The 2017 Toyota Prius v has been pegged as the most versatile Prius till date and with its SUV-like space, the car is ideal for families who are looking towards a greener future.

Backed by Toyota’s 20 years of experience of building hybrid vehicles, the 2017 Toyota Prius v is by far the largest and roomiest of Prius as well as one of the most fuel efficient vehicles with EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 43 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 41 mpg combined. Beyond the fuel efficiency numbers are the safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Prius v models equipped with the available Advanced Technology Package, which includes Pre-Collision System (PCS), a system which can apply the brakes and retract seatbelts in certain conditions when it determines that a frontal crash is unavoidable provide top notch safety for families. Further, it is paired with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which is designed to maintain a set following distance from a vehicle traveling ahead, and can apply the brakes if, for example, another vehicle suddenly cuts in front. The Prius v was also the first vehicle to earn a top score in the IIHS Headlights Test with the available LED headlights.

Toyota Prius v is built to carry a family in comfort and the raised seating position ensure that each of the passengers gets a good view of the outside. All-around visibility helps make the Prius v easy to maneuver in tight places. The Prius v also excels as a hauler of things offering a pretty large cargo space behind the 60/40 split folding rear seats. Although there’s no woodie trim option, the Prius v’s fold-flat front passenger seat could make it an ideal surf vehicle, too.

A family-friendly vehicle ought to keep all onboard comfortable while also resisting the perils of family travel, such as large drink spillage. The available SofTex seat material offers premium comfort yet resists spills and is easy to clean. And it’s part of the Prius v’s environmental story, too: the manufacturing process generates 99 percent fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than production of conventional synthetic leather.

The Hybrid Synergy Drive system in the Prius v demonstrates the company’s leadership in gas/electric powertrains. Its seamless operation, proven in millions of vehicles, combines the output of a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a 60kw (80 hp) electric motor. This series-parallel hybrid system can provide power either from the gas engine alone, the electric motor alone, or a combination of both.

The main electric motor mainly works to power the compact transaxle, while a second, smaller motor mainly works as the electric power source. Maximum motor drive voltage is 650 volts DC, and energy is stored in a proven nickel-metal hydride battery pack.

With a combined 134 system horsepower, the Prius v offers responsive everyday performance. It’s a quiet operator, and because the Prius v can run in nearly silent EV mode, it’s equipped with a Vehicle Proximity Notification System to help alert pedestrians and cyclists as the vehicle approaches.

Like all Toyota models, the Prius v features Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology (SST, a brake-override system.)

Available lane Departure Alert can, in certain conditions, read lane markings and provide audible and visual alerts when a lane departure without turn signal is detected. In the event of a collision, the available Safety Connect system can access a call center with a live operator who can dispatch police and emergency vehicles. The system offers automatic collision notification and a stolen vehicle locator feature, as well.

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Lawrence John is a senior editor at TopExaminer. He has worked in the retail industry for more than 8 years. He loves to write detailed product reviews.

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