The 2015 Toyota Prius V wagon gives hybrid car buyers a larger, more family-friendly alternative to the standard Prius hatchback.
Whether you're talking about a cup of java or the most popular hybrid car lineup around, it's nice to have a choice of small, medium or large sizes. Those who want a roomier rear seat and more cargo capacity than the already generous standard Prius provides should be more than happy with the 2015 Toyota Prius V. Measuring an inch wider, 6 inches longer and 3 inches taller than the standard version, the Prius V wagon offers 60 percent more cargo space, with a full 34 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Fold them down and you've got nearly the same max capacity as some compact crossover SUVs.
Of course you're probably wondering about the Prius V's fuel economy. Although the V's 42 mpg combined rating isn't as lofty as that of the standard Prius' 50 mpg combined rating, this versatile wagon is still in the fuel economy stratosphere and one of the most fuel-efficient family cars you can buy. Like its brethren, the Prius V wagon may not be all that exciting to drive, and its lackluster acceleration means you must be more conservative with merging and passing maneuvers. Still, it is an easy car to drive and boasts a smooth, quiet ride that makes it a great choice for road trips.
Do your research and you'll discover a few other fuel-sipping wagons out there. One of our favorites is the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid, which offers more style, a nicer interior and better acceleration and handling. The Ford doesn't provide as much cargo space, however. The diesel-powered (TDI) version of the new 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is another good alternative, particularly if you're looking for a more premium-feeling interior. Overall, the competent, Edmunds "B"-rated 2015 Toyota Prius V remains a good pick in this group, thanks to its impressive versatility, frugality and abundance of Prius-style green cred.