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The 2012 Toyota Prius V. Green Extended.

Published June 27, 2012

Making Green Look Good.

Good Afternoon everyone, and welcome to another edition of autowise.com.  In this installment we will be going over the new addition to the Toyota Prius family, the 2012 Prius VSo, it seems like Toyota took their sweet time in deciding to add to the family of green. It would beg the question, Why? Especially when the original Prius was the best selling hybrid for years, after its introduction to the world. No matter, let’s move on.  The 2012 Toyota Prius V is the bigger, longer, sleeker, and more “teched” up version of its 10 year old predecessor.  So it’s safe to say it had some work done. For example.  A little Botox in the cheeks. (A more aggressive fascia. As funny as that sounds.)  A new set of glasses. (Dual panoramic sun roof.) A Brazilian Butt lift. (Very spacious rear end that supports up to 67 cubic ft. of space.)  High end running gear.  (New suspension dampers for bad road conditions, that now sit firmly behind a new array of sporty wheel designs.)  And finally, smooth & sophisticated Iron Man savvy.  (Redesigned full color dash, touch screen, Bluetooth ready, Sat-Nav, system.)  All of these accouterments, plus room for a family of four get toted around by a modest 134hp gas motor, in conjunction with Toyota’s patented Hybrid Synergy Drive, to average out 42mpg.  So the next family outing won’t be budgeted around the price of gas.  To continue a little more about the interior, Toyota has made the driving experience much more enjoyable for all who ride in this Sexy New Green Machine.  Supple leather, and cloth lined seats, that induce a high level of comfort while retaining a very sporty look, even for a hybrid. The driver will be lucky enough to experience a new level of technology at their fingertips.  Toyota’s EnTune system, has incorporated features, such as XM Satellite Services, Navigation, Bing, and the capability to sync & use apps via your smart phone.

Moving along to the exterior of the new 2012 Prius V, we notice that Toyota has sharpened up some of the lines that pull this car together. So much so, that it makes other hybrids GREEN with envy. (Yes, it’s a little corny, but true.)  The Prius over the years has become a staple in the car market, a standard where any hybrid to be made, has to be able to perform better than the original Prius.  So much so, that in recent years more than 12 other manufacturers have been producing hybrids of all shapes and sizes.  Now, for all of you out there who would be interested in this version of the Prius, you can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $35,000 for it.  Which everyone knows, that once you own one, a hybrid is one of the few vehicles on the road that actually pays you back for owning it. If anything get one in black.  Black makes it a little bit more daring, and palatable to all of those V8 powered, speed junkies out there, who would normally laugh at a Prius.  So join us, next week when we review the Scion FR-S, & its twin the Subaru BRZ.

Goodnight, and Be Well.  

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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