2016 Toyota Prius v Overview
- No significant changes for 2016
- Larger version of the Prius hatchback, with more cargo and passenger room
- 34.3 cubic feet of rear cargo room
Families that need more space than a regular Prius can provide but still want sky-high fuel economy can rejoice: your knight in shining armor is there, the 2016 Toyota Prius v.
Last year, the Prius v added new styling but is unchanged for the new model year. The styling updates helped make the Prius v a bit more aggressive, with a new grille and blacked-out lower valence giving the nose added definition. LED taillights are standard, along with 16-inch alloy wheels and a roof spoiler, while LED daytime running lights are optional. The Prius V is six-inches longer than a standard Prius which explains the gains in passenger and cargo capacity.
Under the hood, the Prius v has the same system found in the smaller Prius. It combines a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor to 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.
Last year’s model earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS and when tested, the 2016 model should 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).