The Prius V is the large version of the Prius, slightly longer with more cargo space (around 34.3 cubic feet for cargo, 67.3 cubic feet overall.) The front-drive hybrid wagon’s aerodynamic design reduces fuel consumption and increases overall efficiency – the V achieves an EPA rating of 43 city/39 hwy and 41 combined. Total range in miles is: 511/464 city/highway. With an MSRP of $26,675 for its base model, it’s very affordable. Edwards reviewers say: "Are you looking for the biggest possible car with the lowest possible fuel cost? The 2017 Toyota Prius V might be what you're looking for. It offers passenger and cargo space on par with many SUVs, while returning the fuel economy of a hybrid sedan."
The five-passenger compact hybrid wagon's "V" stands for Versatility. Prius V comes in 4 trim levels: Two, Three, Four and Five. Edmunds reviewers describe the four trims this way: "The base Two model rides on 16-inch alloy wheels and comes standard with heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic climate control, cruise control, a six-way adjustable driver seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat that slides and reclines, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice controls and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and iPod/USB audio interface.
The Three adds power lumbar support (driver seat), a fold-down rear center armrest, a multi-information display, a navigation system, smartphone app integration, satellite radio and HD radio. A panoramic sunroof is optional.
Going with the Prius V Four gets you leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Finally, the Five model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights and automatic LED headlights. The Advanced Technology package available on the Five includes the panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlight control, a premium JBL eight-speaker sound system, a pre-collision safety system and Toyota's Safety Connect system."
Prius V boasts a clever feature: it's split-folding rear seat reclines and slides fore and aft. Backseat passengers enjoy limousine-style legroom. Or the expansive space can be used for cargo. A generous 34.3 cubic feet comprise the cargo space, which expands to 67.3 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. These numbers rival and in many cases exceed the cargo space of other small crossover SUVs.
A new Galactic Aqua Mica exterior paint color is one of 9 available colors for the 2017 model year, and Siri Eyes Free is included in the 2017 Entune package. The V uses a 134-hp net hybrid system power configuration, which consists of a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine, a permanent-magnet AC synchronous electric motor, and a 6.5 Ah nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The hybrid’s Pitch & Bounce Control system reduces erratic motions, making cornering easier by using the electric motor to alter the load transfer.
For the Eco-conscious, Prius V’s available SofTex-trimmed seat material weighs approximately half as much as genuine leather and its manufacturing process generates approximately 85% fewer CO2 emissions and 99% fewer VOCs than conventional synthetic leather. The V is installed with lots of safety systems; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (Prius V Five model), Lane Departure Alert, a Pre-Collision System and Toyota’s Safety Connect system. An integrated back-up camera is standard. Antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and a driver knee airbag are also standard.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Prius V its highest possible rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset impact tests. Prius V also earned a "Good" score for the side-impact, roof-strength and head restraints and seat (whiplash protection) tests. Every 2017 Prius V comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and a rearview camera.
Toyota provides a 8 yr./ 100,000 mile warranty for the Hybrid Components.
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