Need a glare control or screen shade for front navigation window, cannot read it on a sunny day. It would be nice to know how much mileage loss is incurred by certain options.

- Tamara T

A hybrid Prius is a wonderful gas saver and great for the environment.

I love driving a Prius because it gets awesome mileage. Average mileage is between 40 and 50 mpg. I also have a sunroof, solar roof, and satellite radio which makes driving in my car very enjoyable. The seats are comfortable and the engine is super quiet. You cannot hear the engine when the car is on. Also, I love the keyless system. It is a hybrid but you need to drive at a moderate speed in order to get the best mpg and you cannot accelerate quickly because it is not good for the car.

- Julie F

Prius is not only the most reliable vehicle I have owned, but also the comfortable.

We have owned the car for over 6 years and have only had to change the tires and oil. I have never had an issue with the car, it is perhaps the most reliable car I have ever owned. The car is comfortable, gets great fuel mileage, and actually is quite fast (although nobody believes it). The technology is severely lacking, although there are basics like bluetooth and seat warmers. I do wish that it was a plug-in, but overall I really love my car.

- Bob B

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$11,876 - $14,575
$11,876 - $14,575

Horsepower

Horsepower
98 hp
98 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.8L DOHC 16
Hybrid system
1.8L DOHC 16
Hybrid system
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Standard
Standard

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.5 in.
42.5 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.6 in.
38.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36 in.
36 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Standard
Standard

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic, Cloth
Premium Synthetic, Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Standard
Standard

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
- TBD -
- TBD -

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
106.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
- TBD - ft.
- TBD - ft.

Length

Length
175.6 in.
175.6 in.

Width

Width
68.7 in.
68.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3042 .lbs
3042 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
98 hp
98 hp

Torque

Torque
105 ft. lbs.
105 ft. lbs.

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid
Standard
Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

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
50 mpg
50 mpg

City

City
51 mpg
51 mpg

Highway

Highway
48 mpg
48 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Standard
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Standard
Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Optional
Optional

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings