Review: Toyota Prius V still tops in fuel economy

The Toyota Prius V boasts ample cargo space.

The Toyota Prius V boasts ample cargo space.

Let’s check the numbers for the Toyota Prius hatchback vs. Toyota Prius V wagon.

Price jumps $2,400 to $27,110 for the V, mileage drops from 51 city/48 highway to 44/40, cargo space climbs to 34 cubic feet (a 58 percent increase) with back seats in use, and passenger space moves to 97, a gain of 3.5 cubes. The V’s zero-to-60 time drops from 9.8 seconds to 10.4, and weight increases by 232 pounds to 3,274.

The decline in fuel efficiency may sting a bit, but consider that the V’s numbers are still well above similarly sized hatchbacks and SUVs, hybrid or otherwise -- and it has a lot more room.

If you don’t mind giving up the more spacious wagon format, however, some of today’s company sedans are hitting the 40 mpg mark on the highway. Then there’s the Prius hatchback and even smaller “city” model.

Now let’s get to the more subjective part of the review. I was impressed with the Prius V’s cargo space; in fact, the EPA classifies the vehicle as “midsize.”

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