The Prism is a great around town car, but NOT for traveling. I have 260,000 miles on my manual shift and lost 4th gear last September and I am still getting over 34 miles to the gallon.
The throwout bearing went bad at about 220,000 miles and we went ahead and rebuilt the motor since it was out and was losing compression.
It runs like a new one except for the pesky 4th gear.
The interior is very cheap and the door handles break easily.
We bought this car new with only 11 miles on it, 8 we put on during the test drive. The car is great for around town and short trips less than 2 hours but uncomfortable on any further distance, especially in the back seat.
The suspension is very cheap.
Awesome gas mileage and the radio works well.
The suspension needs to be made more durable.
We had to replace the rack & pinion after only 150,000 miles.
The front tyrod ends wear out about every 20,000 miles or so and you cannot keep this car in line for any length of time.