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Toyota Prius Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.5 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission CVT Automatic
  • Horse Power 114 hp @ 4500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 42/41 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2001 Toyota Prius

  • The 2001 Toyota Prius is currently the best hybrid on the market.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Environmentally sound sedan, competitive price, full load of equipment, excellent warranty coverage.

  • Cons

    Funky styling, weak performance compared to gas-engine cars, technology doesn't come cheap.

  • What's New for 2001

    The 2001 Toyota Prius, a gas/electric hybrid that follows in the more expensive Honda Insight's footsteps, offers space for five adults…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (54 total reviews)

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Not worth it

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Vehicle: 2001 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

To buy a new hybrid is OK if parts are under warranty. It seems that the HV battery (High Voltage batter) at a cost of $4000.00 installed dies after 8 years and around 150,000km . Just when the warranty dies. Hmmmm!! The car is nice to drive, but, so is a Elantra and the Elantra is way more reliable and coat effective to fix for the same year. Then there is the converter!!! Another $4000.00!! Please read carefully the reports about the 1 gen Prius. The HV battery will go on you and they were a poor quality. If you are buying a Prius to save the planet, forget it! The cost and consumables related to keeping it going including maintenance and repairs will far out weigh the savings.



10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Decent car

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Vehicle: 2001 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Bought this car at 75K miles, now have 115K miles on it. During this time, all the car has needed is gas, tires and oil changes. Only problem encountered is when I start the car, if I have the AC or Defrost on high, the gas engine sometimes conks out and I get the "triangle" warning. I turn off the car, wait a minute and then it is fine, triangle is gone.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The little prius that could

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Vehicle: 2001 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

My wife and I bought our 2001 Prius in December of 2009 knowing we were buying a car with 90K miles on it. It now has 130K on and it running great with few problems at all. It's far more reliable and cheaper to repair than the BMW we sold to buy it. Of course the quality of the plastics inside the car leave a lot to be desired, I guess you can't expect too much for the price of these cars. The hybrid part is really great but I hope they've improved "kicking" the engine does when it turns on at a stop. It's very abrupt.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 42
  • cty
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  • 41
  • highway
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Full 2001 Toyota Prius Review

What's New for 2001

The 2001 Toyota Prius, a gas/electric hybrid that follows in the more expensive Honda Insight's footsteps, offers space for five adults coupled with class-leading fuel economy.

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