The 2014 LA Auto Show has been quite the event, with debuts popping up left and right, and mild refreshes making surprise appearances. Once such surprise makeover was to the 2015 Prius V. For the 2015 model year, the hybrid wagon is receiving a revised front end, new taillights and a lightly upgraded cabin to go along with the typical model year maintenance items.
On the outside, the most striking update is up front, as Toyota pushed the bounds of taste with massive gills on the outer edges of the front bumper. The rest of the refresh is in good taste and makes the wagon look slightly sportier. These other updates include lightly refreshed headlights with inside edges that sweep inward toward the more V-shaped grille, and a more stylish and sporty, gloss-black lower air intake on the bumper. Toyota also added one color to the Prius v’s palette: Attitude Black Metallic.
Around back, the upgrades are limited to revised taillight graphics with more red near the top of the lenses and a sporty insert on the bottom of the bumper.
Inside the cabin, you’ll find a newly available eight-way power driver’s seat, an upgraded Entune system, a new 4.2-inch TFT screen on the Prius v Three and higher trims, and a newly upgraded Advanced Technology Package, which includes auto high beams and lane departure alert .
Under the hood, things remain unchanged with a 1.8-liter, Atkinson-cycle, four cylinder hybrid drivetrain motivating the Prius v to the tune of 134 horsepower. This thrifty drivetrain helps the spacious wagon get 44 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
The 2015 Prius v will hit dealer showrooms in December 2014, and will carry a base price of $26,675 for the Two trim level. That base price represents a $75 price cut from last year. Pricing ranges all the way up to $30,935 for the Five trim level, which accounts for a $540 increase over last year.