By Roger Boylan
All hail Prius V! Actually, that’s “V,” the letter, not the Roman numeral. The various trimlines of the Toyota Prius were once designated in dynastic fashion—Prius I, Prius II, etc.–but the new V designates “versatility,” or “versatile.” Certainly not “Vroom.” Of course, the Prius was never intended to be a driver’s car.Toyota’s market demographic is the no-nonsense general public with a penchant for frugality and right thinking and no interest in cars except as A to B appliances. With over 2 million Prii sold since 2001,that seems to be a good business model.
By Chris Haak
I just finished reviewing a large, seven-passenger Chrysler Town & Country minivan, and now find myself moving onto my next task. In the Town & Country review, I laid out my argument for why minivans are really the ultimate family vehicles: they’re comfortable, safe, and efficient given the size of their interior.
Now, I want you to forget about everything I said about minivans, because really, you are looking at all the car an American family of four needs.
By Charles Krome
Toyota hosted a media launch event for the Prius v this week, and yours truly was on hand to get up close and personal with what will be a key part of the automaker’s lineup when it goes on sale this fall. The vehicle represents Toyota’s effort to expand sales of its hybrid offerings by offering an expanded hybrid, in this case one that delivers 50 percent more cargo room than the Prius proper. Naturally, that requires increased dimensions all around, so the Prius v sits on a wheelbase that is 3 inches longer, while also being 3.3 inches wider, 6 inches longer, 1 inch taller and 232 lbs. heavier.