Toyota Prius V versus Honda CRV Rethinking the crossover Hybridcar

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Toyota Prius V versus CR-V: Rethinking the crossover

Can the V s and fuel economy reshape the segment?


Doe the V make any sort of

So a friend of mine called to ask my opinion about the new Toyota V, particularly regarding battery an interesting bit of synchronicity since I this subject in a post Ultimately, my friend let s call him is considering the Prius V and the Honda

Now I ve written in the past that I like the V, but I wouldn t pay more for it to a conventional Prius without a row of seating, but my friend and his growing sees things a bit differently.

doesn t just need for 4, he needs lots of extra for a stroller, baby bags, some groceries, etc. needs more than your average trunk, and he was immediately to the Honda CR-V. In he probably would have the CR-V already, if not for one serious at least in Stan s opinion fuel economy.

Unlike most Americans seem to be consumed with fuel economy these at least judging by the plethora of touting highway fuel Stan is a hardcore urban There are no highway miles in s daily grind, but there of congested streets to counter. Stan is looking only at numbers when it comes to

Due to his concern regarding fuel Stan decided to give the Toyota Prius V a look.

to the EPA, the Toyota Prius V in at 42 mpg city, while the CR-V 23 mpg. For average drivers, or 45 city and 55 percent highway, V owners would save $750 dollars per year in costs compared to the CR-V, but of Stan s miles will be miles tough city so I d say the number is more like a

But this is a large, oddly hatchback versus a small SUV or and a comparison just isn t simple. that s the comparison Stan is so we re going to make it as well.

to be sure, the Honda CR-V both more passenger and cargo room, about 131 feet to 139 cubic feet, and starts at just a little $22,000, while the smaller V starts at little over Advantage CR-V. However, felt the base Prius more than the base so that $4,000 price could be less.

Nevertheless, at $4,000 Stan s hybrid would be recovered in about 4 based on his driving patterns.

Still, an extra $4000 up is a lot, and 4 years before is a little hard to swallow for buyers, but Stan isn t most His current ride is now 13 years and Stan plans to keep his ride just as long. means Stan would a whopping $9000 in fuel over the lifetime of his vehicle if kept 13 years.

And that led to s primary concern at this regarding the V hybrid: Prius V life. According to Toyota the in the Prius V should last at 150,000 miles, with an warranty of 8 years and 100,000 although some states this warranty even At 15,000 miles per year, could leave Stan a dying battery after 10 when he d still like to out a few more years of life.

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Should Stan be worried?

The Prius has been around for than a decade now, and old hybrids are considered a very used car value according to Reports. In fact, CR found a healthy supply of used, but in shape batteries because of etc. that replacing a battery in an old Prius is actually economical, or as cheap as just Thus, CR concluded the risk of a battery is not a reason to scratch a Prius hybrid off your car shopping list.

Plus, in ten there will be a revolution in battery technologies, so it seems the battery risk really isn t of a risk, and when you factor in all the replacements that won t be needed of the battery, risk seems a bad to describe this concern.

So, which one wins?

Last I Stan was leaning towards the V. Stan felt the V offered the he needs, plus he s extremely by the fuel economy. Of course, doesn t mean that the V is a crossover choice than the It s not an apples to apples comparison in the of the Toyota Prius V versus the CR-V.

Still, if you re in the market for a SUV, wagon, or crossover, the V should definitely be on your list, particularly if you live in an area or experience regular And if you re a buy-and-hold kind of person, you d be a to not at least use the V to increase the quality of purchasing metrics. I mean if you re like Stan and you could $9000 in fuel costs the life of your vehicle at s gasoline prices, imagine how more you ll save if gas prices in the next decade.

Of course, gasoline prices are headed lower into the right?

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