Toyota will sell the 2012 Prius V in three trim levels -- Two, Three and Five -- and they're only confusing if you're not already immersed in Prius culture. See, a normal Prius comes in One, Two, Three, Four and Five variations, and the equipment levels on the Prius V trims match up with their hatch equivalents.
The Prius V Two is your base model. It comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, P205/60R16 Yokohama BluEarth S34 all-season tires, a keyless ignition, automatic climate control, a 6.1-inch audio system touchscreen, a back-up camera, USB/auxiliary inputs, and Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming capability.
If you want factory navigation with traffic updates, the Prius V Three adds that functionality to the car's touchscreen interface, along with a telescoping steering wheel. It also adds the Entune system, which Toyota is launching on the Prius V and Tacoma this fall.
To use Entune, you'll need to install an app on your iPhone, Android phone, Windows phone or BlackBerry, and then you'll have access to the Bing search engine, Pandora, iHeart radio, OpenTable and a growing list of apps on the car's touchscreen via the Bluetooth connection. As with all new technology, there's some trial and error involved, but being able to look up POIs on Bing that the hard-drive-based navigation couldn't otherwise find is very useful.
The big upgrade is the SofTex simulated leather upholstery, which replaces the cheesy cloth found in lower-line models. You also get 17-inch wheels with P215/50R17 Toyo Proxes tires, LED headlamps and keyless functionality on the passenger door and liftgate.
An optional advanced technology package on the Five bundles a whole bunch of items we'd rather buy separately. Headlining the list is an upgraded audio-navigation system with a higher-resolution 7-inch screen and JBL GreenEdge sound components, which are said to be lighter and less power-hungry than normal JBL parts. Also included are adaptive cruise control and Toyota's self-parking system.
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