What do you get when you stretch a Toyota Prius 5 inches, and fatten it up by an inch? The 2012 Toyota Prius V. With 38 inches of rear legroom and a hefty 34.3 cubic feet of cargo room, it’s a pretty nice step up in size from it’s little brother. (In fact, the Prius V is half an inch longer than the RAV4, though it’s a couple inches narrower. It gives up just 2 cubic feet to the RAV4 as well.)
Though it’s longer, wider, and (naturally) heavier than the regular Prius, the 2012 Prius V will still manager 42 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. That’s not quite as high as the regular Prius, but still very respectable. Actually, it’s better than most cars of any size, and you get all the benefits of that extra space. So really, it’s pretty doggone great.
What about the looks?
It looks exactly like you would expect. It looks stretched Prius. It moves out of the hatchback world square into station wagon territory. I’m sure Toyota won’t market it this way, but make no mistake – this is a station wagon.
Let’s talk about the hardware
Though I refer to the Prius V as a stretched Prius, that’s not technically accurate according to Toyota. In fact, they say it’s all-new from the ground up, and not based on the Prius at all. That’s an odd choice, given the cost savings they could have realized by starting with the current Prius.
Under the hood is a 98 HP 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine and an 80 HP electric motor. They combine for 134 HP – just like in the regular Prius. The battery is the tried-and-true NiMH – none of that fancy lithium stuff here.
If a giant Prius is just what you’ve been waiting for… well you still have to wait. Only until the summer though, so the wait is almost over.
2012 Toyota Prius V Gallery