In 2012, Toyota built on the success of its Prius by inflating the body and creating the Prius v wagon. This niche hybrid took everything that made the Prius popular and just added more interior room.

Now that the Prius v has some competition—even from a fellow Toyota mode—is it still worth the extra cash or should buyers look elsewhere?

Pricing and Equipment

The Toyota Prius v starts at $27,540 (destination included) for its Two trim level. Unlike the regular Prius, there is no One trim. At this price point, buyers are getting:

  • Keyless entry
  • Automatic climate control
  • Toyota’s Entune infotainment system
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Rearview camera

Buyers looking for more premium features can opt for the Three, Four, or Five trim levels, which start at f$28,925, $30,560, and $31,800, respectively.

Performance Pros

Toyota Prius v

The Prius v exists for one reason: to give Prius buyers something with more cargo room. So, it offer all the benefits of the standard Prius. One of the model’s standout attributes is its fuel economy: 43 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and 41 mpg combined.

  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • 1-mile, low-speed all-electric range

Performance Cons

As with its pros, so come the negatives of being a swollen Prius. One of the big issues is the 134-horsepower engine’s ability to get the wagon up to highway speeds, which takes a whopping 10.3 seconds. We also noted heavy engine drone on moderate to heavy throttle.

  • Scary-slow acceleration in EV mode
  • Vastly underpowered
  • Engine tends to drone under heavy throttle

Interior Pros

Toyota Prius v

Being a larger Prius means the Prius v is built to haul cargo. This is evidenced by its 67.3 cubic feet of max cargo-swallowing capabilities. It also has plenty of room in the front and rear for passengers of all sizes.

  • Large cargo area perfect for long hauls
  • Lots of room for people of all sizes
  • Lots of storage cubbies

Interior Cons

Like the previous-generation Prius to which it's related, the Prius v is a sea of hard, textured plastics inside. Over the years, we suspect this could get a little squeaky. We also found that the cabin has a lot more noise than some of its competitors, namely the Ford C-Max.

  • Sea of hard plastic inside
  • Confusing spread of icons and symbols on dash
  • Louder than its competitors

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Prius v’s ability to swallow passengers and cargo was not expected. It can handle a week’s worth of luggage and four adult passengers without issues.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

While it may be able to swallow those passengers and cargo, we wish you the best of luck getting it moving with this extra weight. The 134-horsepower engine struggles under the base weight of the Prius v, so this extra weight will likely make it exponentially more unbearable.

The Bottom Line

As if being a hybrid isn’t enough of a niche, the Prius v adds the wagon element to limit its potential clientele even more. But, the Prius v does what it’s supposed to do, and it does it well. With that said, there are a few competitors that are worth looking at before settling on the Prius v, including the Ford C-Max and even Toyota’s own RAV4 Hybrid.