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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.5
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2014 Toyota Prius V Review

The 2014 Toyota Prius v rises toward the top of its class thanks to its roomy seating and cargo space, superb fuel economy, and excellent reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Large cargo area
  • Spacious rear seat
  • Sluggish acceleration

2014 Toyota Prius V Overview

Is the 2014 Toyota Prius v a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Toyota Prius v is a must-see if you’re shopping for a used wagon. As the largest member of the Prius family, the Prius v hybrid provides generous seating space and a large cargo area. It also offers a comfortable ride, class-leading fuel economy, excellent reliability ratings, and low projected ownership costs. While there are more fun-to-drive and luxurious alternatives in this class – such as the Acura TSX Sport Wagon and the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen – none can match the Prius’ mix of great space and tremendous fuel efficiency.

Used 2014 Toyota Prius v Performance and Interior

The Toyota Prius v has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor that yield a combined 134 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard. The Prius v has rather poky acceleration, and it can feel underpowered when climbing hills or merging onto the highway. The trade-off is excellent fuel economy. The Prius v’s hybrid system delivers an EPA-estimated 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

The Prius v impresses with a comfortable and composed ride, and it feels stable when rounding corners. The power steering is light and responsive, making the Prius v a breeze to park. The regenerative braking system works rather seamlessly as well, which isn’t always the case with rival hybrids. Once the driver lifts off the accelerator, the electric motor begins to slow the car, capturing the energy to recharge the battery pack.

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The Toyota Prius v seats five and provides generous interior space. There’s ample head- and legroom for adults in both rows. The comfortable front seats offer great forward visibility. The rear seats are similarly cozy, and they can slide and recline to better accommodate tall passengers. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Prius v has an excellent 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 67.3 cubic feet with the 60/40-split seats folded. The front passenger seat can also fold flat, allowing the Prius v to carry long items like ladders.

Toyota equips all Prius v models with a touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, and a USB input. Available features include a navigation system, satellite radio, and an app suite with support for Pandora internet radio and other apps. The dashboard benefits from an easy-to-use control layout, and the on-screen infotainment menus are straightforward. Small-item storage space is ample as well, including two cubbies under the center stack, a large center console, and dual glove boxes. If there is a demerit inside the Prius v, it’s material quality. While the cabin looks and feels more upscale than the standard Prius hatchback, there are still plenty of hard plastics around.

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Used 2014 Toyota Prius v Prices

The price of a used 2014 Prius v ranges from about $16,900 for the Prius v Two trim to around $18,500 for the Prius v Five trim. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota Prius v?

The Prius v has very good reliability, earning a score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Prius v?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Prius v a Good safety rating in four out of five areas tested, but a Poor rating in the fifth – the small overlap front crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Prius a perfect five-star rating for overall and side impact safety, as well as four stars for front and rollover crash test performance.

All Prius v models are equipped with a standard rearview camera. Available active safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking (Pre-Collision System), adaptive cruise control, and parallel park assist.

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Should I Consider Another Used Prius v?

Toyota launched the Prius v wagon as an all-new model for 2012. There were no major updates to the Prius between the 2012 and 2014 model years. As a result, you’re apt to find similarly equipped 2012 and 2013 models at lower prices.

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Which Used Toyota Prius v Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2014 Prius v in the Two, Three, and Five trim levels. The Prius v Two comes well-equipped with a 6.1-inch touch screen, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, cloth upholstery, auto climate control, and a rearview camera.

The Prius v Three offers a good balance of price and features, which will satisfy many customers. It adds a navigation system, the Entune app suite, satellite radio, and voice recognition.

The Prius v Five adds heated front seats and SofTex leatherette upholstery. Toyota’s suite of advanced safety features is available in the Prius v Five trim level only.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Prius v. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2014 Toyota Prius v and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Prius v or 2014 Toyota Prius?

The Prius v builds on the Toyota Prius hatchback’s strengths. The Prius v provides more cargo space, while still offering a comfortable ride, roomy seating, and excellent reliability. Both have a similar array of safety and convenience features. Fuel economy is the compromise; opt for the hatchback if you desire peak fuel efficiency (49/46 mpg city/highway). However, you should go with the Prius v if you don’t mind sacrificing a few mpg here or there (43/39 mpg city/highway) in exchange for a larger, boxier cargo area.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Prius v or 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

The Ford C-Max Hybrid has a more upscale interior than the Prius v, as well as livelier handling and zippier acceleration. However, it’s not a great option overall. The C-Max has a much smaller cargo space, lower fuel economy (41/36 mpg city/highway), a below-average reliability rating, and a frustrating infotainment system. You’re better off with the Prius v.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Prius v or 2014 Subaru Outback?

The Subaru Outback is nowhere near as fuel-efficient as the Prius v. That said, the Outback features roomier rear seats, a slightly larger cargo area, all-wheel-drive traction, and a robust 3,000-pound towing capacity. It’s a more capable vehicle, especially if you live in the Snowbelt. Just know that it doesn’t rate as high in reliability, and the Prius v also edged past the Outback for the top spot in our 2014 wagon rankings.

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