IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:

Prius v is much like its impressive hatchback sibling but with much more passenger and cargo space.

BUT…

Fuel economy takes a bit of a hit.

WORTH NOTING:

Prius v isn’t just a wagon version of the Prius; it’s 5 inches longer overall on a 3-inch-longer wheelbase, and it’s almost 250 lbs heavier. The extra weight and poorer aerodynamics of the squared-off body are to blame for its lower EPA fuel-economy numbers.

WHAT IS IT?

Prius v is a station-wagon counterpart to the traditional hatchback Prius. Its longer wheelbase results in more rear-seat legroom, and its longer overall length and squared-off rear roofline result in nearly 30 cubic feet more cargo space. It uses the same powertrain as the regular Prius, but gets EPA ratings that are lower by about 8 mpg.

WHAT’S NEW?

Prius v is cosmetically freshened this year via a new front fascia and new taillights. An 8-way power driver’s seat is newly available, as are LED projector-beam headlights. Toyota’s Entune multimedia system has been upgraded as well.

FUEL ECONOMY

EPA estimated fuel economy for the Toyota Prius v is 44 mpg city/40 highway. In Consumer Guide® testing, we averaged 45.1 mpg. That’s an excellent result in a test consisting of mostly highway driving. The Prius v uses regular-grade gas.

VALUE IN CLASS

Though Prius v gives up some fuel economy compared to the original Prius, its excellent packaging makes it an arguably more attractive option for families and active folks looking for better gas mileage than most any midsize car or SUV can deliver. This is a practical, roomy wagon that can easily achieve 40 mpg and be bought with most every feature you could want for $30,000 or less.
Prius v is one of the best values on the market today.

BASE PRICE RANGE (2014) $26,750 – $30,395
BODY STYLES 4-door Wagon
AVAILABLE ENGINES 134-hp, 1.8-liter 4-cyl./electric
DRIVE WHEELS FRONT
BUILT IN Japan
EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE 40-44 MPG

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