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2014 Toyota Prius V

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/29/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2014

For 2014, the Toyota Prius V gains daytime running lights and a standalone panoramic moonroof option for the Three trim.

Vehicle Summary

Part of the Prius family, the Prius V is a hybrid utility vehicle that Toyota sells as an alternative to crossover SUVs, wagons, and minivans. It is sold in Two, Three and Five grades with a single hybrid powertrain.

Overview

Toyota offers the Prius V for those who want a fuel-efficient family vehicle that can carry more cargo than the Prius. It is available with Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, which pairs an Atkinson cycle 1.8-liter I-4 to an electric motor to produce a combined output of 134 hp and paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The gives the Prius V impressive fuel economy for its size, with a 44/40 mpg city/highway rating from the EPA. On the road, the Prius V "displays confident handling" and a smoother ride than the regular Prius hatchback due to a longer wheelbase and reworked front suspension. However, due to the weight increase, acceleration and power are lackluster compared to competitors such as the Ford C-Max.

Hauling cargo is a 2014 Prius V strong point, offering a generous 34.3 cubic feet of space that expands to 67.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. The cabin however is not a pleasant place to spend time in due to the lack of sound insulation, making it noisy at highway speeds.

The Prius V has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) but is not considered a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS since it received a poor score in the small overlap front category while earning a good rating in four other tests (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The Prius V is ideal for families looking for a hybrid because of its combination of practicality and fuel efficiency. In a 2012 First Drive review, we said that it boasts more cargo space than some crossovers including the Honda CR-V. The sliding second row also increases the Prius V's versatility, expanding the cargo area behind the rear seats to 40.2 cubic feet. However, lackluster materials in the cabin, an underpowered powertrain, and little sound deadening means that it isn't as refined as some of its competitors. In a comparison test with a non-plug-in Ford C-Max hybrid, we picked the C-Max over the Prius V, noting that although it isn't quite as practical or efficient as the Toyota, the Ford was quieter and drives better.

You'll Like

  • Hybrid fuel economy
  • Generous cargo space
  • Better ride than the regular Prius

You Won't Like

  • Weak powertrain
  • Unrefined cabin
  • Not as fuel efficient as the original Prius

Key Competitors

  • Ford C-Max Hybrid
  • Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
  • Honda CR-V

Rating

3 star

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