2013ToyotaPrius v Review By Kelsey Mays

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Editor’s note: This was written in November 2011 the 2012 Toyota Prius v. of substance has changed with year’s model. To see what’s new for click here. or check out a comparison of the two model years.

In its U.S. tenure, the venerable Prius has emerged as an icon of all flower-friendly, outselling every hybrid on the market combined. decision to cash in on that by expanding the Prius into a of hybrids makes as much as my decision to add milk to my cereal morning.

I take no issue Toyota’s move; it’s the I question. The first of this dubbed Prius V (that’s vee for not five), delivers driving and passenger room similar to the Prius, which is already in both areas. In short, spinoff may just have hit too to the original.

The Prius V is longer, and taller. That means room, but it also means an 42 mpg in the city, so make sure you the extra space. If you don’t, little reason to choose the V the cheaper, 50-mpg Prius.

The V hits dealerships this and I tested a range of models. The numeric trims Two, and (bizarrely) Five roughly those of the Prius. (Toyota began spelling the trim out this year; it used to them II, III, IV and V, but a Prius V V have singlehandedly secured the award for Worst Trim

Going Stopping

The Prius V most of the Prius’ hardware. makes for a similar driving complete with four modes. At the extremes, those drag out the drivetrain’s electric-only range at one end and maximize acceleration at the Even in its most efficient the 134-horsepower drivetrain delivers power if you stand on the gas pedal, translates to adequate acceleration. I had to bigger gaps before into traffic, but with two on board the V had little trouble 70 mph even on inclines.

Four-wheel-disc brakes with a regenerative are standard. As in most hybrids, the isn’t very linear ; brick-like at first, followed by a few of vague response, then biting down during the inch or so. Smooth stops some practice.

Toyota gas mileage to be 42 mpg overall in combined driving. In a 51.5-mile drive at highway speeds, another and I averaged 43 mpg, according to the trip computer. That’s short of the regular Prius’ combined rating, but it handily fuel-efficient haulers like the Ford Escape Hybrid (32 and the diesel Volkswagen Jetta TDI (33 mpg with an automatic) a testament to how far of the pack the Prius is.


The Prius has never been fun to and the V doesn’t change that. Its power steering delivers sensations at low speeds and becomes a mess going into But the car hunkers down on longer resisting body roll and delivering better midcorner corrections than the initial would have you expect. on the highway, the car tracks well; you need to make many to stay on course.

A Toyota said the Prius V was tuned to softer than the Prius, but I notice many differences in comfort; both cars ride a bit firm. There’s wind and suspension noise the V, though, which is an issue in the The differences are more incremental major, but I’ll take improvement I can get.

Know how and rises in the road can make a car forward or squat back? says its new Pitch and Bounce modifies power a smidge to that. The concept strikes me as the top: A well-engineered suspension on paper, the Prius V’s torsion-beam rear isn’t need an extra feature to a flat ride. Either Pitch and Bounce Control more on interstates than it on back roads. Barreling San Francisco’s Interstate 280 a freeway my who lives in the area, noted is bumpy the Prius V stayed Conversely, on a pitchy two-lane near the coast, Pitch and called in sick. The Prius V was all the place.

Bigger, Outside In

The Prius extended overhangs and slightly stance don’t lend it as a profile as the Prius, but there are similarities from the headlights to the that the cars look they fell from the tree. The Prius V’s is 3 inches longer, and overall has increased 6 inches. Those don’t increase passenger much (less than 4 but cargo volume gets a bump. The Prius V has 34.3 feet of space behind the seats, albeit a slightly load floor. Toyota that figure beats than 80 percent of small and crossovers on the road (click for a comparison chart). Fold the down, and the Prius V offers cubic feet of maximum It also has a standard fold-flat passenger seat to accommodate narrow items.

The regular doesn’t beg for more cabin both rows fit all but the tallest The Prius V’s cabin is a bit up front and does away the regular model’s flow-through console, leaving more alongside your knees. is better thanks to larger windows and a proper rear that isn’t bisected by a Toyota says the deep console can fit 23 CD cases. In other my cubicle has desk space for a two slide rules and a Victrola.

capacity maxes out at five. offers a Lilliputian third row for the V in Japan where it’s as the Prius Alpha but we won’t get it officials said.

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The front seats have of backrest cushioning and strong and thigh support. Kudos, The backseat adjusts 7.1 inches and backward in a 60/40 split; side also reclines to a 45-degree tilt. Rear will appreciate the adjustability and floor; the regular Prius’ seats are fixed. Like in the legroom back there is and thanks to the V’s upright headroom is better. Some of however, comes at the expense of height: Where the Prius’ sits comfortably high off the the V’s is too low. Some may find their knees elevated.

Sporting a unique the Prius V’s dash some of the aesthetic cohesion of the Materials quality has improved in areas, such as padding the doors and on certain portions of the but I wish Toyota had kept the textured center controls; the in the V are a flatter black. Single-zone climate control is standard, and it an electric air-conditioning compressor can operate whether the engine is or not. Select the drivetrain’s Eco and it turns down the air conditioning to power. In the past, I’ve that air-conditioning systems that don’t always up with summer temperatures. The V handled the 60-degree temps my drive well enough, but if you one on a hot day, click the link at the of this review to shoot me an about your experience.

A standard 6.1-inch dashboard shows everything from stations to an optional navigation that’s a little prone to Toyota’s app-enabling Entune which I detailed at the 2011 auto show, is also Available on the Prius V Five, a 7.0-inch display has more Entune and navigation capabilities.


The Prius V has yet to be crash-tested. safety features include side curtain airbags, an stability system, antilock and a brake override system to unintended acceleration. Coupled the optional adaptive cruise the Prius V’s Pre-Collision warns the driver, tightens belts and can even apply the if the sensors detect a potential As will soon be required of vehicles and hybrids, the Prius V an artificial sound at low speeds to pedestrians of its presence.

The Prius V Two at $26,400, nearly $3,000 a 2011 Prius. (Toyota priced the 2012 Prius Standard features include a access system and push-button an iPod/USB-compatible stereo, automatic control, 16-inch alloy and a backup camera.

Move up to the and Five, and you can get Entune, one of two navigation heated faux-leather seats, a transparent roof and a JBL stereo. the Prius, the Prius V will adaptive cruise control, a system and Toyota’s Safety telematics service, similar to OnStar.

Load up a Prius V, and the price $35,000.

Prius V in the Market

expects the Prius V to eventually for 10 to 20 percent of the total Prius a group that in many will define our future, division president Bob Carter

That sounds about Apart from giving you cargo space, the Prius V do a whole lot that the Prius and the difference between the two essentially to being able to go hog wild at without folding the rear down. For that, the Prius V 8 mpg and costs thousands more. The V a standout choice for fuel if you need the extra room be sure you do.

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