2012 Toyota Prius Facelift review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 , 08:09:21 byAngela

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Toyota Prius Facelift

Offering advanced new infotainment systems for 2012, the new Toyota Prius remains the best-selling hybrid vehicle in America with more than one million models sold, and the world, as a new PLUS Performance accessory appearance and handling package was introduced in late 2011 to continue for 2012. Prius boasts to be the most fuel-efficient gas-powered passenger car with its 50-MPG fuel economy rating recognized by EPA. The 2012 Toyota Prius was updated with headlamps and tail lamps, a new front fascia, 15-inch wheel covers, standard LED Daytime Running Lights and bumper. Furthermore, the eight-way power adjustable driver's seat together with the new SofTex-trimmed seats, enhance comfort and driving pleasure. The audio, infotainment area brings new systems available for Prius Two, Three and Four models, comprising a new Display Audio touch-screen with a 6.1 inch screen for the Prius Two, while the prius Three received navigation and Entune, SiriusXM Satellite Radio capability, advanced voice recognition and text-to-speech featuring programmed and customizable text responses. Finally, the Prius Four comprises an eight-channel JBL amplifier, while electric draw on the vehicle is significantly reduced by GreenEdge technology, thus delivering impressive fuel economy. Making extensive use of an exclusive seven-inch touch-screen with split-screen capability, a Premium HDD Navigation System together with a Head-up Display, further enhance the Prius Four when the Deluxe Solar Roof Package is ordered. The front seatbelts are retracted through the Pre-Collision System which also applies the brakes in certain conditions when it realizes that a crash is imminent, while front and rear side curtain airbags, driver and passenger front seat-mounted side airbags and driver's knee airbag are standard equipment. The Prius gains a sporty demeanor due to the dealer-installed PLUS performance accessory package, while the Toyota Racing Development package provides a lower-profile stance with a seven-piece aerodynamic ground effects kit. The unsprung weight is reduced by the 17-inch alloy wheels which also maintain the car's low rolling resistance thanks to the low profile 215/45R17 tires. The 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine delivers 98 HP at 5,200 rpm with the hybrid system generating a combined 134 net horsepower together with its electric motor. Toyota's 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items.