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Pros: Entering its third year, the 2014 Toyota Prius v is a larger, stretched version of the popular Prius, making it more attractive to families after versatility and fuel economy. Like all Toyotas, it boasts superb quality, reliability, and high residual value.

Cons: Despite the increased dimensions and extra weight (about 100 kg), the same exact hybrid system can be found; the Prius v could use more than 134 horsepower when hauling heavier loads. Also, beware of pricey options.

Toyota Prius v

2014 Toyota Prius v Price: While the base MSRP is set at $27,480, buyers can get their Prius v with a Luxury Package ($30,475), Touring Package ($33,505), or Touring + Technology Package ($37,175).

2014 Toyota Prius v Fuel Economy: The automaker claims the Toyota Prius v achieves 4.3L/100km in the city and 4.8L/100km on the highway.

Improvements and Changes: No significant changes.

2014 Toyota Prius v Powertrain: Under the hood is a 1.8L 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine mated to an electric motor and CVT. Net output of this hybrid system is rated at 134 horsepower.

2014 Toyota Prius v
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Cargo Capacity: The cargo area in the Toyota Prius v is quite roomy, offering 971 litres for your luggage. Fold the rear seats, and you get 1,906 litres.

Safety: Standard features include stability and traction control, disc brakes with ABS, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, as well as smart stop technology, which automatically cuts engine power and allows the brakes to take precedence over the accelerator when both pedals are pressed at the same time.

Comparing the 2014 Toyota Prius v: Other gas-electric models worth checking out include the Ford C-Max and Fusion (Hybrid and Energi), Honda Accord Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and Kia Optima Hybrid. Don't overlook the Volkswagen Golf Wagon TDI, though.