Gallery: TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the Roomier Toyota Prius v for a S...

 
Lots of black plastic, but the fit and finish in the Prius v seems a little better than the other Priuses we have driven. Is the Prius growing up?

That being said, Toyota hasn’t changed much else about this car besides the size, which presents some problems. Toyota seems to have plugged the same engine and motor into this car that goes into other Priuses, without compensating for the extra size and weight, so you get lazy acceleration, odd transmission shifts, and 40 mpg, which you can get in many other vehicles without sacrificing power. The Prius v starts at $26,400, which is pretty affordable for a hybrid, so if you cruise around town running errands and ferrying people and gear, this may be the hybrid for you. But you won’t be doing any burnouts or quick traffic maneuvers in this car.

+ Toyota

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