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Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
51 City / 48 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 1.8L DOHC 16-valve VVT-i Atkinson-cycle I4 hybrid engine
  • Electronic throttle control system w/intelligence (ETCS-i) -inc: Eco, EV & pwr driving modes
  • Hybrid system -inc: sealed nickel-metal hydride battery, integrated permanent synchronous electric motor, integrated regenerative brake system
  • Push button ignition
  • Continuously variable transmission (ECVT)
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Torsion beam rear suspension
  • Electric pwr assisted rack & pinion steering
  • Ventilated front & solid rear pwr disc brakes

Exterior Features

  • 15" 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels w/wheel covers
  • P195/65R15 all-season tires
  • T135/80D16 compact spare tire
  • Rear deck spoiler -inc: underbody spoilers & spats
  • Auto-off projector-beam halogen headlamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Color-keyed folding pwr heated mirrors
  • UV reduction glass windshield
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear window wiper

Entertainment Features

  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: USB input, (6) speakers
  • Aux audio input
  • Bluetooth connectivity w/steering wheel-mounted controls

Interior Features

  • Front bucket seats
  • Fabric seat material
  • 6-way driver/4-way passenger adjustable seats
  • 60/40 split rear seat
  • Adjustable front/rear headrests -inc: fold-forward rear headrests
  • Front center console w/sliding armrest -inc: storage compartment w/removable utility tray, wire-management feature, (2) cup holders
  • Rear fold-down armrest w/(2) cup holders
  • Active headrests
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel -inc: touch tracer display, audio controls, HVAC controls
  • Multi-information display -inc: energy monitor, fuel consumption history, hybrid system indicator, average fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed & trip distance
  • Central instrument display -inc: digital speedometer & odometer, instant fuel consumption, fuel gauge, shift-lever indicator
  • Pwr windows w/auto up/down
  • Retained accessory pwr
  • Pwr door locks w/anti-lockout feature
  • Driver door smart key entry system -inc: panic button, keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Automatic climate control -inc: air filter, dust & pollen filter/filtration mode, electric compressor, humidity sensor & push button controls
  • Rear window electric defogger w/timer
  • Dual compartment glove box
  • (2) 12V pwr outlets
  • Overhead console w/maplights & shift illumination
  • Dual front sunvisors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
  • (4) retractable assist grips
  • Illuminated entry
  • Rear dome light
  • Cargo area lamp
  • Driver & passenger seatback pockets
  • Tonneau cover w/clasp for under-floor storage

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) & brake assist
  • Traction control (TRAC)
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Enhanced vehicle stability control
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Front/rear energy-absorbing crumple zones
  • 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
  • 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

2012 Toyota Prius Owner Reviews

267 Reviews
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quiet and smooth. Fuel saving. Quite practical.

2012 Toyota Prius Two

I love that it's oil-electric hybrid, and I don't have to pay much on fuel the car. The car's economical and comfortable to sit inside as well as comfortable to drive. Also it's easy to control even for newbie to learn the way to drive a car. But sometimes I feel that the car's space is too small for a family to travel or move. Especially when we try to put lots of luggages into the rear. And also, in the extreme weather, it feels unsafe to drive it. I guess because the chassis' relatively low and also the car's weight is light, personally I feel unsafe to drive it during some snowy days and windy days. Overall, it's still a good car with good price and quality.

- Max Y

Great on gas mileage, only have to fill up once a month

2012 Toyota Prius Two

The gas mileage for road trips is wonderful but it's not the most comfortable. Also something to be aware of is that the oil changes are going to be close to $60 but you only have to do it once every 10,000 miles. I always have problems with the hubcaps on my Toyota vehicles coming off and the Prius was no exception. I had to replace one of them. Buying generic was not an option as none of the ones I tried (3) fit.

- Stephanie H

This is a good road trip car.

2012 Toyota Prius Two

Slow acceleration is really all I have to complain about. It is not the coolest looking car but it does it is job. I like how reliable it is. It gets me from point a to point b with me feeling safe. However, it is awful in the snow and rain. This is not a car you want if you live anywhere that snow and rains a lot unfortunately.

- Emily S

No downside for responsible drivers

2012 Toyota Prius Two

The gas mileage is why I initially decided to buy a Prius ( I had a jeep wrangler beforehand). Unless you have a desire for joyriding, there's no downside to owning a Prius. It is a lot more spacious than I originally thought it would be, and my friends and I can comfortably fit 4 for long drives.

- Robert C

Looking for a great ride?

2012 Toyota Prius Two

No problems in 7 years that I have owned vehicle. It offers a very QUIET SMOOTH ride. Passengers all comment on both. Back seat has lots of legroom. My family is tall; we all gave long legs! I do think that maintenance may be a bit more costly, but it is done less frequently.

- Ellen L

Highlight is that the car is fast and very reliable!

2012 Toyota Prius Two

I love my car. It is just me and my dogs and it fits us comfortably. It gets really good on gas. I drive to and from work at about 60 miles a day. My gas typically last me about a week and a half to two weeks. When gas is fair it typically takes about twenty dollars to fill up.

- Sidney B

Affordable and fun to drive

2012 Toyota Prius Two

Prius is a great car to drive. It is dependable affordable and great on gas mileage. If you are looking for a vehicle that is economical and environmentally good than a Prius is the perfect car. I have had this car for seven years and have had no mechanical problems.

- John L

I Give the Toyota Prius is a 10/10

2012 Toyota Prius Two

very fuel efficient, comfortable seating, oil is more expensive than that for other cars, air conditioning is only in the front so it takes a while for the back seat to cool down, a lot of storage room in the trunk, even more if you put the back seats down

- Danielle H

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