2017 Toyota Prius v Impresses With High Efficiency Scores
Even the most eco-conscious drivers are likely to be caught off-guard by the outstanding efficiency levels displayed by the 2017 Toyota Prius v. That’s a strong statement considering the legendary economy of the Prius lineup, but a larger body and the ability to carry up to a staggering 67.3 cubic feet of cargo made many wonder where the loyalties of this model would lie.
We’re glad to confirm that the Toyota Prius v still keeps sights set on efficiency; in fact, you can expect to achieve up to 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.*
If you’re asking yourself how the 2017 Toyota Prius v is able to deliver such impeccable efficiency scores, you should know that it starts with one of the most cutting-edge hybrid powertrains in the world. Over 15 years of eco-engineering leadership have gone into the Hybrid Synergy Drive System, so you can expect fuel-sipping performance whether you’re navigating the streets of Elmhurst or cruising from Aurora into Chicago.
A 1.8L VVT four-cylinder is teamed up with two permanent magnet AC synchronous motors and a sealed nickel-metal hydride battery to create a combined output of up to 134 hp, with power sent through to the front wheels via a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
It’s this high-end Hybrid Synergy Drive System that makes the Toyota Prius v a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) and allows for that 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.* You’ll even have the freedom to cycle between three separate drive modes:
- ECO: Places a clear priority on efficiency.
- EV: Uses electricity alone for up to one-half mile.
- Power: Increases gas pedal response for a more responsive drive.
During heavy acceleration, the gas engine is used for power while the battery drives the electric motor; during slow acceleration, the vehicle can be motivated using nothing more than a high-torque electric motor. When you’re drifting to a stop, the engine can be automatically shut off while the batteries use regenerative technology to turn momentum into miles.
Efficient Inside and Out
The 2017 Toyota Prius v doesn’t just have a healthy heart—the entire body has been designed to take you farther while burning less fuel. Need proof? The sleek triangular silhouette and optimized bodywork has created a co-efficient of drag of just 0.29. You can fully expect to flow through the air without seeming to cause a ripple.
Once you slip inside, you’ll find further efficiency technology, most notably the Hybrid System Indicator. It offers:
- Energy Monitor to show real-time Hybrid Synergy Drive operations
- Current and average fuel economy scores
- ECO Scores out of 100 for starting, cruising, and stopping
You’ll be able to keep tabs on performance and learn how to enhance the efficiency of your own driving behavior.
Expect the Extraordinary from the 2017 Toyota Prius v
During your first couple of drives in the 2017 Toyota Prius v, you’ll be left stunned by how slowly it consumes fuel without ever feeling unresponsive or uninspiring to drive. To arrange your first drive, just contact Toyota of Naperville today.
* 2017 EPA-estimated 43 city/39 highway/41 combined mpg for Prius v. Actual mileage will vary.