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2017 Toyota Prius V Review

The 2017 Toyota Prius v has roomy seating and cargo space, low projected ownership costs, and a great safety score. However, it ranks in the middle of the hybrid and electric car class because of its low-end cabin materials and pokey acceleration.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Roomy seating and cargo space
  • Comfortable ride
  • Cheap interior plastics
  • Tepid acceleration

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Toyota Prius V's #10 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Hybrid Cars category. Currently the Toyota Prius V has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 46 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 6.1
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Toyota Prius V Overview

Is the 2017 Toyota Prius v a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Toyota Prius v is a fine option if you want a fuel-efficient, no-frills family hauler. The Prius v hybrid offers generous seating space in both rows, a large cargo hold, excellent fuel economy, and a smooth ride. Plus, its ownership costs are estimated to be lower than average.

That said, it faces stiff competition from rivals in the hybrid and electric car class, including the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq hatchback. The Ioniq offers superior fuel economy, more tech features, and nicer cabin materials. Toyota’s own 2017 RAV4 Hybrid also outdoes the Prius v with all-wheel drive, more advanced safety features, and extra cargo space.

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We’ve researched 50 Toyota Prius v reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 Toyota Prius v?

You can expect to pay between $19,000 and $29,400 for a used 2017 Prius v. These figures are based on 70 listings for the 2017 Toyota Prius v on our site. The average price is $24,400. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Toyota Prius v Cost to Own?

The Prius v’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $20,900 – or about $4,200 per year. That’s much lower than average for the wagon class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Prius v?

The Prius v wagon was discontinued after the 2017 model year, so you likely won’t be able to find any new models for sale. However, if you are interested in a new Toyota hybrid, consider the standard 2018 Prius hatchback (starting at $23,475). The Prius hatchback doesn’t have as much cargo space as the larger Prius v wagon, but it’s still capable of hauling bulky items around. It also offers better fuel economy than the Prius v (up to 54/50 mpg city/highway), higher-quality cabin materials, and a vast array of standard safety features, like forward collision warning.

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You can save even more money by selecting the 2018 Toyota Prius c, which starts at $20,630. The Prius c hatchback is the smallest model in the Toyota Prius lineup, but it can still pack away a generous amount of cargo. It also tops the Prius v with more standard safety features and better fuel economy (48/43 mpg).

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Prius v Is Best?

The Prius v’s first and only generation spanned the 2012 to 2017 model years. These models all share the same hybrid system, overall dimensions, and infotainment features, making them all fine picks for used wagon shoppers. The only major changes occurred in 2015, which included a restyled exterior and the addition of available lane departure warning. You’ll save the most money by shopping for the very similar 2012, 2013, and 2014 Prius v models.

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Which Used Toyota Prius v Model Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2017 Prius v in Two, Three, Four, and Five trim levels. Most shoppers will find that the base Two model has many of the features they’re looking for in a car. The Prius v Two comes standard with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, Siri Eyes Free, proximity keyless entry with push-button start, cruise control, cloth seats, automatic climate control, and alloy wheels. If you want more, however, you’ll find it in the Prius’ top trim levels.

The Prius v Three trim adds a navigation system, the Entune app suite, and satellite radio. The Prius v Four trim adds SofTex leatherette upholstery and heated front seats. Lastly, the Prius v Five trim adds fog lights. It’s also the only trim that’s optional with a moonroof, a JBL sound system, and Toyota’s suite of advanced safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota Prius v?

The 2017 Prius v has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is above average for the market.

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2017 Toyota Prius v Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2017 Prius v. Toyota identified a fault with the vehicle’s parking brake cable; it may disengage and cause the vehicle to roll away. Toyota is also recalling about 400 vehicles that may be equipped with an underinflated spare tire. If either of these recalls affect the used Prius you are considering, make sure the problems have been resolved before you buy.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Prius v?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Prius v a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ and awarded it the top rating of Good in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Prius v four out of five stars in its rollover crash test.

Toyota equips all 2017 Prius v models with a rearview camera. Available safety features include lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and Toyota’s Pre-Collision System (forward collision warning with brake assist).

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2017 Toyota Prius v Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Prius v or 2017 Subaru Outback?

You'll like the Subaru Outback better if you favor performance over fuel efficiency. The Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive, which gives you better traction in inclement weather. It’s nimbler around turns, available with a muscular six-cylinder engine, and can tow up to 2,700 pounds. By comparison, the Prius v isn’t rated to tow anything. It’s not all bad news for the Prius, though. The Toyota has a similarly roomy cargo area, lower projected ownership costs, and far better fuel economy. Both are fine options in this class.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Prius v or 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen?

The VW Golf SportWagen is another top option in the class. It offers zippier engine performance and sportier handling than the Prius v, along with available all-wheel drive. It also has a much nicer interior and support for the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps. Both wagons have a similarly large cargo space. While the Golf is the more refined wagon, it’s still not as fuel-efficient as the Prius. Its ownership costs aren’t as low either. Test drive both of these top-rated wagons to see which you prefer.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Prius v or 2017 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

The Ford C-Max Hybrid isn’t a great used car option. While it may offer sportier driving dynamics than the Prius and a higher-quality interior, the C-Max has a much smaller cargo area and a below-average predicted reliability rating. Stick with the Prius v.

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2017 Prius v Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota Prius v Drive?

The Toyota Prius v has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which produce a combined 134 horsepower. A second electric motor operates as a starter for the engine. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. This hybrid system scoots the Prius v around town with adequate pep, but it can feel underpowered at highway speeds or when climbing hills.

The Prius v impresses with its comfortable ride quality, and it feels stable when rounding corners. The steering is light and responsive, making the Prius v a breeze to park. The transitions between gas and electric driving modes are seamless as well, and the car’s regenerative braking system feels natural, which isn’t always the case with hybrids. Once the driver lifts off the gas pedal, the electric motor begins to slow the car and uses the energy to recharge the battery pack.

Does the 2017 Toyota Prius v Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Prius v gets an EPA-estimated 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for a wagon. A few of its Prius siblings can do better, however. The 2017 Prius Eco hatchback gets up to 58/53 mpg city/highway, and the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid can manage 54 mpg city/highway combined and 25 miles of electric-only driving range.

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2017 Prius v Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Prius v Seat?

The Toyota Prius v is a four-door wagon with five seats. The front seats are comfortable and offer good forward visibility. The rear seats are similarly cozy and feature sliding and reclining adjustments to better accommodate tall passengers. There’s ample head- and legroom for adults in both rows. Cloth upholstery is standard; leatherette and heated seats are available. The Prius v’s interior materials aren’t very impressive, though. Most surfaces are covered with hard, cheap-looking plastics.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota Prius v?

The Prius v has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The top tether anchors are a bit hard to find, and the lower anchors are buried deep in the seat cushions and are tough to access.

2017 Toyota Prius v Features

All 2017 Prius v models come standard with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Siri Eyes Free connectivity is also standard; it integrates many iPhone functions with the car’s voice recognition system. Available features include a navigation system, satellite radio, and the Entune app suite (Pandora, iHeartRadio, Yelp, and more). The dashboard benefits from easy-to-use audio and climate control buttons. The on-screen infotainment menus are fairly simple as well.

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2017 Toyota Prius v Dimensions

Toyota Prius v Cargo Space

The Prius v has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 67.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. That’s quite large for a wagon; it’s just a few cubic feet shy of the class-leading Subaru Outback.

2017 Prius v Length and Weight

The Toyota Prius v is 15.2 feet long and has a curb weight of 3,340 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Toyota Prius v Built?

The Prius v was built in Aichi, Japan.

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