Cargo capacity all seats down 2017 Prius vs 2017 Prius v

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  1. Tim Flick

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    Newbie considering purchase of 2017 Prius hatchback or 2017 Prius v. Would like to know total cargo capacity of both with seats down
     
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    Hi Tim-

    Here are some numbers below.

    Here's the way I look at it, but some may take issue:
    There is a big problem with Cargo Space specs in America, as it is hard to get a good comparative quotes between vehicles, because U.S. auto makers are allowed to be creative with space figures. This spec issue especially impacts Liftbacks (cars/trucks without a trunk).

    I have not focused much on v but my feeling is quite a lot more rear hatch space. Probably you should discount the Gen4's 27.4-ft3 and think it's really 17.7-ft3 for Gen4 vs. 34.3 for v (which may be closer to the truth)...and then a little more in the rear seat area for v. And the Gen4 case (17.7ft3) is without rear tire, subtract 2-ft3 for Level 3 with spare.

    Best approach is to compare the EPA total volume for both cars. Assume same front space say 40-ft3 and the balance is rear space differential.

    Gen4
    Cargo Volume Behind Second Row
    Cargo Volume Behind First Row
    2016 Toyota Prius 27.4 cubic feet 65.5 cubic feet

    Prius v
    Luggage capacity behind the rear seats is a generous 34.3 cubic feet. Total cargo capacity is also excellent. With 67.3 cubic feet available with the rear seats down, the Prius v rivals most small crossover SUVs.
     
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    thanks great explanation. on the face of it doesn't look like much difference. 65.5 vs 67.3
     
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    Not true, I don't think.
    Go to Toyota.com and get the total specs:

    Gen4 (no spare) = 93.1 + 27.4 = 120.5 ft3 total (subtract about 2 or 3 -ft3 for Gen4 with spare).

    Prius v 2017 = 97.2 + 34.3 = 131.5 ft3 total (this is with spare and extra under-floor space is not counted)

    Question- Does v have underfloor space like a Gen3? If so, that is additional to above.
    Weakness of Gen4 (2017) is less cargo space vs. Gen3 due to slim down sedan-look rear, so v has gotta be "huge" as we say now, and you get a spare tire+ semi-huge cargo space + under floor (if any) in the v.
     
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    I dont know were they get those number but in real world dont even compare the v have way much more cargo space
     
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    I seem to recall that the Prius v does have underfloor storage.
     
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    I have a 2017 Prius & my son has a 2015 Prius v. Is that close enough for comparison?
    When is the Prius v (lowercase v for the Prius v wagon as only 2010 Prius used uppercase roman numerals for model designation) due for the TNGA redesign?

    What trim lines are you considering? My 2017 Prius Two has a little less cargo capacity than the ones without the spare tire.
     
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    IF (and it's a big if) the v makes it to the 2nd generation, it should be out by fall or winter next year as a 2018 model. (6 year life cycle)
     
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    Do we need to move this thread over to Gen4 or Prius v?
     
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    Done. Moved to Gen 4.
     
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    FWIW we recently packed our 2016 Prius v Three for our annual trip south for the winter. Here are a few photos taken before and after we arrived. I folded the back seats down and removed the head rests prior to loading up. We put two large plastic storage bins, three smaller plastic storage bins, two soft side roll on suit cases, a large soft side roll on duffle bag, a soft side overnight bag, a hard case cosmetics bag, two foam coolers, our pillows, assorted folded coats/jackets (for my wife) and a whole bunch of various odds and ends for our stay. I kept the high stuff behind the drivers side seat for visibility out the back window which was very good by the way. It was a lot of stuff. She cut down her stuff a bit but all in all it came very close to what we carried in our old Dodge minivan. We were quite amazed and happy about that.

    Anyway these photos might give you some idea about the cargo space for a Prius v...
     

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    96 cheesecakes (don't judge me) below the window sight lines in a 2012 v three.
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    Nice, but where's the 100 bottles of beer?
    Looks huge space gotta get me a v maybe.
     
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    The v has a bit of underfloor storage, but more relevant is that it's taller and the rear end is more perpendicular, so larger objects will go in there with the hatch closed. The downsides to the v are it's heavier, so not as nippy and not as economical as the Gen 4.
     
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    This kind of comparison is where the problem begin you can't compare them they are completely different car for completely different need. would you compare a corvette to a prius? Compare a mazda 5 to a prius v but NOT to regular prius! I think Toyota did a very bad job in promoting and this forum dont help either. they badly classify it in the wrong category. v is not a small car it is bigger than a wagon and more close to a SUV or minivan, crossover. Yes the v is more heavy and less economic than a compact car but way more economic than a SUV and same size please look at this side by side comparisons Masda 5 vs Prius v


     
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    I think it's very relevant. I seriously compared the 2 - there were advantages of the v (which here is a 7 seater) over the Gen 4, and advantages the other way round.

    I then had to make MY CHOICE as to which suited me best. I went with the Gen 4. But at this stage, I've not had many passengers, nor tried a bigger trip - in which case I hope I don't regret not getting a "v".
     
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    My 2012 Prius v is no larger than my first station wagon, a 1963 Ford Falcon.
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    Wheelbase109.5 in (2,781 mm)
    Length 181 in (4,597 mm)
    Width 70.1 in (1,781 mm)

    And is smaller than my second station wagon, a 1970 Ford Torino.
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    Wheelbase 114.0 in (2,896 mm)
    Length 209.0 in (5,309 mm)
    Width 75.4 in (1,915 mm)

    By comparison the v is
    Wheelbase 2,780 mm (109.4 in)
    Length 4,615 mm (181.7 in)
    Width 1,775 mm (69.9 in)

    So I have no trouble claiming it is a station wagon.
     
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    Mine was a FORD Fairmont, but I'd have to find my Kodachrome slides and convert them.
     
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    Toyota have a wagon hybrid only available in Europe, IMO wagon have the length but are lower than bthe v,lowercase v again it is not an uppercase v for the Prius v wagon.
     
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    v: Height‎: ‎1,575–1,600 mm (62.0–63.0 in)
    Falcon: Height 54.4 in (1,382 mm)
    Torino:Height 55 in (1,397 mm)

    So the v is taller than my first two wagons, and indeed all my wagons except the last, a 2001 Subaru Forester: Height 1,650 mm (65.0 in)

    1976: Mazda 808 Miser: Height 1,375 mm (54.1 in)
    1982 Ford Escort: Height 53.7 in (1,364 mm)
    1989 Toyota Corolla All-Trac: Height 1,415 mm (55.7 in)
    (from 1987 to 2002, I lived in Elko, NV, where it snowed 10 months of the year, so I had taller AWD wagons)
     
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