As many things as the Prius did well, the five-door hatchback didn't have the outright utility some buyers craved. Enter the Prius v, a wagon with a squared-off cargo area. Toyota says that “v” stands for versatility, but we’d argue it could just as easily stand for volume.
What's New for 2014
The Prius v was introduced in 2013 and gets minor updates—such as daytime running lights—for 2014. A panoramic moonroof is offered as an option on the Prius v Three.
Choosing Your Toyota Prius v
Though taller than an ordinary Prius, the Prius v is powered by the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine. Look for fuel economy of 44 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
Toyota offers the Prius v in three trim levels:
We'd skip the Two and head to the Three or Five—whichever is most comfortable for your budget.