2014 Toyota Prius V

Written by Benjamin Hunter. Posted in Cars

Toyota has announced the new Prius C, V and Plug-In Hybrid for 2014. The 2014 Toyota Prius V is relatively new on the hybrid scene, as it is only its third year of production. However, the super-sized hybrid has become very popular. The recipe is simple: Toyota took what was already desirable about the regular Prius and made it longer, taller and more suitable for families. The Prius V’s main quality is the higher seating position, giving drivers an extra measure of confidence on the road.


Design

The Toyota Prius V is a compact hybrid wagon that can accommodate 5 passengers. The vehicle is available in three trim levels: Two, Three and Five. Measuring 6 inches longer, 1 inch wider and 3 inches taller, the 2014 Toyota Prius V is the best car in the world for people who want a hybrid but find the regular Prius too small. The Prius V has a bigger rear seat and considerably more cargo room. Although it is almost unchanged, the hybrid receives new standard daytime running lamps and a panoramic sunroof for the Five trim level. The base Two model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels while the Five rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and has automatic LED headlights and foglights.

Performance

A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors and a battery pack powers the 2014 Toyota Prius V. The hybrid makes 134 horsepower and 153 pound-feet of torque, and accelerates from 0 to 60 in 10.3 seconds. Continuously variable transmission (CVT) sends power to the front wheels. The 2014 Toyota Prius V has three selectable driving modes: Normal, Eco and Power. Eco mode slows the response to the accelerator-pedal inputs, while Power makes the throttle more responsive. The V achieves stellar fuel economy: 44 mpg city/40 mpg highway/42 mpg combined. This is the best car in the world when it comes to fuel-efficient family vehicles you can buy. Aside from its remarkable fuel efficiency, the V wagon is not a very impressive ride, although it is smooth, quiet and suitable for road trips.

Interior

The  Prius V’s cabin is user-friendly, with large and clearly labeled controls and a shift lever placed high on the center stack, allowing an easy reach. Although the steering wheel telescopes, taller drivers might find it too far away because it doesn’t extend too far from the dash. There are two stacked gloveboxes, large center console and an open nook beneath the center stack. The cabin excels in functionality, but it is not extremely attractive. The quality of the materials is questionable, with some plastics nicely grained and other that look low-budget. Cargo capacity is very generous, with 34.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 67.3 cubic feet available with the rear seats down.

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