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The Toyota Prius’s New Family

2012 Toyota Prius C concept

Way back, oh, about 10-12 years ago, a new concept was released. The Toyota Prius offered the best in class fuel efficiency that many Americans could not live without. Over the ensuing years the Prius remained true to its original concept, improving on fuel efficiency and adding a few comforts here and there. The 2012 Toyota Prius has been revamped and a few siblings have been added to the family.

2012 Toyota Prius V

The Prius V is a wagon version of the Prius. It is 6 inches longer and three inches taller than a Prius hatchback. It also has a longer wheelbase, which seems to improve the comfort of the ride. This version offers 44 city/40 hwy mpg. The downside could be its higher MSRP, but you will regain most of that difference at the pump.

2012 Toyota Prius PHV

The PHV stands for plug-in hybrid vehicle. Toyota is the logical company to merge plug-in technology with a hybrid car. The PHV is capable of driving 13 miles without use of the gas engine, unless you hit the pedal too hard. According to official reports from Toyota, the PHV lacks the acceleration of the other Prius models. It has a 0-60 of 11.3 seconds compared to 9.8 for other versions.

2012 Toyota Prius C

The Prius C is aimed directly at crowded urban markets. It is scheduled for launch in the spring of 2012. It is smaller than a standard Prius by 20 inches, but offers greater fuel efficiency and a lower price tag. Toyota is being close-lipped about the exact numbers on mpg, but estimates the Prius C will come in around $19,500.

The 2012 Toyota Prius is a whole lot more than your mother’s Prius was ever intended to be. Toyota has added safety features as well as creature comforts. This may be the end of the image that a fuel efficient car is cheaply appointed.

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