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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 2002 Toyota Prius

  • Currently, the 2002 Toyota Prius is the best hybrid on the market, but watch for the upcoming hybrid Civic.

  • 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 2002

    Initially offered as a single specification with no factory options, Toyota's advanced gasoline/electric hybrid now offers a choice of…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (76 total reviews)


Beware old hybrid battery

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

I bought this car used at a dealership and they checked everything else EXCEPT for the hybrid battery. Being a hybrid, and having 2 batteries could be a nightmare waiting to happen. I used it for 2 days and the 2nd day, on the way home from work on the freeway my car had stopped accelerating. The main battery light came up and I had to stop on the side of the road to start it up again. This happened 3 times, and I only live 10 mins away from my work. The cost to replace an old hybrid battery is 3000 for parts and 2000 for labor. BEWARE. Only the new Prius' are reliable considering this is the earliest of models.




109,300 miles, 11 years -

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Have had this car since 2004 CPO buy -- early adopter on hybrid technology. Excellent reliability, with caveats. MPG ranged from 45 to 50 MPG in the first 4-5 years -- huge money saver for someone commuting in heavy Los Angeles traffic. Main hybrid battery replaced under warranty around 80K just under 10 year warranty; again replaced battery around 90K after replacement battery saw failed battery cell (replaced by Toyota out of warranty, no charge, for failure analysis @ factory). Currently getting 39 to 45 MPG -- but have had an unexplained failure to start. No other major repairs. Great car, but don't think will get it to the 250K+ you can get from other non-hybrid Toyotas.



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2002 prius with 193,000 miles

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Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Bought it new in June 2003. I'm amazed the car it still gives me 42-46 mpg each fill up in mixed city/highway driving in busy Miami traffic. This has been the most reliable car I have owned in 40 years of driving. Repairs so far: full brake job at 100,000 miles, replaced replaced rear wheel bearings at 155,000 miles, replaced ABS brake module and engine belt at 165,000 miles, replaced steering rack at 175,000 miles, added refrigerant gas to AC at 190,000 miles for the 1st time. As a preventive measure I also replace the small 12V battery every 3 years. The car is still running fine on the original high voltage battery. Everything thing else is original. I love it!



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 42
  • cty
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  • 41
  • highway
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Full 2002 Toyota Prius Review

What's New for 2002

Initially offered as a single specification with no factory options, Toyota's advanced gasoline/electric hybrid now offers a choice of several new options for 2002. These include a navigation system, cruise control, side airbags and daytime running lights. There are also two new colors: Brilliant Blue and Blue Moon Pearl.

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skyfield
skyfield
08-21-2007
Hello, below I will describe the situation I am in with my Prius and anyone who has advice and information, I welcome your replies!! First, I will just ask the main questions I have in case you don't ...


pgunther
pgunther
08-21-2006
I recently needed to replace my Prius 2002 steering rack. I reported the shudder about a year ago and the Toyota Service couldn't find it. It got worse recently and Toyota dealership expressed surpr...


canyonboy
canyonboy
11-27-2012
I'll be driving all day all over Los Angeles, meaning lots of short trips and stop and go on the freeways both rush hours, but L.A. is swarming with Priuses, lots of taxis are Prius too, so let's hope...