2015 Toyota Prius V Is the Family Minivan Tries to Save Fuel


Toyot Prius V is a minivan from the four models of the Prius line, which will return in 2014 with the same ratio of fuel consumption and spaciousness. It is called the “V” for its versatility, the mid-size car borrows the transmission and key design points from the world’s leading hybrid – Prius Liftback and one of the top five in the US.

2015 Prius V means low fuel consumption

“V” in the name of this model Toyota can also talk about high fuel economy and low emissions. The EPA data shows that, with 97 cubic feet of passenger space, 42 mpg is the fuel consumption level. And it turns out that he practically copies the parameters of the Prius Liftback, which is 249 lbs lighter with a fuel consumption of 50 mpg.

The engine, thanks to which it can travel for a while only on electricity, is switched on at intervals at different speeds using an elaborate control system that controls the balance of speed and fuel consumption. Coupled with the electric motor is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, running on the Atkinson cycle with a capacity of 98 horsepower and 5,200 rpm. Together they produce 134 pure horsepower.

In the Prius V used a conventional continuously variable transmission (CVT), which operates as automatic, but has an infinite coefficient, and does not work in a fixed transmission. This coefficient is achieved a bit easier than in the conventional Prius and compensates for the additional weight of the Prius V.

Electric energy is stored in a nickel-metal hydride battery, and regenerative braking recharges it together with the engine-generator. Stop-start technology also helps to save fuel by automatically shutting down the engine when the car stops and starts it when the foot is removed from the brake pedal. The system has four modes – Normal, Power, Eco and EV.

More space inside

Interior decoration, central display and controls are relatively simple, but they have a lot of features, a double glove box, and overall the optimization of the space is satisfactory: both in the front and the rear are quite spacious. Toyota came up with three trim levels for this model.

The second Base model starts at $26,750 + shipping and includes 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, keyless key option, telescoping steering wheel, automatic climate control, cruise control, height-adjustable driver’s seat, fully folding front passenger seats, Rear seats, folding in a proportion of 60/40, which move and recline, a sound system with six speakers and a CD player, an iPod/USB interface, Bluetooth and audio communication.

The Third Base model costs $ 27,515 + shipping, has an optional navigation system with voice or button control, a rear view camera, satellite radio and HD radio, and a panoramic sunroof (optional). The infotainment system of Toyota Entune is also included in the third version. This technology, by connecting your smartphone via Bluetooth or USB, can be controlled using buttons in the car or, in some models, by voice recognition.

Mobile applications for Entune include Bing, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable and Pandora. Entune data services include a reference for fuel prices, sports results, stocks, traffic and weather forecast. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels with low rolling resistance 215/50, fog lamps, automatic LED lights, automatic dimming of the rear-view mirror, and easily cleaned upholstery SOFTEX with heated front seats.

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