Toyota Prius V was introduced in 2011 as a MPV, more family-friendly version of ordinary Toyota Prius. According to official information, name V stands for versatility. Actually, in Japan and for European market, the car has slightly different name – Toyota Prius α and Toyota Prius+ respectively. The car became the first spin-off from the Prius platform, Toyota Prius C became available in US almost a year later.
2015 Prius C price: starting at $26 675 up to $ 30 935 (without options)
Toyota Prius V interior and exterior design
Along with minor facelift held for 2015 model year Prius V, the car doesn’t look like enlarged version of usual Prius. In order to maintain good accommodation level to all passengers, the overall body shape become more ordinary mpv-like in comparison to triangular-shaped Prius.
As for exterior design, the most notable touches are unusual shaped headlights, trapezoid-shaped black grille and vertically arranged daytime running lights, small round fog lights. In the rear the most noticeable elements are rear spoiler, big taillights and air diffusor. The overall design impression is positive, it is a bit futuristic and made in compliance with modern Toyota styling.
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The interior remains other Prius models. It has the same telescopic multifunctional steering wheel, resembling interior lines, but unlike compact Prius C, it has gear selector at proper place and both screens (dashboard and infotainment) in center console. The quality of interior differs – some parts have high quality plastic, some looks cheap especially having in mind the minimal price for the car.
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Toyota Prius V features
One of the notable features of the Prius V is a good practicality. There as two glove boxes inside, a lot of small compartments all over the cabin. The second but the most important feature – is trunk capacity. It is the first reason to prefer Prius V instead of conventional Prius. Prius V is 6 in longer, 3 in taller and 1 inch wider than standard Prius, so the luggage capacity is 60% more, which lead to 34 cubic ft with seats unfolded. It also has 5 cupholders, door pockets, and 2 12V sockets. That is why choosing the Prius V as a family car is appropriate.
Toyota Prius V engine
The car has the same powertrain as standard Prius. It is 1.8 4-cylinder 2ZR-FXE dual VVT-I engine working on Atkinson cycle. The output of gasoline engine is 98 hp. The only change in comparison with smaller model is another engine control system and improved heating system.
Toyota Prius V hybrid technology
Toyota Prius V 2015 uses the same Hybrid Synergy Drive system as other Prius cars. In Prius V it contains of internal combustion engine (1.8 I4, 98 hp), 60kW electric motor both connected to planetary gear. 201V Ni-MH battery is used as energy storage. By the way, more energy efficient Li-ion battery is available for Japan market only. The overall hybrid powertrain is identical to 2015 Toyota Prius. The overall output of hybrid powertrain is 134 hp.
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Toyota Prius V fuel efficiency
The EPA-rated fuel efficiency for 2015 Toyota Prius V is following: 44 mpg for city driving, 40 mpg for highway and 42 mpg combined. Unlike traditional non-hybrid cars, Prius and other hybrid has more mileage in city because there is no need in electric power in highway and hybrid car move using gas only. According to NEDC methodic, Prius V has even more spectacular results, which is 57 US mpg for combined and 62 US mpg for city.
2015 Prius V mpg: 44 cty / 40 hgw / 42 combined
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2015 Toyota Prius V ratings
Thanks to full set of airbags, including side curtain airbags and even knee airbag – Toyota Prius V have got impressive safety rating. It has got “Good” for all IIHS tests. Passed NHTSA tests, it have got overall rating of 5 stars, 4 stars for frontal crash and rollover, 5 stars for side crash. The Prius V has only 13,6% risk of rollover.
Along with Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, Toyota Prius V was awarded as Best Car to Buy by Green Car Report’s in 2012. Toyota Prius V reviews from consumers are most of all positive.
2015 Toyota Prius V trim levels and pricing
Toyota Prius V is now available in 4 different trim levels. The basic version called “Two” and comes with heated exterior mirrors, keyless entry, automatic climate-control, cruise-control, splitting rear seats, 6,1-inch touchscreen multimedia system with USB and Bluetooth connection and 6 speakers, 16” alloy wheels. The price of basic trim is $26 675.
“Three” along with “Two” equipment add folded central armrest, information display, navigation, smartphone integration app, satellite radio. Panoramic roof comes as an option. Starting from $28 060
“Four” adds softex upholstery, heated front seats, 8-way driver’s power seat, auto dimming rearview interior mirror, available for $29 695
“Five” has 17” alloy wheels, foglights, LED headlights with automatic turn-on. Starting at $30 935.
For “Five” trim level the Advanced Technology package is available. It consists of panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, lane departure system, premium JBL multimedia, pre-collision system.
2015 Toyota Prius V Technical specifications
Toyota Prius V, 2015 model year, 5-door station wagon/minivan, with 7 seats, ZVW40R series
Multi-point fuel injection 1,8L inline 4 cylinder, 98 hp @5200 rpm
Electric CVT (1-speed planetary gear), front wheel drive
Weight & Dimensions
Kerb weight: 3450 lbs (1565 kg)
Overall height/width/length: 62/69.9/181.7 in
Ground clearance: 6,2 in
Wheelbase: 109.4 inches
Fuel tank capacity: 11,8 US gal
Front/Rear brakes: Ventilated disc/Disc
2015 Toyota Prius V photos
Prices, specifications, options, features of 2015 Toyota Prius V could change without notice. You could find up to date information on car maker offical website.
All information above is relevant for US version of a car.