2012 Toyota Prius V Price Test Drive, Review and Specs : This is the first member of the new Prius family unveiled at this year's North American International Auto Show to hit the market. The Prius V (the "V" is for "versatility") joins the standard third-generation Prius in the U.S. this fall, to be followed by the 2012 Prius plug-in hybrid and a smaller Prius C entry-level hybrid.
The Prius V is all about space, offering 50 percent more cargo room than the standard hatchback. To make all that extra room, Toyota stretched out the design of the standard Prius: The V is 3 inches longer in the wheelbase, 6 inches longer overall, 1 inch wider and 3 inches taller. However, the tradeoff for those larger dimensions is 200 extra pounds, and so fuel economy falls from 50 mpg with the Prius to a still-excellent 42 with the Prius V. On the road, the V looks like a tall wagon, and in most respects its performance lives up to the perception. Comfortable second-row seats slide forward and back. Wide rear-door openings and second-row 60/40 fold-flat capability show that the V can serve drivers and families for whom the standard Prius is too small.