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2014 Toyota Prius v

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2014 Toyota Prius v Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

The 2014 Toyota Prius V offers the fuel efficiency of a hybrid with the interior space of a compact SUV. Using the same powertrain as the Prius 4-door hatchback, and with the “V” standing for “versatility,” the 5-passenger Prius V can haul lots of family gear without burning lots of gas while doing it. Compared to the “regular” Prius, the V is less sprightly but has a smoother ride, and the cleverly useful rear seats will slide fore and aft, fold over for hauling large items or recline for more comfort. Likely competitors might include the Ford C-Max and the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. If fuel economy is paramount the Prius V delivers, with EPA numbers of 44 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 42 mpg combined.

You'll Like This Car If...

This is simple: Want great fuel economy and the cargo space of something more like a compact SUV? See your local Toyota dealer and check out the 2014 Prius V.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Hybrids are not inexpensive so you have to carefully figure the long-term benefits compared to something else that doesn’t offer the superb fuel economy but costs less to buy. And if you need to tow even a fairly small trailer, consider a compact or mid-size SUV.

What's New for 2014

Changes to the 2014 Prius V are minimal. All trim levels are equipped with standard Daytime Running Lights, and the Panoramic View Moonroof will be offered as a stand-alone option on the Prius V Three.

Driving the Prius v
Driving Impressions

It’s unlikely that many people buy a hybrid for the enthusiastic driving experience but, still, the 2014 Prius V deals more than just competently with city traffic and merges easily...

... with freeways. If a little more is needed, there’s the Power mode. The ride and handling qualify as comfortable, stable and predictable, but it’s certainly not a corner-carver. If that’s your goal, you obviously should be looking somewhere else. Hybrids have come a long way and the Prius V delivers a refined progression down the road, with the transitions between the electric motor and gasoline engine developed to a point of being near-seamless and, at least, not at all bothersome. If this is your first hybrid, there will be a slight adjustment period, but it’s short and easy and absolutely worth the tremendous savings in fuel costs.

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 gear. In addition to folding in a 60/40 split, the rear seats recline. Need to carry a surfboard? The front-passenger seat folds flat, too.

OUTSTANDING FUEL ECONOMY
If drastically reducing your fuel costs isn’t the biggest reason for purchasing a hybrid, then what is? The Prius V certainly delivers, with EPA ratings of 44 mpg city, 40 highway and 42 combined. Toyota has been at this a long time, so the expected reliability should deliver lots of peace of mind.

2014 Toyota Prius v Details
Interior

The 2014 Toyota Prius V offers generous interior room and useful versatility for carrying people or hauling cargo with ease. The rear seat can slide fore and aft to increase legroom or cargo space behind the seat, and it also folds over for more cargo space or will recline to enhance comfort. In addition, the front-passenger seat folds flat for hauling long items. There are storage spots throughout the interior, including space under the rear seats for such as umbrellas. And, in front, the open center stack gives a feeling of expansion and roominess. The “V” for “versatility” is entirely appropriate.

Exterior

There is no doubt the 2014 Toyota Prius V is a Prius, with the strong family resemblance from front to rear. One difference in the shape is that the rear of the Prius V is larger than that of the regular Prius, without the sloping hatch configuration, for the added cargo space. Clearly, this design is based on the combined functions of generous interior room and reduced aerodynamic drag for good fuel economy. Prius V Two and Three models have 16-inch alloy wheels and the upper-end Prius V Five has 17-inchers. There is no “One” or “Five” trim level.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Prius V is offered in three trim levels: Two, Three and Five. A base model Two includes automatic climate control, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary input and 6.1-inch touch screen, rearview camera, remote keyless entry and five cup holders. Prius V Five models add the Entune infotainment system with navigation, heated front seats, LED headlights and integrated fog lights. For 2014 all models are equipped with Daytime Running Lights, electronic stability controls and driving aids as standard, and there is a comprehensive array of occupant-protection features.

Optional Equipment

The major option for the 2014 Prius V is the Advanced Technology Package, available only on the top-line Prius V Five. The package includes a Panoramic View Moonroof, premium JBL audio system, dynamic radar cruise control, 7-inch touch-screen display and a system to help with parallel parking. The Panoramic View Moonroof is available as a stand-alone option on the Prius V Three.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Toyota Prius V 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 of the Prius. The drivetrain is certainly not a tire-scorcher but it delivers reliable power for dealing with urban conditions or merging with freeway traffic. And Toyota has years of hybrid experience, so Prius V owners can do their motoring with the peace of mind that comes with proven reliability.

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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2014 Toyota Prius v Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 49 Ratings for the 2012 - 2017 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

the car gets great gas mileage

By on Sunday, July 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great gas mileage spacious interior"

Cons: "no auto lights, not enough cup holders"

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

"It is spacious so a 6'person can sit in comfortably. Pretty comfortable inside. The back seat is as roomy as other mid size cars. The hatchback is large."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Reliable utility vehicle that is inexpensive

By on Sunday, June 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Utility, economy"

Cons: "A bit noisy at high speeds"

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

"Toyota makes reliable cars. this car in almost 3 years has not needed a single repair except a tire replacment due to a flat.. Garage kept. Love the dynamic cruise control which comes in handy on longer trips. Great fuel economy on regular gas- 42 mpg long term average right on top of the EPA listing. Can carry a lot of stuff with rear seat up and even more with part or all of rear seat down."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best car Ever Owned

By on Monday, June 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliability, confort, mileage and good pick-up"

Cons: "none"

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

"Always thought of the Prius as strange looking. However, "Persona" model in black with the additional chrome trim along the baseboards as a startling improvement. Everyone tells me what a great looking car. More importantly, it has been trouble free. Made a trip to PA and NJ and on highway stretches got 55 mpg at 73-75 mph. Also, it doesnlt use a drop of oil. Further, approached recently in a shopping center parking lot where the man saif, "I envy you" I asked why? he replied that my wife made me trade in my Prius V for a Honda CRV and I hate the Honda and miss my Prius. What more can I say."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best investment

By on Friday, June 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Economical and roomy."

Cons: "mpg and maintenance needed signals break down."

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

"My 2012 Prius V now has 40,000 miles, several trips between Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida. Roominess and gas mileage are the best features. Use earbuds to reduce road noise. Use wedge seat cushion to raise visibility for short drivers. The mpg readout function broke after one year and the 'maintenance needed' signal malfunctioned after one year but these are trivial issues compared to the excellent economic and ecological performance of the car."

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

This is/was a great car for my purposes.

By on Friday, April 22, 2016

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
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Loved to drive it"

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

"This car was always ready to go. Easy to ride in or drive on long trips. Comfortable seats and very good vision. Like the Bluetooth feature."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

My 2012 Toyota Prius V - Five

By on Friday, April 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable; Roomy. A nice, pretty vehicle."

Cons: "Absolutely no cons at all."

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

"Such a beautiful car in every way; has not needed any repairs except for regular maintenance. Ride is much more comfortable (extra weight) than my previous Prius vehicle and the gas mileage is nice, averaging above 41 mpg. There are not a lot of these styles on the street and it actually captures attention at times, partly due to the elegant Blizzard Pearl paint color. I love the hybrids and will only drive another one. Thanks Toyota"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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