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2012 Toyota Prius v: Denver commuters will like the Five model

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Inside, this Denver Prius v Five came nicely featured with 6-way adjustable driver seat, 60/40 split sliding reclining fold-down rear seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, under-floor cargo storage area, automatic climate control with dust and pollen filters, two 12-volt power outlets, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with controls, 6-inch touch-screen with backup camera, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB port and iPod connectivity, and voice recognition.

Outside the Prius v Five comes with projector-beam halogen headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels with wheel covers, LED taillamps and brake lights, power heated folding sideview mirrors, UV reduction glass windshield, and rear spoiler with LED brake light.

This Prius v Five tester added SofTex leather-like upholstery, heated front seats, automatic halogen projector headlamps, foglamps, Smart Key system, and HomeLink.

The optional Advanced Technology Package ($5,580) added a voice-activated navigation system, eight-speaker JBL audio, satellite radio, Advanced Parking Guidance System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, panoramic view moonroof, Pre-Collision system, Safety Connect with emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance and automatic collision notification.

All Prius v models are powered by a 98-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle gas engine coupled with an 80-horsepower electric motor. Together they produce 134 horsepower and 105 lb. ft. of torque. The hybrid power is mated to a CVT, or continuously variable transmission.

Because it's 230 pounds heavier than the standard sedan, the Prius v loses 8 miles per gallon, and fuel mileage drops down to 44/40 mpg city/highway from 51/48. The Prius v uses 91 octane fuel.

It also loses some acceleration performance, again because of the weight. The v goes from 0 to 60 mph in 10.4 seconds, the sedan in 9.8 seconds. Those are not impressive numbers.

Click here and we’ll take the Prius v out on Denver roads for a real world test drive.

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