Toyota Prius V  vs Tesla Model S 

Toyota Prius V Two

  • $27k
  • 1.8L Hybrid
  • 44 city 40 hwy
Front view of Toyota Prius V
It's intended to offer more room for families than the standard Prius; the "v" stands for versatility.
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Tesla Model S Base

  • $70k
  • 0.0L
  • 94 city 97 hwy
Front view of Tesla Model S
Unlike all if its predecessors, burdened with concessions, trade-offs and compromises in the interest of technology, Tesla's all-electric sedan chooses to excel at being an impressive and engaging sport sedan.
by AutoBlog (Sep, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Toyota Prius V

Reasons to consider the
Toyota Prius V Two

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Significantly lower MSRP $27k vs $70k 2.6x cheaper sticker price
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Much higher EPA highway mileage 97 MPGe vs 40 MPG Around 2.5x better on the interstate
Much higher EPA city mileage 94 MPGe vs 44 MPG Around 2.2x better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$26,750 8.8¢/mile Toyota Prius V
Tesla Model S $69,900 3.9¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Toyota Prius V is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Tesla Model S only makes sense if you drive an unusually high amount.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Toyota Prius V Tesla Model S
Price $5,350 ($26,750) $13,980 ($69,900)
Fuel $1,318 (1,781 gallons) $582 (787 gallons)
City 44 MPG 94 MPGe
Highway 40 MPG 97 MPGe
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Prius V  vs
Model S 
Brand Toyota Tesla
Body style
Model year 2014 2014
MSRP $27k $70k

power & handling

Max HP 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM 302 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 24.43 lb/hp 15.39 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 feet 37 feet

stereo & entertainment

AM/FM radio Standard N/A
CD player Standard N/A
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A N/A
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard N/A
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard N/A
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A N/A
Navigation system N/A N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard N/A
Power outlets Standard N/A
Power steering N/A N/A
Power windows Standard N/A

engine & drivetrain

Prius V  vs
Model S 
Engine size 1.8L 0.0L
Air compressor None None
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Continuously-variable Traditional
Transmission Automatic 2WD 1-speed Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 10.79 in Ventilated Disc Disc
Rear brakes 11.5 in Disc Disc
Front wheel width 205 245
Front wheel diameter 16 inch 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60 45

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Antilock brakes Standard N/A
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard N/A
Traction control Standard N/A
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Front track width 60.6 in 65.4 in
Height 62 in 56.5 in
Ground clearance 5.7 in 6.1 in
Length 181.7 in 195.9 in
Wheelbase 109.4 in 116.5 in
Curb weight 3,274 lb 4,647 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 53 ft³ 55 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³ 40 ft³
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