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 "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 2014
The Prius v gains daytime running lights and the available panoramic moonroof is now offered as a standalone option for the Prius v Three trim.
- Overall length is six inches greater than regular Prius
- Aerodynamic bumper, roof spoiler
- Standard 16-inch wheels; 17-inch wheels available
- Rear window wiper
- LED taillights
- Available panoramic moonroof with sliding sunshades
- Seats five
- More room for backseat passengers compared to regular Prius
- Split-folding backseat also slides and reclines
- Cloth seats; simulated leather available
- Stereo with a 6.1-inch touch-screen
- Backup camera
- Available heated front seats
- Available navigation system
Under the Hood
- 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor
- Total hybrid system output is 134 horsepower
- Uses regular gas
- Continuously variable automatic transmission
- Doesn't need to be plugged into an outlet
- Four driving modes: regular Drive; Eco mode, which optimizes settings for better mileage; Power mode, which increases gas-pedal sensitivity for better acceleration; and EV-Drive mode, which attempts to stay in electric mode as long as possible, provided the battery has enough power
- Seven airbags
- Electronic stability system and traction control
- Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
- Brake override system
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