2017 Prius V review with video

 

2017 Toyota Prius VThe basics:

Base price: $28,875 + taxes
As tested: $34,860 + taxes
Average fuel economy over our week of testing: 6.3 L/100 kms (37 MPG)
Competition: Ford C-MAX hybrid, Lexus CT200h… or the new Prius liftback, if you don’t need a wagon

Toyota launched the Prius V in 2012. And it quickly became a go-to car for cab drivers around the world. It’s as dependable as, well, my wife. And it sips fuel like a Royal drinks tea. But while its exterior was restyled in 2015 (with other little tweaks along the way), it’s pretty much the same car as when it entered the market in 2012. Meanwhile, the traditional Prius liftback was treated to a total redesign for 2016. So in terms of style, performance and fuel economy the V does feel rather left in the dust, at this point. For more, take a look at our video above then scroll through our list of pros and cons below.

2017 Toyota Prius VPros:

– The Prius V finds an exceptional balance between utility and economy with a trunk capacity of 971 L (exactly on par with the Subaru Forester, by the way). Toyota says you should expect around 5.5 L/100 kms in the city. So for an urban family hauler with room in the back for the dog, it’s hard to beat the Prius V package
– The 2016 Prius V got a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS and with no changes at all for 2017, that rating will stand for this model year as well
– While the base model is quite stripped down, it’s great to have a hybrid utility vehicle with a fantastic reliability record available for under $29,000
– Second row seating is surprisingly roomy with lots of headroom, even for tall passengers

2017 Toyota Prius VCons:

– The interior feels dated, cheap and random. While the redesigned Prius liftback has better materials and is more modern – at a cheaper price point
– The seats are spongy and unsupportive. Even short drives start to get uncomfortable
– EV mode should allow drivers to operate exclusively with the electric motor but you have to travel so slowly and under such modest acceleration that there really isn’t much application for everyday driving
– The interior is very noisy, particularly on the highway. We reached 74 dB at 100 kms/h, which is right at the top of the list of noisy rides we’ve tested
– Fuel economy in the redesigned Prius liftback is a remarkable 4.5 L/100 km combined and it’s a more sporty vehicle to drive than the Prius V, which is pretty lethargic to drive
– For families with young kids, the Prius V has VERY hard to reach car seat anchors. The most challenging we’ve ever used, in fact

Family Wheels report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 2.5/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 2.5/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 3/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 2/5 (74 dB at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 2.5/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 3/5
Family Wheels value score: 3.5/5

Family Wheels overall score: 30.5/50= 61%

 

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