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2013 Toyota Prius v

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2013 Toyota Prius v Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

The 2013 Prius V is the big papa in Toyota's growing Prius family. The Prius V uses the same powertrain and has similar looks as the regular Prius 4-door hatchback, but offers a larger cargo hull that Toyota boasts is roomier than that of many small SUVs. The "V" in this 5-passenger hybrid stands for "versatility," and it aims to offer just that for families or those who need room to haul their stuff but cringe at the notion of doing it in a thirsty SUV. The Prius V is a tad slower than the traditional Prius but offers a smoother highway ride and innovative rear seats that slide, fold and recline. Above all, the Prius V is fuel-efficient, with a 42-mpg combined city/highway rating. Did we like it? We did – we were impressed enough to name this Prius one of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013.

You'll Like This Car If...

Prius V is a great choice for those who want a vehicle that offers lots of room and super fuel economy. Those new to hybrids should find assurance in Toyota's decade-plus history of successfully making these gasoline-electric powertrains.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2013 Prius V's price premium can complicate its long-term value equation compared with equally roomy alternatives. Meanwhile, the new Ford C-Max is a tempting rival with even higher fuel economy. If you need towing ability, look to a small SUV or a stouter wagon such as the Volvo XC70.

What's New for 2013

Changes for 2013 are minimal since the Prius V debuted just last year. A new exterior color called Seaglass Pearl is available, and top-trim Prius V Five models receive a SofTex-trimmed steering wheel.

Driving the Prius v

Driving Impressions Because it uses the same powertrain and is built on the same platform as the standard Prius, there's little surprise that the Prius V feels similar to its slightly smaller...

sibling. Because the Prius V is larger and heavier, it's a tad slower, but quick acceleration and the ability to carve mountain roads have never been the Prius hybrid's forte, nor something its drivers expect. But don't sweat: Getting up to speed on freeways is no problem, especially when the 2013 Prius V is in Power mode. The hybrid's transitions between electric motor and gasoline engine remain refined, as does the Prius V's regenerative braking system. Both take some time getting used to, but the adjustment period is short and well worth the fuel savings reaped.

VERSATILE INTERIOR SPACE
Versatility is the name of the game for the Prius V's interior. The rear seats slide to create legroom for passengers or space in the cargo bay for your gear. In addition to folding in a 60/40 split, the rear seats recline. Need to carry a long item like a surfboard? The front passenger seat folds flat, too.

ENTUNE
With this high-tech system, you can connect a smartphone via Bluetooth or a cable and then perform tasks such as ordering movie tickets or listening to Internet radio using your voice or the vehicle's controls.

2013 Toyota Prius v Details
Interior

Open the door of the Prius V and you'll find more room than expected. The sliding rear seat offers better legroom than some luxury sedans, and the cargo area can swallow more stuff than a Chevy Equinox SUV. Storage space is not just available – it's ingenious. Nooks are abundant. The front seat folds flat to accommodate long items. There's even space under the rear seats for umbrellas. The front of the Prius V's cabin feels roomier than that of the traditional Prius thanks to an open center stack. The available SofTex interior material is easy to clean and made to resist spills.

Exterior

The 2013 Toyota Prius V is instantly recognizable as a Prius, even though it doesn't share any sheet metal with the standard version of the hybrid. What most sets the Prius V apart is its rear, which trades a sloping hatch design for a more bulbous back. The Prius V probably won't win any automotive swimsuit contests, as function takes priority over form here. At least the rear spoiler imparts some zest. Prius V Two and Three models ride on 16-inch alloy wheels, while the top-line Prius V Five comes with 17-inch versions (there are no "One" or "Four" trims).

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Prius V comes in three trims: Two, Three and Five. A base model Two is well equipped with automatic climate control, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary input and 6.1-inch touch screen, backup camera, remote keyless entry, and five cup holders. Safety components include stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. Prius V Five models up the ante with the Entune infotainment system with navigation, heated front seats, LED headlights, and integrated fog lights.

Optional Equipment

Major options for the 2013 Prius V come in the Advanced Technology Package, only available on the top-line Prius V. The package includes panoramic (but non-opening) moonroof, premium JBL audio system, dynamic radar cruise control, 7-inch touch-screen display, and a system to help with parallel parking.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Toyota Prius V hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine matched with a 60-kilowatt electric motor, sending power to the front wheels through a gearless, continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Except for a slightly revised CVT to accommodate the added mass, the Prius V's powertrain is the same that powers the Prius.

4-cylinder hybrid (1.8-liter engine with 60-kilowatt electric motor)
134 net horsepower: 98 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm (gasoline engine) + 80 horsepower (electric motor)
105 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine), 153 lb-ft of torque (electric motor)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 44/40 mpg

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2013 Toyota Prius v Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 41 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

This car has more cargo space than I expected

By on Saturday, January 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Space, versatility, fuel efficiency, low polluting"

Cons: "Power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The 2016 Prius v has more cargo space than I expected (67 CU ft) to find in even a comparably priced SUV, and of course fuel efficiency that can't be matched by any SUV. What you give up in power is a minor inconvenience compared to the benefits of driving a hybrid. This is my first (I was driving a fuel-efficient Yaris with a manual transmission before) and the cargo space in this baby made it an easy choice."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great second car

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Good price and great MPG. Plenty of room"

Cons: "Could be a more comfortable ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This has been a terrific car..Never any problems and great gas mileage 45 mpg and probably could do better with more city driving. Its not as comfortable as the mid size SUV's but hey its got plenty of room front and back. Drives OK and decent in the snow. I could go on and on with Pro's and Con's but for the money this is a great car."

17 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Excellent buy for discerning buyer.

By on Sunday, November 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great mileage w/ tons of room for family."

Cons: "Minor scratches on front & rear bumpers."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Added black leather interior, cargo mat and cargo net. All floor mats. Exterior has a few scratches on front and rear bumpers, otherwise, immaculate. Vehicle has always been serviced only by authorized Toyota Dealers and fueled with recommended gas product primarily Chevron and Shell."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Excellent car with extras !

By on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great price for everything offered !"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a excellent one owner Prius V loaded with the best tinted windows money can buy ! A extra 3 year warranty which comes with the car, coming to a total of 6 years total bumper to bumper warranty . A also has back up camera, blue tooth tech.,Lumbar driver seat. All miles have been driven on highways !"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Road Noise is unbearable at high speeds.

By on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Cargo area, gas mileage, well designed interior,"

Cons: "Road Noise,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"The Prius V v is a great car, good gas mileage (averaging 42 mpg) even on my trips back and forth to Florida (1365 Mimes one way). Can't stand the Road Noise while highway driving. You have to practically yell to the person in the back seat. In addition, forget listening to the Radio/CD while on the highway... Too much Road Noise. I do a lot of highway driving and am about to trade for a quieter car. Love the cargo storage area... 63 cubic feet. For city and non highway driving it's fantastic. I would recommend it if it was used for city driving."

14 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great Car!

By on Friday, August 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"No, it's not pretty. Reliable, great mpg, comfortable (esp. like rear sliding/reclining seat. I can slide my road bike in the back easily. Also plenty of room for luggage on long trips. The driver's seat is comfortable for many hours. And, I'm still running the original tires!!!!! Only gripes: it's ugly - oh, I think I said that already - NO AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS?????????? Kind of funky getting used to the center-mounted gauges, but we adapted quickly. This car is like the best appliance you will ever own. Just get in it and drive."

18 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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