Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: April 2012

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Eight of March's 10 best-sellers returned to the table in April, but one of the newbies may surprise you. In March, an incentive-heavy Nissan Altima fell just 1,517 cars short of the redesigned Toyota Camry, clinching the No. 2 best-selling car position. Incentives remain high, but Altima sales dropped drastically enough to knock it off the top 10 list. Instead, shoppers drifted toward the Honda Accord and Toyota Prius.

The Accord, one of April's two newcomers, gained 25.6% last month, snapping three months' sales malaise to fall just 1,435 cars short of the hard-charging, recently redesigned Camry. The shift surprised us, given the Accord is in its final year before a redesign while incentives are about the same as a year ago.

There's little surprise that the Prius' sales catapulted 101.7% despite gas prices leveling off this month. Three new Prius variants — a subcompact Prius c, larger Prius v and rechargeable Prius Plug-in — accounted for 76% of that rise. Strip those away, however, and even the original Prius handily outpaced its year-ago sales.

By Kelsey Mays | May 1, 2012 | Comments (20)

2012 Toyota Prius v: Car Seat Check

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The 2012 Toyota Prius v is a family-friendly version of the Prius. It has more backseat legroom and cargo room for hauling kids, their child-safety seats and all the gear that goes along with family life. This five-seat wagon gets an EPA-estimated 44/40 mpg city/highway compared with the regular Prius’ 51/48 mpg.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | January 12, 2012 | Comments (13)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Toyota Prius v

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To create the family-friendly 2012 Toyota Prius v, the automaker took its well-liked Prius and increased the space in the cargo area and the second row. For Cars.com Family reviewer BreAnn Ahara, a 2008 Prius owner, this extra room made the Prius v an excellent vehicle for her family of four. The Prius v’s fuel economy numbers take a hit, though. It gets 44/40 mpg city/highway, which is lower than the regular Prius’ 51/48 mpg.

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By Jennifer Newman | November 28, 2011 | Comments (5)

2012 Toyota Prius V, 2012 Prius Plug-in Priced at $26,400 and $32,000

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Toyota has priced its 2012 Prius V and 2012 Prius Plug-in at $26,400 and $32,000, respectively, excluding a $760 destination charge.

The Prius V, which will go on sale in October, will come in three trims: Prius V Two, Prius V Three and Prius V Five.

The base Prius V Two costs $26,400 and comes with a 6.1-inch display screen and integrated backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, 16-inch alloy wheels and a passive entry system. The Prius V Three adds navigation and Toyota’s new Entune multimedia system for $27,165. The Prius V Five adds SofTex upholstery (a leather-like upholstery as durable as cloth, Toyota says), heated front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and fog lamps. The Prius V Five starts at $29,990.

By Colin Bird | September 16, 2011 | Comments (35)

2012 Toyota Camry Coming Soon

2012 Toyota CamryToyota will launch an all-new next-generation Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid by the end of the year, according to the automaker. While we don’t know much about the car, the Japanese automaker does say it will offer “technologically advanced features, a contemporary design inside and out, improved performance and refined ride and handling.” We also have this above snapshot of the new sedan’s headlight design.

Despite a rocky first half of the year for the Camry, with sales down 5% year-to-date, the Toyota midsize sedan is still the most-popular car in America. It’s the third best-selling vehicle so far for 2011. The Camry has been the best-selling car for the past eight years.

Along with the two Camry models, the Prius V and Scion iQ will both go on sale this fall, said the car company. Looking ahead, Toyota said it’s preparing the Prius c, Prius Plug-In, RAV4 EV and other all-new models for 2012.

By Colin Bird | July 5, 2011 | Comments (24)

Cars.com Podcast: 2012 Toyota Prius V, 2011 Toyota Corolla, 2012 Audi A7

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How do you talk about Toyota’s new hybrid entry and one of its long-running best-sellers as well as Audi’s hottest hatchback in one podcast? Download this week’s podcast to learn what editors Mike Hanley, Kelsey Mays and David Thomas thought of the 2012 Audi A7 and Toyota’s 2012 Prius V and 2011 Corolla. You’ll also learn how Mays was able to compare the Prius V to the regular Prius even though the automaker didn’t provide the current model to test against its new V.

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By David Thomas | May 31, 2011 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Toyota Prius V

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We still can’t wrap our heads around naming the second Prius model the V. Prius V — for versatility — on its own is fine, but the trim levels of the original car are II, III, IV and V. Toyota actually had to rework the Roman numerals into spelled-out numbers, so now when you buy a Prius or Prius V the trims will be Two, Three, Four or Five. Does any of that make a difference to Cars.com editor Kelsey Mays in his review of the larger Prius V? Not really, but considering how similar the new model is to the regular Prius, why try and confuse buyers even more?

2012 Toyota Prius V Review

By David Thomas | May 23, 2011 | Comments (5)

Toyota Sells its 1 Millionth Prius

Toyota sold its 1 millionth Prius hybrid in the U.S. this week. The announcement comes as the Prius faces increased consumer demand as well as potential supply constraints.  

It’s been more than 11 years since the first Prius went on sale in the U.S. We’ve been through three iterations of the nameplate now. The latest is the largest, most powerful and most fuel efficient yet, rated at 51/48 mpg city/highway. It’s currently the most fuel-efficient (non-electric) vehicle in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

By Colin Bird | April 6, 2011 | Comments (11)

2012 Honda Civic on Schedule, but Toyota Prius V in Question

Two of the most anticipated new models going on sale in the next few months are the redesigned 2012 Honda Civic and the all-new 2012 Toyota Prius V.

Buyers eagerly anticipating the Civic should rest a bit easier today. “The new Civic will launch according to plan,” said Jeffrey Smith, Honda’s vice president of corporate affairs. All models besides the hybrid are assembled in North America and use parts from regional suppliers.

Toyota has said it will delay the launch of the Prius V in Japan, but wouldn’t confirm a delay in the U.S., according to USA Today. That vehicle was planned for a spring launch in Japan and summer launch in the U.S. So, even if it is delayed in its home market, the Prius V could still make it here with less of a delay.

New models like these also take some time to build a full inventory on dealer lots even under the best conditions. For the Civic, that might mean you won’t find the exact color or trim on Day One. However, the Prius V will likely be hard to find for months — even when it’s at full production — if gas prices remain high.

By David Thomas | March 23, 2011 | Comments (0)

Toyota Expects to Have 10 New Hybrids by 2015

Prius_FamilyToyota plans to launch 10 all-new hybrid models globally by 2015, according the company’s just-released business plan.

If a previous report on Toyota’s hybrid developments is still correct, six of the 10 hybrids will go on sale by 2012, according to the New York Times. The new hybrids will include a mix of dedicated hybrids and hybrid trims of existing gasoline-powered models. It’s important to note that not all six of these new hybrids will be sold in the U.S., only “some” the Times reported.

We already know about the 2011 Lexus CT 200h and the more roomy 2011 Toyota Prius V. A new Prius for Europe and Japan was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva International Auto Show. It looks similar to the Prius V but can seat seven and features lithium-ion batteries instead of nickel metal hydride batteries. Toyota likely considers this to be a separate model.

A more compact Prius, like the Prius C concept shown above, will also likely be in the mix. A plug-in Prius capable of 13 miles of range will go on sale in early in 2012.

By Colin Bird | March 9, 2011 | Comments (8)

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