Kelley Blue Book: Prius v Is Primed for Domestic Duties

03/09/2012 // Mechanicville, NY, USA // CambridgePRGroup // New Country Toyota of Clifton Park

Although the original Prius has been a favorite of fuel-efficient drivers for years, its larger and younger sibling, the Prius v, is now garnering its fair share of attention. Having made its debut at Toyota dealerships last fall, the 2012 Prius v was recently recognized for its family-friendly qualities when it was named one of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2012 by Kelley Blue Book’s

Released annually,’s 10 Best Family Cars list recognizes vehicles across a variety of segments that perform domestic duties well. editors considered comfort, child-friendliness, safety, consumer ratings and cost of ownership while making their choices. In addition to meeting those criteria, the Toyota Prius v was recognized for dominating compact SUVs when it comes to fuel efficiency, all while still beating many of them in available storage space.

“Many parents believe they’ll have to sacrifice fuel efficiency just to have enough room for their kids,” said Mike Raucci, general manager of Upstate New York Toyota dealer New Country Toyota of Clifton Park. “The Prius v is tailor-made for families that need the cargo room of a small SUV but don’t want to pay for it at the pump.”

Though not as fuel efficient as its smaller Prius siblings, the 2012 Toyota Prius v still offers an impressive 44 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Combine those figures with 34.3 cubic-feet of available cargo space behind the rear seats and the Prius v is appealing both as a daily commuter vehicle and a weekend getaway car. Room for five adults and an available Entune infotainment system ensure comfort and convenience, while standard features like vehicle stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes help keep passengers safe.

U.S. sales of the Prius, which include those of the third-generation Prius as well as the Prius v, were up 46 percent in February compared to the same month last year. Toyota moved a total of 20,589 Prius vehicles last month, and with the rollouts of both the Prius Plug-in Hybrid and the Prius c city car starting this month, that upward trend could get even more momentum.

Another fuel-efficient Toyota, the all-new 2012 Camry, led the automaker’s sales in February. The Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid sold a combined 34,542 units for a 21.9-percent increase compared to February 2011. Strong sales of fuel-friendly options like the Camry and the Prius family helped Toyota post a 7-percent overall sales increase in February compared to the same month last year.

“With gas prices high and expected to climb even higher, most buyers are opting for what will take them further on less,” added Raucci. “Models like the Prius and Camry have earned a reputation not only for fuel efficiency, but also for reliability, and that’s a combination that’s hard to beat.”

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