EPA Fuel Economy: 44/40 mpg
Toyota introduced the larger Prius V in January 2011 as an answer to buyers who want the car’s well-known Hybrid Synergy Drive and low fuel consumption, but need more room inside. The V stands for versatility, and the car’s hatchback design affords more passenger and luggage room that a regular Prius. Cargo room of 34.3 cubic feet bests the normal Prius by 12.7 cubic feet, and there’s more headroom for backseat passengers.
Under the hood is the same 1.8-liter gas engine and 80-hp electric motor/generator as the regular Toyota Prius. However, the taller V’s fuel economy is lower because it is heavier and less aerodynamic than the normal Prius. Still, the car is far more economical than any similarly roomy and practical vehicle on the market. The long standard equipment list includes automatic headlights, push-button start, automatic climate control, power windows and locks, and an audio system with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.