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The 2012 Toyota Prius improves on the earlier 2011 model, while retaining most of the important eco-friendly and high-tech features familiar to owners of earlier models. The model I tested was the 2012 Prius Two, which has a base MSRP of $24,000 and a 1.8L hybrid engine. The biggest factor that stands out is its EPA combined gas mileage rating of 50 mpg, which is really good, even for a compact of the Prius' class.
On the outside, the 2012 Prius looks very similar to the 2011 Prius, which isn't a bad thing. I found the car fairly easy to handle as well, with its electric steering. It doesn't kick back in your hands very much, which I found a little bit unpleasant, but it's easy to navigate parking lots and city streets.
On the inside, the Prius is jammed with the standard tech package: A trip computer, automatic climate control, built-in Bluetooth audio and phone, and a six-speaker sound system that includes an iPod connector, all controllable from the standard touchscreen interface in the dash. Beyond that, the interior of the car is a little bit disappointing. The amount of hard plastic makes it feel a bit like one of those uncomfortable chairs at the doctor's office waiting room, and, being six foot one, I found the steering wheel a bit far away, even with the floating telescoping column all the way out. I have a feeling the inside of this car would be friendlier to shorter drivers than it was to me.
As far as safety goes, it's got the standard antilock brakes, front, side, and knee airbags, and fancier models can opt for Toyota's "Safety Connect" emergency system. Storage space in the back is ample, it was plenty to store the results of a day's shopping trip. To sum it up, the 2012 Prius improves on most of the faults of the 2011 model, and, despite the slightly uncomfortable interior, it's a good car if you're looking for a hybrid.
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