The Prius name has been around since the very first Prius sedan back in 1999, but until recently Toyota's flagship hybrid has been a single-model range.
Now joined by the 2013 Toyota Prius C subcompact, the 2013 Prius V is part of a three-pronged attack on the market.
The new body is more spacious than ever and should open the range to customers who might not have considered a Prius before--reducing fuel bills and pollution, while enjoying traditional Prius virtues like a smooth powertrain and great reliability.
We've been following the model for a while, and can now bring you an ultimate guide to the hybrid wagon.
For a comprehensive run-down on the Prius V, check out our full review of the 2013 Toyota Prius V.
First, the basics. Much of the Prius V is little different to the regular Prius we know and love. Under the hood there's a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder, Atkinson cycle gasoline engine, paired with an electric motor through a planetary gearseat, which Toyota terms e-CVT. As the name suggests, it acts just like a continuously-variable transmission, but it can also choose between gasoline or electric propulsion--or both--depending on driving conditions.
The EPA rates the Prius V wagon at 42 mpg combined, 8 mpg less than the normal Prius. City mileage is a competitive 44 mpg, and it'll do 40 mpg on the highway.
Pricing starts from $26,650, and runs to $30,295, to which you can add Toyota's compulsory $795 destination fee.
Driving the Prius V
It's fair to say that the Prius V drives pretty much like you'd expect a larger Prius to drive. If you'd like a little more detail than that summary though, you'd be best to check out our full review of the 2012 Toyota Prius V, or check out some of the links below.
For something a little different, you can also read our review of the Toyota Prius+. That's what they call the Prius V in Europe, but over there it also gets two more seats and a few tweaks to the battery. Is it any good? Head over to the article to find out.
Buying the Prius V
Interested in buying a Prius V? You'll be joining plenty of others then, as Prius V sales have helped the Prius range soar to new sales heights. You might be interested in our comparison with the Mazda5 too, which isn't as economical, but offers an extra seat in its three-row interior. Need more info? There's plenty below.
We knew the Prius V was coming for quite a while before it actually arrived, so there was plenty of pre-launch speculation. You can read the pre-launch info by clicking on some of the links below.
For further information on the Prius line, check our our ultimate guides to the regular Toyota Prius Hybrid, and the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. We now also have a full guide to the Toyota Prius C subcompact.
Our sister site TheCarConnection also offers a full review of the 2012 Toyota Prius V.