I love my Prius V! What other wagon would get you 43 mpg with this amount of cargo space. My family of four fit perfectly in it, that we rarely use or Sienna (which we also love). The car is slow, but that it is because I drive it slow. I am more aware of my driving and I would say that I'm a safer driver now. From a stop, I will accelerate quickly to the speed limit and then keep a light foot to keep the speed. I don't race to stop signs or red lights, I coast to them. In traffic, I don't accelerate fast to catch up to the person in front of me, but I slowly accelerate to them. When I put the car in cruise control at 70mph, it shows that I get 40+ mpg. It's like learning how to drive again. I'm a quarter way through my second tank of gas at mile 650. My first tank averaged 42 mpg, my current tank is averaging 46mpg. My brother has a 2006 Prius with 300k+ miles, so I hope this one will go beyond that.
My second Prius......very happy w/car...I knew it didn't have blinding acceleration before I bought it....lots of leg room. Would highly recommend window tint and getting a windshield eyebrow tint installed...sun beats in at eye level....just the right size for around town driving...no problem on freeway going 75-80
Five 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
If you want a large SUV Hybrid with lots of room, good mileage, but not the price of Luxury car this is a good one. The car rides smoothly enough as a non luxury car. We have a Lexus NXT and it rides our Prius locally rides smoother than the Lexus but no on the open road. The NXT is not the high level luxury cars and is on the RAV 4 platform. Our Prius V has excellent mileage if you use the ECO setting and I average 42-42 mpg all the time. Of course the ECO setting you have to realize the power will be much lower when you need acceleration. The storage is outstanding, gas mileage outstanding, room inside car. My wife loves all the storage space in glove compartment, number of cup holders, and other storage space that the Lexus NXT does not have.
I do NOT like the back up camera. It only peeps when in reverse with a color guide to how close you are when backing up. It does not have audio warning of how close you area and a steady beep when real close. It also lacks a birds eye view.
Some of the controls are poorly placed. The heated (we have the Prius V-5) seats but the control are underneath dash and hard to find and turn on and off. They also do not shut off automatically with a time system so if you turn them on they stay on and when you start car again they are still on. You can see the heat buttons without bending down so you don't even know they are still on except for the seat being warm.
The controls for safety are on the left side low. You cannot see them to operate them. They should be higher and more easily seen and activated just like the heated seats. I also would like more EV range. A 1/4 mile is not a lot on EV. I would sacrifice some interior room for more EV range. The gas tank is small so even though you get excellent milage the tank is small (I think 12 gallons).
One thing I did not know and not even sure is listed on the features. We have a sun roof. It is really large and allows a moon roof view for both front and back passengers. It does not open though. I discovered if I park the car in the sun with the moon roof open when I return the moon roof shade is closed. I thought I had just forgot and closed it but I intentionally parked in the sun and then returned to find the sun shade closed on it's own. A feature not advertised that is does but is an excellent feature to keep car cool when parked in the sun (we live in Florida).
Again I would purchase the car again without hesitation. And really been the best car with best features for the best price. If Toyota would just change the above it would move from an excellent car to an outstanding car.
The gas mileage is as good as claimed: 44 city 50 highway (as long as you don't go above 65 to 70). Take the Edmunds print out with you to the dealership. We did that and used it to negotiate an extra almost $1,000 off the price of the car.
Of course my preference would have been the Audi but that was 80K. This is my third Prius. Got the V as it is a bit larger than the regular Prius - I see it is referred to as a wagon but I would have never thought to call it that. There is a definite interior redesign - the central console is going which is kind of nice actually and the interior panels are redesigned. Seems much more higher end - whereas the others were not - but also test drove the Lexus Sedan - the i - and I just am a good fit
with Prius - I like the way they handle and particularly like the interior of this new one - in fact better than the Lexus I test drove - very space ship looking. The V is much larger inside and I like that but as a family of one, I really didn't need it but it will be a nice plus to have. The pick up is much better in this one and the redesign on the hatchback - for my test - has a much much better rear view mirror. Really love this car but it's day one. Let's see how the next six months go.