The Toyota Prius v is the “big
Prius” and comes with a new look for 2015.
Apart from the roominess, the revised front and rear styling and
striking new colours including attitude black metallic, absolutely red and
tasty toasted walnut pearl give Prius v a sportier attitude. The new front
bumper, grille, available integrated fog lights and available Toyota-first LED
projector low- and high-beam headlights contribute to the roomy Prius v sporty
makeover. Inside, new Entune Audio systems bring new multimedia capabilities.
The newly available 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support offers
even more comfort to the already high-utility interior. Technology is updated with a 4.2-inch TFT
screen that is standard on Prius v Three and higher and the available Advanced
Technology Package has been upgraded for 2015 model year.
The “v” in the Prius v stands
for versatility, by the way, which seems appropriate in a highly efficient
vehicle that offers more cargo room than most small SUVs.
According to a press release,
using the same Hybrid Synergy Drive system as the standard Prius, the Prius v
delivers EPA-estimated 44 MPG city / 40 MPG highway ratings, an exceptional
level of efficiency for such a roomy and versatile vehicle. The Prius v rides
on a 3.1-inch longer wheelbase and is 5.9 inches longer overall than the Prius
liftback. Those modest differences in exterior dimensions yield nearly 60
percent more cargo space with 34.3 cu. ft. behind the rear seats vs. 21.6 cu.
ft. for the Prius liftback.
With its 60/40 split folding rear seats folded
down, the Prius v offers 67.3 cu. ft. of carrying space. In fact, the
combination of a roomy cabin and cargo area earns the Prius v a “midsize
station wagon” classification from the EPA. The low, wide-opening tailgate
provides easy access, and the fold-flat front-passenger seat allows the vehicle
to carry long items. And, the sliding
second row seats let you adjust room for passengers or cargo.
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