The new Toyota Prius v offers the functionality of a wagon, with excellent cargo space. There some small improvements to the Hybrid Synergy Drive system. It's very good looking, with a roomy interior. It's slower, less fuel efficient and more expensive than the Prius sedan, while being slower and more expensive than similar-sized wagons. But still, it gets 42 mpg, however on 91 octane fuel. The road noise is higher and ride rougher than they should be.
Sam Moses filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report from the Pacific Northwest.
Model Line Overview
Toyota Prius v Two ($26,400), Prius v Three ($27,165), Prius v Five ($29,990)
98-hp 1.8-liter Atkinson Cycle I4 with 80-hp 650v electric motor, combined 134 hp
electronic continuously variable transaxle (CVT)
Safety equipment (standard):
Vehicle Stability Control, Active Traction Control, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology; seven airbags; whiplash-lessening seats, tire pressure monitor, LATCH child seat system, hill start assist
fabric seats, 6-way adjustable driver seat, 60/40 split sliding reclining fold-down rear seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, under-floor cargo storage area, tonneau cover, automatic climate control with dust and pollen filters, full power, digital instrumentation, two 12-volt power outlets, five cupholders, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with controls, cruise control, 6-inch touch-screen with backup camera, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB port and iPod connectivity, voice recognition, projector-beam halogen headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels with wheel covers, LED taillamps and brake lights, power heated folding sideview mirrors, UV reduction glass windshield, rear spoiler, LED brake light
Options as tested (MSRP):
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
1.8-liter Atkinson Cycle 16-valve 4-cylinder plus 650v electric generator motor assist
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
134 @ 5000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
105 @ 4000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
34.3 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson strut, stabilizer bar
vented disc/solid disc with ABS and EBD
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of September 15, 2011.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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