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2013 Toyota Prius V Performance

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When it comes to performance, reviewers say that the Prius v doesn't stand out much.  Most report that acceleration is slow, particularly in Eco mode, but the transition between the gas and electric modes are smooth.  Handling is benign, according to most reviewers, with a comfortable ride.

  • "Relative to the Prius hatchback, the 2013 Toyota Prius V feels more substantial and stable on the road; you can thank its heavier curb weight for this. The ride is quite smooth and comfortable, and while acceleration is far from brisk, the wagon gets up to speed in an acceptable manner." -- Edmunds
  • "One of the nice things about its larger size is that Prius v has a bit more comfortable ride than the smaller Prii. The front-wheel drive Prius v comes equipped with a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors. Combined output is 134 horsepower, which makes for slowish acceleration." -- The Chicago Tribune

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Toyota Prius v is powered by a gas-electric powertrain that makes 134 horsepower. The Prius v has three hybrid driving modes: Normal, Power and Eco. Normal balances performance with fuel economy, while Power tips the balance in favor of performance. Eco mode prioritizes fuel economy. The Prius v can be driven in electric-only mode over short distances at slow speeds. According to the EPA, the 2013 Prius v gets 44/40 mpg city/highway.

Reviewers say acceleration in the Prius v is very slow, especially when the car is in Eco mode. Several also point out that while the Prius v gets the worst fuel economy of any Prius model, the Prius v has excellent gas mileage for a car that can handle passengers and cargo as well as it does.

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  • "Acceleration is slow, almost painfully so with "ECO" mode enabled. Power does build smoothly and steadily, though. Mid-range response is far from strong, but power is available nearly instantaneously thanks to the assist from the electric motor. Pressing the EV (Electric Vehicle) button allows the car to operate solely on electricity for approximately one-half mile at speeds up to about 25 mph. Transitions when the gas engine cycles on and off during driving are very smooth." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Though the V isn't quite as frugal as its smaller sibling (EPA ratings are 44 mpg city/40 mpg highway and 42 mpg combined), its mileage is still high enough to make it a compelling pick relative to most choices in the compact wagon/crossover segment." -- Edmunds
  • "But don't sweat: Getting up to speed on freeways is no problem, especially when the 2013 Prius V is in Power mode. The hybrid's transitions between electric motor and gasoline engine remain refined, as does the Prius V's regenerative braking system. Both take some time getting used to, but the adjustment period is short and well worth the fuel savings reaped." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Acceleration is lackluster, at least if you give it what some might consider a normal amount of throttle. Even normal acceleration requires digging deep into the go pedal." -- The Detroit Bureau

Handling and Braking

No reviewer goes as far as to call the 2013 Toyota Prius v fun to drive, but most agree that it has inoffensive handling, and a smooth, comfortable ride.  A few reviewers say its brakes are particularly smooth for a hybrid.

  • "Handling is good. The v doesn't have any sporting intentions, but it never feels wrong. And the ride is nothing short of superb. None of your whatnots will ever be jostled when schlepping your junk" -- The Detroit Bureau
  • "While not particularly sporty, Prius v has well-balanced handling with accurate steering and confident road manners. Braking action is strong and swift with natural pedal feel that surpasses that of the v's hatchback sibling. We do wish the turning radius were a bit tighter, as the v is a bit trickier to maneuver in close quarters." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The electric steering is rather numb, but its light effort makes the 2013 Toyota Prius V easy to maneuver in parking lots." -- Edmunds

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