For shoppers looking for a roomy vehicle that provides 40-plus highway mpg, the Toyota Prius v is a strong candidate. Although Prius v hasn’t been redesigned since its 2012 model year debut, this front wheel drive hybrid-electric vehicle still excels at making practicality appealing. During a one-week test drive, Prius v underscored its versatility. (The ‘v’ stands for versatility.) Cargo hauling was problem-free with more than 34 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 67-plus cubic feet with the 60/40 split-fold rear seats folded flat. There’s plenty of room for both riders and bulky items thanks to the sliding/adjustable second row seats.
Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive® powertrain provides the Prius v with its 134 horsepower output, which is derived from a 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor mated with a continuously variable transmission. During a week-long test drive, the car’s mild- mannered acceleration was offset with composed handling and a complacent ride. The 109.4- inch wheelbase Prius v uses an independent MacPherson strut front suspension with stabilizer bar and a torsion beam rear suspension. Prius v is available in four trims: Two, Three, Four, and Five. Toyota Prius v Five collects estimated per gallon mpg of 44 city/40 highway, and carries a suggested MSRP of $30,935.