Toyota Prius V Review
The 2014 Toyota Prius V ranks 3 out of 10 Wagons. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Toyota Prius V, as well as reliability and safety data.
Although it isn’t the fastest or most nimble wagon on the market, reviewers say the 2014 Toyota Prius v outclasses other wagons with great fuel economy and a spacious interior.
The Prius v is powered by a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Test drivers say the powertrain delivers mediocre acceleration, but they note that it is reasonably refined and helps the 2014 Prius v achieve excellent fuel economy. According to the EPA, the 2014 Prius v gets 44/40 mpg city/highway, which is very good for a wagon and about average for a hybrid car. Reviewers say the Prius v offers a smooth ride and predictable handling. Some critics write that the Prius v’s steering is precise, while others think it could use more feedback. One test driver says the Prius v has strong brakes, and most agree that the regenerative braking system doesn’t negatively impact the way the brakes feel.
Some automotive journalists think that the Toyota Prius v’s cabin has a premium look, but others say that it contains cheap-looking interior trim. However, almost all test drivers agree that the seats are comfortable. They say that the legroom in the second row is particularly generous, and they like the fact that the second-row seats can slide back and forth and recline, adding versatility to the Prius v’s seating and cargo arrangement. Reviewers write that the Prius v has easy-to-read buttons and gauges. Standard features on the 2014 Toyota Prius v include a touch-screen infotainment system, keyless entry, push-button start, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port and a backup camera. The Prius v Three model adds navigation and the Entune App Suite, which connects with your smartphone and allows you to control apps like Pandora Internet radio using the Prius v’s touch-screen infotainment system. The advanced technology package becomes an option when you step up to the Prius v Five and includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and an automatic self-parking system.
- "The 2014 Toyota Prius V offers the fuel efficiency of a hybrid with the interior space of a compact SUV. Using the same powertrain as the Prius 4-door hatchback, and with the ‘V’ standing for ‘versatility,’ the 5-passenger Prius V can haul lots of family gear without burning lots of gas while doing it." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Now in just its third year of production, the super-sized Prius v has already become a fixture in parking lots across the country. And it's not hard to see why. Toyota simply took what was already appealing about the regular Prius and stretched it into a taller, longer, family-friendlier package." -- AutoTrader
- "Even though Americans tend to shun the modern wagon, what we like about the 2013 Toyota Prius v is the 40+ mpg in city and highway driving combined with family functionality." -- Chicago Tribune (2013)
- "Most of Prius v's good optional features are in one package. The Advanced Technology Package includes an upgraded navigation system, split-screen functionality, traffic information, Entune infotainment system, pre-collision system, Safety Connect assistance system, hands-free parallel parking, power sunroof, JBL sound system, and adaptive cruise control. None of these features can be purchased separately. The package costs a whopping $5,650 and is only available on the highest trim level, which starts at $30,295." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Other Wagons to Consider
Like the Prius v, the Ford C-Max Hybrid has excellent fuel economy. Critics say the C-Max Hybrid delivers good acceleration for a hybrid and has a very nice interior for its price.
The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is available as a diesel-powered TDI model, which starts at about the same price as the Prius v. Reviewers write that the Jetta SportWagen is one of the more fun-to-drive wagons in the segment, and also note that it has a high-quality interior.
Details: 2014 Toyota Prius v
The front-wheel drive 2014 Toyota Prius v seats five and has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor, which are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Toyota Prius v comes in three trims: Two, Three and Five. The Prius v was introduced for the 2012 model year and has seen no major changes since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2014 model years.
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