MotherProof Pits 2012 Toyota Prius V Against its Prius

2012 Toyota Prius V

The Toyota Prius could be a good match for a small family trying to save money on gas, but the larger Prius V is a better fit for families, according to contributor BreAnn Ahara.

Ahara owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. On her family’s semi-annual trip between Los Angeles and Phoenix, their midsized hatchback typically has a hard time fitting their family of four and their cargo to make the trip work.

With 80% more space than most small SUVs on the market and 60% more cargo space than what’s available in the regular Prius, the Prius V had none of those issues. Even better, fuel economy was barely compromised, according to Ahara.

Continue reading’s three-part series to see how the Prius V fared during Ahara’s week with the vehicle, which included an 800-mile round-trip trek through the Southwest.

Toyota Prius vs. Prius V: Is the Prius V Worth the Higher Cost?
Toyota Prius vs. Prius V: Prius V’s Lower MPGs OK With Family
Toyota Prius vs. Prius V: Larger Cargo Area Makes for Road-Trip Bliss



"With 80% more space than most small SUVs on the market"

Good example of PR math.
How something could be exactly 80% more, that some unspecified set?


I've seen similar statistics before. I assume that they use the average cargo space of compact SUVs to compare.


"The Toyota Prius could be a good match for a small family trying to save money on gas"

False economics. Why not save money in general, not just gas money, by getting a cheaper, economical traditional car.

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