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Awesome economical utility wagon
By strangefingers on
Vehicle2013 Toyota Prius v Five 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
ReviewSo Prius v wagon or Jetta diesel wagon... though generally I much prefer Germanic driving dynamics, dollars and sense said same mileage with regular gas vs high cost of diesel fuel and likely lower maintenance costs. Thus the Prius. Handling was below par and crosswinds/truck buffeting was downright scary at times. Without going crazy, for less than $800 complete, a Cusco rear sway bar, Tanabe front and rear springs (10% +/- stiffer and less than an inch lower) with 7mm wheel spacers in front and 5 mm in the rear and the little golf cart that couldn't became the go cart that could! Stable at all speeds, cruising "sweet spot"
on secondary roads and highway rose 10 mph comfortably. Awesome!
Best FeaturesTwice the mileage of my 5 series BMW wagon. Incredibly roomy with outstanding cargo space. A true feat of packaging space into a small(ish) vehicle. Though utilitarian looking, the seats are comfortable for long hauls. Ingress/egress is easy with a large wide and tall door opening (no head bumping!) Startling rear legroom with rear seats fore and aft travel of over 7 inches! Plenty of front seat travel and head room for us taller folks.
Worst FeaturesDitch Toyota Entunes and the on board computer... proper function and user friendliness are non existent. How about a large touchscreen which simply presents each person's prefered smart phone on screen... all features, apps and computing with a user interface that you're already familiar with! What a novel and simple idea... plus it would reduce costs for the mfg! TRD catch up and offer some handling improvements for this poor wandering (literally) soul. It needs better shocks/damping as well. Dealers should be schooled and capable of using shims whe needed for rear toe alignment correction as it appears to be a common issue with the Prius rear axle (new and old).
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