If you’ve ever looked at a Prius and said to yourself “I really want this, but I’m afraid it would be too small for me and my family”, then you might want to check out the new Prius V – it packs the same fuel-sipping technology that the standard Prius is renowned for, but it offers much more space and versatility (that’s our buzzword for the day). The new Prius V still retains the sleek, aerodynamic shape and relative exterior dimensions that the original Prius sedan is known for, which is fantastic for buyers in this segment – they want a sedan, but need a CUV, but simply don’t want one – they want something in the middle, more of an MPV of sorts.
For the most part, the new Prius V has the same tricks up its sleeve – great fuel economy, silent starts in EV-Mode, lots of storage cubbies, and a smooth, quiet, and confident ride characteristic. While the fuel economy is good, an estimated EPA rating of 44mpg city/40mpg highway/42 combined figure puts it slightly behind the more parsimonious Prius sedan’s numbers, but factor in that the Prius V offers more interior volume then about 80% of the SUVs out there. Factor in that it gets better fuel economy than 100% of the SUVs on the market, and the Prius V proves to be a win-win for both the fuel-conscientious and family-oriented drivers out there.
Inside, the Prius V is packed full of available premium features, including leather seating, a Panoramic View Moonroof with power sliding sunshades, navigation with Entune™ with an integrated backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming capability, phone book access, advanced voice recognition, and six speakers. The available Entune™ includes apps like Bing™ and Pandora®, real-time updates on traffic, area fuel prices, sports, and stocks. Available this spring will be more choices like iHeatRadio, MovieTickets.com, and OpenTable®. Access to Entune™ will be offered to Toyota customers at no charge for the first three years of service.
The Prius V has turned out to be quite a popular vehicle with hybrid buyers, and for good reason. For more information on the Prius V, or to schedule a test drive, please visit our website – altontoyota.com, or check out our blog at altontoyota.net.
SOURCE: Toyota USA
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