Prius V: The iconic hybrid as a station wagon — The Washington Post

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By Warren Brown ,#32; the writer

It was not the kind of auto­mobile would take to a speedway or run in a race. But it accelerated well to get out of the way of impatient Manhattan drivers engendering honking or ignoble salutes.

It wowed people in the lots of suburban shopping here and near New York some 50 miles to the south. onlookers could not believe it was a Prius swallowing all those and shopping bags.

I couldn’t it, either.


Before loading the Prius V wagon (the represents “versatility” in this I had been nagging my wife getting “too much and warning her that it’s a little Prius we’re

My mind was locked on previous-generation gasoline-electric-hybrid compacts that great little cars for around the city without much fuel or spewing pollutants, though not terribly for much else.

That’s Since its introduction in Japan in the Prius has become more a car for hyper-milers and other buyers for one more mile per gallon they can find it.

The Prius now includes compact sedans and an extended-range plug-in model, and the family-friendly Prius V wagon for this week’s column. The objective is to appeal to an audience interested in the science and politics of technology and more interested in its value.

If this wagon is any indication, the family has a good start in its more mainstream direction. The could become a best-seller.

put, it has what many drivers want fuel reliability, safety, decent manners and lots of utility all one of the world’s most popular brand names, and at a reasonable

There’s nothing sexy the Prius V. Its strength is its virtue. It exactly what it promises, it or not.

The front-wheel-drive Prius V is longer, wider and heavier its hatchback predecessor. But it still 44 miles per gallon in the city and 40 on the

That’s not as good as the 51 mpg in the city and 48 on the boasted by the smaller Prius But it beats the mileage of any midsize wagon currently on sale in the States.

An aside: The Prius V’s numbers seem reversed, but are not. Cars and trucks traditional internal-combustion engines operate more efficiently at speeds, yielding more per gallon on the highway. In city those traditional gasoline usually waste fuel burning fuel while nowhere.

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The Prius V, by comparison, no gasoline at all at red lights and stop It is what the industry calls a hybrid” in which the electric and power systems continually roles to produce the best the most amount of work for the least amount of fuel.

In urban traffic, the electric system handles most of the starting the car off the mark, relieving the engine from wasteful assisting the engine at low speeds. The in-line four-cylinder gasoline handles most of the highway

The electric-gasoline power combination an overall 134 horsepower and 153 foot-pounds of

The system works beautifully in the allowing the Prius V driver to get he or she has to go without visiting the fuel for several weeks (or for every 525 in rounded numbers for our 1,100-mile from Northern Virginia to New Hudson River Valley and and back and forth from New City to Cornwall).

But there is so much a relatively low-horsepower, gas-electric drive system can do. the Prius V up mountains or at substantial above sea level (1,540 in these parts) can be a chore. The gasoline engine whines and The pair of electric motors to drive the front wheels strain. It’s no fun.

Flat-land city running in the V, by comparison, is enjoyable, albeit not the bit exciting. It does not have to be.

The who will buy the Prius V are a practical They aren’t looking for behind the wheel of an automobile. are more addicted to clean air and gasoline costs than are to speed. As Toyota found out and all other car companies have such people constitute a sustainable market.

Just give them they want. Here’s they’ll want the Prius V

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