Kelley Blue Book Value®
$11,431 - $29,805
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
51 City / 48 HWY
Horsepower
98
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$11,431 - $29,805
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...

2012 Toyota Prius Owner Reviews

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Best Car I Have Ever Purchased!!

2012 Toyota Prius Base

My Toyota Prius is perfect. It's quiet and fun to drive. There are only two problems I have with my Toyota Prius. The first issue is that when I'm backing up there are no yellow and red lines that tell you when you are in a safe or unsafe position. I've never gotten into an accident so it's not a big deal. The second issue is the tires. The tires for the Prius are not great in the snow so the best option is to get snow tires if you live in an area of the country that has snowy, wet, icy and other difficult winter driving conditions. What I really love about my Prius is that it handles so well when I'm on the highway. It almost feels like a part of me. It's easy to maneuver and is very nimble. I especially love the PWR button when I'm trying to get a boost in power. When I press the power button it almost feels like warp speed kicking in because I get a serious kick in speed. I like this if I'm attempting to pass a car on the highway or need a little extra. My car has just over 100,000 miles and runs like perfect. As long as you take care of the car it will take care of you. I like the ergonomic seats as they are very comfortable and give me what I need. Also, let's not forget the gas mileage. I get about 45+ miles per gallon and it's very inexpensive to fill up the tank. Let's just say that if I had to do it all over again I would buy this car. It's the best car I've ever purchased.

- Edward N

This is the best car type on the market. It has everything you're looking for.

2012 Toyota Prius One

I love my car. I love the hybrid engine - it switches between gas and electric when it needs to which really saves on gas. I get between 48-49 mpg in the city and on the highway. I only have to fill up my car monthly since it is so good on gas consumption. I also like that it is quiet. I've had regular V6 cars my whole life, so having this one is a dream. I can't hear the engine when I'm driving, which makes it easier for hands-free phone conversations, hearing for something that is wrong with the car if needed, and just driving in general. It's more peaceful to have a silent ride than to hear the whine of the engine the whole time. It is a very smooth ride, the seats are adjustable in multiple places, and the shifter is unique and makes it impossible to accidentally drop your transmission if you switch from D to P by accident while driving. I also like that the keys just have to be somewhere in the car to drive it. This makes it easier to just throw my keys in my purse when I'm leaving for work instead of having them in the ignition and hitting my leg. The electronic dash is wonderful as well. I can see everything, from exactly how many mph I'm going to the amount of money I've spent in a month on gas since it records that as well.

- Kayla H

Top reasons for a Prius not counting fantastic gas mileage.

2012 Toyota Prius Base

My Prius is reliable-always starts and gets me where I want to go. It is comfortable-front seats or back seats. The auto fan helps keep the car at the same temperature as outside and is charged by the solar panel. The a/c can be flipped on prior to getting to the car on hot days, so the inside temperature has time to cool down. The trip meters help me keep up with my gas mileage and is useful when I need to keep up with mileage driven. I love that the back seats fold down, and I have been able to transport items from the local home box store for home and garden use. I like that I have two glove boxes. I keep my manuals and auto check up receipts in the bottom one and sunglasses and keys in the top one.

- Sylvia H

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$11,431 - $14,152
$28,235 (MSRP)

Horsepower

Horsepower
98 hp
98 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional

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

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

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
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Accessories

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
106.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
ft.
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.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
lbs.
lbs.

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional

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

Transmission

CVT Transmission

CVT Transmission
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Auto Leveling Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlights

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Optional

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*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