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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Toyota Prius V

3/15/2013
Many buyers believe the Toyota Prius is a small vehicle when, in fact, the EPA rates the 5-door hatchback as a midsize car. Nevertheless, Toyota decided to build a larger Prius model and, when the automaker turned the Prius nameplate into a sub-brand under which to sell a family of hybrid vehicles, introduced the Prius v as a more family-friendly alternative to the standard Prius. The Prius v debuted for the 2012 model year, and changes for 2013 are limited to a new Seaglass Pearl paint color choice and a leatherette-wrapped steering wheel for the top trim level. Learn more about the 2013 Toyota Prius v using the 5 fast facts listed below.

1.) The 2013 Prius v is a 5-door multi-purpose vehicle built on the same platform as the Prius 5-door hatchback, and employing the same 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine, electric assist motor, nickel-metal hydride battery pack recharged by a regenerative braking system, and continuously variable transmission (CVT). Combined, the powertrain delivers 134 horsepower, and because the Prius v is a full hybrid rather than a mild hybrid, it can operate purely on electricity at low speeds and for short distances.

2.) The 2013 Prius v is offered in three trim levels, designated numerically as the Two, Three, and Five. A Prius v Four is not available. Highlights from the standard equipment list include LED taillights, 16-inch aluminum wheels, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, a humidity-sensing automatic climate control system with a dust and pollen filter, a passive entry system with push-button starting, and a reversing camera. The Prius v Two is also equipped with a Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system including a 6.1-inch color display, Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, a USB port, an iPod connection, and an auxiliary audio input jack.

3.) Selecting the Prius v Three allows buyers to obtain a navigation system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and Entune mobile multi-media and mobile application service. The Prius v Five adds LED headlights, fog lights, bigger aluminum wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a universal garage door opener, and leatherette seat upholstery. Additional options are offered for the Prius v Five, including a premium audio system, a more robust hard-drive navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, and an Advanced Parking Guidance System.

4.) Purchasing the Prius v Five model is also a pre-requisite to obtaining Safety Connect telematics with Automatic Collision Notification service, a Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system, and a Pre-Collision System. In crash tests, the 2013 Prius v receives a 5-star (out of 5 stars) overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is designated a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Note, however, that the IIHS has given the Prius v a "Poor" rating in the new small overlap frontal-impact test, which is designed to measure protection in the event the vehicle strikes a pole, tree, or oncoming vehicle on the front left corner of the vehicle.

5.) According to Toyota, the Prius v offers 12.7 more cu. ft. of cargo space than a standard Prius, provides 3.5 more cu. ft. of passenger space, weighs 232 pounds more, and gets 8 fewer miles per gallon than a standard Prius 5-door. According to the EPA, the Prius v is rated to return 44 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and 42 mpg in combined driving.