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2013 Toyota Prius v

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$8,085 — $19,489 USED
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Wagon
5 Seats
42 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Backseat headroom/legroom
  • Low cargo load-in height
  • Gas mileage

The Bad

  • Center dashboard layout
  • Outdated-looking dash graphics
  • Still only room for five people
2013 Toyota Prius v exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Toyota Prius v
  • Wagonized Prius
  • Gas/electric drivetrain
  • Lightweight panoramic roof

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

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.
Exterior
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:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels; 17-inch wheels optional
  • Rear window wiper
  • LED taillights
  • Available panoramic moonroof with sliding sunshades

Interior
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 se...

Vehicle Overview

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.
Exterior
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:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels; 17-inch wheels optional
  • Rear window wiper
  • LED taillights
  • Available panoramic moonroof with sliding sunshades

Interior
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:

  • Standard cloth seats; simulated leather available
  • Stereo with a 6.1-inch touch-screen
  • Backup camera 
  • Sliding backseat 
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available navigation system and Entune multimedia system

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:

  • Uses regular gas
  • 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

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Seven airbags
  • Electronic stability system and traction control
  • Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist 
  • Brake override system

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
44 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

most economic car I have ever owned

by vitalija from LEMONT on December 5, 2018

this car is created for women driving,easy to handle,very economic and at the same time - spacious and comfortable,-all in one! super good for long trips,low gasoline but big enough even to take a nap ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most amazing car I've ever owned

by Barbjack from Myrtle Beach, SC on November 28, 2018

I am a courier and I explained to the salesman exactly what I needed and he found it and it had everything I asked for. They have a huge used car lot. He promised me that if they didn't have it he'd ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Toyota Prius v currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Toyota Prius v Two

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Overall evaluation
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
marginal
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Prius v received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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