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Toyota Prius V Performance

Automotive journalists agree that the 2015 Toyota Prius v has sluggish acceleration and lackluster handling, but they think it will meet the performance expectations of most hybrid drivers, especially when you consider its extraordinary fuel economy for a wagon.

  • "Like its brethren, the Prius V wagon may not be all that exciting to drive, and its lackluster acceleration means you must be more conservative with merging and passing maneuvers. Still, it is an easy car to drive and boasts a smooth, quiet ride that makes it a great choice for road trips." -- Edmunds
  • "… the 2015 Toyota Prius V won't be your first choice for an enthusiastic drive through the mountains. Still, it does better than you'd think, with a comfortably firm suspension that deals nicely with city traffic, and enough power to merge onto freeways." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Drawbacks? Well, the Prius v employs the same hybrid power system as its lighter sibling, so it's both slower and less fuel efficient. But speed is largely a matter of personal preference, and while 42 miles per gallon isn't quite 50 mpg, it's not what we'd call shabby, either." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Toyota Prius v is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that generate 134 horsepower combined. The hybrid powertrain is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which functions like an automatic. According to the EPA, the 2015 Prius v gets 44/40 mpg city/highway, which is fantastic for a wagon and pretty good for a hybrid car.

Many critics note that the Prius v feels slow, though they expect that from a hybrid, and they think its strong fuel economy is a reasonable tradeoff. They also note that the Prius v has adequate power, and they like that it changes seamlessly between gas and electric power.

  • "It's not exactly quick - not like that's the point of a Prius - but it does offer enough power to deal with urban conditions or merging with freeway traffic." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Acceleration is far from brisk, but most owners will find it adequate, given the hybrid wagon's exceptional fuel economy potential." -- Edmunds
  • "There's no getting around the power shortage, though, as it's apparent every time you need to accelerate." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Transitions when the gas engine cycles on and off during driving are very smooth." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Handling and Braking

While most critics agree that the 2015 Prius v won’t win any prizes for agility, they say that it is relaxed and secure while cornering. Auto writers also appreciate its precise steering, solid braking power and comfortable ride.

  • "The V is also easy to maneuver in parking lots, but at higher speeds around turns, it's not at all sporty." -- Edmunds
  • "With its higher center of gravity, the Prius v is certainly no athlete, but it's got an easygoing nature that commuters and parents will likely appreciate." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "The ride and handling qualify as comfortable, stable and predictable, but it's certainly not a corner-carver. If that's your goal, you obviously should be looking somewhere else." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "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." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/15

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