2018 Toyota Prius V Redesign

The newest 2018 Toyota Prius V will get a mild makeover in the upcoming year. The Hybrid vehicles are no longer deemed as niche category cars for those with deep wallets. With time, the technology used in these vehicles is getting improved and their prices are falling, making them accessible and feasible for mainstream car buyers.The Toyota has been a forerunner in green car technologies.

The Toyota has been a forerunner in green car technologies.

The 2018 Prius Prime Plug-In Hybrid is most advanced Toyota hybrid car.

2018 Toyota Prius V front

2018 Toyota Prius V – Platform and Appearance

There is simply no denying the Prius V wagon is the largest in Prius lineup. This makes it more suited for mid-sized families than peppy urban buyers with small families. The fuel economy is on par with that of other hybrid sedans while cargo space is equal to what you get in typical mid-sized SUV models. Design wise the 2018 model is similar to the predecessor but now it looks more engage and macho from certain angles. It is sold in 4 trims- labeled Two, Three, Four and top end Five.

The cabin of 2018 Toyota Prius V can accommodate 5 adults. It is not much lavish but designed with the focus on practical usage needs. The seats are not very comfortable but they are not tacky either. However, you get enough storage options in its cabin. The center console bin is large enough to hold all your gadgets. Default cargo capacity stands at 34.3 cubic feet- pretty good.

Safety Features and Amenities

The 2018 Toyota Prius V gets equipped with the decent set of safety features and amenities. In base two trim, you get 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, rearview camera, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, cruise control, Bluetooth, USB.  The Plus Trim include the navigation system, HD radio, satellite radio, smartphone app integration etc. With the Premium Trim, you will get leatherette upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and heated front seats.

The fully loaded trim include features like 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, and more. This Advanced Technology package comes with the panoramic sunroof, automatic high-beam headlight control, JBL sound system along with Safety Connect system of Toyota. You may also opt for radar guided adaptive cruise control. All models get Toyota’s enhanced Entune infotainment setup but features vary across the lineup.

All models come laden with safety features like antilock disc brakes, airbags, and traction control.

2018 Toyota Prius V interior

2018 Toyota Prius V – Powertrain Details

When you buy a hybrid vehicle you care more about mileage and engine performance and luxury features as it is. The 41 MPG combined EPA tag may make you tempted but remember this car is not meant for those who love and want brisk acceleration!

The 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine gets clubbed with the 60-kilowatt electric motor and the total output stands at 134 HP. This is somewhat frugal for its category. It also has a CVT unit embedded.  This is where rival Ford C-Max takes a lead. There are 3 driving modes- EV, Eco, and Power. Most of the times you will want to use the Power mode. Ride quality, however, is pretty good.

2018 Toyota Prius V rear

MSRP and Production of the 2018 Toyota Prius V

The expected entry level pricing of 2018 Toyota Prius V should be close to $27,500. It will be released in late 2017.

Summing it up

The 2018 Toyota Prius V is a nice mid-sized hybrid vehicle that offers decent performance and styling but there are better contenders in the market. The cabin is practical and storage space is good. The Toyota has used latest safety feature set in this car.  However, it gets somewhat laid down by the underperforming hybrid setup. You still get good value for money, beyond doubt.

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