Environment Who? New Prius V Was Designed for Capitalism

Emily Abbate

toyota pruis vWhen I'm looking at a car, there are certain features I want. Compromising on such a big purchase is just a no-go. That is, unless it's fuel efficient. And I mean really fuel efficient. Enter Toyota's newest hybrid car, the 2012 Toyota Prius V, set to debut on U.S. soil this fall.

I'm sort of at the point where I'd slice off an eensy piece of my right arm for outstanding gas mileage. At 44 mpg city and 40 mpg highway -- looks like shedding a tear or two at the pump may be a thing of the past.

But you know what this means, right? Saving Money Syndrome, commence.

I am a self-pronounced victim of Saving Money Syndrome. Trust me, you've been there, too. You land yourself an AMAZING deal on a high-priced item, and you feel as though the world is at your fingertips. You think: I saved $300 on groceries this month using coupons, I deserve a new coat! 

But it doesn't stop after the new coat. Soon there are shoes. And a mani/pedi. And then you feel angry at yourself, waiting for that next paycheck. Well, it looks like the Prius V could be my saving money syndrome jump-off.

In short: Gas costs a lot of money. Cars cost a lot of money. The newest child of the Prius family has no price point yet, but is rumored to land somewhere upward of $26,000. When you're only filling up once every other week, that $26,000 sounds pretty darn good. Ahhh, I love the smell of a great bargain.

The Prius V also boasts lots of cargo space. You know what else a bargain-hunter loves? LOADS of cargo space. You see where this is going, don't you? Now there's LOTS of room for Costco Sundays (yes, you need the family-sized box of tampons and hummus), and even more room to hide my bags after a quick shopping trip post-evening workout. It's not a problem unless you're in debt, right?

And while we're giving the Prius V a gander, say hello to some serious technology integration. Of course, distracted driving is a no no. But the fact that your iPhone or Android phone essentially connects to the Prius' dashboard and enables the driver to use a variety of apps including Pandora, OpenTable, Movietickets.com, and Bing -- well, that's pretty rockin'. Shoot. Looks like I'll ALSO need an iPhone.

Of course, there's always going to be some cons. The car itself is pretty slow, and has a very wide turning radius. It's almost 2 feet greater than any of Toyota's previous models. And when you're making U-turns in the mall parking lot, that's totally inconvenient. Hence, if I was the proud owner of a Prius V, I would have to start shopping at more upscale locations, with more available parking, and less parking lot crawlers. OKAY, you don't have to pull my leg. I'll go to Nordstrom.

What do you think of the energy efficient Prius V? Would you drive one?

Image via Toyota

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