First Drive: 2012 Toyota Prius V

2012 Toyota Prius v
Base price range, estimated: $26,000-$31,000

Engine: 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4
Horsepower: 98 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: Continuously variable automatic
Drive: Front-wheel

Hybrid Battery Pack
28 nickel-metal-hydride 7.2-volt modules, cooling blower and control

Hybrid Transaxle
Two liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet motors (MG1 & MG2)
650-volt operating voltage

Wheelbase: 109.4 in
L x W x H: 181.7 x 69.9 x 62.0 in
Legroom F/R: 41.3/35.9 in
Headroom F/R: 39.6/38.6 in
Cargo capacity (seats up/down): 34.3/67.3 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3274 lb
EPA fuel economy, estimated (city/highway/combined): 44/40/42 mpg

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With 44 city; 40 highway; 42 combined rating, I will prefer my Jetta Sportswagon TDI any day over the Prius V.... AT 39 city and 50 highway my 2010 Sportwagon is a drivers car.... And when the Prius batteries are just about dead at 150,000 miles, meaning $8000 for new batteries, the TDI engine has just about gotten to its half life....
Well, Toyota seems to be doing exactly what it ought to do to come out of its recent troubles. It's building on its strengths. Every generation of the Prius has gotten better to drive, here's hoping that they continue that trend.That being said, it is surprising that 232 pounds and a few ticks of aerodynamic coefficient should have such a huge effect on the MPG. Nearly ten miles per gallon worse? Geeuh. When the Scion Xb got the bloat, it was 600 pounds heavier and a lot more powerful, but the MPG stayed surprisingly close.

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