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2015 Toyota Prius V

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/8/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Toyota Prius V gains revised front and rear styling, and standard LED projector low- and high-beam headlights on the range-topping Five trim level. Three new colors have been added: Attitude black Metallic, Absolutely Red, and Toasted Walnut Pearl. A new 4.2-inch TFT display is standard on the Prius V three and higher trims while the Advanced Technology package now adds lane departure warning and automatic high beams.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Toyota Prius V is a tall hatchback powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.8-liter I-4 with an electric motor for a combined output of 134 hp and is paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is excellent at 44/40 mpg city/highway.

Overview

Even though the 2015 Toyota Prius V prioritizes fuel economy, it handles relatively decently due to its Pitch and Bounce Control system, which keeps the car balanced by using the electric motor to counteract body lean. Acceleration, however, is lackluster.

Refinement is a Prius V weak point due to the car having not enough sound insulation inside the cabin, making it extremely loud at highway speeds. The car shines when it comes to practicality since it can hold up to 67.3 cubic feet of cargo when the split-folding rear seats are down. Passenger space is also ample thanks to the second row’s sliding function, which increases rear-seat legroom or cargo volume depending on the task.

The NHTSA gave the 2015 Toyota Prius V a four-star rollover safety rating (out of a possible five stars) while the IIHS gave it the Top Safety Pick+ award, scoring Good on five categories (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

When looked at as a fuel-efficient family and cargo hauler, the 2015 Toyota Prius V is a good choice because it offers excellent gas mileage and a cavernous interior. We noted in a 2012 First Drive review that the Prius V is better to drive than the regular Prius, displaying “a level of driving elegance that’s simply absent from the normal car” thanks to its Pitch and Bounce Control system, which uses the electric motor to keep the Prius V stable. The car’s interior, however, can get a bit loud. In a comparison test against the Ford C-Max, we said that the lack of sound deadening material makes the Prius V “uncomfortably loud and boomy” at highway speeds. Additionally, the Prius V’s interior fit and finish is inferior compared to that of the C-Max, which has nicer materials. As a result, the Ford C-Max won because of its superior refinement, fit and finish, and engaging driving dynamics.

You’ll Like

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Drives better than a regular Prius
  • Cavernous interior

You Won’t Like

  • Loud cabin
  • Weak powertrain
  • Cheap interior materials

Key Competitors

  • Ford C-Max
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
  • Fiat 500L

Rating

3 star

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