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2016 Toyota Prius V Review

The 2016 Toyota Prius V finishes near the top of our wagon rankings. It's not the most exciting car to drive, but this Toyota has a nice interior and earns high safety and reliability scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Spacious cargo hold
  • Top-tier reliability rating
  • Lethargic acceleration




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.8
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2016 Toyota Prius V Overview

Is the 2016 Toyota Prius V a Good Used Wagon?

Yes, the Toyota Prius V is a good used wagon. It isn't that fun to drive due to its slothful acceleration and so-so handling, but it has excellent fuel economy, plenty of space for passengers and cargo, and a nice assortment of features for a 2016 vehicle. It also has a high safety score and a strong reliability rating.

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How Much Is the 2016 Toyota Prius V?

Based on the more than 75 listings for the 2016 Toyota Prius V on our site, you can expect to pay between $17,900 and $26,000 for a used 2016 Prius V. The average list price for a Prius V on our site is just under $21,600. What you pay will depend on the condition, mileage, features, and location of the used Prius V you select.

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How Much Does the 2016 Toyota Prius V Cost to Own?

The Prius V's five-year cost estimates for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance come out to just under $20,000, or about $4,000 per year.

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

Toyota discontinued this vehicle after the 2017 model year, so you can't buy a new 2018 Toyota Prius V. However, if you’d prefer a new wagon over a used 2016 Prius V, you should check out the 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen or the 2018 Subaru Outback. They can't match the Toyota's mpg ratings, but both have more powerful engines and get decent fuel economy for a nonhybrid wagon. The VW and Subaru both have spacious, comfortable seats, and the Outback provides more cargo space than the Prius V. They also offer features the Toyota doesn't, like all-wheel drive, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. A new Outback costs a few thousand dollars more than a 2016 Prius V, but the 2018 SportWagen's base price is about the same as the average price of a 2016 Toyota.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Prius V?

The Prius V has an excellent reliability score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's well above average for the industry and better than other wagons’ ratings.

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2016 Toyota Prius V Recalls

There are currently four safety recalls on the 2016 Toyota Prius V. They have to do with the hybrid capacitor, the parking brake cable, the passenger air bag, and the air bag sensors. Before buying a used Toyota Prius V, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Prius V Is Best?

The 2016 model is part of a generation that launched for 2012 and concluded with the 2017 model year, when the Prius V was discontinued. There are no differences between the 2015 and 2016 models, but the 2014 model has slightly different exterior styling. Additionally, the Four trim was not available until the 2015 model year.

All Prius V models earn high overall scores in our rankings. Because they’re all good cars, you shouldn’t limit your shopping to just one model year; you can save a lot of money by going for an older Prius V.

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Which Used Toyota Prius V Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Prius V comes in four trims, simply named Two, Three, Four, and Five. With its ample standard features list and low average price, the base Prius V Two represents the best value for your money. If you want a more advanced infotainment system, HD Radio, satellite radio, or navigation, step up to the Three trim. The Four trim adds leatherette upholstery and heated front seats, while the Five trim adds unique exterior styling elements like alloy wheels. The Five is also available with driver assistance features and a JBL premium audio system.

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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?

Most wagons earn high crash test scores, and the Prius V is no different. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Prius V a 2016 Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only tested the Prius V in the rollover crash. In this evaluation, it received four out of five stars.

The Prius V comes standard with a rearview camera. It’s available with advanced safety systems including lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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2016 Toyota Prius V Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Prius V or 2016 Toyota Prius?

You may be surprised to learn that the Toyota Prius has almost as much overall cargo room as the Prius V, and it gets significantly better gas mileage. The regular Prius, which was fully redesigned for 2016, gets up to 58 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway when properly equipped. The Prius has top-notch interior materials and a futuristic cabin design. It is also reasonably nimble and gets enough power from its hybrid powertrain for confident highway driving. Unless you need the extra cargo room of the Prius V, the regular Prius is a better option.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Prius V or 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid?

The Ford C-Max Hybrid and the plug-in hybrid C-Max Energi are the only other hybrid wagons available. The C-Max Hybrid's fuel economy falls short of the Prius V's, but unlike the Prius V's humdrum handling, the C-Max Hybrid is fairly nimble and fun to drive. Better still, the C-Max Hybrid feels somewhat quick off the line. Inside, the C-Max is upscale, with first-rate materials and handsome styling. There's plenty of passenger space, too, but the C-Max Hybrid has much less cargo room than the Prius V. The C-Max can't match the Prius V's safety and reliability scores either. Since these rivals offer different positives and negatives, picking the one that's best for you will come down to your personal needs.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Prius V or 2016 Subaru Outback?

Drivers searching for a wagon would be remiss not to consider the Subaru Outback, which won our 2016 Best Wagon for Families award and was a finalist for our 2016 Best Wagon for the Money award. The Outback isn't a hybrid like the Prius V, but its four-cylinder engine is still reasonably fuel-efficient. It gets up to 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with the base engine. A larger engine is available for a bit more punch. The Outback also has standard all-wheel drive – a feature that is unavailable in the Prius V. Both models earn similar crash test scores, but the Prius V has a higher reliability rating. However, the Outback has a longer list of available safety features and more cargo space. If fuel economy is your primary concern, go with the Prius V. Otherwise, opt for the more well-rounded Outback.

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2016 Prius V Performance

How Does the 2016 Toyota Prius V Drive?

The 2016 Prius V features a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 134 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission comes standard. This Toyota hybrid has adequate power for most driving situations, but it takes its time getting up to speed. In fairness, though, lackluster acceleration is a common complaint about hybrids.

Opinions differ about the accuracy of the Prius V's steering and the responsiveness of its regenerative brakes, but nobody will dispute that this Toyota wagon is no sports car. Still, its handling is passable on winding roads, and the ride is comfortable.

Does the 2016 Toyota Prius V Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Prius V gets 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Those ratings far exceed most other wagons' gas mileage numbers, and they're solid ratings by hybrid standards as well.

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2016 Prius V Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Prius V Seat?

The 2016 Prius V seats five. Both rows of seats are comfortable and have enough head- and legroom that even tall adults can ride without feeling cramped.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Toyota Prius V?

The Prius V has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether anchor on the middle seat.

2016 Toyota Prius V Features

The base 2016 Prius V comes standard with a proximity key, push-button start, automatic climate control, a rearview camera and Toyota's Entune Audio infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

Available features include an eight-speaker JBL audio system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning, a panoramic moonroof, and the Entune Premium Audio infotainment system, which includes navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, and the Entune App suite with apps like Pandora and Yelp.

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2016 Toyota Prius V Dimensions

Toyota Prius V Cargo Space

The 2016 Prius V has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 67.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. That's more space than many other wagons provide. To make things even better, the cargo area's low liftover height makes it easy to load.

2016 Prius V Length and Weight

The 2016 Toyota Prius V is just over 15 feet long and has a curb weight of 3,340 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Toyota Prius V Built?

The 2016 Toyota Prius V was built in Japan.

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