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2012 Toyota Prius Review

2012 Toyota Prius

NEW FOR 2012:

- Refreshed styling
- Standard all-season floor mats, front seatback pockets, scuff plates, back monitor, Bluetooth connectivity and USB port
- Moonroof Package now includes navigation system
- Technology Package now includes AVN premium audio, synthetic leather seats, synthetic leather-wrapped steering wheel and hard disc drive navigation system (replaces DVD navigation system)

For 2012, the Toyota Prius undergoes a facelift, with new headlamps, grille, front bumper and rear combination lamps and an updated interior, along with new standard or optional equipment.

The Prius uses a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, combined with the Hybrid Synergy Drive hybrid system and nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery, and continuously variable transmission (CVT).

In addition to Standard Mode, the Prius can also be programmed into EV-Drive Mode, allowing battery-only driving at low speeds for about 1.6 km in certain conditions; Power Mode, which increases throttle input sensitivity for a sportier feel; and Eco Mode, which helps the driver achieve better fuel economy.

It comes in a single trim line, with available option packages.

Standard features include 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input and USB port, satellite radio pre-wiring, Bluetooth connectivity, cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, rearview camera, power locks with keyless entry and driver's door touch unlock sensor, pushbutton start, auto up/down windows, exterior temperature gauge, Eco Drive monitor with fuel economy gauge, illuminated vanity mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with "Touch Tracer" controls, all-season floor mats, cargo cover, map lights, driver's knee airbag, active front head restraints, LED brake lamps, heated mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, intermittent rear wiper, automatic headlamps, and tire pressure monitoring system.

The Premium Package adds a JBL Audio six-CD stereo, XM satellite radio, integrated garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, foot well lighting, and passenger front door touch unlock sensor.

The Premium Package with Solar Panels includes the Premium Package features and adds a power sunroof with solar panels that operate a ventilation fan while the car is parked, along with remote air conditioning and illuminated front door sills.

The Technology Package builds on the Premium Package with Solar Panels, and adds voice-activated hard disc drive navigation system with integrated backup camera, pre-collision system, driver's seat lumbar support, heated synthetic leather seats, water-repellent front door glass, dynamic radar cruise control, Intelligent Parking Assist, synthetic leather-wrapped steering wheel, front illuminated door sill trim, and rear bumper protection.

The Touring Package includes the Premium Package features, and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, auto-levelling LED headlamps with washers, and rear bumper protection.