The Prius V wagon might look similar to the familiar Prius hatchback, but it's stretched in all dimensions to provide notably more cargo space and a roomier rear seat. Despite the larger size, Prius V's efficient gas-electric hybrid powertrain still gets an excellent 41 mpg overall, this is only three mpg less than the hatchback.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Toyota Prius V owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The backup camera is off-center. This means it is actually a dangerous distraction when you are backing up. You must train yourself to _not_ look at the screen for the backup camera (probably a good policy anyway). Unlike some other integrated backup cameras, this one does not provide guides that show where the vehicle is aimed. The camera is also in a location that gets wet when it rains. If it is wet, it is nearly useless (completely blurry). It is useful for two things: 1) Making sure"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The backup camera display does not give a realistic representation of the distance that objects are from the car. It looks like you have much more room than you actually do. I never rely on the camera when backing. The camera angle cannot be chang"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Backup activated a loud beeping which the dealer charged almost $100.00 to de-activate. The backup camera is practically useless without some sort of backup warning system"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
CD player

"CD Player wouldn't eject CD's. the dealer replaced the unit at no charge,"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A CD got jammed in the player, requiring replacement of the entire unit"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"i've had CDs get stuck and won't eject... then suddenly they eject... glitchy"

Cecilia D., MA (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

"Sometimes freezes up and have to reboot system, sometimes have to reboot car,"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The screen has stopped functioning. An internet search suggests this is common in this model year and can be repaired with a part costing around $100. There was a description of how to do it but one would need some familiarity with such systems."

Gregory M., SC (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"I have had this problem when listening to the radio, listening to books through the ipod add, using the navigation system. Sometimes the screen is redisplayed after 'rebooting', but sometimes it has not come back until car was shut off and restarted"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Screen does not remember the settings. Single selector makes it extremely difficult to drive and control the temperature or the music choices"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Podcasts stop working and in some cases it is necessary to pull over, cut off the car and power it back on to resolve. Also, sometimes plays podcasts that have been marked as played"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Sometimes the paired device interface freezes up or just stops working. I don't know how to reset it - it just starts working again after a while"

Cecilia D., MA (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bad interface, frequently freezes up, sometimes doesn't work at all, for podcasts mixes up the episodes and can't remember the ones I've already listened to."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The maps for the navigation system are auto-updated by Toyota via a proprietary wireless system that is also used for tracking the vehicle (used for traffic stats, etc). Unfortunately, Toyota is not keeping the maps accurate at all. The maps continue to get less and less useful as time goes on (roads change). The navigation system can only use a mailing address for navigation and bookmarking. This makes it literally impossible to bookmark a location that isn't also a mailing address. It als"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I would never purchase a Toyota with in-dash navigation again. It is grossly over complicated to set up and use. The interface is marginally better than my ten year old Garmin GPS and much less convenient to us. The cost of upgrading the maps is, simply put, an insult"

William H., CO (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Very expensive system with terrible features and it costs a fortune ($200) to update the maps. There is no pinch to zoom, when it displays route options it is difficult to see how they differ, it chooses poor routes. It is less effective than Wayz (which is free on a phone) and it costs more to update the maps than a brand new Garmin would cost with lifetime map updates. A total ripoff"

Michael R., VA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Failure"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The GPS system is terrible. It often cannot find addresses that other systems find without problems, it's voice recognition software is very unreliable and, because of these and other problems, we rarely use it any more"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Urban area show up as purple. And this makes it difficult to see streets and street names. At night the screen turns a deep purple. And impossible to read anything"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"user UN friendly, difficult to see both day and night, does not dim automatically at night, difficult to input some addresses"

Jan A., GA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Difficult to work with, not at all intuitive, has gotten my wife lost more than once, no direction of travel information. One time totally dumped all information, had to be reprogrammed at dealer. We travel with a Garmin and don't trust in-dash nav"

Roger N., MN (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"GPS pointed to the wrong location"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Seems To no longer be accurate. Has left me stranded claiming I was at my destination when I was in the middle of nowhere"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Difficult to find addresses at times. Finds wrong address on occasion"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the USB port wasn't installed correctly which was replaced by the dealer at no charge. Navigation system has let me down by not sending me to the correct location so now I rely on the Bluetooth sync with my iPhone and Google maps"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"GPS stopped working, but Toyota repaired the problem at their expense. Was most pleased with the outcome."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The in-dash navigation system has been a confusing, overly complicated mess since I bought the car. Virtually unusable due to complexity and total lack of intuitive features. Map upgrades cost several hundred dollars. I’ve been using Google Maps on my iPhone instead for several years."

William H., CO (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The intune system is unintuitive and has never worked with my phone. You must put in the zip code before entering an address. Updates are so late, our neighborhood is 10 years old, but we are still shown as driving in the grass when we are near the house,"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone pairing is limited to 1000 contacts which it arbitrary chooses. You cannot manually add, delete, or edit numbers or contact info"

Michael R., VA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The phone will only take the first 1000 names from the phone address book, if you have more than 1000 you are screwed. You can't add or delete or change individual entry. It makes the phone dialing useless"

Michael R., OR (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The phone pairing is very unreliable and it does not update. For example, when I make changes in my contacts on my phone, those changes are not recognized by the phone. Also, periodically, I have to pair the phone again for no apparent reason"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"System quit working completely and had to be reprogrammed at the dealer. Poor outgoing sound quality. Seldom use it"

Roger N., MN (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Sometimes the Bluetooth does not pair with my phone"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"new smartphone will not pair with car bluetooth"

Richard D., TX (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Phone works hands free for awhile, then intermittently, now not at all."

Jed D., TN (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"My Samsung G930v phone running Toyota’s Entune software app keeps rejecting the WiFi/Bluetooth pairing. Dealer is unable to remedy."

Anonymous, TN (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

"POOR RECEPTION AND POOR SOUND QUALITY"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Software update fixes

"Chip had to be replaced because of lack of power when passing or entering freeway"

Tim T., MI (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the software updates were on a recall notice."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I received a recall notice for a software problem that could cause the car to suddenly lose power. A Toyota dealer fixed it."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Voice control commands

"Voice control is SIGNIFICANTLY less versitile than I would have expected given how much I paid for the system. You can't just recite an address, for example, to enter it into the GPS"

Michael R., OR (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"When braking for a stop, if there is a bump in the road the car lurches. This is a software problem as it started occuring after the braking software was updated for a safety recall by Toyota. So I have to allow extra stopping distance to be sure not to hit a car ahead of me."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Calipers

"Calipers had to be replaced shortly after purchase; that also required new rotors because of brake damage. Just took the are in yesterday for similar problem"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear brakes were "squealing" which had been recognized as a caliper problem in the previous year. It was "fixed" under warranty"

Jerry H., WA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The calipers were not moving properly and partially frozed. This caused the breaks to wear funny. I had all calipers lubricated."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Normal routine brake wear

"replaced brake pads at 90,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"routine wear + calipers that cost about $1000 to resolve."

Terry T., MA (2013 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had about 60000 miles on the brakes. Had to replace rotors and pads but not calipers,. Because of the requirements of the hybrid system the dealer had to do the job whicn cost over $1000"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

"I had to have the brakes replaced at 40,000 miles, which seemed quite premature to me. I live in a rural area and must drive winding, mountain roads to travel to closest metro area. The dealer said that was the reason"

Ferne F., CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Again what i feel is high rate of wear. Unfortunately you cannot turn off the traction control leading to several antics when winter driving. these things wear out too soon compared to a previous (non traction control Camry 18 years and 760000 km)"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Not sure how to describe it. The brakes were sticking/catching when stopping the car while in reverse. Evidently, there had been a tech bulletin on this problem and the dealer fixed it"

Sheila H., PA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Required new rear pads and resurfacing of rotors due to sticking calipers"

David L., OH (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The rear brake pads and rotors needed replacement after a mere 18,000 miles!"

Anonymous, RI (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the rear brakes were replaced and the rotors turned down by the dealer at about 30,000 miles. The rear breaks were warn and replaced again, with new rotors, after 10,000 more miles. This seamed excessive wear after 10,000 miles. Maybe the turned rotors were bad?"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Regular brake failure

"Rear Brakes wore out and needed replacing at about 145000 the fronts still factory and ok."

Robert C., MB (2013 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaking

"The brakes were rubbing on the pads and kind of locked up"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Shortly after taking delivery, I noticed that breaks squeeked and sometimes grabbed. I brought this to the attention of the dealership and they replaced the calipers, rotors and break pads. This corrected the squeek, but the grabbing, often when th"

Philip K., TN (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The brakes squeak when cold"

Christine N., NE (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rear brakes making noise backing up"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"when cruise is engaged and the car is driven less than a mile, the vehicle starts to vibrate as if it is passing over speed bumps."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I expected the DRLs to turn off automatically when I cut the engine, as they always did on my '03 Camry. DUH"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both fog lights failed. Bulb replacement is not simple."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Headlights

"Both large and small headlights burned out"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlight leveling system failure"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights were misdirected. It took several trips to two dealers to get a person convinced there could be a problem, but one was discovered and repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The design of the headlight structure is such that it does not illuminate the road far enough ahead low beams. I made things a little better by installing high illumination tungsten bulbs"

Tom K., CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The passenger side head light went out but the mechanic was able to fix it by reconnecting something inside. I was very quick and simple."

Joann J., FL (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Interior lights

"I didn't know that turning off the engine would NOT automatically turn off all lights (as always happened with my dear old Camry). Therefore I drained the battery three times before I learned to turn off all lights manually when I left the car"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The buttons on the console are not lit. The temperature controls are very near the Park button; I once hit Park when I was trying to adjust the temperature. More often, I have to pull over and turn on the dome light to fix the climate control"

Laura N., TX (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Keyless entry

"Driver door window motor failed, as did the keyless entry"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The front door electronic door locks have both failed over the last year. Each cost over $600 to repair. That's a fortune just to be able to lock the doors."

Michael R., VA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire pressure monitor

"This idiot light comes on whenever the tires are below 40F. If it would shut off when the tires got warm, it might be useful. But it stays on no matter how far I drive in the morning. So now I just ignore it; a very bad habit, I fear"

Laura N., TX (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Warning lights

"Headlight leveling system warning light continues to stay on"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"warning light for braking system cam on"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Everything in the Prius seems to squeak or rattle and I cannot find a way to stop it"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cup holder on top of console rattles from time to time"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rattling sounds in cup holder areas and dash /vents-- difficult to find and stop"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"center console cup holder plastic loose - cannot figure out how to get rid of rattle"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Toyota uses hard plastic through out the interior. This makes for more rattles under the dash and in the cabin"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"brake squal in morning only"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Some squeaking associated with use of brakes starting about one year after purchase"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A bad noise in the wheels happened when turning corners"

Helen I., AZ (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The console lid develops a rattle. Toyota replaced it at 10,000 miles. At 20,000 miles the replacement lid started rattling. It seems to be a design problem. I asked the Toyota maintenance manager of they will continue to replace the lid as to d"

Tom K., CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"made a noise from rear brakes when backing up checked out found not to be a problem"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"Wind and road noise are very bad, it's so loud it gives me a headache"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"extremely noise sensitive to any road noise on anything other than a very smooth surface, extremely speed sensitive to wind noise"

Jan A., GA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The cabin is extremely noisy. It's as if there is no insulation between us and the outside."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"rubber window seals deteriorated due to heat and sunburn"

James Z., AZ (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car is fragile. Large pot holes loosen and damage the trim and bumpers. I also have had problems with the rear exterior light lens cracking & breaking. I have had to replace the lights on both sides"

Doris N., TX (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"If I by error, hit a curb, for eg., exterior body covering become loose , even disconnected. If side scraped in parking lot, will require repair/repainting. It will be in excellent shop for complete repair Wed/.: Est. cost $560.. Judge car painting is below average; inadequate. MRNewton"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rear cover needed to be replace"

Steven S., NM (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Cup holder did not function"

Michael W., CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peels or chips"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"chipped, fading Toyota refuses to acknowledge"

John H., OK (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The black paint job on our Prius V isn't up to Toyota's usual standard. The black paint seems very fragile and is easily scratched. We are disappointed in it"

Anonymous, UT (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint chips and peels on front and rear bumpers, primarily."

Robert H., PA (2013 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It appears that the paint doesn't take much to put a scrape in it"

B P., IL (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"some relate to minor driver errors; Most relate to damage done by others in parking lots, etc. Some were deliberate in crowed ,mixed-classes parking areas."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"chipping along edges causing some corrosion"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"One front tire was wearing unevenly. I had the toe in adjusted at an alignment company"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Ball joints

"Dealer didn't think there was a problem until my own mechanic insisted that there was and then the dealer fixed the ball joint under warranty."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Shocks or struts

"Rear shock was leaking"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Minor leak on rear passenger side shock"

Mccormack D., AL (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"wheel attachment parts had to be replaced due to premature wear"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Steering had a "clunking" sound when turning. Dealer diagnosed the problem and replaced the entire steering column and linkage. All of it was covered under warranty"

Joe C., CA (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A loud rattle in the steering column that required the entire part from the steering wheel to the intermediate steering shaft to be replaced."

B J., FL (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wheel bearings

"Right rear wheel bearing failed at about 140,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Left rear bearing became very noisy. Had the Toyota dealer replace it."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Have a recall notice for problem with failsafe driving mode; have not yet scheduled recall repair"

Tim T., MI (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There is a recall on the engine computer to address stalling. I have been notified that an update is in process but have not been notified that it is ready for release in the US. I travel to Canada and they installed an update for Canadian market. I am not sure how different it is for the US market. Toyota informed me that they will notify me when the update is ready. No notice yet 14 May 2019."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Oil leaks

"Dealer observed oil seepage around front timing cover during regular scheduled maintenance. repaired under warranty."

Anonymous, NS (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Recently diagnosed with leaking timing chain cover. Did not repair right now, plan to repair in next 12 months"

Keller D., TX (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"when it is humid the climate control bounces back and forth rapidly (8 x per minute???)"

Amy M., KS (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"air condition did not work on vacation."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Automatic climate control

"Climate control resets every time the car is turned off. A bother and time consuming to restore every time you drive"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heater system

"Mice got into the heater core. Car needed to be disassembled and cleaned, with the heater core replaced."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"Sensor/valve malfunction eventually led to a misfire and replacement of the coil"

Lawrence B., CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"Car has two batteries. Hybrid was fine; other battery was replaced at $350.00"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Extremely expensive to replace spark plugs due to inaccessible location."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Adaptive cruise control system will not engage, or completely cuts out on random occasions."

William H., CO (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Occasionally the cruise will break the car when there is nothing in front of the car to trigger it"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"System for removing gas fumes from the engine stopped working in part - led to occasional whiffs of gas pumped into passenger compartment"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Experienced a sensor or valve failure that caused a misfire and eventually damaged the coil. Experienced heavy vibration during acceleration and eventually rough engine function"

Lawrence B., CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"AT times the car will not start when the ignition is pushed and it takes several times and long holds for a start to happen. The dealer says he does not find the problem"

Helen I., AZ (2013 Toyota Prius V 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Engine was choppy and the car stuttered briefly right after starting when engine was cold. Local mechanic replaced the coils due to misfires in cylinders 1,2 on the car’s computer diagnosis. That didn’t help. They noticed the engine coolant was empty, but didn’t know why. Then the dealer looked and said head gasket leaked coolant into cylinders. The car runs good again after $3200."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Both back/passenger door latches get stuck — either In the locked or open position. So, cannot lock vehicle with clicker on exiting. Have to manually lock/unlock both door latches. Dealer has tried to fix twice, keeps breaking."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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Recalls
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HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Oct 04 2018
If the hybrid system shuts down unexpectedly, it can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Toyota Prius and 2012-2014 Toyota Prius V vehicles. Excessive voltage in the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) within the inverter may cause the hybrid system to shut down, causing the vehicle to stall while being driven.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the motor/generator control electronic control unit (ECU) and the hybrid control ECU as necessary, free of charge. The recall began January 22, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is J0V. Note: The software updates in this recall are needed even if the vehicle had the software previously updated under recalls 14V-053 or 15V-449.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V684000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 807329
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM: INVERTER
Jul 15 2015
The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. The hybrid system could also shut down completely resulting in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Prius V vehicles manufactured August 22, 2011, to June 30, 2014. A component within the hybrid inverter assembly may overheat, causing the hybrid system to reduce output power allowing the vehicle to only drive a short distance. In some circumstances, the hybrid system may shut down causing the vehicle to stop while being driven.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the motor/generator control electronic control unti (ECU) and the hybrid control ECU, free of charge. The recall began on July 30, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V449000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 108624
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS
Dec 12 2013
The reversed tail lamp function reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Genera Corporation (Genera) is recalling certain aftermarket replacement tail lights, model 11-6468-00 (driver-side), and model 11-6467-00 (passenger-side), sold for use on 2012-2013 Toyota Prius V vehicles. The brake light and tail light circuits are switched causing the brake lights to be illuminated continuously until the brake pedal is pressed, when the brake lights will go out.
What should you do:
Genera will notify owners and provide replacement aftermarket tail lamps, free of charge. The recall began on January 23, 2014. Owners may contact Genera at 1-888-963-9888. This recall is being conducted by Genera Corporation, not by Toyota Motor Corporation.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13E070000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 409
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