in 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $17,225 - $18,444
Original MSRP: $23,015 - $29,805
MPG: 51 City / 48 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Toyota Prius Review

Review Last Updated: 6/4/14

The 2012 Toyota Prius has excellent fuel economy, lots of cargo space and a long list of standard features, though reviewers agreed that it lacks agility.

Reviewers said the 2012 Toyota Prius is by no means fast, but it has enough power for driving around town and getting up to speed on the highway. Still, some critics said that the Prius’ engine can rev loudly when more power is needed. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard, and the 2012 Toyota Prius gets an EPA-estimated 51/48 mpg city/highway, which is exceptional fuel economy for a hybrid. The Prius Plug-in is also available, which can be charged from a household outlet. The Prius’ smooth ride pleased reviewers, but they said the Prius leans noticeably while cornering, and that its steering and brakes provide little feedback.

Most reviewers said the 2012 Toyota Prius has an attractive interior design, with nice color combinations and materials. The Prius has 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is outstanding for a midsize hybrid car. The 2012 Prius comes standard with automatic climate control, proximity key, push-button start, an infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth phone and music streaming and a USB port. Available features include navigation, satellite radio, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, leatherette upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a solar roof package that includes a moonroof and a solar-powered air conditioning system that cools the cabin when the car is turned off.

The 2012 Toyota Prius has an excellent reliability score for the class.

Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers said the Ford Fusion Hybrid offers impressive acceleration for a hybrid, as well as regenerative brakes that operate very smoothly. Like the Prius, the Fusion Hybrid has a high reliability score for the class.

Critics said the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid has strong acceleration, and its smooth regenerative brakes received praise as well. Automotive journalists were impressed by the Camry Hybrid’s handsome interior design and high-quality interior materials, which include premium-looking faux wood trim and nicely-textured, soft-touch plastics.

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