...A low cargo load-in height and wide opening in the rear should be especially appealing to families that frequently use the cargo area. The increased cargo room is teamed with more passenger room for rear occupants; headroom and legroom have been increased over the regular Prius. The 60/40-split rear bench slides forward and back and reclines up to 45 degrees. Some unique features include a panoramic sunroof. Weight is the enemy of gas mileage, and Toyota says this setup in the v is 40 percent lighter than a conventional panoramic sunroof. The v is also one of the first Toyota vehicles to...
...Toyota says the deep center console can fit 23 CD cases. In other news, my cubicle has desk space for a typewriter, two slide rules and a Victrola. Seating capacity maxes out at five. Toyota offers a Lilliputian third row for the Prius V in Japan — where it's known as the Prius Alpha — but we won't get it here, officials said. The front seats have plenty of backrest cushioning and strong lateral and thigh support. Kudos, Toyota. The backseat adjusts 7.1 inches forward and backward in a 60/40 split; each side also reclines to a maximum 45-degree tilt. Rear passengers will...
...But it beats the mileage of any midsize family wagon currently on sale in the United States. An aside: The Prius V’s mileage numbers seem reversed, but they are not. Cars and trucks with traditional internal-combustion engines generally operate more efficiently at highway speeds, yielding more miles per gallon on the highway. In city traffic, those traditional gasoline engines usually waste fuel idling — burning fuel while going nowhere. The Prius V, by comparison, burns no gasoline at all at red lights and stop signs. It is what the industry calls a “full hybrid” in...
...SENSE AND STYLE Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Excellent Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Good Times INTERIOR The Prius v's interior was exceptionally comfortable and super functional. Toyota got it right when naming the v for versatility. This mom was happy with its multitude of handy storage compartments and five easily accessible cupholders. Where this five-seater really shined was in the second row. The 60/40-split seats can recline or slide back and forth. With the v's increased space, my biggest complaint was the lack of vents for the second row...
...a 6.1-inch touchscreen display with integrated backup camera and 16-inch, 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with wheel covers and all-season tires.Upgrading to the Prius V Three trim adds a navigation system and tilt-telescopic steering wheel with additional voice command controls. For buyers choosing the Prius V Five trim, the standard equipment includes integrated foglights, SofTex-trimmed seating surfaces, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and 17-inch 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with all-season tires. Items that are available with certain packages include a panoramic...
...Fold down those 60/40 split rear seats, and there's 67.3 cubic feet of space. That's similar cargo volume of larger crossovers and compact SUVs, such as the Honda CR-V (72.9 cubic feet), Chevrolet Equinox (63.7 cubic feet) and Ford Escape (67.1 cubic feet). The second row is extremely comfortable and can recline up to 45 degrees. The front of the car is equally as pleasant and disconcerting at the same time. The highly digitized center console looks as modern as the first "Tron" film but easier to understand. Important controls such as the speedometer are up high; less important controls are...
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