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2013 Toyota Prius V Review

The 2013 Toyota Prius v achieves remarkable fuel economy for the class, and its ample passenger and cargo space impressed automotive experts.

Pros & Cons

  • Fantastic fuel economy
  • Large, adjustable rear seat
  • Spacious cargo hold
  • Slow acceleration




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.4
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2013 Toyota Prius V Overview

The 2013 Prius v’s powertrain includes a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, which are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Most reviewers agreed that the Prius v accelerates slowly, though some noted that its acceleration should still satisfy the expectations of hybrid drivers, and that it transitions seamlessly between gas and electric power. The 2013 Toyota Prius v gets an EPA-estimated 44/40 mpg city/highway, which is exceptional for a wagon. Critics said the Prius v offers a smooth highway ride and predictable handling, but also an otherwise mundane driving experience. They wrote that the steering system provides little feedback, but added that it’s light and accurate, which makes the Prius v easy to maneuver at low speeds. Some reviewers praised the Prius v’s regenerative brakes for offering solid stopping power, but others wished the pedal had a smoother feel.

The 2013 Toyota Prius v’s interior is well-built, though some critics noted that it has a noticeable amount of hard plastic trim. Reviewers were very impressed with the spacious rear seats, which slide and recline. The Prius v has a maximum of 67.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is above average for a wagon. Standard features in the 2013 Toyota Prius v include a USB port, Bluetooth, push-button start, a six-speaker sound system and automatic climate control. Available features include a dual-pane sunroof, navigation, a rearview camera, satellite radio, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, parallel park assist, an eight-speaker premium audio system and Toyota’s Entune smartphone app integration system. Some critics wished features like heated front seats weren’t only available on the top-of-the-line Five trim.

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Other Wagons to Consider

The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid offers an enjoyable driving experience for a hybrid, said reviewers, due in part to its lively acceleration and accurate steering. They agreed that the cabin features a contemporary design and ample passenger space in the front and back seats.

The diesel-powered 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI gets superb fuel economy for a wagon, and test drivers said it offers strong highway passing power. Additionally, automotive experts agreed that the Jetta SportWagen has a nicer interior than many small wagons thanks to its upscale materials and superb build quality.

Compare the Prius v, C-Max Hybrid and Jetta SportWagen »


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