NEW FOR 2014:

– No changes.

It’s another carryover year for Toyota’s hybrid wagon.

The biggest member of the Prius family offers buyers parsimonious fuel economy that nearly matches the standard hybrid hatchback, but with much more passenger and cargo room. The tall body offers rear-seat riders excellent leg and headroom, and its long, wide cargo bay is larger than most compact crossovers.

Powering the Prius v is the same 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine and Hybrid Synergy Drive setup as the standard Prius. With multiple driving modes including an EV-only mode, it delivers excellent fuel economy if babied. However, given the fact that it hauls an additional 230 lbs of glass and metal about, it’s not especially quick. Impressively, the Prius v can be fitted with high-end technology and active safety features including radar cruise control, LED headlamps, and a self-parking function.

Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, CD/MP3 stereo with 6.1-inch display, auxiliary input, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, cloth seats, driver’s side height adjustment, 60/40 split-folding sliding and reclining rear seat, proximity key with push-button start, auto up/down windows, exterior temperature gauge, Eco Drive Monitor with multi-information display, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio and climate controls, floor mats, cargo cover, cargo net, cruise control, digital clock, illuminated entry, front and rear splash guards, rear bumper protector, rear spoiler, heated mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, intermittent rear washer/wiper, LED taillights.

The Luxury Package adds synthetic leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation system, SofTex synthetic leather upholstery, heated seats, satellite radio, garage door opener, resin panoramic sunroof, smart key system, auto-dimming rearview mirror and front footwell lighting.

The Touring Package builds on the Luxury Package and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, fog lamps, and automatic auto-leveling LED headlamps with washers.

The Touring + Technology Package further adds a 7.0-inch display screen with navigation, eight-speaker JBL sound system, pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control and intelligent parking assist.

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