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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
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 41 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • 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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