Great fuel economy; elevated seating; more space and a nicer interior than a regular Prius
Worse fuel economy than a regular Prius; more expensive than a regular Prius; lethargic acceleration
Aside from minor trim changes -- such as expanded availability of an optional panoramic sunroof -- the Prius v is unchanged for the new model year.
The Three model is the sweet spot. It gives you all the technology you need, including Entune, without breaking the bank.
The 2014 Toyota Prius v 5-passenger wagon comes in a rather haphazard trio of trim levels -- Two, Three and Five.
The entry-level Two ($27,500) delivers strong value with 16-inch alloy wheels, a 6-speaker sound system with a 6.1-in touchscreen display, a rearview camera, iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-button start and a height-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar.
The Three ($28,200) adds a navigation system, conversational voice command recognition and the smartphone-based Entune mobile app interface.
The upscale Five ($31,000) adds LED headlamps, fog lamps, 17-in alloy wheels, SofTex stain-resistant upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The Five is also eligible for a number of exclusive upgrades, including adaptive cruise control and a hard-drive-based navigation system with a crisper Entune interface. A panoramic sunroof, formerly exclusive to the Five, is now available on the Three, as well.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
Toyota Highlander -- It's not in the Prius v's league efficiency-wise (and the Highlander Hybrid is too expensive anyway), but the Highlander offers a third row of seats and superior cargo space for roughly the same price.
Ford C-Max Hybrid -- Boasting a superior 47 mpg and more athletic handling, the new C-Max is a formidable foe for the Prius v. But its trunk is marred by a big battery-pack hump, and its narrow, European-sourced structure makes it feel a half-size smaller.
Toyota Prius -- Remember, the regular Prius gets 50 mpg, it's cheaper and it's a little quicker, too. How badly do you need the Prius v's higher seats and extra room?