The 2012 Toyota Prius V would appear to be what fuel-efficient drivers have been craving for many years: a Prius with more interior space for people and stuff, something like a station wagon or a minivan with a hybrid powertrain.
Finally, Toyota has delivered. While the company waffles continuously on what kind of a car it actually is, the EPA classifies it as a wagon, and so do we. It takes the basic Prius formula of a five-door liftback and extends the roof, lengthens the wheelbase, and turns it into a boxier--but still recognizably Prius--vehicle that is the first hybrid wagon.
And the all-important fuel economy ratings? The EPA says the 2012 Prius V gets 42 mpg on its combined cycle, meaning it's by far the most economical family vehicle on the market.
Though you may not realize it, the Prius V shares no sheetmetal with the Prius liftback. The square rear sets it apart, but from certain angles, you might still think it's a particularly vertical five-door hatchback. But the Prius...
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