2001 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Car of the Future Now
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2001 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)

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Car of the Future Now
By James O. Berkland on

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

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Our 2001 Prius was a pleasant surprise on our initial test drive when it was a loaner while our Lexus was being serviced. Now my wife leaves the Lexus in the garage and we argue over who gets to drive the Prius. Day in and day out we average about 48 mpg, but occasionally get up to 54 mpg. Love the headroom, comfortable seats, quiet running and the CD sound system. At the Sonoma 4th of July parade in 2002 the 12 Prius cars won first place for the motorized division. In 2003 the 14 Prius cars took 2nd in the theme division, which was Pro-Environment.

Favorite Features

Fantastic gas mileage. Quiet running. Amazing uphill acceleration. Surprising top speed reaches 3 figures. Quality paint and interior, excellent handling on mountain roads, solid door and trunk closing, reassuring braking, including "panic stops".

Suggested Improvements

Make the horn more authoritative, perhaps by a double horn system. The current beep beep is embarrassing for such a quality car. The specs for the 2004 look like intriguing improvements, but our 2001 still has many happy miles to go.
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