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Avg. Price Paid: $22,458 - $23,631
Original MSRP: $26,650 - $30,295
MPG: 44 City / 40 Hwy
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2013 Toyota Prius V Interior

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Most reviewers say that the 2013 Toyota Prius v has an interior that's extremely practical.  There is plenty of passenger and cargo space.  However, some reviewers complain that some of the interior materials look cheap, and that the layout of the controls can be confusing.

  • "Open the door of the Prius V and you'll find more room than expected. The sliding rear seat offers better legroom than some luxury sedans, and the cargo area can swallow more stuff than a Chevy Equinox SUV. " -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior trim is tasteful and well assembled, but not lavish. Some unexpected surfaces are padded which help keep the interior's hard plastics from becoming overwhelming. The Five's faux leather does little to perk up the rather drab disposition of the cabin." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The v's interior could be classified as high-end economy car. The finishes are interesting - foregoing the typical fake leather grain used in most cars - but they are surprisingly economy class in a car at this price level." -- The Detroit Bureau

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Seating

The 2013 Toyota Prius v seats five and most reviewers agree that all seats are comfortable.  They particularly like the expansive legroom in the second row, and the fact that the second row seats can recline as well as slide back and forth.

  • "Prius v was built for families, and the kids in the back seat can thank Toyota for it. Damon Bell, Consumer Guide's 6-foot-6 senior editor, referred to the rear seating area as 'very nice. I can sit behind myself in comfort." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A reclining backseat slides fore and aft, allowing you to choose between limolike legroom and expansive cargo capacity."-- Edmunds
  • "The real news is in the rear seat. Huge rear doors and a two-level interior curb make ingress and egress easy. Parents should find it easy to step into the vehicle to install child seats and to secure rug rats into them. Sitting behind a five-foot, eleven-inch driver, I found plenty of rear-seat foot room, as your feet can extend under the front seats. There's generous leg and knee room and good side visibility, plus a comfortable pull-down center armrest.” -- Automobile Magazine(2012)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2013 Toyota Prius v include keyless entry and start, Bluetooth and an iPod interface. Stepping up to the Prius v Three model adds navigation the Entune entertainment system and satellite radio.  The Prius v Five model adds leatherette upholstery and heated front seats.

Reviewers agree that the base Prius v Two is well equipped, but a few complain about the crowded gauge cluster and the placement of some controls. Others complain that optional packages are expensive, or that interior materials look cheap.

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  • "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
  • "While the cabin may excel at being functional, it's not especially pleasing to look at. As with the Prius hatchback, the Prius V's cabin design is plainer and less ambitious than what you'll find in the competition. Materials quality is inconsistent; while some plastics are nicely grained, others look flimsy and low-budget."-- Edmunds
  • "Unfortunately, fun doesn't really enter into the equation unless you opt for the Five trim level ($30,295), which includes all the whistles and bells: navigation, satellite radio, rearview camera, heated front seats and an optional hands-free parallel parking system. At least Bluetooth and iPod input jack are on all trims." -- The Chicago Tribune
  • "Speaking of the instrument panel, this maybe standard Prius fare, but center-mounted instrument clusters will always come in for criticism here. The only thing that makes sense about them is making it easier for the manufacturer to make right-hand and left-hand drive models, but they can never be considered driver friendly." -- The Detroit Bureau

Cargo

The 2013 Toyota Prius v has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 67.3 cubic feet of space with the backseats folded. Reviewers are impressed with the space, which is competitive for the class and more than what some SUVs offer. Several reviewers also point out that the Prius v has handy small-item storage spaces, in addition to the generous cargo room.

  • "We repeatedly stuffed the v - essentially a wagon version of the Prius hatchback - with boxes, bags and whatnot for multiple trips to the new house. While it couldn't match the pair of minivans that were also making multiple trips, those giant draft horses don't come close to matching the mileage return from the biggest of what is now a three-member Prius hybrid family." -- The Detroit Bureau
  • "Storage space is not just available - it's ingenious. Nooks are abundant. The front seat folds flat to accommodate long items. There's even space under the rear seats for umbrellas." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The large cargo area is easy to access with a good size rear hatch and low load floor. Large underfloor storage bins add to Prius v's practical nature. The split rear seat backs fold to create a flat floor, and the standard fold-flat front-passenger seat makes loading very long items a breeze. Interior storage is good with two gloveboxes, a console bin, door pockets, cupholders, and a large open console bin at the base of the dashboard." -- Consumer Guide

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