2012 Toyota Prius Review

2012 Toyota Prius Photo
2012 Toyota Prius
MSRP Range:
$24,000 - $29,805 | Dealer Pricing
Fuel Economy:
51 MPG city / 48 MPG highway
1.8L I4
Front Wheel Drive


The 2012 Toyota Prius is still the first car that pops into mind when people about a hybrid car. The new model year has brought about a few changes including the ability to get the new plug-in edition that allows you to charge the battery from a wall outlet. You can also now purchase the Prius V which is a larger version of the original, offering the ability to seat five people comfortably. The biggest addition to the new model is the Entune system which is an infotainment system that allows you to use voice commands to access apps from your smartphone, as well as, sports scores and more.


The prices for the 2012 Toyota Prius start from $23,015 for the standard Prius model to the Five model at $29,805. Adding things like the solar roof or the seven-piece aerodynamic body kit adds to the price as well.

There are a few different 2012 Toyota Prius trims available including: Prius, Prius Two, Prius Three, Prius Four, Prius Five, Prius Plug-In, and Prius V.


The standard 2012 Toyota Prius is a four door hatchback with an inline 4-cylinder engine alongside a battery powered electric engine.

The Toyota Prius Two series allows you to enjoy 15-inch alloy wheels. It also provides access to a range of features including the rear window wiper, 60/40 split rear fold down seats, iPod/USB audio interface, auxiliary audio jack, CD player, six speakers, Bluetooth for phone and audio, height-adjustable driver’s seat, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, keyless ignition/entry, and heated mirrors among others.

The Prius Three model has upgrades like a rearview camera, an Entune system, satellite radio, navigation system, and enhanced keyless entry. Adding to the efficiency of the vehicle is the solar roof which adds to the sun roof while providing a solar powered ventilation system for warmer days.

The Prius Four model provides SofTex synthetic leather seats, heated front seats, automatic headlights, eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and eight GreenEdge speakers connected to a JBL sound system.

The 2012 Toyota Prius Five model moves up to 17-inch alloy wheels. It has pre-collision alerts, LED headlamps, lane-departure warning system, heads up display, and other safety features.

The 2012 Toyota Prius provides 134 horsepower from its combined engines. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) allows the driver to move seamlessly with the 1.8L four-cylinder engine and the electric motor. The Prius is able to go from zero to 60 in 10.1 seconds. It offers good fuel efficiency with 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway for a combined total average of 50 mpg.


The 2012 Toyota Prius allows consumers to get the most out of each tank of gas. It is best suited to those with fuel efficiency on the mind and those looking for a vehicle with great options. It provides a comfortable ride with responsive steering. Those who enjoyed driving the Prius also enjoyed the Nissan Leaf and the Honda Insight. While the interior might appear a little dated, you’ll notice more interior room in the Prius V model. It is an overall great ride and considered by most to be the best hybrid on the road today.


The 2012 Toyota Prius has a five star safety rating as provided by government crash tests. It uses anti-lock brakes along with front side and driver’s knee airbags. The braking power allows the Prius to stop from 60 to 0 mph in 118 feet. This is considered to be very good for a compact or midsized car. The pre-collision and lane-departure warning systems also add to the overall safety of the vehicle.

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