Toyota Prius V Adds Size to Prius Lineup
By rptoyota on June 06, 2011
The Toyota Prius is easily the best-selling hybrid in the world, which is why it makes sense to start planning some variations of the car for future models. Just like you can go to the grocery store and pick between three or four different flavors Wheat Thins, when just a few years ago there was only the regular flavor, Toyota is coming out with a few different flavors of Prius, and today we’re going to look at the Prius V.
So what give a Prius its “V” flavor? The 22nd letter of the alphabet in this instance stands for “versatile” because the Prius V is meant to be a bigger, more station-wagony version of the original. The V adds six inches of length, an inch of width, and three inches of height to the standard model, and the interior space is reportedly pretty similar to what you’d find in the RAV4, which is Toyota’s crossover offering. It’s just a bigger, more family-friendly Prius, because as great as the original may be, there have been concerns in the past about space. This keeps the basic look and vibe of the Prius while stretching things out a bit for more leg and storage room.
Of course, one thing Wellington Toyota Prius dealerships have to contend with is the fact that the fuel efficiency of the Prius V is a little lower than the original. Falling behind the original isn’t hard to do, however, because every hybrid in the world falls short of those 51/48 mpg numbers. How does the V match up, though? At 44/40 mpg, this bigger, heavier Prius can’t help but do a little worse on mileage, but those are still fantastic numbers. How many families have people-pushers that efficient?
Despite the fact that it’s a bigger car, though, it still looks more or less the same, and that familiarity will help keep sales of this new V plenty high. The price tag is going to be predictably higher than the normal one, but with the tradeoff being more space and more versatility, that seems fair enough. And the really good news is that the V is only one new flavor of Prius due out this year. There’s plenty more deliciousness yet to come…