First Date: 2015 Toyota Prius V

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“Like, an actual Prius V, not another one of those Prius Five things I drove last year?” I asked, as we set up my latest week-long test drive. “I’m definitely into it,” I explained, expressing my desire to drive the larger, wagony-er V. “I just want to make sure we’re talking about the right car.”

 

How We Met + First Impressions


I first met the Prius V (vee) several years ago at the Chicago Auto Show, where I was shuttled along an indoor “test track” along with three other comfortably seated adults. Having had lots of firsthand experience with the 2nd generation Prius, I was excited about the prospect of a bigger, roomier, and more powerful version coming to market and couldn’t wait to get my greasy little mitts on one. When I drove the V (five), I was underwhelmed from the start. But this time? This time we were definitely talking about the right car.

At first glance the 2015 Toyota Prius V isn’t overly large. It’s definitely closer in size and proportion to a Volvo station wagon, for example, than it is a minivan. That’s not to say the Prius V doesn’t have some van-like qualities, it’s just that driving it makes you think “wagon” more than “van”.

 

What I Learned


The 2015 Toyota Prius V arrived just as my little, yet much appreciated Yaris friend was leaving, so it had a tough act to follow. I loved the Yaris’ playful nature, easy to use controls, and simple, honest utility. The Prius V, though, showed up wearing the same bright red paint that the Yaris wore- but managed to wear it in a way that was much more “mature” and serious than the Yaris- and not in a bad way.

It’s just the first date, however. Let’s see where this one goes!

 

Original content from Gas 2.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.