2012 Toyota Prius hybrid

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$23,015 - $29,805

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Key Spec of 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid
fuel economy

51/50/48

fuel type

Regular unleaded

horsepower

134 hp @ 5200 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2012 Toyota Prius hybrid Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota Prius is a known name in the world of hybrid vehicles. It is currently in its third generation for the 2012 model. The 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid offers excellent fuel economy, spacious interiors with good comfort and a long list of standard features. Toyota has developed a different CVT system for the Prius and it works well without any jitters. 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Great fuel efficiency 

Clumsy handling 

Updated styling 

Spacious interior 

Unattractive styling 

New 6.1-inch display as standard 

Good safety ratings 

Power front seats

Smartphone integration 

Over All Rating

8.3

Out of 10

Pricing and Features7.00
Pricing and Feature9.00
Features9.50
Engine and Performance7.40
Fuel Economy9.90
Interior7.70
Exterior7.00
Safety8.10
Competition8.00
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Trims

One$23,015 onwards

  • 60/40 rear split bench seat
  • Auxiliary audio jack

Two$24,000 onwards

  • 15-inch aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front automatic air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio

Three$25,565 onwards

  • Navigation system
  • Parking assist
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite

Four$28,235 onwards

  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Softex leatherette Seat trim

Five$29,805 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Front Fog/driving lights


Colors and Styles

2012 Toyota Prius hybrid in Nautical Blue Metallic color
Nautical Blue Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2012 model is available in five trims namely the One, Two, Three, Four and Five. The first trim is for fleet purpose only. So the remaining four trims are available to general buyers. The price starts at $24,000 and goes up to $29,805 for the top of the line Five trim. It faces competition from 2012 Honda Insight, it’s main competitor. 


Features
9.5/10

The 2012 Prius is available in four main trims namely the Two, Three, Four and Five. All the trim levels come with the same drivetrain configuration but offer a different set of features. As you move up the trim ladder, the creature comforts and tech features increase. However, you get many safety features as standard across all the trims. 

Trims 

Two

Three

Four 

Five 

MSRP

$24,000

$25,565

$28,235

$29,805

Key Features 

Automatic climate control

Adds to or upgrades to the Two trim

Adds to or upgrades to the Three trim

Adds to or upgrades to the Four trim

 

Advanced trip computer 

Rearview camera

Projector-beam halogen headlamps with auto on/off feature

LED headlamps with auto level control,

 

6-speaker sound system

Enhanced entry system

SofTex-trimmed heated front seats 

17-in. 5-spoke alloy wheels

 

Bluetooth connectivity

Entune system 

Deluxe solar roof system

Optional lane keep assist

 

Touchscreen 

Solar roof package

JBL sound system with GreenEdge speakers

Advanced technology package

 

Height adjustable driver’s seat 

Navigation system 

8-way power adjustable driver’s seat 

Fog lamps

Which trim should you buy? 

The Four trim is a very good trim in terms of comfort features and price. It gets most of the features of the Five trim and costs less than it. It also gets a JBL premium audio system, heated front seats with SofTex trimmed upholstery, deluxe Solar roof system, power adjustable driver's seat etc. So, we suggest that the Four trim is worth buying. 

Engine and Performance
7.4/10

The 2012 Prius is powered by a 1.8L inline four engine and two electric motors. The combined output is 134 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. The transmission was created separately for the Prius and it's a CVT. The power is directed to the front wheels only and the ride experience is good. The acceleration is not mind boggling as the system is designed to be as fuel efficient as possible. It does a 0-60 mph in 9.7 seconds and a quarter mile drag is done in 17.3 seconds

Models (2012)

Toyota Prius

Honda Insight 

MSRP

$24,000

$23,690

Engine 

1.8 liter inline-4 plus electric system

1.3 liter inline-4 plus electric system

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

Power

134hp@5200rpm

98hp@5800rpm

Torque

105lb-ft@4000rpm

123lb-ft@1000rpm

0-60mph (sec)

9.7

10.4

Quarter-mile (sec)

17.3

17.9

Top Speed (mph)

112

113

The Honda Insight produces less power than Prius and does a 0-60 mph in 10.4 seconds and a quarter mile drag is done in 17.9 seconds. The figures are unimpressive for both the cars but these cars are made for fuel efficiency and so the performance figures don’t matter much. However, the top speed of both the cars is almost the same. 

Fuel Economy
9.9/10

The 2012 Prius is made for great fuel efficiency and to be used as a daily driver. It offers 51 mpg, 48 mpg and 50 mpg, in the city, on the highway and in combined driving conditions respectively. With a fuel tank capacity of 11.9 gallons, it can travel up to 607 miles, 571 miles and 595 miles in the city, on the highway and in combined driving conditions. 

Models (2012)

Toyota Prius

Honda Insight 

MPG (city)

51

41

MPG (Highway)

48

44

MPG (Combined)

50

42

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

11.9

10.6

Range (city/highway/combined)

607/571/595

435/446/445

The Honda Insight offers lower fuel efficiency in comparison to the Prius. Also, owing to a smaller fuel tank of just 10.6 gallons, it can travel only up to 445 miles on a full tank of gas. The Prius is a more powerful car and yet it delivers a better fuel economy than the Insight. Surely, the work done by Toyota in the efficiency department is commendable. 

Interior
7.7/10

The 2012 Prius can seat up to five passengers in two rows comfortably. The interior of the Prius is well laid out with all the necessary functions and controls within the easy reach of the driver. It gets an automatic climate control, multi information display, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, digital instrumentation, smart key system etc as standard. The seats are comfortable and slim front seat backs provide better legroom for the rear passengers. 

The NVH levels are well under control and outer noise hardly distracts the passengers. However, if the engine is revved hard then noise can penetrate inside the cabin. The cabin also facilitates plenty of storage space in the form of cubbies and trays, to store your small items effortlessly. As you climb up the trim ladder, the list of creature comfort elongates and pampers you even more. 

Models(2012)

Toyota Prius

Honda Insight 

Seating Capacity

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Legroom)

38.6/54.9/42.5

38.4/52.7/42.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Legroom)

37.6/53.1/36

36.4/50.4/33

Cargo Capacity

21.6

15.9

The 2012 Honda Insight lacks the rear room legroom as compared to the Prius. The Prius gets about 3-inch more leg space as compared to the Insight. The Prius also gets a better cargo capacity of 21.6 cu-ft as opposed to only 15.9 cu-ft in the Insight. The front row dimensions of both the cars are very similar. Overall, the Prius is a more practical car than the Insight.

Some of the standout interior features of the 2012 Prius are:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Multi-Information Display
  • SofTex-trimmed heated front seats (Four and Five)
  • Remote keyless entry system 
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror (Four and Five)

How intuitive is the 2012 Prius’s infotainment system?

The 2012 Prius is equipped with an easy to use and intuitive infotainment system. It gets many features like 6.1-inch touchscreen display, AM/FM CD player with mp3/wma support, six speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity and control, bluetooth hands-free phone capability and music streaming as standard. 

As you climb up the trim ladder, you get access to features like Display Audio with Navigation, Entune interface, JBL premium audio system with 8-speakers and amplifier, SiriusXM satellite radio, Entune app suite and access to many useful websites, optional 7-inch high resolution touchscreen display, advanced voice recognition and available standard features.

Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2012 Prius are:

  • 6.1-in. touch-screen
  • AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Six speakers
  • Optional Premium HDD Navigation
  • Optional 7-inch high resolution display
  • HD Radio
Exterior
7.0/10

We believe that the styling and aesthetics are subjective in nature. The styling of the Prius is unconventional and might be a hit or miss among the buyers. The Prius had been designed in the wind tunnel and its design was finalized after extensive research. It’s coefficient of drag is about 0.25, one of the lowest in its segment. 

The front face is distinctive and has a non-existent grille and two rather large headlamps. The side profile seems like that of a wedge and the rear profile is that of a proper hatchback. It also gets an optional solar roof that can power the fan when the Prius is standing in direct sunlight, to reduce the cabin temperature. 

Models(2012)

Toyota Prius

Honda Insight 

Curb weight (lbs)

3042

2756

Length (in.)

176.4

172.3

width (in.)

68.7

66.7

height (in.)

58.7

56.2

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

100.4

The Toyota Prius is bulkier than the Honda Insight. It is also wider, longer and has more height than the Insight. The ground clearance is about 5.3-inches, which can be considered to be adequate for a vehicle of its class. The longer wheelbase helps with better rear seat legroom and stability on highways.

Some of the standout exterior features of the 2012 Prius are:

  • Optional solar roof
  • LED headlamps with auto on/off feature (Five trim)
  • Integrated fog lamps
  • UV reduction glass windshield.
  • Rear spoiler
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors
Safety
8.1/10

The 2012 Toyota Prius is equipped with Toyota’s Star Safety System. It is an advanced suite of driver assistance features like vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, brake assist and smart stop technology. The 2012 Toyota Prius also gets front and rear crumple zones and side-impact door beams surrounding the passenger cabin for added passenger protection. 

The NHTSA has given it an overall 5-star safety rating in various tests performed by it and the IIHS has also awarded it the “2012 Top Safety Pick” award in small/hatchback car category. The available active and passive safety features work in conjunction to ensure a safe drive for you. 

Some of the standout safety features of the 2012 Prius are:

  • Star Safety System 
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Vehicle Proximity Notification System
  • Hill Start Assist Control
  • Optional pre-collision system
  • Optional lane keep assist 
Final Verdict

The 2012 Prius is a well-balanced car. It offers many useful features as standard. It offers decent performance for daily use and the fuel efficiency is one of its USPs. It may not be a looker but surely does what it's meant to do and offers very good safety features as standard. Also, Toyota has got the pricing game right and availability of many trims helps to cater to different types of buyers. In our opinion, if you are looking for a hybrid hatchback vehicle then the Prius is definitely worth buying. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$24000

body style

4dr Hatchback

engine type
displacement

110 cu in

horse power

98 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

105 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

2-Speed CVT w/Overdrive

dimensions
length

176.4 in

wheelbase

106.3 in

width

68.7 in

curb weight

3042 lbs

Height

58.7 in

Ground Clearance

5 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

93.7 cu ft

cargo volume

39.6 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

51/50/48 mpg

highway range

571.2 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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User Overall Rating

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2012 Toyota Prius hybrid

Four 5dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

7

User Overall Rating

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Cons - Interior materials that are unsatisfactory, excessive traffic noise and a busy gauge cluster.

Practical and efficient hatchback with average driving dynamics. The 2012 Toyota Prius is my first Hybrid vehicle. In terms of adaptability, my Prius is unrivalled. The hatchback body type has greater cargo capacity than a conventional midsize sedan, and the backseat is spacious. It's an easy-to-drive runabout about town. The electronic steering gives little input, although it's light in parking ...

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7/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
6/10
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Tracy Howard

2013 Toyota Prius hybrid

Two 5dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 5, 2022

Completely boring to drive

Pros - Gas mileage, Silent cabin.

Cons - Slow drive, Poor handling, Zero drive pleasure.

Zero engagement I was happy during the test drive of the Prius as the drive was very silent which made it feel a bit upscale but it was only after owning the car for a while that I realized that the Prius is a completely boring car to drive. There really isn't any kind of engagement from the car and the relationship between me and the car is like that of a couple who just had a dispute and aren't...

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Interior
4/10
Design
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Safety
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Deal Value
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Toyota Prius hybrid 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$27,413
5 Year Cost To Own
$36,693
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $36,693
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$5,705$1,671$1,560$1,858$1,765$12,559
Insurance$1,234$1,357$1,327$1,395$1,438$6,751
Fuel$818$902$908$925$968$4,521
Maintenance$25$536$513$1,037$1,957$4,068
Repairs$-7$-33$83$285$426$754
Financing Interest$1,739$1,420$1,066$644$263$5,132
Taxes and Fees$2,286$211$137$126$148$2,908
Total Cost-To-Own$11,800$6,064$5,594$6,270$6,965$36,693
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