Great fuel economy; elevated seating; more space than a normal Prius; nicer interior than a regular Prius
Worse fuel economy than a regular Prius; more expensive than a regular Prius; lethargic acceleration
The Prius v is unchanged for 2016.
We think the Three model is the sweet spot. It gives you all the technology you need, including Entune, without breaking the bank. Find a Toyota Prius v for sale
The 2016 Toyota Prius v 5-passenger wagon comes in four trim levels, named simply Two, Three, Four and Five.
The entry-level Two ($27,700) delivers strong value with 16-inch alloy wheels, a 6-speaker sound system with a 6.1-in touchscreen display, a backup camera, iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-button starting and a height-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support.
The Three ($29,000) adds a navigation system, Toyota's smartphone-based Entune mobile app interface, a multicolor information display and a fold-down rear armrest.
The Four ($30,500) features leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a power driver's seat.
The upscale Five ($31,900) adds LED headlights, fog lamps and 17-in alloy wheels. The Five is also eligible for a number of exclusive upgrades, including adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam control, lane-departure warning and Toyota's pre-collision safety system. 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/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
2016 Mazda CX-5 -- Although the Prius v is an excellent crossoverlike choice, shoppers who would rather have a crossover will be best served by the highly efficient (and cheaper) CX-5, which gets more than 30 mpg hwy.
2015 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?
Used Toyota Highlander Hybrid -- Although it doesn't offer the fuel economy of the Prius v, Toyota's midsize Highlander Hybrid boasts good gas mileage numbers, a high seating position and third-row seating. New ones are pricy, but a used one should do.