It’s not that the Prius V is a bad car or idea. With almost 60 percent more cargo space, the Prius V might provide the kind of versatility that many Prius consumers have indicated to Toyota that they want. Nevertheless, it’s still just a 5 passenger car, and for a nearly 60 percent improvement in cargo space, 10 mpgs of fuel economy have been lost.
I don’t share the same doubts. Crossover type vehicles like the Venza sell very well, even though they seat just 5. Gaining the larger rear seat and huge cargo area will be plusses that a lot of people will go for, despite the MPG hit.