Day: May 23, 2011

We drive the big Prius V

Toyota is almost ready to put the larger Prius V on sale. This new car offers
excellent fuel economy, new cabin electronics, and a lot more cabin space. Ride
along with CNET

The 2012 Toyota Prius V

Toyota brought a fleet of its new Prius V model out to California for testing. (Credit: Wayne Cunningham/CNET)

I actually do commend Toyota for explaining that a car doesn’t need to be small to get great gas mileage. The cargo area is roomy. The car has enough power for everyday use but don’t expect to win any races with it. The new 3-D animation of the energy monitor is a gimmick but otherwise pretty cool. Toyota is using a nice flash hard-drive for storage, including navigation. Entune is another nice new feature giving you access to apps like Bing, iHeart Radio, Open Table, and Pandora but I don’t think I would use it very often. In conclusion, the Prius V is a nicer big-sister to the original Prius but otherwise boring… you will still look like a looser.