The Toyota Prius v is an example of the next step up for gas-electric hybrid functionality, with the “v” appropriately standing for “versatility.” This five-passenger, five-door wagon, available in three trim packages, has great appeal to those desiring the high-mileage advantage of the original Prius sedan but who also have a need for more rear headroom, legroom and cargo space than the sedan offers.
Powered by a 98 horsepower, 1.8L inline four-cylinder engine, the Toyota Prius v is rated to get an estimated average of 40 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway. While this is slightly less economy than the Prius sedan, due primarily to the wagon’s additional size and weight, the additional back seat room and 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space more than make up for it, in the view of most owners.
Awarded a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with a near-perfect safety score, the Toyota Prius v has a full complement of air bags, electronic stability and traction control, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS. The combination of miserly fuel consumption and interior space that rivals many compact SUVs or crossovers, the Prius v is a great choice for young families looking for frugality in a vehicle that doesn’t sacrifice utility, functionality or comfort. Add to this the great safety record and it becomes a winner from every angle. Its appeal, however, extends well beyond simple family transportation, as new buyers are representative of a wide, diverse group.