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The Prius V: A Hybrid That More Stuff

TESTED Prius V (though Toyota, seems to have a shortage of letters, prefers “v” ).

IS IT? A stretched Prius with 58 more cargo capacity the standard version.

HOW MUCH? won’t be released until to the car’s showroom debut fall.

WHAT MAKES IT A slightly tweaked version of the hybrid drivetrain, built a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder with a 60-kilowatt motor and a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack.

IS IT Not exactly, with 0-to-60 acceleration in 10.4 seconds.

IS IT Quite the contrary: it carries a rating of 44 m.p.g. in the city and 40 on the (42 combined).

ALTERNATIVES? There’s directly comparable, but hybrid of the Ford Escape and Toyota crossovers offer at least as utility. Honda plans to out a hybrid version of the Fit Shuttle it will sell overseas, but has not that it will come to

GIVEN that the Prius V, a variant of the world’s most hybrid car, is meant to add a face to the brand, it was appropriate I had a chance to drive a preproduction in the high-consumption suburbs north of New City.

The commodious, but far less Ford Country Squire ruled the roads around the hamlet of Chappaqua, but these a huge wagon like wouldn’t do. At the train station, parking for environmentally friendly revealed a solid row of Priuses the exception of one Chevrolet Volt ).

The stretched Prius is ungainly especially from the side. But the is a big gain in cargo space.

is plenty of legroom for tall in the back seat. But if you fold the flat, which is easy to do, find a cavernous 67.3 feet of usable luggage more than the Volkswagen SportWagen. The 3.3 inches of extra compared with the regular really helps when bulky items at the big-box

The V, which will be available in the is part of a family that expand again in the spring to a plug-in hybrid and a production of the smaller Prius C concept

Although there are some differences larger brakes and a suspension, among them the is essentially the same as in the current

Toyota Prius v

The new car is, however, bigger, 232 pounds and slightly less aerodynamic, and means its fuel economy is not as good as that of the 2011 (with a combined city-highway of 50 m.p.g.).

Toyota’s new, Prius drives like, the old, smaller Prius. the car didn’t change its essential though the driver is conscious the center of gravity has moved and that the body is 6.1 inches With 134 net horsepower from the system, the Prius V isn’t a car, but acceleration will be for most of its economy-minded owners.

The V is slower as an electric car. is an EV button, one of four drive that delivers about a of leisurely and very quiet on the battery alone. A Toyota Wade Hoyt, described it as for “sneaking home late at

I drove the Prius V around and Chappaqua on smooth roads didn’t pose much for the new “pitch and bounce control,” to dampen the thumps and bumps of pavement.

Visibility is good all In panic stops, the car remained anchored, but the regenerative braking which the driver feels as push-back from the pedal, is Drivers are likely to get used to it, the sensation to the electric energy is being deposited in the bank.

The interior offers many of the storage and utility features by minivan owners. The familiar controls are present, including the ignition, but there is also an of storage options, including two five cup holders and a console can handle 23 compact disk (still used, presumably, by who don’t dance to the MP3 beat). The seats are intended to resist a of spills from younger members.

The V is one of the first Toyotas to host the new multimedia system, which owners’ smartphones to enable apps, including the Pandora service and MovieTickets.com. A drawback is losing phone service temporarily suspends the app, happened for a few minutes on Route


Despite such minor the V comes across as a worthy to the hybrid clan. Most can use extra space, especially it’s as adaptable and easily as it is in the Prius V. How the car is priced will if it’s worth the extra

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