We Need to Talk: 2015 Toyota Prius V

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I spent over a week driving in and around heavy Chicago traffic in the 2015 Toyota Prius V. Meanwhile, Volkswagen’s world was exploding into chaos and making diesel seem like a really terrible alternative to EVs and hybrids like this one. How did that impact my views on the Prius V? Let’s find out!

 

You’re Awesome, But …


The 2015 Toyota Prius V started off the week as a taller, Prius-ier alternative to cars like the Volkswagen Jetta TDi. Both vehicles delivered great fuel economy while offering room for five passengers and a fair bit of storage and both looked right at home in the nicer parts of Oak Park, IL, where they’d do most of their driving if we owned one. Once news broke that VW had been cheating on its emissions tests, however, the balance seemed likely to swing wildly towards the Prius.

Except, it didn’t quite work out that way.

 

Final Thoughts: 2015 Toyota Prius V


Despite my ass-o-meter telling me that it was marginally peppier than the standard Prius, the 2015 Toyota Prius V is no hot rod. In fact, about the only positive thing I can say about the performance and handling of the car is that it compares well to the standard Prius — and, frankly, in a world populated by cars like the Hyundai Sonata Eco and Kia Optima Hybrid, that’s no longer good enough. Factor in cars like the 240 HP, 37 MPG base Volvo V60 wagon with its aggressively competitive leasing options and the Prius V hardly seems like a great option at all (there is even a PHEV version of the Volvo coming soon, BTW).

That said, the Prius V does pass one critical test that the Hyundai, VW, and maybe even the turbocharged Volvo fail: the in-laws test.

Which is to say that, when it comes time for my mother-in-law to trade in her Prius and she asks me for a recommendation, I’d feel very comfortable recommending a Prius V. Toyota’s record for reliability, resale value, and pervasive dealer infrastructure will serve her well, and it will probably serve you well, too. So, that leaves us with the 2015 Toyota Prius V — it’s probably a great option for you, but it’s just not for me.

 

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.