2012 Toyota Prius V Wagon Full Road Test and Review
In case you were living under a rock somewhere, no doubt you are aware that Toyota is planning to add a number of new models (or siblings if you will) to the Prius Hybrid family, which has become such an iconic mega-hit with consumers that it actually enabled Toyota the luxury of being able to create a whole new family a Prius models. In Toyota’s quest for world domination, their hope is that eventually no one would ever be able to come up with an excuse not to buy a new Prius.
Well, perhaps we shouldn’t have stayed up late last night reading George Orwell’s “1984,” but we readily admit that perhaps it is a bit fantastical to imagine Toyota has such nefarious plans afoot simply because it finally figured out small families needed a Prius with the cargo carrying capacity to rival many a compact SUV and added a “V” to the name. So, what, does Prius V really just stand for “versatility?”
Well, Toyota could be guilty of a lack of naming creativity but we must admit that the current “regular” Prius has all of the sex appeal of one of “Charlie’s Angels” whereas the Prius V Wagon’s workhorse swagger brings to mind the rather butch and angular visage of tough girl Jo from the “Facts of Life.” Sorry, we have classic TV on the brain for which we blame Betty White and the” TV Land” re-run Channel.
But we didn’t bring up those classy dames from the “Golden Girls” for no reason. What, if in a few years you found yourself on a fixed income yet still needed cargo space and hip room for Dorothy, Rose, Ma and Blanche as you made your daily trips to the bakery for yet another delicious cheesecake desert? During such outings in the 2012 Prius V, you would notice how much better this newer and somehow dorkier looking model feels like to drive compared to the model that debuted in 2010.
So what did Toyota change to this hybrid icon’s character and how will the V Wagon fit in considering that there are more Prius siblings to come with the baby sized Toyota Prius c model and the new plug-in variant coming on sale shortly. Truly, exciting times lie ahead for “green” car geeks, but what about the rest of us?