2016 Toyota Prius v Peoria IL

2016 Toyota Prius v

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New 2016 Toyota Prius v at Peoria Toyota Scion for Peoria, IL

The 2016 Toyota Prius v benefits this year from a handful of upgrades to styling, equipment, and--most important for a family vehicle--safety. It's still the biggest member of the four-car Prius family, and offers the most interior volume. Toyota shuns the word, but the Prius v is a classic tall wagon version of the more familiar Prius Liftback. Its roomier and more family-friendly shape uses the same powertrain as the hatchback Prius, however, sacrificing a little bit of efficiency and some performance as well.

Under the Prius v's Hood

The standard Prius drivetrain carries over largely unchanged to the Prius wagon, despite a weight gain of a good 300 pounds. The 98-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine and pair of electric motor-generators consequently seem more stressed in the bigger car, and the Prius V is both slower and more prone to engine howling when maximum power is demanded than the Liftback. We found it to struggle under heavy loads and on steep hills when filled with people and cargo. Three drive modes can be selected instead of the default hybrid setting: Eco, for better fuel economy; Power, for those steep hills; and EV, for all-electric drive at low speeds. We found the Eco mode almost intolerably slow, and Power simply kept the hybrid wagon up with average traffic. The EV mode worked as promised, though, allowing all-but-silent travel for up to 1 mile.

Design of Toyota Prius v

The Prius V comes standard with fabric seats, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and automatic climate control. The standard rear seat slides fore and aft, reclines from 15 to 40 degrees, and has a 60/40 split folding back. Toyota has fitted a vinyl cover to shield the gap between the load floor and the folded seatback when the rear seat is in its forward position, but we still managed to drop more than one item into the abyss. While the Prius V looks similar to the classic Liftback, it actually shares no body panels with the hatchback. The V is taller, wider, and, as a result, heavier than its sibling. Its taller, more slab-sided shape of the Prius V, along with its vertical liftgate, sets it apart from the sloping roof and horizontal liftgate of the Liftback. Drivers familiar with the traditional Prius are likely to appreciate that the V's rear window is a single piece of continuous glass rather than the split panes of the Prius hatchback, one of them at an angle and the other upright.

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Options are both individual and bundled into a few packages, including the Advanced Technology Package. That pulls together a panoramic view moonroof with electrically powered sunshades, a hard-disc-based navigation system, and dynamic radar cruise control, plus for 2016 adds auto high-beams and lane-departure warning. Toyota also includes one year of the Safety Connect system, which provides drivers with roadside and emergency assistance, stolen-vehicle location, and automatic notification of emergency services in the event of a collision. Give us a call today for more information on the 2016 Toyota Prius v!

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