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Enjoying our new Prius V
Eugene Tozzi, 08/27/2016
2016 Toyota Prius v
We love it. Two notes: (1) Note that this is a station wagon and has a higher and somewhat more bulky profile than the traditional sleek Prius. However, it is quite roomy, and the cargo area will hold a lot of stuff and some big and bulky items. (2) If you have driven earlier small wagons (we have had a 1996 Corolla wagon and a 2000 Saturn LW wagon) you will find much more of a … blind spot created on the passenger side by the rear hatch frame. The back panel windows (to the sides of the cargo area) are much smaller than the typical back panel windows on our earlier wagons. We need to compensate by paying greater attention to the passenger side mirror in order to see that blind spot. That said, we are really enjoying our first Prius. We are learning from the instrumentation how to drive more economically. On very short trips, under 2 miles, you do not reach the 40+mpg range. However, if you go 10 miles, whether in suburban traffic with lights or on the open road you get 40 and better. We love the cup and bottle holders. There are a total of 9 places to put your drinks, four molded into the storage pockets on each door, three more in front and two more in back. The price of $26,759 was the dealer price before adding sales tax. Update, August 2017 after a full year: Without actually running the numbers, I have the impression that gas mileage improved overall about 6 months into the car's life. That said, the car seems to fudge the MPG a bit. I reset the trip meter every time I fill it with gas. (Not often, a tank gets 400+ miles.) The meter tells you the miles per gallon as well as the number of miles since it was last reset. When I divide out the mileage by the actual number from the gas pump, the MPG is usually about 2-3 miles less than what the car says it should be. However, no complaints. I regularly get over 40 MPG. One alert: This wagon model (Prius V) does not get the very wonderful mileage of the main Prius model which is rated at about 55 MPG. Therefore it does not qualify for certain low energy vehicle discounts, such as on the George Washington Bridge that the main Prius model gets. Update, August 2018 after two years: We still love this car and we took it for a 2500 mile round trip through the mid-west this summer. We had been complaining to ourselves that there was no dome light over the cargo compartment to light that area when the rear hatch is open. After about 21 months I noticed a clear plastic rectangle on the left wall of the cargo compartment. This rectangle had a switch next to it and when we moved the switch we discovered that this is the cargo light. That was a happy discovery, but a dome light would have been better since this one can be obstructed by cargo on that side. Also the storage compartments under the cargo area floor but above the spare tire are very handy.
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