in 2012 Wagons

Avg. Price Paid: $20,607 - $20,673
Original MSRP: $26,550 - $30,140
MPG: 44 City / 40 Hwy
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2012 Toyota Prius V Interior

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Overall, reviewers like the interior of the 2012 Prius v for its cavernous cargo space, decent passenger room and high-tech optional features. However, a few things, like the materials used and the dash layout, get mixed reviews. One thing most reviewers agree on is if you like the interior of the regular Prius, but want more space, the Prius v will fit the bill.

  • "Interior trim is tasteful and well assembled, but not lavish. Some unexpected surfaces are padded which help keep the interior's hard plastics from becoming overwhelming. The vinyl seat surfaces in top-line Five models feel nice and are a convincing leather substitute. The plastic-rimmed steering wheel disappoints for feel, especially in Five models." -- Consumer Guide
  • "But what's most notable about this car is the amount of interior space it offers in a vehicle that's so fuel efficient. The Prius v's driver visibility, passenger legroom and cargo capacity are value-added improvements over the regular Prius." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "Further, the Prius V wears upper dash panels that are so soft they're very nearly plush, and the same material is found at elbow level on the front door panels as well. While there's plenty of easily scratched, easily sullied hard plastic around, the Prius V delivers an interior that's suitably attractive and comfortable given the segment." -- Autoblog
  • "In both cars interior materials are the hard plastics typical of current Toyotas, but they appear cheaper inside the Prius v. The silver plastic trim on the doors appears dated." -- The Truth About Cars


While reviewers are unanimous in praising the front seats of the 2012 Prius v, the back seats get mixed reviews. Many reviewers say they have plenty of space, and appreciate that they slide back and forth and have a reclining backrest. Others complain that they’re mounted too close to the floor, and that legroom could be better. Though the back seats of the Prius v are fine for kids, they may not be comfortable for some adults.

  • "The real news is in the rear seat. Huge rear doors and a two-level interior curb make ingress and egress easy. Parents should find it easy to step into the vehicle to install child seats and to secure rug rats into them. Sitting behind a five-foot, eleven-inch driver, I found plenty of rear-seat foot room, as your feet can extend under the front seats. There's generous leg and knee room and good side visibility, plus a comfortable pull-down center armrest.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Generous headroom for 6 footers (in the backseat), but legroom is merely adequate and foot space can get tight behind a front seat set well back. The rear seat slides fore and aft to favor passenger or cargo room." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Toyota has a history of providing wide, flat seats that graciously welcome even drivers of hefty girth, and the 2012 Toyota Prius V follows this tradition. The front row is comfortable and spacious throughout, with the V's tall greenhouse providing ample headroom. There's a center armrest, but its padding is about half as thick as it should be." -- Edmunds
  • "There is plenty of legroom for tall people in the back seat." -- New York Times
  • "Like in the Prius, legroom back there is good, and thanks to the V's upright roofline, headroom is better. Some of that, however, comes at the expense of seat height: Where the Prius' backseat sits comfortably high off the floor, the V's is too low. Some adults may find their knees uncomfortably elevated." -- Cars.com
  • "With large rear doors and a high hip point, back passengers are treated to a vehicle that's a cinch to slip into. We were perfectly content to spend a little time being chauffeured around the greater San Francisco area in the hybrid." -- Autoblog
  • "Like that of the regular Prius, the Prius v's front seat is comfortable and provides more lateral support than 99.9% of economy-minded drivers will ever need. But the rear seat disappoints. Though it includes an inch more headroom and two inches more shoulder room, there's actually a little less legroom despite the new car's longer wheelbase and overall length. Worse, the seat cushion is lower to the floor, less comfortably shaped, and further compromised by front seats that (unlike those in the regular Prius) don't have enough room beneath them for the rear passenger's feet. Add up these shortcomings, and the Prius v's rear seat is considerably less comfortable for adults than that of the regular Prius." -- The Truth About Cars

Interior Features

If you want high-tech features in your family car, reviewers say you don’t have to look any further than the 2012 Toyota Prius v. The base model features a rearview camera and an LCD screen for the stereo, while the upper level models have navigation and Toyota’s new Entune infotainment system. With Entune, apps from your cell phone, like Open Table, Bing, Pandora and iHeartRadio are accessible through the touch screen on the Prius v. Most reviewers say the system works well, but a few say it is distracting. Several reviewers also complain that the speedometer and other gauges are mounted near the center of the dash, requiring the driver to look away from the road.

  • "As a whole it's cleverly designed and very simple to use." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The whole idea of Entune is to make useful apps available without fumbling with your phone. However, the driver distraction gains are offset by Toyota's insistence on putting all primary instruments and multimedia in the center dash and center stack. Entune simply requires too much eye focus away from the road. Locating the multimedia screen on the empty dash above and behind the steering wheel might help." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "As a test, one journalist on the preview drive entered the phrase ‘paris hilton,’ to which Bing responded with a list of locations in France. In a more prosaic test, the term ‘pizza’ brought up a list of nearby pizza joints. Strangely, the search results were not sorted by distance, an oversight on Toyota's part." -- CNET
  • Unfortunately, the driver is met with a version of the same confounding center-up gauge cluster found in the base Prius. We have a general aversion to center-mounted gauges for a variety of reasons, the most pressing of which is that they require the driver to look down and away from the road. Passengers don't need to know how fast the vehicle is traveling; the driver does." -- Autoblog
  • “Using an Android or iPhone, it interfaces with Microsoft's Bing search engine, OpenTable and Movietickets.com as well as Pandora and iheartradio. Simple to operate, it might well be the best infotainment system on the market today." -- Left Lane News


Reviewers are impressed with the cargo space in the 2012 Prius v. Behind the back seat is 34.3 cubic feet of space, which increases to 40.2 cubic feet of space when you slide the back seats forward. Fold the back seats and you get 67.3 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s more than the Jetta SportWagen. Reviewers like how low the load floor is, so you don’t have to lift heavy cargo high to load it. Reviewers also report a number of handy small-item storage spaces throughout the cabin.

  • "The large cargo area is easy to access with a good size rear hatch and low load floor. Large underfloor storage bins add to Prius v's practical nature. Interior storage is good with two gloveboxes, a console bin, door pockets, cupholders, and a large open console bin at the base of the dashboard." -- Consumer Guide
  • "As you'd expect from a vehicle this purpose-built for functionality, there are lots of storage opportunities within the cabin. The huge, two-tiered glovebox can accommodate much more than just an owner's manual, and there's a respectably sized bin in the center console. There's also an open, felt-lined storage nook just beneath the center stack." -- Edmunds
  • "A low cargo load-in height and wide opening in the rear should be especially appealing to families that frequently use the cargo area." -- Cars.com
  • "With the thrones up, there's a full 34.3 cubic-feet of cargo room, and that number swells to 67.3 cubes with the back seats folded. As Toyota points out, that's more room than crossovers like the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda Element, Ford Escape or the Nissan Rogue can offer." -- Autoblog

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