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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Roomier Prius V Hybrid (aka Mama Prius) Going on Sale in US Next Month



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58% More Cargo Space, Starting at $26,400
After releasing more details on the 2012 Prius Plug-in, Toyota is now announcing that the Prius V (which I dubbed the 'Mama Prius') will go on sale in the United States at the end of October.

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What's Different, What's the Same
The Prius V is built on the same drivetrain - and most of the same exterior - as the regular third generation Prius, but it offers 58% more cargo space, "resulting in more cargo space than 80% of all small SUVs", according to Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bob Carter.

The Prius V has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats.

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Prius V Fuel Economy
The Prius v will deliver estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 44 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 42 mpg combined (5.35, 5.88 and 5.6 L/100km, respectively). This is significantly better than other vehicles that provide the same amount of interior space, though it is worse than the regular Prius which gets 50 MPG combined.

A plug-in version should come out at some point in the next couple of years, since Toyota has said that all Prius family members would be plug-in by 2014.

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According to Toyota, the Prius V will offer three configurations: "the value-driven Prius v Two, the mid-range Three, and the premium-level Five. The base MSRP for the Prius v are $26,400 for the Prius v Two model; $27,165 for the Prius v Three; and $29,990 for the Prius v Five. The Prius v will arrive at Toyota dealerships in late October."

See also: Toyota Unveils 2012 Prius Plug-in (87 MPGe, $32k)

Via Toyota, GCC