The Prius V wagon might look similar to the familiar Prius hatchback, but it's stretched in all dimensions to provide notably more cargo space and a roomier rear seat. Despite the larger size, Prius V's efficient gas-electric hybrid powertrain still gets an excellent 41 mpg overall, this is only three mpg less than the hatchback.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Prius V wagon might look similar to the familiar Prius hatchback, but it's stretched in all dimensions to provide notably more cargo space and a roomier rear seat. Despite the larger size, Prius V's efficient gas-electric hybrid powertrain still gets an excellent 41 mpg overall, this is only three mpg less than the hatchback. That combination gives the Prius V a blend of versatility and fuel economy no other vehicle can match. But the engine sometimes feels overworked and handling, while secure, is not agile.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 hybrid (134 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Toyota Prius V owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"Sometimes difficult to see the screen when wearing sunglasses or when sunlight is bright"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The display is poor for backups and navigation. I have brought the car to dealers to be corrected and I have been told that the brightness and contrast are at the highest settings. The rear camera provides a mediocre image and in the sun it cannot"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

"Radio works. The rest of the touch controls do not respond. GPS, Bluetooth, phone touch controls do not respond"

T D., ON (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The display froze up and as a result nothing worked on the display, could not use the gps and anything else associated or controlled by the display. I was able to drive the car but it was not safe"

Louis R., CT (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The whole radio and in dash navigation would freeze up intermittently, not allowing any input or changes. The full system had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"The display screen would go blank, then turn itself back on, randomly"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"No screen display when using GPS, but GPS works on voice command"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The touch screen was blank and not responding. The dealership replaced the entire head unit under warranty"

Frederick M., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Night driving my dash lights go out to a point that there are times I have to pull over and turn the car completely off. My nav system if I turn down my dimmer switch my images go out"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Sometimes it shows that the phone is in use (on a call) when it it not, and we are not able to use the interface to listen to podcasts, etc"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It takes a long time to interface even though it is already paired up. Also needs to be re-initiated several times after it has been paused"

John S., MA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"If we turn the headlights on while an ipod is playing through the car audio, the car audio system shuts off. The dealer has been unable to resolve this problem"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"would not hold saved destinations would only work with voice commands"

Gary P., MA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It has always been difficult to read because of small size and color contrast. Now the map will not even download, so it is not functioning at all"

Dale M., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Does not load. Just keeps rebooting"

T D., ON (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Reading is inaccurate by about 25 miles. Very recent problem"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"On a scale of 1 to 10, I rate the usefulness of the Totota GPS at Zero. I use my Garmin whenever I need navigation and traffic assistance. Want to find a motel or restaurant? You get a list, and have to look at each entry to see where it is rel you"

Diane D., MD (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hard to see at times in bright light. Doesn't understand route changes by driver. Nuisance to view or operate while driving"

Richard G., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Salesman lied about GPS Updates. They are not conducted via wiFi using Etune. In fact they must be done via DVD which must be purchase annual from Honda for > $100. Other providers on map data such as TomTom provide lifetime free updates. Very inf"

Gregory J., NC (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"GPS is not very intuitive, difficult to use, so much so that we have a Garmin that we usually use"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"If you try to trim down your dimmer switch you cannot see the images on the screen"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Maps very dated. Does not provide traffic info"

John R., HI (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Couldn't pair Samsung galaxy 7"

Abhijeet M., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bluetooth has never worked in the car since I purchased the car. Have set up my phone to sync with the car any number of times. Just doesn't work"

Deborah P., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There seems to be a somewhat well-known problem with the bluetooth function in the car turning itself off (and so not being available for pairing). People do not yet seem to have found a solution for it. Typically, the bluetooth works for about 60 seconds when one enters the car with a phone that has already been paired with the bluetooth (when it was working), and then the car's bluetooth turns itself off. When one goes to turn it on again in the menu list, the check-box does not respond and do"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One of our phones stopped pairing. Internet search was no help. There was one person at the dealer who knew what to do. Has been several months and has not happened again"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Will not maintain a pairing. We have to renew the phone each time"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Phone pairing for phone call functions seems reliable however for music and other functions is erratic"

Saul S., BC (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Drops out regularity"

John R., HI (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

"The Siriux XM portion of the radio quit working although the AM and FM sections worked fine. The problem was determined to be in the antenna. The Toyota Dealer wanted 5 hours of labor and a $375 antenna (part) for about $1,000 to make the repair. I believed that this was exhorbitant. I took the vehicle to an aftermarket stereo store. They installed an aftermarket Sirius XM antenna for a total cost of $145 for the repair. It has been working perfectly ever since. The Toyota dealer refunded"

Norman C., CO (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The radio also stopped working properly"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It does not display station numbers/letters,or song info. switches in and out of HD sound. I was told it is a software problem that would cost about $400.00 to fix, so I haven't"

John S., MA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Worked intermittantly on radio and satellite. Would not stay on a station or go to a selected pre-set station"

Mike B., OH (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I have XM satellite radio. For the past month it has been sporadic. Told today that when taken in for service that it is the connection from the antenna to the radio . Cost about $556 to fix. I have just extended in Jan my Xm contract for 3yrs"

Thomas S., NM (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Speakers

"Even though the touch screen shows speaker volume is directed to the rear speakers, our grand kids were unable to hear anything unless wound was coming from the front speakers also. We took the car into the dealer, and they confirmed the Prius V is unable to isolate sound to the rear speakers only"

John F., NY (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The rear speakers barely put out any sound"

J M., AK (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Voice control commands

"The volume of the "GPS" lady was very low. The dealer was able to increase it to an acceptable level"

John F., NY (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Voice control for GPS does not work. They could not fix it at dealer. They acted dumb and said they could not recreate it"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Voice controls are worthless. They only work with specific commands not natural voice and they usually have to be done at least twice. It is not user friendly"

Philip L., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The dealer said to have fixed the electrical problem and yet it continues to reappear"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"My voice commands are not understood. Words are not understood, frequently"

Richard G., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Very poor voice recognition. I am a native English speaker but find that most commands are poorly recognized"

Saul S., BC (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"Screen is very hard to see because of glare, this feature was a waste of money!"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"I am not sure but assume that my overall braking/lurching issue is related to the ABS"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car often skids when applying brakes at low speed. Toyota insists it is normal; but it is very unsafe"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Left rear caliper froze up; could be repaired without replacement"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace due to wear"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"two winters... rusted out, "seized" and wore out discs"

Clayton P., MI (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Squealing noise on cold start, or occasionally when braking"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Calipers had to be replaced as part of the factory fix for the brake squeal problem previously described"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Squeal on cold start since purchase. Four visits to the dealer led to a complete replacement of rear brakes which is a TSB for the 2012 Prius V"

Nathan M., AB (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Master cylinder

"Brake electric pump actuator was activating with increased frequency (every 10 seconds) until the computer activated failsafe and braking turned mechanical mode (harder) with all lights in the panel on. Replacement of Master Cylinder was $2800 including parts, labor and tax"

Anonymous, PR (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car need rear brake job at 31,000 miles... most Hybrids can go twice that with regenerative braking. One rear brake seemed "Hung Up" per service dept"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"see prior answer... dealer said i "didn't drive it enough to prevent rust/salt damage.""

Clayton P., MI (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear brakes were squealing. Dealer replaced calipers and disks under warranty. No problem since. This occurred at about 5000 miles"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear brake pads required replacement after only 40K miles, along w/ resurfacing rotors due to excessive rust. Apparently common due to rear disk brakes little used due to regenerative braking, causing high rust on rotors, wearing out pads"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace due to wear"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rogers needed to be replaced. Cost of the entire break repair was very high"

C F., VA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"uneven ware"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear rotors required resurfacing after only 40K miles due to excessive rusting from lack of use due to regenerative braking. No such issues w/ our 2005 Prius that has rear drum brakes"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaking

"The breaks make a groaning noise for the first 20 minutes of driving"

Michael K., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This noise resulted from the braking system. Finally new lining and I think calipers were done after much complaining. This solved the problems"

Theodore L., OR (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Groaning at rear wheels was not dealt with until they had a service bulletin about it. Then theory replaced the whole rear braking components"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Occurs when car is parked for a while and outside temperature is 60 degrees F or below. There was a recall and dealer had to adjust brakes twice. Once again this noise is happening"

Sharon S., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Heavy squealing at start-up ... sounds like a noisy truck"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Initially it only happened if the car had been left out in the cold. Now, it happens whenever the car is first started even in the garage if it's cold. The brakes roar more than squeak. The noise goes away quickly. Attempts by the dealership to fix h"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Noise when car was in park upon cold start up"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear brakes squealed for first ten minutes of every drive from cold. Complained many times. Known issue for the V. Dealer was not able to resolve, but after two years, a factory fix was prescribed and dealer was able to make the modifications under"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There is a recall bulletin out for the rear brakes on a Prius V. Had the work done at a Toyota dealership, Fixed problem at no cost. Good as new!"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Whenever the car starts cold it makes this noise. We immediately took it in for inspection. they assured us it wasn't dangerous. They eventually notified us there was some defect and we brought it in for repair. Last cold day it again made this noise"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear brake squeaking and roughly braking. toyota replaced the brakes and calipers"

Don B., AZ (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Squeaking backing up"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Due to the harsh winter, I had to replace pads and have rotors resurfaced on both the front and rear brakes"

Coleridge C., OH (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"12 volt battery used to star computer died"

John W., AZ (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I guess I mis identified this one since the problem was the display and I could not control anything. I thought that the body control would lead me to to the display problem"

Louis R., CT (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Headlights

"Headlights burn out above ever year. Have replaced three sets so far"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both headlights stopped working. Replacement low beam bulb worked for a couple of months and then stopped working. Replaced both bulbs and they are still not working"

Arlen B., OR (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Daytime lights needed replacement within the past year and are very expensive, so I opted to wait"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I had to replace Toyota-branded headlight bulbs four times in the last two years. I finally used third-party bulbs as replacements and haven't had any problems"

Ken M., TX (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"both headlights went out after 5 years"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlight was dim because the plastic housing was discolored"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights randomly burn out long before they should. Have had to replace 3 time in last year"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both (halogen) headlamps burned out within a week at just under 3 years / 32000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Three headlights failed in 3 years"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The headlights seems to burn out every two years though not at the same time"

Ken M., TX (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The low beam bulbs both failed within a few weeks of each other after about 2 years. The bulbs are very difficult to replace, the right side requires disconnecting and moving coolant and air hoses, and then only a small hand can work in the availabl"

Diane D., MD (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace both front headlights in only 3 years!"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car was not factory equiped with DRL daylight running lights. This requires burning the headlights day and night. They burned out and each were replaced under Warranty"

George R., FL (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The right front headlight is very expensive to replace due to labor cost necessary to remove/replace other features to gain access to the headlight. Also, I am going to have to replace it again--in less than two months from the first time"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Passenger side running light goes off. The dealer said they fixed it but not completely. When it is out, you can bump the area with hand, it will come on. Then goes off sometime later. When? I don't know"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The brake and taillights seem to burn out every 18 months. Toyota doesn't provide an indicator to let you know the lights have failed so you have to rely on others to tell you"

Ken M., TX (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Keyless entry

"One of two key fobs does not work and only did for a short time. The battery has been replaced numerous times making it work for a few days. It has not been replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Driver side door lock mechanism broke. Was covered by extended warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Somehow, my entire computer coding was deleted. It was determined that since it was a complicated code to enter, there was no way I could have inadvertently done it myself. I had to take it to the dealer to have it recoded"

Ruth P., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One keyless entry device only worked for a short period of time. Battery was replaced by dealer twice without success. It belongs to the 2nd driver so isn't used very much. Now just use mechanical key, and backup start procedure"

Lee P., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Drivers side front door lock would not lock except manually which made the entire keyless entry function inoperable. Lock actuator replaced under warranty"

Dale A., TN (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Remote engine starter

"one of the two key fobs we received stopped working after a short time. I have had the battery replaced numerous times, with it working for a few days then stopping again. I don't need it frequently, because my wife drives normally, and the backup system works, but it is still an inconvenience"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Interior lights

"Car door left open for several days and car system did not shut down this 'drain' on battery which 'killed' the battery . $207+tax to replace"

John C., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Area seal at right rear tire came loose and made noise when turning. Very minor problem. This car is great"

Bobby B., FL (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The weather stripping on the back hatch is not securely fastened. The dealer has ignored this problem"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaks or rattles

"brake noise and door rattles"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"in door or door post rattles which were fixed by dealer"

Philip L., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When the weather is cold, the car moans like a whale when it first starts to move and turn"

Peter B., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"During startup in the morning, the left rear axle would groan for the first 30 feet of travel"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Faint rattling noise that passengers tell me is coming from the passenger side rear door"

Ralph F., MA (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There is a strange aching noise when first driving (under 10 MPH) when cold/wet weather exists. So far, dealership refuses to admit that there is an issue"

Neil S., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"Excessive road, engine, and wind noise. Engine noise when under any acceleration and road & wind noise over 30 mph. Excessive when compared to previous 2 vehicles (97 Toyota Avalon & 87 Volvo 245), enough so to drown out the radio"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Was able to reduce some of the wind, body noise by putting more foam in doors"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Road noise is considerable in my opinion"

Theodore L., OR (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"wind noise at speed"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Had to replace lower ball joint at 63,500 miles"

Michael T., WI (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Shocks or struts

"Left rear shock is no longer functioning due to leak and verified by 2 sources. Also they suggest I buy 2 rear shocks to assure even handing and alignment. Probably will cost $500"

Carol D., OK (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear shocks just wore out and were replaced under warranty"

James K., NJ (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"LF strut failed, not controlling wheel bounce, in turn causing steering wheel vibration and uneven tire wear"

Max H., AZ (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Leaking strut needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"We advised the dealer that the steering wheel seemed loose. Their mechanic stated that they "found loose steering shaft and tilt bolts". They tightened both and advised that the problem was resolved"

Joel L., NY (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Steering wheel became loose with some free play while engine running in park. Took to dealer and found that there were loose bolts that needed tightening. They were tightened and problem corrected"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"steering wheel won't go back to center after turn"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Steering wheel column came loose"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire wear is uneven

"Failed LF strut caused the uneven tire wear"

Max H., AZ (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"during routine maintenace dealership impropelry rotated tire causing febderw damage and ruining tire"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Front underpanel and side rocker panel near rear wheel broken during winter conditions. Both my daughter's and my Prius have had fender panel connections fail. The fender panel connection cut out is ripped, so repair is costly. Under panels are all plastic and prone to breakage"

M M., CT (2012 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The small plastic mud guard on driver's side rear wheel came loose"

Marc C., OK (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Auto cup holder broke"

Bruce H., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"I have found the Prius paint quality lacking--easily scratches, chips off, etc. Otherwise love the car!"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Chipped significantly when scratched in garage"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"Slowly progressing, severe vibration at high and low speeds, in and out of neutral. Sometimes a severe shudder upon starting in cold weather"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Twice in the last 2 weeks the car shakes violently when I reach about 55 mph. The shaking goes away after starting and stopping 2 or 3 times"

Elaine K., CT (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electrical failure

"Inverter failed. Repair was covered by warranty, but it took over a week to get the replacement part. There had been a recall to address this, and the recall was implemented before the failure occurred"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid system went out, needed to be replaced. Not battery issue"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The inverter failed and was replaced under warranty"

Mark S., GA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Batter failed and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"My car would intermittently start. The battery test was fine at the time of the first service call. I returned a week later because the car was undependable. The second battery check resulted in a bad battery. I was stranded before this was repaired"

Ruth P., CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"hybrid charging system problem. Vehicle was towed to dealer. After 2 days they diagnosed a bad inverter. The repair took a total of 7 days"

Bruce P., OR (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"My inverter assembly failed last month. They are still waiting for parts from the US"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Passenger door lock had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Problem with motor on automatic door locks"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rubber trim at base of tailgate came loose causing tailgate to not close properly unless care taken"

Phillip H., MS (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Windows

"LR window fell down in tracks and could not be raised. Dealer service found loose bolt, tightened it to fix problem. $125, not covered by either vehicle warranty or extended "bumper-to-bumper" warranty"

Anonymous A., WA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil valve"

Philip C., VA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It was noticed on an inspection and barely met the criteria for number of drips over certain amount of time. It was warranty work and did not noticably affect performance. Checked at follow up with no recurrence"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Engine computer

"Started to turn left and all engine failed. Was diagnosed and fixed as part of hybrid computer system"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Oil light started coming on. Engine oil very low. Dealer said dirty EGR was causing the high oil consumption. Cleaned EGR passage and intake manifold. Expensive repair. Just happened so not sure problem is corrected yet. Never had this problem with other cars we owned even when more than double mileage. Based on internet research, seems to be a problem with Toyota"

Anonymous, AR (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car shook when starting up and clunked toward rear. Received a recall about 2 months after this happened twice. Dealer checked car and replaced free of charge the EGR system device. Mileage was getting lower during problem but went back up after the replacement"

Stephen B., MO (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Sensor activated and there was no problem"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Data for traffic, weather, etc is not available with a blue tooth connected phone"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"on a clear day it tells me that severe weather is nearby"

Glenn H., FL (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"eTune consumes cellular minutes like a hog! I used it once. After I got the cellular bill - I turned it off perminately. It's a waste"

Gregory J., NC (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The climate control is a frustratingly incomprehensible system. It seemingly turns itself on and off at will and requires constant manipulation by the driver to find and maintain a comfortable setting during hot and cold days. The window defrost sy"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heater system

"Mice!! Make nests in filter and vents. Poop, pee, and die and stink. I clean and trap and have put screening over over air intake, always close windows when parked. Ready to punt this car that I otherwise love. I am 68 and have never, repeat, ne"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Toyota Prius V)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Well, have not had rebuild or replacement, but as with a number of other 4 cylinder models, the vehicle began displaying heavy oil "usage" consuming 1qt of oil approximately every 1200 miles. There is a (TSB) "test" procedure offered by Toyota to deem the engine a candidate for a top end rebuild, but my car "failed" by the test parameters. So we have to keep a close eye on the oil and add 2 to 3 quarts between oil changes. Too bad they have this issue as otherwise, though not a great "drivers" c"

David S., NH (2012 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Cylinder head

"Prius is burning oil. They are not sure if it is cylinder rings, head gasket or another internal engine problem for which they say a new engine maybe needed"

Thomas S., NM (2012 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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