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Car review: 2012 Toyota Prius V
In its 11-year U.S. tenure, the venerable Prius has emerged as an icon of all things flower-friendly, outselling every other hybrid on the market -- combined. Toyota's decision to cash in on that popularity by expanding the Prius into a collection of hybrids makes as much sense as my decision to add milk to my cereal this morning. I take no issue with Toyota's move; it's the execution I question. The first of this cadre, dubbed Prius V (that's "vee" for "versatility," not "five"), delivers driving characteristics and passenger room similar to the original Prius, which is already competent in both areas. In short, Toyota's spinoff may just have hit too close to the original.
By Kelsey Mays