About the Toyota Prius V
The Toyota Prius V is a larger version of the compact Toyota Prius. It is classified as a compact station wagon. According to the Prius website, the vehicle has 67.3-cubic feet of space available in the cargo area. Even with the back seat up you get around 34.3-cubic feet of space in the trunk area.
Of course, like its smaller siblings, the Toyota Prius V is fuel-efficient. The Prius V gets 44/40 mpg city/highway. Due to the larger size of the Prius V, fuel economy is slightly reduced in comparison with the other Prius models. Toyota Prius V Features
The 2012 Prius V is available in three trim lines: the Prius V Two, Prius V Three, and the Prius V Five. All models use a 1.8-liter aluminum DOHC, 16-valve variable valve timing engine that produces 98 horsepower, but a fairly impressive 134 horsepower when using all of the hybrid engine power.
The Prius V uses an independent MacPherson front strut and a tension beam back stabilizer. This suspension system gives the same kind of pleasant ride as the smaller Prius compact. Regenerative front brakes are also standard on all vehicles.
Differences appear in the trim lines when we look at the exterior of the vehicle. Projector beam lamps with an automatic on/off feature come standard on all trim lines, but only the Five has headlamp cleaners and integrated fog lamps. All of the vehicles have LED back lamps to save on electrical power. A rear spoiler with an LED center high-mount stop lamp comes on all the vehicles.
The Prius Five offers a panoramic-view moonroof with power sliding sunshade system as an added package option. The Two and Three have 16-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels. The Five offers 17-inch wheels.
Inside the vehicle the trim differences are noticeable. The Two has a 6.1-inch touch-screen display with an integrated backup camera, an AM/FM CD player, a USB port for iPod integration, and Bluetooth. Although pretty impressive, the Three and Five up the ante by adding display audio navigation, Sirius XM radio, HD radio, iTunes tagging, and the entertainment standards of the Prius Two. Also included is the Etune system that allows you to integrate your smart phone into your car’s system. JBL speakers and Etune services for three years are added as a package option to the Five.
All models have power locks, remote keyless entry, and Smart Key Entry, a computer system that automatically unlocks the driver’s door when you come into proximity of the car. These are offered standard on all trim lines. The Five offers a Smart Key system that unlocks three of the car doors.
Seating in the Prius V is spacious. Fabric trimmed seats with a six-way adjustable driver’s seat and a four-way adjustable passenger’s seat is standard on the Two and Three model, the Five upgrading the trim to SoftEx trimmed seats. Toyota Prius V Evolution
One major improvement over previous Prius models is the new Telescopic steering wheel with integrated Bluetooth connectivity and audio and climate controls. Previous models had a stationary steering wheel that made it somewhat difficult for taller drivers to feel comfortable. The Five also offers integrated cruise control to the mix. Extra accessories include auto dimming rear-view mirror, center console with charger, cover for rear cargo area, and retractable grips on all doors.
The Prius is mainly about function over design. The exterior of the vehicle is somewhat lacking in any flair, and the interior is somewhat back to the styling of the first Prius models. The added cargo space as well as the touch-screen controls makes the Prius V a bit more comfortable to ride in. The suspension is slightly tweaked on the Prius V, improving handling and ride quality. You can feel the higher carriage effecting ride quality, but this is minimal.
The Prius V starts at $26,400 for the Two, $27,165 for the Three, and $29,990 for the Five. Consider the money you will save on gas when looking at the starting prices. The Prius V model was introduced by Toyota in 2012 so used models will not start showing up until sometime afterwards.