Toyota Prius a four-door hatchback

2012 Toyota Prius is a four-door hatchback, Toyota Prius with different styling cues along with additional standard infotainment features and the availability of power front seats. The Toyota Prius looks more aerodynamic exterior, there are a few styling and packaging tweaks, a few new bits of Entune-powered cabin tech, and (most notoriously or subtly, depending on whether you’re looking for it) an ever so slightly higher sticker price.

The 2012 Prius features straightforward controls that jut out toward the driver in a “floating console” that provides a storage tray underneath. It’s a nice design that helps maximize cabin space. The now-standard touchscreen operates an increased number of high-tech features for 2012 and for the most part is smartly designed. The digital instrument panel also features a floating layer that displays audio, temperature and trip computer information when the driver touches those controls on the steering wheel, minimizing eye movement.

Toyota Prius a four-door hatchback

The 2012 Toyota Prius is powered by1.8-liter engine is paired with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, which uses a pair of motor-generators that can power the car solely on electricity (at speeds up to 30 mph), add torque to supplement the engine power, and recharge the battery pack during engine overrun or braking. The combined output of the engine and hybrid system is 134 horsepower.

Toyota Prius a four-door hatchback

2012 Toyota Prius comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. The Prius Four and Five can be equipped with Toyota’s Safety Connect emergency communications system. The Prius Five includes a pre-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system.