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.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

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. That combination gives the Prius V a blend of versatility and fuel economy no other vehicle can match. But the engine sometimes feels overworked and handling, while secure, is not agile.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 hybrid (134 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 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

Display screen difficult to see

"Not much more to add. The screen is vy hard to read in bright sunlight. (FWIW, the BMW we own doesn't have this problem.)"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen freezes up

"Touch screen will not work, some functions become unavailable"

Jon P., MT (2015 Toyota Prius V Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"replaced infotainment head system"

Mark C., TX (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Software issues required a fix to be performed by the dealer to stop the touch screen from freezing up daily"

Travis B., UT (2015 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The touchscreen stops working. (Screen still displays properly, but you can't manipulate anything on it.)"

Chris F., NH (2015 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Screen froze multiple times and had to be replaced. When it did that GPS addresses, phone pairing and other info had to be reentered"

Ron T., CT (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Defect in the Entune system caused the entire system to freeze when heat soaked. Required a replacement unit after multiple trips to the dealer"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Toyota Prius V Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The display will go through periods where it either boots slowly or freezes then reboots during my drive time. I believed this to be due to a bluetooth drivers issue, but the issue continued to happen when my phone was unpaired with the system. it's not a regularly occurring issue, so I haven't bothered to try to get it fixed by the dealership"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When it was sunny and above 70 degrees outside, the display screen would not only freeze, but it would act like someone was touching the screen randomly. If my home screen was up, this meant that it would sometimes start a phone call with one of my contacts listed on the screen. This was scary when it startled me on a trip when I was in heavy traffic around Dallas (I live in Indiana). I was looking for an exit, monitoring stop-and-start traffic, and trying to hang up the phone from the steering"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The screen will sometimes freeze when trying to connect with bluetooth"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Screen would freeze up. Had to turn car off to fix. Eventually the dealer found a Toyota bulletin telling them how to fix. No issues since"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"especially when using phone or GPS, the screen gets stuck"

Kathleen E., MA (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Whole system would freeze-replaced under warranty"

Patricia N., MD (2015 Toyota Prius V Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Display would freeze up on occasion. Also, navigation system is very poor compared to Google Maps - so I use my Android Phone onboard rather than the built-in navigation sysytem"

Steve F., MO (2015 Toyota Prius V Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Display freezes up after message that I have text message. cannot get back to to GPS"

M J., PA (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Some times it just freezes. Need to restart the car to unfreeze"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"display screen freezes several times per week. Toyota does not seem to know how to fix it. It is very annoying not to be able to use the radio or navigation when I need it"

Geraldine P., NC (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The entire display screen freezes. You can't use any touch command which means the GPS is useless, the radio is all but useless. The Entune apps are useless. ITS A MAJOR DEFECT. Started at 400 miles of ownership. It has been over one month and Toyota"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Toyota Prius V Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Display screen freezes up with temperature "extremes" i.e twice below 34degrees F and once above 78 degrees F. At other times, selected displays act up: sometimes the phone interface, radio controls, and today, temperature and vent controls for a mi"

T N., NC (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The display screen will freeze at various times. Sometimes it happens immediately after starting the car and continues to freeze repeatedly during the trip. At other times the screen will go entire trips without freezing"

Gordon S., FL (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The touch screen stops responding. It really isn't serious except for one issue: it first happened on the drive home from buying it at the dealer, and it happens frequently enough for me to be annoyed"

Carole W., CA (2015 Toyota Prius V Three 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Unit freezing, head replaced. Poor voice recognition. Lousy map coverage. Expensive map updates. Will never buy another Toyota with that system"

Robert R., BC (2015 Toyota Prius V Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car is very sensitive to high-tension wires, and the entire nav system and radio will freeze up or suddenly change scales or start making telephone calls on its own. So far, dealers have been unable to stop the problem!"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Prius V Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"cannot program destination"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Screen is vy hard to read in bright sunlight. Very annoying. Nav system is very hard to use and read. These systems shd be instinctual, but Toyota hasn't got it right in this car"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"GPS frequently locks up. GPS software was outdated when sold brand new. GPS sometimes has issues linking to satellites"

Kelsey M., TX (2015 Toyota Prius V Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"We had to pay $200 for an GPS update that fixed the problem with the unit from the date of purchase. We hope Toyota does better in our next car"

James L., IN (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"System freezes"

Kathleen E., MA (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"System fails to work when vehicle has been parked in the sun and the outside temperature is above 72 degrees,"

James D., WI (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hard to new destinations. screen freezes up. Very frustrating"

M J., PA (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Besides freezing up, the GPS is really out of date. It directs me to stores that have moved 8 years ago and roads that were eliminated a long time ago. I have to play google maps through the speakers to find anything recent. It is much worse that"

Geraldine P., NC (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"System constantly losing favorite numbers entered which have to be reentered"

Ron T., CT (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The bluetooth will not pair with my phone at times"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I usually have both a Bluetooth phone and an iPad. Both are paired with the car. Often the car will consider the iPad the paired phone even though the iPad is not a phone. This can be overridden, but then reoccurs in subsequent starts of the car"

Gordon S., FL (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paired phone several times but stays paired briefly and has to be done again"

David P., DE (2015 Toyota Prius V Five 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Radio

"screen freezes can't change radio stations"

Thomas B., NC (2015 Toyota Prius V Four 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"radio would go on and off and change stations by itself. It was replaced by Toyota"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
CD player

"See previous response. The whole system was unresponsive because the touch screen did not work. The CD and MP3 layers worked when the screen was working and responsive to my taps"

Anonymous, HI (2015 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Problem with the touch screen. No response to touches three times in the last three months. Intermittent problem. Off for two months, off for two days, or off for a day"

Anonymous, HI (2015 Toyota Prius V Two 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

"I here noises with the undercarriage. Service doesn't seem to care"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"When windy have alot of wind noise from front driver and passerger windows"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Prius V Two 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both vehicles are poorly insulated. So you always hear wind roar. Also windows when lower would remove water or condensate but the rubber that is present appears for decorative purposes only"

Jessie R., GA (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Vehicle is a bit too noisy for my liking when driven at highway speeds"

James D., WI (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 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

"Roofline trim fell off"

Will M., VA (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Interior door panels, front bumper panels pop off"

Kelsey M., TX (2015 Toyota Prius V Four 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

Cylinder head

"The check engine light came on and we had to have the Intake Manifold Assembly replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 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

"Driving in blizzard, "Chk Sensor" light on dash, car stalled, external side mirrors frozen. Managed to pull over and car re-started but radio not available (might have been due to storm). Very uneasy about driving this car in inclement weather"

David P., DE (2015 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

Wiper motor or washer

"The right wiper was put in backwards. I caught it the first real rain we had and took it to the dealer. He apologize and said his helper put it in backwards. I also have trouble with the voice recognition on my phone"

Teresa S., AZ (2015 Toyota Prius V Three 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

Squeaking

"Brakes were replaced and squeaking loudly. Brakes had to be replaced again"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Prius V Three 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

"Had to get wheel alignment when snow tires were removed because the front passenger side was out of alignment"

Anonymous, AB (2015 Toyota Prius V Unsure 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.

Climate System

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

Engine Minor

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

Transmission Minor

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

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.

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

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