Prius V Car Review Soup

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wagon-like rear gives the V a more family-flexible hybrid.

The of alternative-energy vehicles is expanding by the month, or week. Hybrid electric cars, turbo-diesels, with tiny gas engines, and of those, such as turbo-hybrids, all to have validity and are marketed to be than the others. All we know is, is no single answer to the problem of and efficient running, just a of varied answers, all contributing to a world of automotives.

It makes then, to reboot the ol’ analytical by going back to Toyota, to how and where the Prius is situated. The was the first hybrid, although it was to U.S. sales outlets by with its Insight. Since The Prius has soared to great outselling all hybrids with the Hybrid Synergy Drive.

The line itself is almost a entity. While Toyota best-known for its top-selling Camry sedan, when car-buyers down and then retrenched, observers now say that Toyota is identified by the Prius line. with the standard Prius sedan, Toyota brought out two the subcompact Prius C this and the elongated Prius V a year

Introduced in 2012, the Prius V has a sporty, aerodynamic angle.

The V is best described as a wagon-like with the same drivetrain as the front-wheel-drive Prius, but with a storage area behind the seat and a higher, squared-off While the smaller Prius C at just over $20,000, and the version of the Prius sedan can run to a of over $30,000, the Prius V is at between $27,500 and $30,000.

the basic Prius sedan, the V uses a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder which produces 132 horsepower as the engine in the Corolla and Matrix. In the it is coordinated with the electric powered by a nickel-metal-hydride battery Most competitors have to switch to lithium-ion battery and Toyota does use one in its plug-in versions.

In the Prius and Toyota systems, the gas alone doesn’t move the instead sending power a generator to make electric power when called for hard acceleration or when the pack is drained. In combination, the V has 134 horsepower, which is misleading, the kick from the electric is instant. And, the V has all the assets of the Prius with the added of that huge storage

While nobody ever the Prius of being a neck-snapper for the longer and larger Prius V is modest in its performance. But with a switch allowing the driver to EV, Eco, or Power, there is a variation possible. In Power, the gas kicks in harder and with of force for freeway merging or power needs. The EV setting you in full electric as long as while the Eco setting combines the gas and for normal operation.

Switching Eco to Power gives the Prius V a boost, although it might cut the chances of reaching the optimum 50 per gallon.


Driver s view is clear, instruments located on the center instead of straight ahead.

A variable transmission, quick, steering, and firmly stable make the Prius satisfying to and because it operates more on with less need for the gas in slower driving, and shuts off time you stop at a red light, the V gets better fuel in city driving.

It’s fun to drive a hybrid, because you your habits to try to extract mileage. Cutting down on the of acceleration, easing up to stop and stoplights, and being satisfied only mild acceleration to get up to speeds are among the driving that reduce the amount of you take from the 1.8-liter gas

During our week with the I averaged between 42 and 44 mpg in mostly driving, and we stayed at just 42 mpg on a freeway trip. That set the for me to focus in on one session to see what I achieve from the mileage

Mostly coasting down the hill to a stretch of freeway, the flashed up to 90, and even 99 mpg, and I that was not realistic, so when I got on the and eased up to 65 mph, I zeroed the again. Holding steady at 65, driving 30 through part of 50 on a short stretch of freeway, exiting and going up a hill finding a spot to park, I the computer again. It showed on my particular 10-mile segment, I had 60.8 mpg.

Now, doesn’t mean I could get all day, or every day, or that anyone could that, but it does prove such mileage is possible, hyper-mileage driving, and sticking to everyday style.

While EPA estimates are 50 mpg, the V displayed 60.8 in one test, and in other driving.

The Prius V position is very good. seats, good ergonomics, and visibility make it easy to an optimum spot from to drive and see. The visibility is by the unusual positioning of the instruments and the screen, which are at the top of the center leaving nothing but a sloping in front of the steering wheel, no instrument pod to peer over.

The lever juts out from the also, and it moves only reverse to neutral and drive, and you stop, you push a separate for park, and another for the keyless

Much to my surprise, the narrow on the Prius V, designed to optimize economy, also worked in foul weather. My wife, drove from Duluth, to Minneapolis and back in one day, 350 miles altogether, and a late-April deposited 7 inches of snow in up to 18 inches in Duluth. Joan she saw at least a dozen cars off the on her return trip, but she never a tire, including making it our driveway and into our garage.

The Prius V was never promoted as a beater,” but if that is just an asset to its capabilities, it was a welcome to prove Toyota hasn’t its touch in keeping the Prius at the edge of the hybrid game.

and larger, the Prius V still an impressively sleek silhouette.

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