Toyota Motor Corporation has introduced there new beautiful and elongated Toyota Prius v, also named Prius Aqua in Japan and Prius plus in Europe. Toyota Prius v is extremely versatile, full hybrid gasoline-electric compact MPV/station wagon as it now straddles the compact crossover, hybrid and hatchback market.The Prius v – which represents “versatility” is true to its name as the iconic shape takes an extended body and configurable second row for the sake of more cargo space. Equating to over 50 percent more interior room than the original Prius, the Prius v is a now a contender in the compact crossover market.The Toyota Prius v is offered with both nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion battery.
Toyota Prius v is the minivan version of the Prius hatchback, serves as an excellent object lesson in the effects of drag on fuel economy. The Prius v, with its enhanced cargo space, weighs only 200 pounds more than the hatchback, but the drag coefficient changes from .25 to .29. And that means the Prius v ends up with 10 mpg less in fuel economy than its hatchback counterpart, even while using the same engine and hybrid system.
The IIHS categorizes the Prius v as a “midsize moderately priced car.” A Two (or base) is $26,400. A full-loaded Five can run you close to $35k with all the technology upgrades, moonroof and safety equipment.Toyota Prius v is a five passenger hatchback with a 1.8-liter DOHC VVT-I four-cylinder engine and Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system that features four driving modes (Normal, Power, Eco and EV). The Prius v comes in three unique trims labeled simply as Two, Three and Five.The Toyota prius v is equipped with the following standard equipment: a touch-screen multimedia system for navigation, backup camera and Toyota’s Entune; an upgraded JBL audio system; Bluetooth technology; and a UBS and auxiliary input jack. The Driving and riding quality of the Prius v is similar to that of the hatchback Prius. The vehicle is built on the same platform and Hybrid Synergy Drive technology as the third-generation Prius, but fuel economy estimates differ as the Prius v gets a combined 40 miles-per-gallon where the current Prius gets 50. Drivers can hit speeds up to 25 miles-per-hour in EV mode (electric only) before the hybrid engine kicks in. Rear visibility is excellent with the new design, and drivers used to the current Prius design will not feel they have traded the old model for a compact SUV.
The Toyota Prius v is upgraded with “Entune”. Entune is a wireless information service that works with your smart phone, debuting the first-ever support for mobile apps like Bing, OpenTable, and Movietickets.com. It also brings the largest selection of music options available to a vehicle with Pandora, iheartradio and XM radio.
The seating configuration is the heart of the v. A sliding second row extends farther for rear-storage flexibility. These rear seats also present four different seat arrangements. And the fold-flat front-passenger seat is perfect extremely long cargo. Exterior-wise, there isn’t much of a difference between the Prius v Two and Three, but the Five does add fog lights, larger 17-inch wheels, and has the option for a panoramic moonroof. Although the focus is on loading and stowing conveniences, a power liftgate is not available for any model.
As far as safety is concern The 2012 Prius v is a Top Safety Pick with The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet tested the Prius v. Toyota’s Star Safety System is standard and includes VSC, anti-lock brakes, EBD, traction control and an advanced airbag system. You need to pay extra for Safety Connect (emergency roadside assistance), the pre-collision system and the Advanced Parking Guidance System (APGS).
The 2012 Toyota Prius v is a must have choice for the families because of the features like modern electronics excellent fuel economy and a large airy cabin.