The New Toyota Prius V

Update

10/26/2011
It’s here! The Prius V is here at Peterson Toyota.  Please call 208.378.9000 or stop by today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Toyota Prius V, the “V” Stands For Versatile.

By now nearly everyone has heard about a hybrid,  especially a Toyota Prius.  With more than one million of them on the American roads, they have become the standard for hybrids outnumbering all the other hybrids combined.   Except for a couple new features don’t expect the “v” to be mechanically different from the regular Prius, because it’s basically the same vehicle.  The big difference is size: it’s a little larger – 3.0 inches in the wheelbase, 6.0-inches in length and 1.1-inches wider.  The roofline is extended a little flatter and is raised 3.3 inches to give it more of a wagon look.

The Interior

The increase in the size of the Prius V is relatively small on the outside, but  it translates to three more cubic feet of interior room!  The interior has a more spacious feel especially for the rear seat occupant.  The rear seats now slide 7.1 inches fore and aft and have a 60/40 split back.  The cargo area is where the size change is most noticeable.  With all the seat backs up, the cargo space is 59 percent larger than the regular Prius.  With the rear seat folded, the cargo space increases to about the same cargo volume as Toyota’s largest SUV, the Sequoia, when the third row is down.

The “v” has two available navigation systems a version with a 6.1-inch display screen and an upscale model with a 7.0-inch screen.  Both screens serve as a portal for EntuneEntune is an available HD Radio system that plays CD-quality sound from digital FM broadcasts and has features that maximize analog and AM broadcast sound quality.  The system will include HD Radio with iTunes tagging and SiriusXM Satellite Radio™.  Toyota introduces  Entune as the first system ever to support mobile apps, such as Bing, OpenTable, and movietickets.com, along with accessing useful travel-related services, such as live weather, traffic, fuel information (location and price), stocks, and sports.  What will really catch your attention with Entune is  the large selection of music options available to a vehicle, including iheartradio’s 750+ stations, and Pandora’s personalized music service.

What To Expect

iVeho reports that:

The Hybrid Synergy Drive system in the Prius v is bascically the same as the current third-generation Prius.  It is built around a specially adapted, efficient 98-horsepower 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine that produces 134 horsepower when combined with the electric motors.   It uses two high-output motors, one 60kw (80 hp) unit that mainly works to power the compact, lightweight transaxle and another smaller motor that mainly works as the electric power source.  Maximum motor drive voltage is 650 volts DC. The “v” uses the same nickel-metal hydride battery pack as the liftback.

 

The Prius v is scheduled to arrive at Peterson Toyota in Boise in the next couple of weeks.  Peterson Toyota will have the Prius V available in three trim levels: the base model Two and the better equipped Three and Five.  Please call 888.501.2426 to reserve your Prius V today or stop by at 9101 W. Fairview Ave. Boise, Idaho 83704.

 

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