The wheels on the bus may go round and round, but how many of us don’t get on the bus? Watch just one YouTube video of kids being tossed around the inside of a bus like so many beans in a maraca, and you might be thinking twice about them boarding Big Yellow. Now I’m not suggesting that busses aren’t safe, but I am sharing that I’m a completely paranoid, helicopter mom who would rather drive her kids to school. The better to hover over them, my dears.
The problem… gas is too dang expensive!
So when I got a chance to test drive the Toyota Prius V, I was all about that. The first thing that you notice about the Prius V is it anything but a minivan (or bus). It’s compact, yet hip, design tells you right off that this car is built for efficiency. I expected to get in and feel like I was driving a stripped down version of my old Toyota Paseo (oh how I loved that car). I figured it would be sporty but stripped down.
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. The best part, you guessed it… gas mileage! Back and forth to school, twice a day, the litany of errand running, a few short road trips and 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. Swoon
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 and 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, heck I’d wager you could even fit a super chic vintage messenger turned laptop bag in there.
Over all the gas milage was the biggest “wow” factor for me. Does it sell me on the Prius V? Yes and no. I miss the “high riding” feeling of an SUV or Crossover. Then again, maybe ask me that question the next time I fill up my gas guzzling SUV?