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8.5

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Toyota Prius V Review

The 2015 Prius v is a good people hauler and with plenty of cargo space. Add in high predicted reliability and safety scores, and this hybrid pushes toward the top of the wagon class.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Ample cargo space
  • Low projected cost of ownership

 

  • Lackluster acceleration and handling

2015 Toyota Prius V Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Prius v a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Toyota Prius v succeeds as both a hybrid and a station wagon. Its focus is fuel economy, so its driving dynamics aren’t class-leading. In most other aspects, though, the Prius v shines. It has comfortable and roomy seating in the front and the back, as well as a user-friendly infotainment system.

Used 2015 Toyota Prius v Performance and Interior

The 2015 Toyota Prius v has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that generate 134 horsepower combined. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. The Prius v gets 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. That’s excellent for a station wagon and good for a hybrid. Handling is just OK, and acceleration isn’t rapid. Still, the Prius v delivers precise steering and a comfortable ride.

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The 2-row 2015 Toyota Prius v seats five comfortably on cloth upholstery. Head- and legroom are also good. Comfort in the second row is enhanced by a reclining and sliding rear seat. The Prius v has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor.

The base Prius v offers automatic climate control, push-button start, and redundant audio steering wheel controls. The Entune Audio infotainment system – which includes a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an auxiliary audio jack – is also standard. Most people will find it easier to stream music through Bluetooth than to set up the infotainment system, which requires you to register before you can use it. You also have to download an App to make it work with your smartphone.

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Used 2015 Toyota Prius v Prices

The price of a used 2015 Toyota Prius v ranges from about $18,900 for the base Two trim to around $21,000 for the top Five trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We don't base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect and analyze information like safety and predicted reliability reports, total ownership costs, and the views of the automotive press. For this overview, we analyzed 40 Prius v reviews to help you make an informed car-buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Prius v?

The 2015 Toyota Prius’ predicted reliability score is well above average: four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Prius v?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Prius v a Top Safety Pick+ and awarded the hybrid wagon the top rating of Good in all five crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Prius v four out of five stars in the only crash test it conducted – the rollover test.

A rearview camera is standard. Available active safety features, found only in the top Prius v Five trim, include adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision warning system, and lane departure alerts.

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Should I Consider Another Used Prius v?

The Prius v debuted for the 2012 model year, when Toyota carved the popular hybrid Prius into three separate models. The Prius v is the largest of the three. It changed little between 2012 and 2015, except for a front-end update and the addition of LED taillights for 2015. You could consider a 2014 Prius v to save money, but it will have a different exterior look and will lack the eight-way power driver’s seat found in the new-for-2015 Prius v Four trim. 

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Which Used Prius v Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Prius v comes in four trim levels: Two, Three, Four, and Five. Among other standard features, the base Two offers Bluetooth music streaming and voice recognition. The Three trim level offers a nicer driver’s seat, satellite navigation, HD Radio, and satellite radio. The Four is the first model to have standard leatherette seating, and it also includes an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Additions to the Five trim are minor.

The Three trim offers the best combination of standard features for the money. The Five trim, however, has a number of active safety features, like adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision warning system, and lane departure alerts.

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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2015 Toyota Prius v and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Prius v or 2015 Subaru Outback?

The 2015 Subaru Outback is a slightly better station wagon than the Prius v. The Subaru has a bit more cargo space (73.3 cubic feet versus 67.3) and a robust four-cylinder engine that lays down more energy than the Prius v’s powertrain. The Outback also has more second-row legroom. If you prioritize fuel economy over space, the Prius v is the way to go. If you can do with the Subaru’s lower gas mileage ratings (25/32 mpg city/highway), you’ll have a wagon that’s better in most every way.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Prius v or 2015 Ford C-MAX Hybrid?

The 2015 Ford C-MAX Hybrid has a nicer interior than the Prius v, as well as standard technology that includes a voice-activated infotainment system. Ford’s MyKey system, which lets parents set speed and audio volume limits for young drivers, also comes standard. However, the Ford loses the cargo war, offering just 24.3 cubic feet behind the second row compared with the Toyota’s 34.3. The Prius v also has slightly better fuel economy. For these reasons, the Prius v is the more practical choice of the two hybrid wagons.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Prius v or 2015 Toyota Prius c?

The 2015 Toyota Prius c is a subcompact car. It bests the Prius v in fuel economy (53/46 mpg city/highway), but it does so because it’s substantially smaller and lighter. The Prius c has less cargo space and an interior filled with more hard plastics. The Prius v is the better car for its passenger room, cargo space, and nicer interior.

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