2016 toyota prius-v Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Toyota Prius V is unchanged.
The 2016 Toyota Prius V is a front-drive hybrid wagon that’s essentially a roomier, more practical variant of the Prius hatchback. A smaller subcompact hatchback called the Prius C is also available.
Powering the 2016 Prius V is a 1.8-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor for a combined output of 134 hp. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is the only gearbox available in the Prius V. Fuel economy is excellent at 44/40 mpg city/highway. With the split-folding rear seats up, the Prius V has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space and it can be expanded to 67.3 cubic feet.
In addition to dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Prius V also comes with a knee airbag for the driver as standard. Additional safety features can be had on higher trim levels including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and the Pre-Collision system, which applies the brakes to lessen the severity of a collision.
The NHTSA gave the 2016 Prius V a four-star rollover safety rating (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the 2015 model received a Top Safety Pick+ award after it earned a Good score in five crash tests (Good is the highest possible score) and an Advanced rating in the front crash prevention test when it reduced the impact of a low-speed collision by 9 mph and a high-speed collision by 7 mph (front crash prevention ratings include Basic, Advanced, and Superior).
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features in the base Two trim include 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, keyless entry/start, and Bluetooth connectivity. Stepping up to the Three grade adds automatic on/off headlights, navigation, the Entune App suite, lumbar support, and a 4.2-inch TFT display. The Four grade adds leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Finally, the range-topping Five trim level adds 17-inch alloy wheels, single LED headlights, and integrated fog lights. Opting for the Premium Technology package in the Five trim adds a JBL premium audio system, adaptive cruise control, the Pre-Collision system, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and a panoramic moonroof.
What We Think
In a comparison test against the Ford C-Max, the Toyota Prius V lost because it sacrificed everything in favor of fuel economy while the lack of sound insulation made the cabin loud and boomy on the road. Material quality was also a weak point compared to the C-Max. The Prius V’s hybrid powertrain’s 134-hp output also doesn’t help the car, as we noted in a 2012 First Test review because it struggles to move the Prius V’s extra weight over the standard Prius. However, its practicality is a strong point because it improves upon the car’s practicality by giving owners plenty of flexibility when hauling people or cargo. Another key feature is the Pitch and Bounce Control system exclusive to the Prius V, which uses the electric motor to alter the load transfer and keep the ride as flat as possible. In a 2012 First Drive review, we noted that this helped give the Prius V better driving dynamics that the Prius hatchback. Additionally, the car is able to take corners better because the Pitch and Bounce Control system keeps it from porpoising.
In global markets, the Prius V is available with a seven-passenger configuration.
- Spacious and flexible interior
- Relatively good handling
- Great fuel economy
You Won’t Like:
- Loud cabin
- Extra weight means slower acceleration
- Cheap interior materials