The rear seats in the 2012 Toyota Prius V slide, recline, fold flat, and, if you're willing to take a socket set to your car, are easily removed.  Taking out one or both seats really increases the cargo space.  I cut one of the plastic covers to make it even easier to remove the seats.    

Step 1: Remove Plastic Covers

Remove the four plastic covers at the ends of the seat rails.  Three of the four come off easily; the fourth runs almost the entire width of the door, covers some wires, and has a few plastic things and connectors.  After removing this larger cover once, I opted to cut it.  

Step 2: Unscrew Bolts and Remove Seat

Unscrew the bolts and remove the seat.  Look at all that extra cargo space!

Step 3: Cut Cover

I anticipate removing the seats more often than I want to remove the large plastic cover.  So, I cut a hole in the cover with a Dremel.  
<p>The euro version of the '' V &quot; is avalaible with a third row seating area . Just wonder if the battery or electronic grey box are in the same place . Would like to remove all rear seat too . But would like to get a flat floor and lowering the rear floor portion ( the one behind the rear seat ) . Would like to put all the electronics in front of the big step ( in the rear foot floor pan area ) and put a flat floor board to egalize all the cargo area . I just like to camping in my car without the fuel cost of a minivan . The spare tire would go verticaly parrallel of one of the rear trunk side , or i'm going with a '' no spare tire kit '' just like the Honda Fit . </p>
<p>We're considering buying a Prius V and the ability to remove the rear seats is something we're having to think about. </p><p>When you remove these, are there any wires or sensors that are affected? I was worried that it would affect rear airbag sensors or something.</p>
Well that's handy! I have the same model Prius, and didn't realize that it was so easy to remove the back seats. Thinking of all kinds of ideas for what to do with that extra space. Thanks for posting!
how do you like the new Prius V? I was really hoping that they would also have come out with the 7 seater like they did in Japan...
Lookin' good! It's good to see you're still making instructables! :)
Love my V....Great instructable

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