2017 Toyota Prius V


#2 out of 8 in 2017 Wagons

$22,464 - $26,160

2017 Toyota Prius V Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Toyota Prius V was new.


Interior: 8.1

The 2017 Toyota Prius v’s interior design is practical, but it won’t win any beauty contests. Many drivers will find their eyes drawn to the area behind the steering wheel, only to find nothing there. For some, checking gauges in the center of the dash will be a bit odd. Toyota uses a lot of hard plastic throughout the cabin, which still manages to look upscale. There’s quite a list of standard and optional features in the Prius v. Seating is both roomy and comfortable, and the cargo hold in this hybrid competes with some compact SUVs.

  • "While the cabin may excel in functionality, it's not especially attractive. The gauges are nestled in a recessed area in the middle of the dashboard, leaving the area in front of the steering wheel open and unfinished-looking. Furthermore, the quality of the materials is inconsistent; some plastics are nicely grained, while others look flimsy and low-budget." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The Prius v's dashboard is more conventional than the spaceship-like dash in the regular Prius, but it's more upscale, too, in both appearance and construction." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • Interior trim is tasteful and well assembled, but not lavish. Some unexpected surfaces are padded which help keep the interior's hard plastics from becoming overwhelming." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The 2017 Prius v seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Seating options include leatherette seats and a leatherette steering wheel, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

In the front, seating is comfortable and supportive, with plenty of head- and legroom. However, some tall drivers may find that the telescoping steering wheel, even when fully extended, is too far away. In the back, passengers have plenty of room, and they have even more when you slide the rear seats back; a feature not found in the C-Max Hybrid, though the Subaru Outback has it as well.

The Prius v’s LATCH system includes lower anchors on both outboard rear seats and tether anchors on all three rear seats. Although they haven’t rated the 2017 model yet, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2016 Prius v’s LATCH system as Marginal. They said the tethers are hard to find, the anchors are too deep in the seats, and both are difficult to operate.

  • "The ‘V’ in Prius V stands for versatility; there is surprisingly generous cargo space, the rear seat folds flat in a 60/40 split and slides fore-and-aft for enhanced passenger legroom, and the front-passenger seat even folds flat to accommodate longer items like lumber, a ladder or surfboard." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unfortunately, taller drivers must contend with a steering wheel that's placed too far away. The steering column telescopes, but doesn't extend nearly far enough from the dash." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Large adults will find plenty of headroom and legroom on comfortable seats." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The 2017 Prius v comes standard with automatic climate control, heated sideview mirrors, push-button start, and a proximity key. You also get a six-speaker Entune audio system, which comes with a 6.1-inch touch screen, auxiliary and USB ports, iPod connectivity, voice recognition, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera.

Available equipment includes smartphone app connectivity, satellite radio, HD Radio, a built in garage-door opener, fog lights, a panoramic-view sunroof, and a premium eight-speaker JBL audio system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

Critics praise the Prius v’s long list of standard and available features. It comes with a standard rearview camera, something you’ll have to pay extra for in the C-Max Hybrid. Although the Prius v’s driver information display takes some getting used to, it displays a wealth of information, such as fuel economy, hybrid system information, and other data normally found on a trip computer.

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  • "The Prius V's cabin and controls still look futuristic with its 6.1-inch center display and buttons for everything from starting the car to putting it in park. Before driving for [the] first time, learn how to operate the tiny transmission selector." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • There's no shortage of tech amenities, though. Toyota's smartphone app integration system … is standard on all but the base model. Getting started with the system can be a hassle, though, since you have to install an app on your phone and register for an account, plus you always need an active data connection to use it." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The digital gauges and hybrid system displays will be familiar to any Prius veteran, and none of the controls or readouts take much time to get used to." -- AutoTrader (2014)


With the rear seats in use, the Prius v has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space, but that goes up to 40.2 when you slide the seats forward. Fold them down, and you’ll have 67.3 cubic feet of space. That’s more cargo room than the C-Max Hybrid and the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. It almost doubles the cargo hold of the smaller Prius and rivals that of some crossover SUVs.

Both the rear seats and the passenger seat fold flat, allowing longer objects to fit easily inside. There’s no shortage of small-item storage, with two glove boxes and a large storage compartment underneath the shifter and controls.

  • "While even a standard Prius hatchback is roomy, the Prius V goes bigger and better. It, too, has a 5-passenger setup, but its rear seat slides and folds. With the rear seat in place, there's 34.3 to 40.2 cubic feet of storage in back. Fold the rear seats, and there's 67.3 cubic feet of room. And the front-passenger seat also folds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Storage compartments abound. There are two stacked gloveboxes and a large center console bin, along with an open nook beneath the center stack." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The large cargo area is easy to access with a good size rear hatch and low load floor. Large underfloor storage bins add to Prius v's practical nature. The split rear seat backs fold to create a flat floor, and the standard fold-flat front-passenger seat makes loading very long items a breeze." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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