Summary, Prices, Specs

By May 2, 2013


The Toyota Prius v offers the functionality of a wagon with hybrid-worthy fuel economy and excellent cargo space. Still, sluggish acceleration, cabin noise and a rough ride make it less than stellar.

Sam Moses filed this report from the Pacific Northwest, with Laura Burstein reporting from Los Angeles.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Toyota Prius v Two ($26,650), Prius v Three ($27,415), Prius v Five ($30,295)
Engines:98-hp 1.8-liter Atkinson Cycle I4 with 80-hp 650v electric motor, combined 134 hp
Transmissions: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
Safety equipment (optional):Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Safety Connect
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Toyota Prius v Three ($27,415)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$795
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$28210
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:1.8-liter Atkinson Cycle 16-valve 4-cylinder plus 650v electric generator motor assist
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):134 @ 5000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):105 @ 4000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:44/40 mpg
Wheelbase:109.4 in.
Length/width/height:181.7/69.9/62.0 in.
Track, f/r:60.6/60.8 in.
Turning circle:36.1 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.6/53.5/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.6/53.5/35.9 in.
Cargo volume:34.3 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson strut, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:torsion beam
Ground clearance:5.7 in.
Curb weigth:3274 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/ solid disc with ABS and EBD
Fuel capacity:11.9 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of May 2, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-468-6968 -