We just bought a Prius v Level 3 for my wife. She put about 110,000 miles on a Gen II 2006 with NAV and Bluetooth etcetera (everything but leather). There's a lot she likes about the Prius v, but some things that she really dislikes relative to the Gen II. With updates after a cross country trip - NY Metro to San Francisco And more updates now that I've driven the car a few miles myself What she dislikes on the Prius v relative to the Gen II Navigation System * Size and location of the NAV screen is distracting - too low on the dash. * NAV screen produces a lot of glare. My wife's comment - I wish the screen location could be adjusted. IN MY OPINION, this is by far the biggest drawback. It makes the NAV virtually unusable during daylight. * The system has to sync with the satellite before one can enter a destination address (30 seconds?). This is annoying for someone used to the NAV on the Gen II where an address could be typed in much earlier (virtually no lag). * After completing a phone call, one has to press the APP button to get the NAV back (dramatically worse than the NAV on the 2006 where the NAV came right back. The 2006 NAV was DVD driven rather than satellite driven) * No route planner (route overview, reorder your route, delete single addresses) * Not possible to suspend guidance * The graphics are lousy (the $110 Garmin we bought for our 1997 Tacoma has better graphics) These are all features which the NAV in her 2006 had. She spoke to Toyota who said that the route planner is available on the Prius v Five. Not all prospective Prius v buyers would use the features as actively as she does, but we spent more on the Prius v than her 2006 Prius and got less! Other * Rearview mirror doesn't include the programmable garage door opener (HomeLink) that her 2006 had * Display is so busy its distracting. She found a flat spot on the dash and laid some CDs there to block a portion of the display to reduce the distraction. * CD eject button is directly next to the PARK button. As she was trying to eject a CD, traveling at highway speed, she accidentally hit the PARK button. Fortunately the safety engineering is better than the cabin layout engineering - hitting PARK while you drive sends the transmission to NEUTRAL. She couldn't reengage the transmission until she coasted to the side of the road and restarted the car. On a crowded highway this could have turned dangerous. * The compartment under the rear cargo area is smaller * Mirrors on the v are the same size as the Gen II although the vehicle is bigger. * Rear headrests on the v are substantially larger which obscures the viewout the rear. * Center console is difficult to open for the driver because the latch isn't in an easy to reach place. * 1 spot to plug in a cell phone charger verses 2 on Gen II (there's another one in the rear on the Prius v, but I haven't figured out a practical use for it). When I or one of her friends travels with her, we often used both plugs. I think relatively inexpensive splitters are available which would provide the capability we're looking for. * No light in the rear cargo area. UPDATE - We were wrong. We found the light on the left * Fuel usage reporting is very different. Not nearly as simple. For example, mileage is measured in 1 minute increments rather than 5 minute increments. What she likes on the Prius v relative to the Gen II * Adjustability of driver's seat * Venting system (easier to direct airflow to rear passengers) * Cup holder on front passenger side * Vertical rear window * Additional cargo space * Easier to flatten the rear seats. * Less road noise evident in the cabin * Likes the climate control - feels its intuitive * Vehicle looks good She's gotten used to the speedometer being in the middle of the dash but questions why the console is so busy. My observations * She's getting the same MPG on the v as the Gen II although the v is a substantially bigger car * I like how wide the rear passenger doors open. * Entune - one word - why? It does absolutely nothing that I can't and wouldn't do on my smartphone. * She is really frustrated with the NAV and the rear hatch not opening without touching the key fob. * Now that I've actually gotten to drive the vehicle myself, I consider the biggest problem with the Prius v to be the location of the navigation system. It is UNUSABLE in its location. The driver has to take his /her eyes entirely off the road and during daylight the glare from the sun makes it unuseable. What happened Toyota? The layout of the Gen II was substaintially better for the driver.