2015 Toyota Prius v Overview
- Updated styling with added standard features
- Great fuel economy
- Cargo capacity (34.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats) similar to a small SUV
Back with some fresh updates for the new model year, the 2015 Toyota Prius V adds more aggressive styling to its sky high fuel economy numbers and family friendly cargo space.
The Prius V’s most prominent exterior changes are found up front, where a new grille and blacked-out lower valence give the nose added definition. There are also new available LED headlight accents and updated fog light housings that curl around the outsides of the front bumper. LED taillights are now standard, joining 16-inch alloy wheels and a roof spoiler. The Prius V is six-inches longer than a standard Prius which pays dividends for both passengers and cargo capacity.
What’s under the hood remains familiar, it’s the same system found in the smaller Prius, combining a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor that produce 134 total horsepower. Power runs through a CVT to the front wheels. There are four driving modes, including an EV-Drive mode which directs the Prius V to stay in all-electric mode as long as it can to conserve even more fuel. EPA estimated fuel economy numbers check in at 44/40 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the Prius V, like the other members of the Prius family, offers a good amount of kit for its price. Standard features include a 6.1-inch touchscreen audio system, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, push button start, and an automatic climate control system. Behind the 60/40-split rear seats, which both recline and slide forward and back, is an SUV-esque 34.3 cubic feet of cargo room, which expands all the way to 67.3 cubic feet when folded down. Heated and powered front seats are optional, along with Toyota’s Entune app suite and a navigation system.
As of this writing, the 2015 Prius V has not undergone crash testing but the 2014 version got a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and we expect the same for the latest model as well. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, rearview camera, and seven airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag). Also available are dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-collision system with autonomous braking to prevent forward collisions, and Safety Connect, which offers emergency roadside assistance and automatic collision notifications on a subscription basis (free for one year).