Largely unchanged for 2013, the Toyota Prius V is mid-size five-door hybrid hatchback powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine that produces 98 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. An electronically controlled continuously variable transmission paired with FWD enable an EPA estimated 44 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. Features consist of 17-inch alloy wheels, power moonroof, air conditioning, voice-activated touch-screen DVD/navigation system, 4-disc CD changer, remote keyless entry with push button start and hands-free phone capability. Safety includes enhanced vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control (TCS), anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), smart stop technology (SST), lane keep assist, advanced airbags, hill start assist (HSA) control and engine immobilizer. The Prius V is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty,Read more Read less
Following big changes last year, which included the introduction of several new Prius models, changes for 2013 are minimal. New this year is the Persona Series Special Edition for the Prius Three, which features 17-inch wheels, a special Black Cherry Pearl paint job and unique badges. Additionally, most models receive a modest price increase.
Leading fuel economy; proven reliability; new models provide cargo and passenger flexibility
The Prius has set the standard for hybrid-powertrains in the U.S. since it was introduced. The current model is the most efficient, most reliable Prius yet has proven to be an amazing bargain. With several Prius variations from which to choose, the winning hybrid powertrain appeals to even more car buyers. Anyone who thought the original Prius was too small should look for the Prius v. Customers looking to maximize their fuel economy would be advised to consider the Prius Plug-in. Both feature Toyota's reliable, efficient hybrid technology at a reasonable price.