Toyota Prius V: Remaking the Road Race?

Remember those cheesy 70’s car flicks? You know, like Cannonball Run or Smokey And The Bandit? Sometimes I feel like I’m trapped in one of those damn things.

“We’ve got long way to go, and a short time to get there…” come on watch this mommy run (errands, pick up kids and get crap done!) Plus there is inevitably a “Smokey” (or red light camera) just waiting to nab me. Not that I speed or anything, not me, never.

The other part of 70’s car-lore I seem to be stuck in is the gas wars. Sweet cheeses gas prices are unpredictable and HIGH! When I got offered a role playing alongside the star of the MPG saving screen, Toyota Prius V, I was in.

The first thing that you notice about the Prius V is it anything but “American Heavy Metal”. This isn’t a bad thing. With a compact, yet hip, design you can tell right off that this car is built for efficiency. Think a quiet, broodingly cool James Dean rather than a Steve McQueen.

While you won’t find all the bells, whistles and “Fine Corinthian Leather” of a luxury car, this car does have a lot to offer. You also aren’t in for a muscle car ride either. The best part, you guessed it… gas mileage!

Back to the Cannonball Run analogy. I hit the road to school twice a day, ran errands like there was a trophy for it and even rallied for a few short road trips. Nearly two weeks after she pulled up in my driveway, the Prius V still had petrol to spare. I averaged a whopping 49 miles per gallon. Droolin’ aren’t ya Burt Reynolds?

A Few of My Favorite Things

  • Did I mention 49 MPG? I did? Well that’s because I am still amazed by that number.
  • Huge cargo space.
  • Hybrid Synergy Drive System
  • 6.1 inch touchscreen for navigation and entertainment systems.
  • 12V power outlet and USB port.
  • Panoramic moonroof with power sunshades (my second favorite feature, this really makes you feel like you’re driving in the open air without messing up the hair)
  • Advanced parking system. Yes, I confess I need this sometimes.
  • 60/40 split rear seat recline. This feature was great for both long drives and loading gear.

Things You Need to Know

  • Total “sticker price” of the model we tested: $36,555.00
  • If you’re used to a car that has some get-up-and-go, the Prius V will take some adjusting to.
  • This car is SUPER quiet. In fact, so much so that the only way I could tell it was on was if the “Ready” indicator was on. I found this a little unnerving at first, but I got used to it.
  • At the time of this test drive the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had yet to rate this car.
  • The ground clearance borders on, “low rider”.
  • And now onto the most important part of any She Buys Cars/Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom/ Traveling Mom review… where did I put my purse? Toyota knocked this one out of the park! There is a very roomy “cubby” below the dash and in front of the center console that is perfect for everything from that cute little Judith Leiber to the biggest of the Boho bags.

Over all the gas milage was the winner for me. I doubt I’d ever hop in a Prius V for an epic road race, but for everyday adventures, sure. Or maybe I should shop the studios a script about an epic, all Prius road race flick? Does anyone know if Affleck is available? After that Oscar snub we might be able to get him cheap!

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