A few weeks ago we took the family on our first small road trip in our 2012 Prius v, (3, Clear Sky). We were so pleased how comfortable the car was on the trip that we are still talking about it. We got the car in April and love it, but so far almost all of our driving has been within 20 miles from our home in Chicago. My wife did sneak the car away once for a trip to Iowa City. She loved it, but I was stuck driving a rental. When my wife offered to let my daughter bring a friend, I really questioned putting 5 and luggage for a 3 day trip in the v. My daughter (a 14 y/o) agreed to sit in the middle seat. The bags fit fine behind the rear seat, not blocking the drivers rear view. I love the way the car handled on the highway, and our mileage was well into the 40+ mpg range, even doing 65 - 70 mph. We didn't fill up until outside of Chicago (gas in the city is about $4.30/Gal). We did the round trip on one tank with gas to spare. The whole trip, there were no complaints. Our last car was a Mazda MPV, comfortable, but it couldn't seat 5 unless you folded down the rear seat and lose almost all your cargo space. It also got only 20 MPG highway. The air conditioning in the Prius v was very comfortable for both front and back seat. My wife even volunteered to sit in back so my son could ride up front. No complaints from anyone. I look forward to our next road trip.