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The Prius v is a bigger, wagon-variant of the Prius hybrid. It's intended to offer more room for families than the standard Prius; the "v" stands for versatility. The added usability comes in the form of more backseat space and cargo room. It competes with the Ford C-Max Hybrid.
The v is part of the growing "Prius family," which also includes the Prius c city car and Prius Plug-in. Those models are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2013
The Prius v Five now has a steering wheel trimmed in simulated leather, but there are no other significant changes for 2013.
There isn't a drastic departure in the styling department from the regular Prius. Toyota keeps the shape familiar while still adding a considerable amount of room inside. Overall length increases 6 inches over the regular Prius, and the v is about an inch wider. Toyota says the front bumper has "aero-corners" to improve aerodynamics, as well as a roof spoiler to improve airflow and help achieve low air drag for better fuel efficiency. Exterior features include:
All of the Prius v's changes create more room inside, where there's an additional 12.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Like the regular Prius, the v has room for five occupants; a third row was not added with the extra room behind the second row. With the second row folded, the Prius v offers 67.3 cubic feet of cargo space. A low cargo load-in height and a wide opening should be especially appealing to families that frequently use the cargo area.
The increased cargo room is teamed with more passenger room for rear occupants; headroom and legroom have been increased over the regular Prius. The 60/40-split rear bench slides forward and back and reclines up to 45 degrees. Interior features include:
Under the Hood
The same hybrid system that powers the Prius hatchback is under the skin of the Prius v. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine makes 98 horsepower and 105 pounds-feet of torque, while the electric motor makes 80 hp and 153 pounds-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:
Standard safety features include:
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