Got a Family? Prius V Might be Your Car

March 29, 2012

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Prius has grown up and produced a family sized car. With V standing for versatility, this car certainly lives up to the name. Toyota has manufactured a family friendly car that still gets an average of 42 mpg. The new Prius V is roomier than the Prius with 6 inches added to the length and 3 inches added to the height. There is plenty of room for the kids in the back. The interior is roomy, the ride quiet and smooth.

If you are responsible for taking the teams gear to events, you will not have any trouble stowing it anymore. There are 34-cubic feet at the back of the rear seats. If you need more room, you can recline and fold the rear seats. For really long stuff, the front passenger seat folds flat as well, for a total of more than 68-cubic feet of storage.

For power, the Prius V runs with a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder gasoline engine, which shares the load with a pair of electric motors working off of a nickel-metal hydride battery. The two together offers up 134 horsepower and 153 pound-feet of torque. The duo provides an EPA rating of 44 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

The Prius V comes in three flavours: Two, Three, and Five, each one with varying degrees of standard equipment. Standard equipment starts with the Prius V Two and builds on it.

Prius V Two Standard Equipment

  • 16” alloy wheels
  • Keyless ignition
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seats that slide and recline
  • Climate control
  • Fold-flat front passenger
  • Cruise control
  • Six-speaker stereo/CD sound system
  • USB/iPod audio interface
  • Bluetooth connectivity/streaming audio

The Prius V Three adds:

  • Voice controlled navigation system
  • Satellite radio and HD radio
  • Toyota’s Entune, their multi-media text-to-voice function and app capability
  • Rear-view camera

The Prius V Five adds:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Fog lights
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Upgraded upholstery (Toyota’s SofTex)
  • Heated front seats

Also available on the Five:

  • Sunroof
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Navigation system based on a hard drive and a larger touch display screen
  • Automated parallel parking
  • Eight premium speakers
  • Pre-collision safety system
  • Toyota’s Safety Connect

Loosely translated from Latin, prius means ‘ahead of the curve,’ and with the growing Prius stable Toyota really has been ahead of the curve with this popular hybrid car. With over 1 million Prius cars  and Prius accessories sold in the U.S. there doesn’t seem to be any chance it will disappear into the background. Consumers now have the Prius and the Prius V from which to choose. We understand that Toyota has a few more types of Prius coming along soon.

 

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