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)
I reduced my rating on climate control. When cold weather came I tried to use heater. There is no switch for heater. Just A.C. So I put on Auto and could get heat by raising temp control but only to feet. Either the controls are just to confusing or there is not a button for this. I also will say the control for the seat heater is just to low and dangerous to us. It requires bending over to see and push taking your eyes away from highway. It also does not have an automatic turn off when you turn car off but stays on even when you turn off car and restart. But overall the Prius V-5 is an outstanding car with exception of above and the need to have a larger battery system to be able to use battery drive only for more that just a couple of hundred yards. If you want a SUV Hybrid with lots of room, excellent mileage, but not the price of Luxury car this one is for you. The car rides smoothly enough as a non luxury car but could be better at low speeds. We have a Lexus NXT also. Our Prius rides smoother on local roads but not highway. Our Prius V has excellent mileage if you use the ECO setting. I average above the estimated mileage of 41 to around 45. Of course on ECO setting you have to realize the power will be much lower when you need acceleration. The storage is in rear is outstanding as well room in back seat. 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 it does not give you actual audio warning how close you are backing up only a color guide. Some of the controls are poorly placed. The heated (we have the Prius V-5) seats controls are underneath dash and hard to find and turn on and off. They also do not shut off automatically. 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 rear interior room for more EV range. The gas tank is small. Even though you get excellent mileage the tank is 12 gallons. One thing I did not know and not listed as a feature. 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. This is an excellent feature to keep car cool when parked in the sun (we live in Florida). Another feature is the passenger seat is manual and lacks same electrical adjustments that drivers seat has. Would really help with front seat passenger comfort. 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.
Five 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
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.