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With a balance between outstanding spaciousness, refined style, and smooth
aerodynamics, Prius v has a low 0.29 coefficient of drag, which does not inhibit
the vehicle's convenient packaging. It is a new vehicle designed from the ground
up, with a shape that evolved from Prius rather than being an elongated version.
The exterior styling is sleek, rounded and bold, with an extended roofline
that allows the vehicle to retain the triangular silhouette symbolic of Prius.
The trapezoidal-shaped front features sharp-edged headlamps, wind-slipping aero
corners for improved aerodynamics and an enlarged under grille, which all help
create a unique design evolving from the current Prius. Prius v's rear styling
is highlighted by a refined backdoor panel, intricate combination taillights and
a specially designed roof spoiler that improves air flow.
Inside, the Prius v emphasizes overall proportion with
spaciousness and flexibility for active families. Comfortable interior space and
good visibility has been assisted by a high seating position, ample head room,
and an impressive 38-inch couple distance, providing generous rear legroom. A
low, wide-opening rear hatch reveals 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the
rear seats, making it the most spacious dedicated hybrid vehicle on the market
and better than some compact SUVs.
Comfortable seating for five is
specifically designed for young families. Sliding second row seats allow for
easier ingress and egress and rear-storage flexibility, with a 45-degree recline
for greater comfort. The 60/40 split, folding rear seats present four different
seat arrangements that provide excellent usability for passengers and luggage,
while a fold-flat front-passenger seat allows for extremely long cargo.
Also available, and a Toyota-first, is a resin Panoramic View moonroof with
power retractable sun shades that provides an open atmosphere in the cabin with
a 40-percent reduction in weight as compared to conventional glass roofs of the
same size, and excellent heat insulation performance.
instrument-panel controls, including a single-dial air-conditioning control and
a center-mounted digital combination meter, provide an advanced look and
user-friendly command. The driving controls - including the Push Button Start,
parking switch, electronic shift lever, and driving mode selection - are
distinguished by silver trim.
EPA Fuel Economy: 42 mpg City, 38 mpg
Despite the spaciousness of a family friendly midsize
vehicle, the Prius v will deliver estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 42 mpg
city, 38 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined, the best fuel economy ratings of any
SUV, crossover, or wagon on the market. It will also emit 66-percent fewer
smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle.
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