Prius v or Prius for my needs?

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  1. rodro12019

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    Hello everyone,

    I hope I'm posting this in the right place, please excuse me if not. I've been sifting through these threads and want to thank everyone for sharing their knowledge when it comes to these vehicles. It's a great resource for someone like me who is hoping to buy their first Prius.

    For the last couple of weeks I was dead set on find a 2016-2017 Prius v with low miles. I'm a musician who commutes between Nashville, TN and Atlanta, GA on a pretty regular basis so reliability and space are both important. I'd been looking for a later model as I was under the impression those would have the "gen 4" engine specs but just learned the Prius v retained the "gen 3" specs until its discontinuation.

    Out of curiosity I started looking at the recent standard Prius trunk size and I was surprised how big it looks. I usually drive solo, sometimes with my fiancé, but rarely ever with passengers in the back. I like the idea of having a station wagon where I don't need to lay the seats down to load my equipment, but I suppose it's not a deal-breaker either way. The v's fuel economy is impressive to me as I've only owned conventional gas vehicles but the standard Prius is obviously substantially more efficient.

    The other factor is, as a musician, my income has dropped drastically since the pandemic began so money saving is important. I'd ideally like something with less than 60,000 miles and it looks like you get more bang for your buck with the standard Prius. The v would be the ultimate convenience, but I'm trying to be open minded. Any thoughts/advice/comments/opinions/complaints would be be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    Even though the 16-17 v is still gen3, Toyota improved a few key issues such as piston rings and head gaskets. There is no doubt that a v will hold more and ride better than a standard Prius of the same year. It has bigger tires and a feature called Pitch and Bounce control. Plus you get better ac and more load capacity. But the gen4 Prii get better mpg and have better engines.

    You might shop for a conventional 2019 Rav 4 since the prices I see on the later v's are high. Very few 2017 v's were made for the US adding to their scarcity, probably because the Rav4 hybrid was available by then. But the 2019 Rav4 is a better design and careful driving of the conventional versions can yield close to v mpg. The hybrid versions match the v's mpg but are at least $30k new.

    Just so you are aware, a new hybrid only Toyota Venza has been released with a v's slightly enlarged form factor and luxury interiors. However it is around $38k to start if you can find one. Plus the Rav4 Prime is also in limited release as a plugin hybrid with over 42 miles of ev range along with good hybrid mpg as well. Also expensive.
     
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    Yeah, I was quite surprised how much people are asking for a '16-'17 v. I'm pretty set on the a Prius, I've never liked SUV leaning cars and the new Venza is well out of my price range. I appreciate it, though!
     
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    Musician ...... v

    V make it easy to transport amps, drums, keyboards et al.
    Plus if "starving musician" traveling on the road, there is room for a sleeping bag to take a nap in a v.
    Also there is room for your groupies and your fiancé :)

    Truly, the space in a v is perfect for a musician.
    That's my strong vote as the car for you.

    FWIW I am very happy with my 2016 v.
    No issues with the motor or anything.
    Driving everywhere (hills, highway, commute) expect 40 mpg IMO.

    Good luck in your hunt
     
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    Don't do it...... get a mini van.....when problems arise all the gas saving will disappear and there will be other very costly things unless your a hybrid mechanic
     
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    Mini van is definitely too big. I'd say I'm a novice mechanic with my father being a very good one, but neither of us have experience with Hybrids. I'm leaning toward a 2016 Prius anyways. Thanks for your input!
     
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    We have a 15 Prius V and an 08 Odyssey. It's too bad that a minivan doesn't suit your tastes because the Odyssey is much quieter and more comfortable on the road. We get about 27 mpg on our annual Winter trek to Florida in the van. Considering it is a much bigger box with more glass, girth and frontal area is pretty amazing. The van is our Winter daily driver for four months and the PriusV is our Summer daily driver.

    The PriusV is a great car around town but the road noise gets to me on the highway. It is not surprising since it was built to maximize economy and soundproofing adds cost and weight. You should test drive one on the highway which is something that we didn't do to see if you find it acceptable.
     
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    I have not found a good future replacement for the Prius v. All of those taxi companies and drivers can't be wrong. I'll keep my v as long as I can.
     
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    The new Toyota Venza is essentially the new second generation v. Same mpg in a slightly bigger, much nicer and very quiet package. It is hybrid only.
     
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    Hey I’m from Nashville! My boyfriend of 4 years lives in Atlanta, so I make that drive often. For the first two years of our relationship I had a 2012 Prius V. I loved the car driving around in Nashville, but it wasn’t a fabulous highway cruiser. Something about the shape of the cabin made the road noise kinda boomy like a in a drum, and with it’s different final drive ratio vs the standard Prius the engine ran at a higher RPM on the hills and highway (the extra weight didn’t help!)


    I also had a regular 2012 Prius before the v, so I feel pretty confident in the comparison. The v finally started burning oil at 125k so I sold it and got a Ford C-Max. The cmax takes the hill and high speed like a champ, but gets a lowly 35 mpg on the highway.

    I sometimes want my V back because it was larger and got better mpg! If you get a V get a 2015+ since they got new pistons and rings, they shouldn’t burn oil.


    Both the regular Prius and v are great choices, so pick the one you’d be most happy with
     
  11. mikefocke

    mikefocke Prius v Three 2012, Avalon 2011

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    I owned a Prius v for maybe 7 years (all good but it was low miles). I replaced it with a 2019 Rav4 hybrid. Nothing wrong when I sold the v at 55k miles. 41.7 MPG

    Why: More cargo room, faster, quieter, more up to date safety assists, definitely higher entry into the seating than the more sedan like entry of the v. More fun. Can fit things in the cargo area that would never fit in a v (Dishwasher the other day). But I get at least two or 3 less MPGs just because it has so much pickup I tend to drive it as opposed to babying it like I did a Prius v. Plus the v had an instantaneous MPG display that really trained you to get the best MPG without ever inconveniencing other folks. The Rav4h lacks that kind of training aid.

    Cars are always a trade off. Good luck.
     
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