Why do some Prius v's (lowercase v for the Prius v wagon) have black fronts?

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  1. Mike Moon

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    Why do some Prius v have black fronts (For the bottom half of the grill) and not others? I have a Prius v model 5 and my front end is all painted the same color as the car. But I don't see as many like that as the ones with partially-black grills.
     
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    2012-2014 had colour-keyed front bumper and grille

    2015-current have the black plastic insert. I haven't seen a 2015+ model without the black plastic insert. Could yours have been painted aftermarket?
     
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    Maybe... I don't know. I bought it new from the dealer. It's a 2015. Here's a photo...
     

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    Yes, that looks correct. That is the midlife update bumper for 2015-current Prius v. The 2015-current Prius v also have revised taillights. They have the 2 horizontal bars as taillights with brakelights built in behind it. The 2012-2014 Prius v have vertical taillights with somewhat visible LED bulbs.

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    This is the front bumper for a 2012 to 2014 Prius v. In this photo, this is a Prius v Five with AT package. It has LED headlights, 17" alloys and the optional panoramic resin moonroof.
     
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    That insert in the bumper makes the 2015 pass the offset crash test with a good rating

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    My 2015 has the grey inserts, perhaps its the trim package that you have mine is 5..
     
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    Is there any mileage difference with 14-15 year models with update in body style?
     
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    2015 and newer have better crash test ratings.
     
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    If any, it'll be small. I don't think Toyota sent it in to be rated again since it's the same engine and falls within the same weight range. They updated the Prius c's rating for 2017 (slight update in EPA method) but I can't remember if they updated the Prius v as well. Basically it will result in a lower published mpg but keep in mind it's due to the change in EPA method.
     
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    So getting over 44 mpg city is easily possible in the v?
     
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    I really don't know Placentia so I can't comment on how easy it is. I got 52mpg on a short test drive near Toyota HQ at the pre-launch but that's rare.

    I would expect 40mpg city and if you get higher, then you'll be happy, rather than expecting over 44 and possibly getting lower.
     
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    It's slightly downhill to work 6 miles each way, slightly uphill very gradual back home. Weekends, 10% highway. Toyota HQ in Torrance California is where you tested?
     
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    They had it rated again. The overlap tests went from poor to good. 2014 is poor and 2015+ is good.
     
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    Yes. Oops I lied. It was 50mpg, not 52. Sorry.

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    If it's light traffic and long blocks, you should be able to get over 44mpg then.

    I was talking about FE rating, not crash ratings.
     
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    I don't like the black front insert on 2015+ ...I would like to be same color of car as per OP
    If I could fix that I might get one
     
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    By now there are enough entries on fuelly.com that you can get a good idea of what real people in mixed situations get from a car. There are about a dozen v wagons in my development and no one drives them using any special techniques that I've seen. My mileage is probably ~30% short trips miles (but 90% of the trips) and ~70% 60-70 MPH highway.
     
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    My average for my last 10 tankfulls is 53.5 MPG. Most of that was probably 75% or more city driving.
     
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    What are your tire pressures set at? Do you drive in Eco or Power mostly? Light or medium throttle?
     
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    Tire pressures are 38-39. I drive exclusively in Eco mode. Generally light throttle although I have been pleasantly surprised by the power when it comes to freeway entrance ramp acceleration and passing power. I also tend to choose my routes to maximize economy.
     
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