2012 Toyota Prius  -  $23,810


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $23,810
Base Invoice: $22,659
Destination Charge: $795
Options: $0
Trim: 5dr HB One (Natl)
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 50 | City: 51 | Hwy: 48
Body Style: 5dr HB One (Natl)
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (ECVT)
Engine: 1.8L DOHC 16-valve VVT-i Atkinson-cycle I4 hybrid engine

Pros

Leading fuel economy; proven reliability; new models provide cargo and passenger flexibility


Model News

The big Prius news for 2012 is that Toyota is adding several new versions of the Prius-- a bigger Prius v that features more rear seat room and more cargo space than the standard Prius as well as an ultra-high-efficient Prius Plug-in.

The standard Prius is carried over for 2012, but it does feature an upgraded stereo.


Value Writeup

The Prius has set the standard for hybrid-powertrains in the US since it was introduced. The current model is the most efficient, most reliable Prius yet and starting at $22,120 before tax rebates and incentives, it's an amazing bargain.

With several new Prius variations on the way, the winning hybrid powertrain will be available in more body styles to appeal to more car buyers. Anyone who thought the original Prius was too small should look for the Prius v. Customers looking to maximize their fuel economy would be advised to consider the Prius Plug-in. Both feature Toyota's reliable, efficient hybrid technology at a reasonable price.


Model Highlights

The original Prius set the hybrid standard for the rest of the American car market. It proved that a practical mid-size hybrid vehicle could work and be family-friendly while achieving 50 mpg efficiency ratings.

The full hybrid drivetrain of the Prius means it can run on engine alone, battery alone or a combination of the two depending on the demands of the driver and the terrain. It consists of a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine and a NiMh battery pack and motor. The engine charges the battery and the battery assists the motor when needed. The brakes capture kinetic energy and use it to recharge the battery as well.

The suspension is a very conventional MacPherson strut/torsion beam setup. The car comes with a 6-speaker stereo, power accessories and automatic climate control-- essentially a very conventional mid-size sedan-- one that achieves 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway.

For 2012, Toyota introduced several new Prius variations intended to appeal to a wider group of potential buyers. A larger version of the Prius is called the Prius v. It's a little longer than the standard Prius with most of that length going for rear-seat room and rear cargo space, essentially making this a "Prius Wagon." The Prius v gets the same powertrain-- a 1.8L 4-cylinder and battery pack, and fuel economy will be slightly lower with this model. However, it still offers the same value-packed standard feature list and "green" credibility as its older brother. Prices on the Prius v start at $26,400.

The other variant Toyota added this year is a Prius Plug-in. It uses wall charger to maximize the range of its onboard battery and thus achieve very high fuel economy numbers. The Plug-In utilizes the standard Prius body and a similar powertrain, but is intended to be plug-in charged before use. The stored energy in the battery pack can propel the Prius plug-in for 13 miles without starting the gasoline engine and it charges in as little as 1.5 hours. Most commuters will be able to get to work on battery power alone, carrying the 1.8L high-efficiency engine for anywhere else they want to go. Prices start around $32,000.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
3.8

EPA Classification
Midsize Cars

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
10

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
48 MPG

Cruising Range - City
606.90 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
51 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
50 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
571.20 mi

Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4

Displacement
1.8L/110

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
98 @ 5200

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
105 @ 4000

Trans Type
1

Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
93.7 ft³

Front Head Room
38.6 in

Front Leg Room
42.5 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.9 in

Front Hip Room
52.7 in

Second Head Room
37.6 in

Second Leg Room
36.0 in

Second Shoulder Room
53.1 in

Second Hip Room
51.2 in

Wheelbase
106.3 in

Length, Overall
175.6 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
68.7 in

Height, Overall
58.7 in

Track Width, Front
60.0 in

Track Width, Rear
59.8 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.5 in

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up
21.6 ft³

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down
67.3 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3042 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Front Tire Size
P195/65R15

Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15

Spare Tire Size
T135/80D16

Front Wheel Size
15 x 6.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x 6.0 in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
34.2

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.0 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.2 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
11.9 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Hybrid/Electric Components Years
8

Hybrid/Electric Components Miles/km
100,000

Roadside Assistance Years
2

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
25,000

Roadside Assistance Note
24/7 Roadside Assistance

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
14V053000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 11, 2014

Component
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected
698457

Summary
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 through 2014 Prius vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) inside the inverter module (a component of the hybrid system) contains transistors that may become damaged from high operating temperatures. If this occurs, various warning lamps will be illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle will have reduced power allowing it to only drive a short distance.

Consequence
The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. The hybrid system could also shut down completely resulting in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners and dealers will update the software for both the motor/generator control electronic control unit (ECU) and the hybrid control ECU, free of charge. If an owner experiences a failure of the inverter before the vehicle receives updated software, the dealer will replace the inverter assembly with a new one at no charge. The recall is expected to begin in late February 2014. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Dates of Manufacture
MAR 30, 2009 to JAN 16, 2014

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V487000

Mfg's Report Date
JUN 30, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
482,002

Summary
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Toyota Prius, 2010 and 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, and 2011-2012 Lexus CT200h vehicles. A weld in the curtain shield air bag inflator may crack causing one or both portions of the inflator to eject into the passenger cabin.

Consequence
If either portion of the curtain shield air bag inflator ejects into the passenger cabin, there is an increased risk of injury to vehicle occupants.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install retention brackets to the curtain shield air bags, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 25, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota Customer Service Department at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is Toyota G0U, and Lexus GLJ.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
12.1%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

1.8L DOHC 16-valve VVT-i Atkinson-cycle I4 hybrid engine

Electronic throttle control system w/intelligence (ETCS-i) -inc: Eco & 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

15" 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels w/wheel covers

P195/65R15 all-season tires

T135/80D16 compact spare tire

Rear deck spoiler

Auto-off projector-beam halogen headlamps

LED tail lamps

Color-keyed folding pwr mirrors

UV reduction glass windshield

Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers

Intermittent rear window wiper

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: USB input, (6) speakers

Aux audio input

Front bucket seats

Fabric seat material

6-way driver/4-way passenger adjustable seats

60/40 split rear seat

Adjustable front/rear headrests

Front center console w/sliding armrest -inc: storage compartment w/removable utility tray, wire-management feature, (2) cup holders

Active headrests

Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel -inc: 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

Keyless entry w/panic button

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 seatback pocket

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

 
50 STATE EMISSIONS
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
EXTRA COST PAINT
$220

 
CLASSIC SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
BLACK
$0

 
BARCELONA RED METALLIC
$0

 
NAUTICAL BLUE METALLIC
$0

 
WINTER GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
BLIZZARD PEARL
$0

 
DARK GRAY, FABRIC SEAT TRIM
$0

 
APPEARANCE PKG
$348

 
PREFERRED ACCESSORY PKG
$303

 
PREFERRED PREMIUM ACCESSORY PKG PLUS
$352

 
PROTECTION PKG
$403

 
CARGO NET
$49

 
CARGO ORGANIZER
$49

 
CARGO TOTE
$40

 
5-PIECE CARPET FLOOR MATS & CARGO MAT
$225

 
5-PIECE ALL WEATHER FLOOR MATS & CARGO MAT
$200

 
ASHTRAY
$26

 
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE KIT
$70

 
FIRST AID KIT
$29

 
ILLUMINATED DOOR SILLS
$279

 
REMOTE ENGINE START
$499

 
V.I.P. SECURITY UPGRADE
$359

 
ALLOY WHEEL LOCKS
$67

 
CLEAR PROTECTIVE FILM
$395

 
DOOR EDGE GUARD
$109

 
LOWER DOOR MOLDING
$209

 
REAR BUMPER APPLIQUE
$69

 
PLUS GROUND EFFECTS KIT
$999

 
PLUS REAR SWAY BAR
$325

 
PLUS LOWERING SPRINGS
$399

 
BLU LOGIC HANDS-FREE SYSTEM
$299

 
XM SATELLITE RADIO
$449


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