Prius V vs 3rd gen

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  1. iLikeTurtles

    iLikeTurtles Junior Member

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    I am in the market for a prius, heavily leaning towards a 2013 V (large). I was wondering if anyone has any reasons why they prefer the regular size 3rd gen (later gen years) over a V apart from MPG's. Thanks
     
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    Recent new owner of a v wagon here, I was strongly considering a liftback as well.

    Along with getting better fuel economy, the lighter liftback has slightly better acceleration. The smaller body / wheelbase means a smaller, more park-able turning circle as well. In addition, prices for liftbacks are also slightly lower than v wagons with comparable equipment. Obviously more liftbacks were sold than v wagons over the third-gen's life, so you have a bigger selection and more availability for parts down the road too.

    Speaking of that selection, the liftback had more trim levels than the v wagon, such as the Four, which had the Softex seats and steering wheel but without the extra toys. There were also some special editions like the Persona series, if you're into that sort of thing.

    I wanted the extra cargo space, which is why I went with the v wagon, but under all other circumstances the liftback would have met my needs.
     
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    I do like the idea of paying a little bit less and getting more options on a liftback, "leather" seats will be nice with a baby and dog in the each day closer future ha. I am not in a huge rush to sell my 2005 outback due to it being paid off, though I drive 75 miles round trip for work 5 days a week and my mileage is over 160k on it. I am hoping to find a deal on a V, if I can find a high trim level it would be ideal but will settle for any non base model as long as it is in good condition and has detailed maintenance records. Thanks!
     
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    welcome!
    i think that is the best (only?) reason to buy a v.
     
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    We have a 2015 Prius v Pack 4 and a 2010 Prius Pack 4. The two are mechanically similar.

    The v has a lot more room. If you get a v, you do want 2015 or later due to crash safety improvements in the 2015 and later models.

    I like both, but the v does haul more.


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    Are the pre 2015 considered unsafe or just not as good as the newer model years?
     
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    In 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety introduced the front small overlap crash test that pretty much threw every automaker for a loop. Automakers' cars got tested and they would receive "poor" results in the test, so they all scrambled to make quick and dirty structural revisions to pass the test. The third-gen Prius liftback was okay, as it got an "acceptable" rating, but the v wagon was rated "poor".

    Since Toyota was planning a mid-cycle enhancement for the v wagon anyway, they worked the extra crash protection in. The 2015 models (and forward) have a "good" rating in the test. They also have the latest Entune head unit, a new gauge cluster, a power driver's seat, and fresh styling.

    The liftback already got its mid-cycle enhancement for the 2012 model year, and since it passed the test, it went pretty much unchanged up until the 2015 model year. Then, for the 2016 model year, the fourth-gen liftback came out.

    My 2013 v wagon was the best model year for my budget, but I still prefer the pre-facelift 2012-2014 models. I prefer their styling and their available interior colors, and the fact that the audio head unit has actual buttons as opposed to touch points.

    But there's no difference when it comes to the third-gen liftback. Even with a 2013 you're good to go with one of those.
     
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    That small overlap crash factor would not be a deal breaker for me. I appreciate it's serious stuff, but it's such a long shot.
     
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    I'm definitely not looking to spend over $20k so I think I'll pass on the 2015+ models, thanks for the detailed replies!
     
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    If you get a V, the optional LED headlights are supposed to be very, very good.
     
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