CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Prius v

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by xcel, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Adding a few more details of the ownership experience.

    Most will find the rear end gets extremely dirty. Most standard hatches do unless they are Prius shaped off the rear which none are but the Prius. In any case, my mom states the back hatch door opener and door itself is almost always gritty due to the wash up behind the car once its underway.

    Secondly she says all doors have to be forcefully closed or one will inadvertently be left open and it will warn you when you have to take off. She shuttles her mentally challenged sister and my own sister and family to and fro about three to four times a week and often she has to reclose the front passenger, both rear side and even the hatch unless it is closed with some force. This did not occur in her 2010 Prius hatch?

    Fuel Economy has been almost identical to her Gen-III since she picked it up. As in the preview, you can throw the EPA out on this one.

  2. Harold

    Harold Well-Known Member

    Hi Wayne
    It may help if your mother left the driver side window open about 1" You would think the built in vents would take care of this? Tell her to try that.
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Harold:

    Good idea and I will!


  4. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    An overhanging spoiler mounted at the top of the liftgate would probably help with the filth. I remember that from Round 1 of Volvo wagon ownership, and I think it applied to the Chrysler minivans that my parents used to drive. I guess it changes the recirculation bubble behind the car so not as much junk gets washed up onto the vehicle itself. I couldn't guess what that would do for drag.
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Tim:

    The v already has a rather pronounced spoiler up there although it has a flat section through the center that improves its aero even further.

    2012 Prius v-3

    [​IMG]Accentuated rear hatch spoiler.​

  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    To make a short story long, my dad had one of the Prius v’s fobs in his pants pocket while he was mowing grass earlier this week. When my mom was doing laundry, she threw his pants into the washer without checking them.

    Well, she discovered the fob had gone through a laundry wash cycle and she knows how expensive these fobs are… So she placed it on the table for 24-hours to let it “dry out”. The next day she took it to the car and locked and unlocked the doors with it so that worked. Next she got in, booted it up and starts the car just like normal.

    Waterproof key fob? It must be as this just went through a wash cycle not 36 hours prior to the picture and it still worked!​

    I was over there last night and after she told me the story, I said I should have a look inside. Low and behold, the electronic board and transmitter unit are somewhat sealed in the plastic housing of the case from behind and a translucent cover form the front that when snapped together apparently form a somewhat waterproof barrier from water and moisture in leakage.

    I have never before seen the inside of a Prius FOB so maybe they are all like this but I thought it was a great design and worthy of telling people about it.

    In other words, do not throw your fob in the wash machine tonight but in case you accidentally do, there is a good chance no damage will occur and a very expensive replacement key fob will not be needed.

    That was close.

  7. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    I have washed mine accidentally too from a Gen III with positive results. I replaced both of our batteries this year because I had to leave my finger on the door handle a few seconds. to get it to lock. The new battery fixed the issue and the life was about 37 months of use.

    To add to the caution note. My emergency key like shown in Wayne's pic was lost the 1st week that we had the car. I lost it somewhere between Illinois and Virginia. I called this year to get a new one since I was going on a trip without my wife. Just the key without the fob was OVER $200. In 3 years of ownership I had never used it, so I still don't have one.
  8. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 2010 Prius (CAN Touring) Staff Member

    Something's got to give with this situation: fob's are rivalling something like a wiper or starter motor in price!
  9. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    The GenII has gaskets all around to protect it from water as well.
  10. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Because they realized people would use it during heavy rain.
  11. Harold

    Harold Well-Known Member

    That is good infoe for us gen 11 owners thanks Ophbalance.:)
  12. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Not only rain, but I have been leaving my fob in my pocket while working in the yard and my clothes are usually dripping wet in this 90+ heat.
  13. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    Aye, that's happened to me as well. I also figure it's for when you have to deal with heavy rains and human sweat ;).
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A few updates...

    My parent’s v was taken in for tire rotation. The EV icon had disappeared the tech showed my mom how to turn it back on. Set -- Press set in succession to turn the 4 different meters/indicators back on or off as you see fit.

    The NAVI resolving situation has for some reason fixed itself as all the previous addresses that would not resolve are now? Not sure why that would be?

    There v is experiencing a pad to disc rubbing noise on the right rear wheel when they first back out of the garage from cold. It goes away after ~ 1/2 block but its still there even after a tech looked at it and found nothing wrong.

    My mom continues to achieve > 50 mpg from the big v even in colder temps and rainy conditions we are having in Northern IL the past few weeks.

  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The family sized Prius v and its 42 mpg combined fuel economy rating receives a minor update for its 3rd year of availability.

    For 2014, the Prius v gains daytime running lights (DRLs) and a Panoramic View Moonroof is not available as a standalone option on Prius v Three.

    The Prius v is a CUV like wagon with a high seating position, excellent head room and 35.9 inches of rear seat leg room. A low rear hatch opens up to 34.3 cu. ft. cargo space behind the 60/40 split folding rear seats, which expands to 67.3 cu. ft. with the rear seatbacks lowered. The fold-flat front-passenger seat allows the vehicle to carry long items. The second row seats slide allowing for even more legroom, easier ingress and egress, and rear-storage flexibility. They also recline up to 45-degrees for those times when you or the kids need a rest in the back.

    Like other Prius models, the v includes a push button start, parking switch, drive-by-wire shift toggle, and driving mode buttons are immediately at hand. Instrument-panel controls, including a single dial automatic climate control, provide an advanced look and user-friendly function.

    The v package 5 arrived with SofTex, a softer than leather like synthetic that is easier to clean, resists spills and wears even better. Soft to the touch, SofTex is lighter than leather and other traditional leatherette-type materials, and its production generates 99 percent fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than conventional synthetic leather production.

  16. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    We VW owners have had to deal with this for over a decade. VW keys are $300.
  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    While the Prius v continues to be North America's most fuel efficient wagon, here is another addition to its trophy case.

    2012 Toyota Prius v


    The 2014 Prius v had earned the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) Best All-Around Performance Award, and is distinguished as a Best-in-Class for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Prius v also earned the Best Environmental Performance Award in the wagon class by making the smallest environmental footprint in its category in the North American market.

    This award recognizes an elite group of five vehicles in each class that achieve the highest combined social, environmental and economic performance scores.

    Toyota still needs to work on that IIHS Small Overlap Score (SOL) crash test score however.


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