The 2013 Toyota Prius V wagon was the first expansion of the Prius hybrid line when it was added last year. That line now includes four separate models, but the Prius V is the one that current Prius owners may move up to if their families grow or if they need more space. As such, it's a smart addition to the Prius line--and instantly recognizable as a member of the family.
Toyota has used the standard Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain from the Prius liftback in an all-new five-door wagon body. Despite the strong family resemblance, it shares no body panels at all with the smaller car. Its tailgate is more vertical, and the tailgate window is a single piece of glass rather than the two-pane setup used in the original Prius. The Prius V wagon is taller, longer, and contains far more volume for people and cargo than its better-known sibling.
The 2013 Toyota Prius V is rated at 42 mpg combined, far higher than Toyota's only hybrid crossover, the Highlander Hybrid, and just 15 percent below...
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