Pros: Outstanding fuel economy; excellent passenger room and cargo space for the class; well-designed small-items storage, great outward visibility
Cons: Middling acceleration; some lackluster cabin materials; pronounced road noise at highway speeds, unconventional transmission interface
CG Says: 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 new-vehicle values on the market today. Our only lament is that the Prius v isn’t available with AWD.