All photos in this post by Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.com
If you're a Baby Boomer who grew up in the 70s like I did, you may recall the early compact and sub-compact cars made by Toyota and its competitors that were products of the 1973 Oil Crisis and America's new demand at the time for greater fuel efficiency. Later in 1997, with the introduction of the original Prius model, Toyota became one of the first companies to commercially mass produce and sell hybrid cars, bringing forth a whole new kind of energy smart driving machine.
|2012 Prius v Featured in this Review|
|The Prius v is unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show|
|Pulling out of Toyota's Press Vehicle Lot to Start the Test|
|Prius v Driver's Seat View - Check out all the Bells & Whistles|
|Screen Shot of the Entune App on my iPhone|
|The Spacious Second Row of Seats in the Prius v|
- Awesome fuel efficiency, averaging between 38-40 MPG in city and on the highway, and a good amount of power for driving long distances at the maximum speed limits on freeways
- A compact size car that made it possible to take advantage of designated hybrid parking spaces in Las Vegas and L.A.
- Sporty exterior with a roomy interior cabin with generous headroom and leg room for tall people like me, my hubbie, and all four of our teens
- A panoramic moon roof with power sliding sunshades that opens so wide to the sky that it almost creates the feel of riding in a convertible with the top down
- Automatic climate control to maintain a constant temperature of your choosing
- Large display GPS audio with navigation with camera view back up, built-in SiriusXM Satellite Radio and the Entune system that when downloaded to your cell phone from the App Store gives you hands free in-car phone use, Internet connectivity to Bing, Open Table, Pandora plus other practical apps you'll use while traveling.
- Ample center front seat console for storage as well as other strategically located cup holders plus other places to store things like maps, sunglasses, and mobile devices while driving
- Sun visors with light up vanity mirrors above both the driver's and front passenger's seats
- Keyless entry and ignition that starts at the push of a button; an added plus is that this car will not let you lock it if the sensor that opens it is left inside which is something I think harried carpool moms will especially appreciate
- A great deal of room in the hatchback trunk for hauling around the things you need while in town like kid's sporting equipment and for baggage for longer trips
|The Prius v has so many features it comes with 3 separate manuals|
If the latest innovations are any indication, I can't wait to see what Toyota rolls off their development line next.
|Toyota USA Corporate Headquarters in Torrance, California|
FTC Disclosure: I am a member of the Toyota Women Influencers Network TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. To facilitate this review Toyota provided me with the use of the Prius v from their press car fleet. However, I did not receive any compensation for writing this post or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota or any of its brands. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.