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2015 Toyota Prius V Review

The 2015 Toyota Prius V finishes in the top tier our wagon rankings. This is a solid vehicle that gets great gas mileage and provides plenty of room for passengers and cargo, making it easy to see why it ranks so highly.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Ample cargo space
  • Good reliability rating
  • Low projected ownership costs
  • Lackluster acceleration

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Toyota Prius V's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Hybrid Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2015 Best Wagon for the Money award and a finalist for our 2015 Best Wagon for Families award. Currently the Toyota Prius V has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 40 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




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 Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Prius V a Good Used Wagon?

Yes, the 2015 Toyota Prius V is a good used wagon. It doesn't have the most exciting powertrain, but it makes up for that with stellar gas mileage and a comfortable ride. Inside, this Toyota has lots of room for people and stuff, and it offers a nice array of tech features. To top it off, the Prius V has good safety and reliability ratings.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Toyota Prius V review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 40 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Toyota Prius V?

Based on about 230 listings for the 2015 Toyota Prius V on our site, the average list price is $19,300. Prices range from $16,000 to $22,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Toyota Prius V Cost to Own?

The 2015 Toyota Prius V’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $20,000, or $4,000 per year. That’s below average for a wagon.

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

Toyota discontinued the Prius V after the 2017 model year, so you can't buy a new one. If you're interested in a new wagon that's in the same price range as the 2015 Prius V, you could look to the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, which starts a bit under $22,000. The base 2019 VW Golf starts around the same price, and while it isn't a wagon, it is a roomy hatchback. You might also consider the 2019 Honda Fit. It's spacious for a subcompact car, and its starting price is around $16,000.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Prius V Is Best?

Besides adding a new trim and some minor styling updates, the 2015 Prius V is largely the same as the models that precede it, going back to the vehicle's debut for the 2012 model year. The 2016 Prius V saw no major changes, and the 2017 model – the final year of production for this wagon – only added Siri Eyes Free. Consider saving money with an older model, which offers many of the same features as the 2015.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Prius V?

The 2015 Toyota Prius V has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Toyota Prius V Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one safety recall for the 2015 Prius V. It concerns the passenger air bag, which may not deploy as intended. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed by a Mercedes dealer.

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Which Used Toyota Prius V Is Right for Me?

Every Prius V model has the same amount of cargo and passenger space, as well as the same powertrain. The features lists are the only real differences between the four trims, named the Two, Three, Four, and Five. Yeah, we're not sure what happened to the One, either.

The base Two trim comes with Bluetooth music streaming and voice recognition, among other standard amenities. However, the Three trim offers the best combination of features for the money. It has a nicer driver’s seat, satellite navigation, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

The Four is the first model to have standard synthetic leather upholstery, and it also features an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Additions for the Five trim include available active safety tech. You might find Prius V Five models with a number of active safety features, like adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision warning system, and lane departure warning.

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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. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Prius V?

The 2015 Prius V earned four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Prius V the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and named the wagon a Top Safety Pick+, which is the organization's highest honor. The IIHS also gave properly equipped Prius V models the second-highest rating of Advanced for front crash prevention.

A rearview camera comes standard. Several other features are available, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and lane departure warning.

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2015 Toyota Prius V Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Subaru Outback is one of the Prius V's toughest challengers in the wagon class. The Subaru has a bit more cargo space than the Toyota (73.3 cubic feet versus 67.3), and the Outback has a robust four-cylinder engine with a higher output than the Prius V’s powertrain. The Outback also has more second-row legroom. The Toyota gets far better gas mileage and has a higher reliability rating. Both are excellent wagons, and you can't go wrong with either car.

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, which lets you set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers, also comes standard. However, the Ford has less cargo space, offering just 24.5 cubic feet behind the second row compared to 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.

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2015 Prius V Performance

How Does the 2015 Toyota Prius V Drive?

The 2015 Toyota Prius V features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that generate 134 horsepower combined. The hybrid powertrain is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Sadly, this Toyota fits the stereotype of the lethargic hybrid. It transitions smoothly from electric to gasoline power, and the overall engine output is fine, but the Prius V accelerates slowly. It's stable around turns, but not sporty, and it rides comfortably.

Does the 2015 Toyota Prius V Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Prius V gets excellent fuel economy ratings for a wagon, earning 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Those are also solid ratings when compared to other hybrid vehicles.

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2015 Prius V Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Prius V Seat?

The 2015 Toyota Prius V seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat are included in the Four and Five trims. The front seats provide plenty of head- and legroom, and they're comfortable. The rear seats are spacious as well, and they slide and recline.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Toyota Prius V?

The 2015 Prius V has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. Most types of car seats fit without too much trouble, and the lower anchors are easy to use. The tether anchors are tough to find, however.

2015 Toyota Prius V Features

Standard features in the 2015 Toyota Prius V include automatic climate control, push-button start, and Toyota’s Entune Audio infotainment system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

Available features include a panoramic moonroof, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning, and the Entune Premium Audio infotainment system with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch touch screen, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, and the Entune App Suite. An eight-speaker JBL sound system is also available.

The infotainment system is fairly easy to use, and there are clearly labeled physical buttons for some functions. The Entune App Suite is frustrating because you have to register for an account before you can use it. Having the digital gauges, including the speedometer, mounted atop the center stack – instead of behind the steering wheel – may throw you at first, but it's not a big deal once you're used to it.

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2015 Toyota Prius V Dimensions

Toyota Prius V Cargo Space

The 2015 Toyota Prius v has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 67.3 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. Those are good totals for a wagon. The front-passenger and rear seats fold flat, giving you an even load floor and plenty of room to haul long items.

2015 Prius V Length and Weight

The 2015 Prius V is 15 feet, 2 inches long. It has a curb weight of 3,340 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Toyota Prius V Built?

Toyota built the 2015 Prius V in Japan.

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