What made you pick the V over other Pri?

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  1. farmecologist

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    Our 2012 v (wagon) and our 2010 liftback are both running on Michelin Defenders...so it's definitely not the tires.

    I'm convinced the 200+ pounds of extra weight the v lugs around is the main instigator. However, I think aerodynamics has a minor role to play as well. If you look under under both vehicles, the v has fewer undercarriage panels than the liftback.
     
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    A combination of sheer size and a great deal by way of dealer unfamiliarity did it for me. If I could have found a standard lift back with the advanced tech package at a good price, I might have settled for less room - but I'm very, very glad to have the extra space. The fact that I only had to look for pictures with moonroofs made it easier to find a mislabeled (and hence underpriced) v. I found a lot of standard fives with an unadvertised ATP, but the sweet spot was finding a v 'two' with ATP.
     
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    I needed the cubic space, but commute to work 30 miles round trip, with a mix of highway and street driving, to my day job. I had a Nissan Sentra which got 32 mpg on the highway and 26 around town, and now I get 48-50 mpg with my mix in the Prius v (warm weather).

    In my side gigs, I am an upright double bass player and sound tech. I carry the bass around a lot, and often have speakers, wire boxes, mixer, amps, etc as well. It's a great party trick with the Sentra to pack a complete small PA and an upright bass, but it's claustrophobic and I can't have a passenger.

    In the Prius v, I can seat a passenger, bass, and complete PA, or two passengers and the bass with just its amp. The regular Prius could only accommodate one passenger with the bass, since the bass would have to lie flat.

    I find it's the aerodynamic difference that hurts the mileage the worst, but I have a ginger accelerator foot and flat terrain, which minimizes the impact of the weight difference (plus, I've got all that cargo). But, since it's that box that gets me the internal storage space, I'll deal. Sometimes the shape of the cargo space is as important as the amount.
     
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    We finally decided to let go of our 97 Odyssey that we had for 20 years and 220k miles. It was a 1st gen Odyssey which was a station wagon with 4 cylinder engine.The only repairs during those years other than routine maintenance was a few hoses and a radiator replacement. It still had the original exhaust system on it. We knew that we wanted to replace it with a similar small wagon of sorts. My sister had a 12 Prius V. My wife had ridden in it and liked it. She wanted to go to the Toyota lot and look at one of them. Although a Nissan Leaf is not a small wagon, I was curious about an EV and wanted to start our search by test driving a Leaf. We stopped at a nearby Nissan dealer used car lot and asked if they had a used Leaf. The salesman didn't have one on the lot but said that he could call next door to the new car lot and have someone show us one.

    As we were walking from the used lot to the new lot, my wife saw this white, 15 Prius V on their used lot. A gal from the new car lot walked up to us and said that she could show us a Leaf. She noticed my wife looking at the Prius V and asked if we were also interested in it. My wife asked if she could park it next to the Leaf so that we could compare them. We did a comparison and although the Prius V is smaller than our old Odyssey, it is considerably bigger than a Leaf. It has more comfortable seats and more leg room. It is much easier getting in and out of the back seat which was important since we regularly go with another couple to the movies. We take turns driving, she and the other gal sit in the back seat. That ease of access to the back seats sold her.

    That opened up a whole new world for me because I knew very little about hybrids before we got the V. For months after we got it, I was obsessed to learn everything about it. I moved the ScanGauge from the retired Odyssey to the Prius V. After a while I came to accept the bizarre behavior. You press a Start button and a bunch of lights on the dash light up for an instant but it seems like nothing mechanical really happens other than the faint whirring of an electric pump and then a few seconds later the lights go out and a Ready light pops on and then a few seconds later, the engine starts. I finally got comfortable with all the behind the scenes happenings and learned to just drive it and enjoy the great mileage. We put about 1000 miles / month on our daily driver. The old Odyssey got around 20 in town and 25 on the road and we consistently get 45 per tank on the Prius. No regrets so far.
     
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    I like my, new to me 2017 V for the seating position. My previous cars I was kinda sorta sitting on the floor. Now that I'm a budding geezer getting in and out was a pain. I was looking for a car/suv/wagon where my knees were lower than my hips when getting in or out. My buddy was getting rid of her low miles ketchup red V and the deal was sealed... Going to 40 mpg from 32 mpg and the extra room was a bonus too.. I don't drive much so I think this buggy is gonna be around for a while...
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    We also got our Prius v to replace our minivan ( a 2004 Mazda MPV ). We love it! The rear seat room is like night and day compared to our 2010 liftback. I also like that the rear seats slide like a minivan.

    However, since the Prius v weighs so much more than our 2010 liftback, and has the same drivetrain, the V definitely doesn't do as well on the MPGs ( low 40s ). In the liftback we get around 50.
     
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    I'm loving all the stories everyone is sharing about why they picked the V. I sometimes have a love/hate relationship with mine. Mostly because of the horrible experience when I bought it from the Toyota dealer whom I was going to for years prior without a problem. And the other is mostly envy over other regular Pri owners who get well over 50-60+ MPG and jealousy over EV owners. However, for whats its worth, its a great wagon and its been good to me so far and I'm about to reach 130,000 miles without any major problems. Recently did the breaks, rotors and calipers, been keeping up with the routine scheduled maintenance. A buddy of mine and myself are going to tackle the EGR and manifold cleaning this weekend

    I sometimes take for granted how practical the car is when hauling large items or alot of items. Although I rarely use the cargo space, but I need it, it becomes so handy. I moved around the time I got the car and I managed to move all my belongings from my 1000ft square apartment in one drive and Tetris style packing, lol. Towards the end of winter last year, my hot water heater kicked the bucket so I went to my local Lowes and picked up a $400, 44 gallon, 5ft tall water heater that was on sale and much to my surprise, it fit into the back without any issue and still have room to spare. A guy who was packing his Ford Super Duty work truck that was parked next to me was like "wow, I can't believe that fit, thats impressive"

    Althought I will say, for the 2+ years of ownership. I've been experiencing between 45mpg-52mpg throughout most of the year and get between 460-500 miles on a full tank. So I guess thats not to bad compared to the regular Prius. I'm still dying to get a EV, but my budget at the moment won't allow it. So I guess I'll keep the V until an affordable EV that suits my driving needs will be available. =)
     
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    I was the same exact way as you a little over 2 years ago when I got my V. I legit knew nothing about the Prius. I actually never heard of the Prius before I got mine and I'm now 32 years old. I guess its ignorance on my part, I was comfortable driving my 2008 Scion XB which served me well for the 6 years I owned it, but it became a money pit. I actually thought the Prius was all electric, so I felt pretty dumb after learning everything I learned when I got mine and completelly dived into researching and finding out all the information that I know now. Funny thing is, I actually drove a gen 3 Prius for maybe 30 minutes back in 2013 as a rental car that was being shared between myself and a coworker. I remember getting in and the the 5 of us were like "uhhh...why isn't the engine turning on?" Til finally when we put the car in drive, the engine kicked on, lol.

    I will say, when road trips come up, between my car and my girlfriends RAV4. My V is the go to for the gas mileage, lol.
     
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    Me too. Heck, if you take the rear seats out...the thing is literally like a moving van. I removed the rear seats when moving my daughter to college. I was amazed at how much could stuff into it! (y) I also remove the rear seats when my son and I go on our annual long road trip. If I do that, I can even take along a couple of folding bikes along.

    Here is a post from a while back that shows the rear seats removed and the bikes we bring along :

    Hi all, new Prius v owner | Page 7 | PriusChat
     
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    I thought about doing a full camping conversion to my car at some point. But as of right now, my small family of 3 needs the back seat as its primarily our travel car when doing road trips. I can't believe how much room it has once the rear seats are removed though. I am surprised you don't really see many people doing Prius camping in the Vs as much as you do with the regular Prius. I imagine with you removing the rear seats, how easy it would be to build wooden storage cubbies under a removable floor board (where you'd lay your bed on)
     
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    We used to have a 2nd gen. It always felt cramped.

    The extra room in the v is great.
     
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    Your profile here says you STILL have a 2005. Please update it.
     
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