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2013 Toyota Prius V

2013 Toyota Prius v

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new 2013 Prius V

by from Monterey Peninisula, California on April 11, 2014

First the good parts. Interior volume? Huge (larger than the Mercedes E320 wagon it replaced). Wonderful back seats (they recline, move fore and aft, and delight everyone). The seats in general (we ha...
First the good parts. Interior volume? Huge (larger than the Mercedes E320 wagon it replaced). Wonderful back seats (they recline, move fore and aft, and delight everyone). The seats in general (we had them done in leather) are supportive and comfortable (though why the passenger's seat can't be lowered is a mysterious disappointment). Performance means different things to different people. Acceleration? You need a calendar in ECO mode, though PWR seems quite sprightly. But MPG's? This large, comfortable car has averaged 48.5 MPG of mixed city and highway in the 8700 miles since new. That's one of the reasons I bought it, and it does not disappoint. Now, about that interior. Cheap looking (and feeling) plastic everywhere. Shoulder belt buckles that hang EXACTLY where they knock against the plastic trim. Tap Tap Tap Tap Tap. Didn't anyone at Toyota drive this thing? There's been a rattle from under the dash from the very first week ("oh, they all do that," says the dealer). It drives us nuts. And the center shoulder belt for the rear seat is an abomination. It takes a serious and detailed briefing to show someone how to undo it. When retracted it dangles from the cabin roof unless carefully tucked, where (you guessed it) the hard plastic buckle rattles against the hard plastic escutcheon. Rear visibility is better than the recent generation Priuses, but worse than the original 2002 edition. There's a backup camera for a reason, and the large structural pillars do get in the driver's way when turning onto a street. Excellent mileage. Excellent cargo capacity. Chintzy materials and poorly-thought out interior design. I would not recommend this car to someone unless they have a need to haul outsized cargo and use a minimum of fuel while doing it. The Prius V does accomplish the mission well.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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love my new prius v 3 with some complaints

by from Georgia on September 26, 2013

Just bought it. Past Prius owner and big Prius fan. 1. While I love the navigation and have already used it straight out of the dealer, there isn't a navigation visor out there for bright sunlight whi...
Just bought it. Past Prius owner and big Prius fan. 1. While I love the navigation and have already used it straight out of the dealer, there isn't a navigation visor out there for bright sunlight which should have been taken care of by Toyota when they designed the car but wasn't and no alternative company makes a visor for the Prius V although there is one for the Prius(NavCap). Is navigation worth the additional expense when all Garmin customers swear by the their windshield stuck on navigation? 2. Pandora and all the alternates come at the expense of your cellphone data. Smartphone data costs a fortune. I tried to hook my ipod touch up to the usb port and the entune system rejected it as too much power consumption. That was a huge disappointment to me since radio reception is tragic. Long road trips will demand entertainment just to keep you awake at the wheel. That CD player will be your main entertainment past the 90 day satellite honeymoon and the CD player may not last that long. Your auxillary port is a joke in the Prius V 3. Buy navigation for navigation. The rest is false advertising in my limited experience. 3. I love the Bluetooth. It is so great to be able to answer a cellphone wirelessly but it will require a smartphone with data coverage and it ain't cheap. 4. It is an economy car. You would be well advised to buy a bumper guard, a cargo mat liner as my prior Toyota Prius cargo mat leaked liquids from a grocery store newly bought item. I'm investing in floor liners even though the black floor mats in your car will hide dirt, it will affect resell value. The console cover between the front seats is cheap which, while comfortable to lean your arm on and I did, will wear out by 100K miles. I'm used to the cheap plastic Prius steering wheel but those of you who do need this downsizing from luxury cars might want to buy such a leather wheel wrap accessory. Those of you used to automatic light turnoff had better spend the money for the Prius V 5 because it is manual in the Prius V 3. Spare is same size wheel but thinner tire so you won't to drive on it a long time but need to replace it quickly. No fog lights- have to buy Prius V5-I didn't need them. 5. Be prepared for the hard sell on prepaid warranty which won't cover brakes, brake pads and tires. 6. Toyota, if you at all read these reviews, address some of these issues and if necessary tack on the expense to redress these issues or lose future car sales. 7. Resell value will be there for this car because families will like this car. It's nice to have the extra cargo space and the rear seats are comfortable for those of you driving 2-3 additional people. Overall I am pleased with the car. These are glaring problems easily seen once you've actually bought the car. I loved the gas consumption in my old Prius and anticipate I will love that in this car too while I will cherish the extra cargo space although it costs me some gas mileage.
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Uses car for Commuting

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Great car for the Value

by from Chandler, AZ on December 14, 2012

My Prius V is a great car for the value. It looks good, feels great, has a smooth ride, great steering and handling, and using eco mode, I am getting 67.2 MPG city driving. Wow you cannot beat that. ...
My Prius V is a great car for the value. It looks good, feels great, has a smooth ride, great steering and handling, and using eco mode, I am getting 67.2 MPG city driving. Wow you cannot beat that. The keyless entry takes an old foggie like me a little time to adjust to, but I love it. It is roomy and seats 5 adults comfortably. So far I only have 200 miles on it, but I know I made the right choise. I wanted fuel efficiency and eco-friendly emissions, reliability, comfort, and value for the buck. I like the backup camera and the fuel efficiency history on the navigation screen too. I still have to try Bing, Panorama and the other apps that came with it, but I think I will enjoy all the apps available. I feel I got more than everything I wanted with this vehicle. I know I made the right choise.
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mileage better than expected

by from Minnesota on June 19, 2013

Have had my Prius V-Three for a little over two months, 2200 miles on it. Cumulative mileage is 45.4, with one tank hitting 48.9. The driving has been about 65% city. It's comfortable for both my wife...
Have had my Prius V-Three for a little over two months, 2200 miles on it. Cumulative mileage is 45.4, with one tank hitting 48.9. The driving has been about 65% city. It's comfortable for both my wife and me to drive (not at the same time...). I'm able to fit 4 sets of golf clubs and three other big guys into it comfortably. It's not going to win any races, but I haven't had any issues with it not being able to accelerate quickly enough to merge onto the freeway, or pass slower traffic. I don't like that I have to be stopped in order to enter info into the GPS. The hands free phone feature is great, as is having Toyota Entune for Pandora radio. The only problem I have is my kids making fun of me for driving a Prius... which is a small price to pay when gas is pushing $4 a gallon!
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Best Hybrid I've Owned

by from Hanford, CA on November 25, 2012

This is my first Hybrid. I love it. I have owned at least 10 new cars, and I can truly say I am completely satisfied with this purchase. I decided on a Toyota PriusV Hybrid for the promised 40MPG and ...
This is my first Hybrid. I love it. I have owned at least 10 new cars, and I can truly say I am completely satisfied with this purchase. I decided on a Toyota PriusV Hybrid for the promised 40MPG and storage area. I've had it for at least 1 month and I can go 10-12 days without filling up. When I do go to the gas station, it costs about 36.00 dollars. So I've spent about 100.00 compared to 264.00 (old car). The storage space is enough to accommodate my grocery and household shopping without having to go home and unloading. The ride is comfortable and my family has adjusted to a smaller car compared to a Honda Odyssey Van. I get no complaints. We are a happy family.
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3 in 1

by from ramsey mn. on October 25, 2012

I love my prius v. I ordered the advanced tech package because it comes with the radar cruise,which is amazing to me. The car easly replaces our 07 camry hy,has the room of our rav-4, and nearly the m...
I love my prius v. I ordered the advanced tech package because it comes with the radar cruise,which is amazing to me. The car easly replaces our 07 camry hy,has the room of our rav-4, and nearly the milage of a prius. Hence 3 in 1
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best big green car

by from Orange CT on August 6, 2013

this is the best big green car. Excellent value, lots of room for camping or moving funiture, excellent mpg, tis car is just what the world needs!
this is the best big green car. Excellent value, lots of room for camping or moving funiture, excellent mpg, tis car is just what the world needs!
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fantastic gas milage

by from northern Minn on August 15, 2013

Can't believe the gas milage we are getting with the Prius v.Our average is 50.3 and we have driven it for over 1000 miles.Granted we live in a rural area,but if in a traffic jam our Prius goes to ele...
Can't believe the gas milage we are getting with the Prius v.Our average is 50.3 and we have driven it for over 1000 miles.Granted we live in a rural area,but if in a traffic jam our Prius goes to electric and does not use a lot of gas. We love it.
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I love this car!

by from Florida on April 29, 2013

The 2013 Prius v has an amazing amount of interior room, is very comfortable for 5 occupants and after 3000 miles is averaging 51 mpg city / highway combined mileage. I drove a Ford C-Max for comparis...
The 2013 Prius v has an amazing amount of interior room, is very comfortable for 5 occupants and after 3000 miles is averaging 51 mpg city / highway combined mileage. I drove a Ford C-Max for comparison before i bought the Prius v. The Ford did not even come close to the comfort and features of the Prius v. I love this car and so do all my friends who have seen and ridden in it.
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Good Vehicle - Worse GPS Ever Experienced

by from Lexington, KY on April 22, 2013

I formerly owned a 2010 Prius. In that vehicle we averaged 50.3 mpg over a span of 94,000 miles. The Prius V was needed to accommodate growing children. The V is more comfortable than the former Prius...
I formerly owned a 2010 Prius. In that vehicle we averaged 50.3 mpg over a span of 94,000 miles. The Prius V was needed to accommodate growing children. The V is more comfortable than the former Prius, larger, quieter and with more controlled body movements. With roughly 2000 miles on the V we have been averaging 48 MPG, combined city and highway. Performance was rated low only because it is what it is, a Prius, not a Porsche. Performance is as expected. If you rated the performance on a Prius standard, it is a bit slower than my former Prius, so don't be in a hurry to accelerate. The GPS on the model 3 is dismal at best. It always reads incorrectly. For example: recently on a trip from Lexington, KY, to Dayton, OH, it was reading as a 6 hour trip. This trip takes no more than 3 hours. With 15 miles to go it was reading 64 minutes remaining. Adjustments can be made on the Model 5, but not on the 3. On a recent trip into Cincinnati, OH, it kept telling me to turn into existing buildings. While that would be acceptable if the building was of recent construction, I know that this specific area has had no development in at least 40 years. Toyota is known for incremental improvements, this was several steps backwards. I have done the calibration and everything that an owner can accomplish, to no avail. The dealer has no solution as of this review. While I have only owned 4 different Global Positioning Systems, by four manufacturers, this system has garnered a worse I have ever experienced. The one I owned for sailing sixteen years ago was far more accurate. I think technology has improved, but I could be mistaken. The significant downgrade in reliability is directly related to the poor GPS, only. Speaking of reliability, if I took a trip out west, I believe I can rely on it putting me in the middle of a desert. As far as value for the money, buy the 2 and a Garmin if you do not need the hands free phone, otherwise get the 5 with the advanced system. Love the car, I would recommend it to a friend with the above caveat.
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