Toyota Prius V Performance
Reviewers agree that the 2014 Toyota Prius v offers lackluster acceleration. However, they say the Prius v is redeemed by adequate handling, a comfortable ride and excellent fuel economy.
- "Hybrids have come a long way and the Prius V delivers a refined progression down the road, with the transitions between the electric motor and gasoline engine developed to a point of being near-seamless and, at least, not at all bothersome. If this is your first hybrid, there will be a slight adjustment period, but it's short and easy and absolutely worth the tremendous savings in fuel costs." -- 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
- "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 (2013)
- "One of the nice things about its larger size is that Prius v has a bit more comfortable ride than the smaller Prii. ... Combined output is 134 horsepower, which makes for slowish acceleration." -- Chicago Tribune (2013)
Acceleration and Power
The 2014 Toyota Prius v is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to make 134 horsepower. The hybrid powertrain is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). According to the EPA, the 2014 Prius v gets 44/40 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for a wagon, and about average for a hybrid car.
Test drivers say that the Prius v is slow, but that’s what most expect from a hybrid that emphasizes fuel efficiency over performance. Additionally, reviewers write that the Prius v’s gas-electric engine and CVT deliver power smoothly, and the changes between gas and electric power aren’t too abrupt.
- "There's no getting around the power shortage, though, as it's apparent every time you need to accelerate." -- AutoTrader
- "It's unlikely that many people buy a hybrid for the enthusiastic driving experience but, still, the 2014 Prius V deals more than just competently with city traffic and merges easily with freeways." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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. ... Transitions when the gas engine cycles on and off during driving are very smooth." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "Sure enough, the 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and dual-motor hybrid continuously variable transmission feel rather languid as the 3317-pound V unhurriedly gathers speed." -- Car and Driver (2013)
Handling and Braking
Reviewers say the Prius v doesn’t offer sporty handling (and they don’t expect it to), but it does have a comfortable ride and predictable handling that should suit most shoppers. Some critics think that the Prius v’s steering is precise, while others wish it had more feedback. One test driver says that its brakes are strong, and several agree that the regenerative braking system doesn’t adversely affect the way the brake pedal feels, as it can in some hybrid cars.
- "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
- "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
- "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 (2013)
- "The electric steering is rather numb, but its light effort makes the 2013 Toyota Prius V easy to maneuver in parking lots." -- Edmunds (2013)
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