Versatile Hybrid Also Upgrades Audio, Safety Offerings
With gas prices heading downward, so is the MSRP for one of the country's top hybrids, the versatile and roomy 2015 Toyota Prius v—at least a litte. As a result, pricing for the 2015 Toyota Prius v falls $75, to $26,675, yet owners enjoy freshened styling, with a nifty black accent for the lower grille, and a revised front fascia to complement the car's LED taillamps. The cabin for the entry model—"Grade Two"—also welcomes a new Entune Audio setup, complete with a 6.1-inch touchscreen (that also supports a standard rearview camera), six speakers, USB 2.0 and auxiliary inputs, and Bluetooth for audio streaming and hands-free calling.
Moving up to the 2015 Toyota Prius v Grade Three, owners also see a redesigned lower rear bumper, along with more standard equipment like premium audio with both navigation and the Toyota App Suite connectivity system. The Grade Three Prius v further benefits from a new full-color, 4.2-inch thin-film-transistor multi-information display.
Toyota also will launch its first Grade Four edition for the Prius v for 2015, providing owners with a significant seating upgrade: The front-row seats are both heated and trimmed in premium SofTex material, with the driver coddled in an eight-way power-adjustable throne; the front passenger seat offers a four-way adjustment range, and it also can be folded flat for additional cargo space.
Finally, topping the range will be the 2015 Toyota Prius v Five, which showcases the first single LED projector low- and high-beam headlights ever offered by the automaker. And while those are standard, the Prius v Five also sees an enhanced options list, with a reconfigured Advanced Technology Package that adds lane-departure alert to features such as JBL audio, Toyota's Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, a pre-collision system, automatic high beams, a panoramic moonroof (with power sunshades) and the Safety Connect automatic crash-notification technology.
Boasting an EPA line of 44 mpg city/40 mpg highway/42 mpg combined, and available in three new colors—Absolutely Red, Attitude Black Metallic and Toasted Walnut Pearl—the 2015 Toyota Prius v is expected to go on sale this month.