2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 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.
2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 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.
MPG still better than most out there. Very reliable until end of main battery life.
Main battery very pricey if/when it fails. Limited cargo capacity and weight capacity. Low clearance especially on rough/dirt roads.
2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 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!
Terrific car that just keeps purring along after 193,000 miles. It still drives and rides like when it was new - no exaggeration! Quieter than most conventional car inside the cabin, even at highway speeds (this 1st gen Prius is quieter and rides better that my wife's 2nd generation Prius). It's a great car for city driving (nimble with small turning circle). On the average I get about 42 mpg in city driving (with the AC on), about 55 mpg at a constant 55 mph, and about 44 mpg at a constant 70 mph.
Low beam on headlights gives poor illumination. Thin floor carpet looks cheap.
We've had the 02 Prius for about 2 years (our first Prius), and our experience has been great. In fact we bought an 08 Prius and gave the 02 to our son to drive to school. I expect we will always have Prius for the foreseeable future. Gas mileage is lower in winter (35-39), and as high as 48 mpg in summer on a 700 mile road trip. It's still weird when the engine shuts down when at a stop light....but that's just money in my pocket ! There have been zero-nada problems with anything. It just purrs along all the time. We like the 08 even better because Toyota updated many things like a a fold down rear seat, better stereo radio, and even more room in back seat.
Gas mileage at 40-45 in normal driving. Another positive is the excellent room in the car (for a small car) Very dependable! The standard features (power locks, windows, stereo, outside temp, etc are nice in base package) Resale value.
Fold down rear seats. Small 12v battery should be up front under the hood, so it would warm up in the winter, when driving. (That might help some of the starting issues when cold) The 03 isn't the most stylish car on the road.
Got good mileage. then a few months back the steering wheel went out = $!,000. Then yesterday all the engine warning lights came on = $3,100 for batteries - can't sell the car now!
I was very excited when I bought this car last November. It only had 24,000 miles with one owner. When I bought the car the dealership said they installed a brand new battery. After a month or two, the battery would not keep a charge. I had to go buy a battery charger (dealer suggestion) and now have to charge the car every other week or it won't start. The dash electronic system shows that the battery is being charged as I drive like normal. But, it won't hold the charge and drains VERY easily. The dealership won't do anything about it. Won't buy from them again. Normal battery cost $250-300! It has turned out to be a very unreliable car because I never know if it is going to start or not.
Air-conditioning blows warm air when the car turns over to electric. Unideal in 100 degree weather.
I've been very happy with my 02 Prius. Good resale value! It's now 7 years old and running superbly. My MPG has been an average of 38 in the winter and 42 in the summer. This car really has to be serviced at the dealer. I went to Jiffy Lube for a radiator flush, and though they insisted they used the right fluid, they didn't and my car broke down. I had to replace the coolant reservoir ($600). My only other repair still needs to be done: the navigation system stopped working due to an electrical failure. All the other features of the display work (audio, trip computer, avg MPG, etc) The nav can be repaired for $600 refurbished or $4000 new but I think I will just buy a tomtom.
The car always starts and has very reliable/predictable ride and handling. The tech and interior creature comforts are very nice. VERY RELIABLE. Trunk space is fine. Upholstery is soft. Love driving on just battery power (infinite MPG :), it's possible up to 40 MPH once the engine is warm.
The ride/suspension is a little soft. Rear seats are fixed in place and front seats are not Volvo-supportive on long trips. I'm getting the itch to buy a more luxurious car, but I'm probably just taking for granted all the amazing features and incredible reliability of this car.
Bought this car used. Wonderful first year. Very happy and proud to drive this car. Saved a lot of money in gas. Only averaged 37 mpg, less than I thought. Then check engine light came on. Cost $1200 to replace 12 volt battery and brakes. 2 weeks later light came on again. Dealer service said codes indicated I need new main battery cost is $3600.00. Called back 2 days later was told problem wasn't battery but transaxle, new cost $4600.00. All the money I saved in gas is shot to hell in one repair. It is outrageously expensive to repair this car. No more Prius for me. I no longer have faith in the car or the techs ability to diagnose and solve problems.
Where do I begin. Driving a car for a year then being handed a bill for $4600.00 to fix things that in an ordinary car would be reasonable is... unreasonable.
This car has everything you could want from a sedan--reliability, unreal MPG, and low maintenance costs. It's definitely not the sexiest thing out there, but the money saved on fuel could be spent on YOU instead of some oil exec's salary. The seats are a bit on the proletariat side, and you'll defeinitely notice their stiffness on longer commutes if you're used to leather seats. Overall, I love this car, and would reccommend it to anyone.
Fuel economy (mid 40s mpg), reliability, interior design, touch-screen LCD which shows your mpgs in real-time and 5-minute-increment bar-graphs,
Most of the problems with this car have been resolved with the new generation Prius, like the grotesque gear shifter and the Dodge Neon rear. I also have concerns about the long-term costs of potentially having to replace the entire battery pack, but it is under warranty for 100,000 miles.
We do a lot of driving between towns in CT, and this has been a great car for that. We put about 20k miles/year on the car and have had zero problems. Our mileage has averaged between 42-50 mpg (more in summer, plus I have a tendency to speed). We're selling our '02 Prius, and have just bought an '05 Prius. We're loyal hybrid fans.
After four and a half years of Prius ownership we have sold ours to our son and bought a new one. The only real failure we had with the 2002 model was a computer failure that was repaired under warranty. We really love the way the Prius educates you to be a more economical driver. Would I buy another? Already have!!
Fuel economy and display features. Comfort over long distances.
This car get phenomenal gas mileage, looks good and is fun to drive for a small car. People are always surprised on how fast the car moves for a small car, it is not a race car, but the electric motor gives a lot of torque from a dead stop. I also have a feel good experience that I am not contributing to global warming and sending oil money to countries that hate us.
Gas mileage and driving around in stealth mode (electric mode) only.
Bigger arm rest in the center and standard cruise, had to purchase after market.
I have had my Prius for two years now. I bought it used with only 18,000 miles on it. It handles the road well, with a minimum of turning base, and it takes these West Virginia hills like nothing. I would buy a new one because the seats in this one do not fold down, but it's been so good for me I hate to get rid of it.
It had the Navigator with it and I love that as an extra.
I love my Prius. I will never buy another automobile. I have been in the mountains of West Virginia and North Carolina, and the plains of Illinois and have never had a problem. I just do the oil changes and tires and enjoy the ride. I average 48-55 mpg and have gotten up to 62 mpg in the city. What a feeling!!! Toyota!!!
I purchased a Toyota Prius not just because it gets good gas mileage but also because it is one of the lowest polluting production cars available. My MPG varies from 39.6 to 50.1 depending on the traffic conditions and my driving practices. The 50.1 was obtained while driving a steady 60-65 mph for a distance of 1000 miles. Given its size I also find it a surprisingly comfortable car to drive over long distances. I am less tired after driving for 8-10 hours than I have been in a standard size sedan. Also, it has all the creatures comforts you could want. This is especially true of the newer Prius'. One change I did make that improved the ride was to put on a set of 80,000 mile tires.
Low polluting, high MPG, low overall cost to own and operate, safety rating in its size class, smooth ride for its size, build quality.
Better acceleration - this has been improved in the newer models. It would be great if it could come as a plug in model as well. There are retrofits now but I would prefer one built by Toyota because of their reputation for quality. However, they state they do not intend to do this.
I think my Prius was truly the best auto I have purchased.This car has been much better than any talk I have heard. It gets great mileage 48 to 62 regularly, is very easy to drive and handles very well on the highway such as in the back draft of large trucks. I gave my 98 Toyota to my son and park my truck most of the time. I will buy another if this one wears out. The trouble is I like the sedan and all I see now are hatchbacks? Come on Toyota more sedans. I want a trunk. Robert
So easy to handle in tight places and soooo easy on fuel.
As I stated give back the Prius sedan. I do have a gripe with the steering wheel shaking very hard when I first get started.This has been for a year or two and so far no response from the dealer?
The car handles like a dream! The fuel economy is terrific and I get so many comments from other people. Toyota has been fantastic in taking care of the only problem I have had with the car- the computer went out (probably due to very cold weather) and they were amazing! The car has had no problems since. I would have never written a review of any car I have owned in the past, but this little gem is super. I can't wait to get into a new one next year!
FUEL ECONOMY! Handling is great. I test-drove the Honda Civic and the pick up was nowhere near as good as the Toyota Prius. I love that I only have to change the oil every 7500 miles, and only fill the tank every 475-550 miles! Not bad for a little 10 gallon tank! ;)
The 2002 Prius is fabulous. I have owned it for 3 1/2 years with no problems. The car gives terrific gas mileage, steady, comfortable performance and excellent reliability.
I would like to see a small, sporty, convertible hybrid. Then, I might trade my car in. Otherwise, I may keep my Prius forever.
Great little car that is fun to drive & gets great MPG..50+
I LOVE MY PRIUS and brag about it frequently to others. I bought it new and now have 81,000 miles on it. It still runs perfectly. The gas mileage is not as high as was advertised, but I still get 41 mpg even when running the ac or defrost. I was nervous about the reliability of the Hybrid System but I've had no battery problems. At 70k miles, Toyota replaced the computer chip (warranty) as I had a "Start Failure" warning light. It seems to have fixed the problem. Others comments are true re: wind resistance, poor tires, turning radius excellent for parallel parking, and computer screen making my foot lighter...
Quiet ride. Turning radius. Touch screen for radio. MPG. Acceleration and power on hills. Overall petite size. Great trunk space. Massive interior room: big enough for me, my 2 teens, and our 120# dog... all at the same time!
Not sure if these were improved for the new models but... 1) Gear Shift. 2) Fold down rear seats would be nice to extend trunk for long items. 3) Fuel gauge should change color (or alarm) when too low. I ran out 3 times in the first year! I DON'T LIKE THE HATCHBACK, EITHER!
I have owned this car since May 2002 and I absolutely love it. I'm so happy I got it before the big "prius craze" began. I paid $20K for it -- just about have to double that to get one these days. I'm in that mode where I'm ready for a new car, but am not willing to give up the perks of owning this car. My only regret is that I didn't get the GPS system - boy how I wish I had! I'll probably keep this car longer than any other -- my gas mileage varies between 37 and 47 mpg depending on the time of year.
Smooth ride - easy maneuverability - gas mileage - touch screen - up to the moment gas mileage readout - 6 cd changer.
Better drink holders, please! :) Also wish there was some way to avoid accelerated wear on tires. I've had to replace them twice in 2.5 years.
We are the second owners of this car. I am a former auto tech and not really sure about performance or reliability with this car, but after test driving and now owning the car for awhile I am impressed with the overall value and driving experience. It has been well engineered and has many extras that are usually expensive options on other cars. Smooth acceleration and gear changes. I have had many friends and co-workers ask about the car and I tell them if anything ever happened to it I would buy another without hesitation. I am really impressed with 45 MPG's WHILE OPERATING the A/C! I live in NM and that is a plus.
Smooth operation of the driveline especially on acceleration. Computer controls that perform reliably. Lots of high tech functions that work. Supreme engineering. Lots of room for my family of 4 for a subcompact, even on trips with luggage. Great mileage with the A/C on. RELIABILITY.
Thicker windshield glass, had some dings that starred from what I thought were minor pings. Slightly more trunk space. Adjustable lumbar support. Complete side impact air bags. Higher ground clearance. DO NOT LIKE THE NEW HATCHBACK.
I'm the 2nd owner of this car. I love it! I rated it lower in performance b/c it is not a sports car. It will handle great for everyday needs. You will not lack for power getting on the freeway or getting up to speed. It is great to be cruising along and get an immediate feedback of what your mileage is. With gas prices what they are, this car has helped me drive the speed limit and save money. Lots of fun to drive, great on the hills here in So.Cali.
Mileage! In the 4 weeks I've owned it, I've averaged 46 MPG! Love the quiet ride sitting in traffic when it is in electric mode. Good headlights! Nice & Bright.
the gear shift blocks radio controls. Would prefer regular buttons rather than touch screen for changing radio stations, so I can do it by touch. Would be nice to be able to fold back seat down to extend trunk.
The car is very reliable, no repair problems. It gets plenty of pickup for daily trips over the mountians. The heavy wind does pose a stability problem, as it gets buffeted around. Also, the tires are a little unstable on bad pavement, causing the car to be squirely.
It has a quiet ride, I really enjoy the engine shutting off at red lights, so there is no roar. The turn radius is great, and has a good peppy pick up.
The paint is easily scratched, and the tires ride a bit unstable so there is a lot of steering required.
My husband and I both drive a 2002 Prius and will never own a different make or model. It's evenly weighted, easy to drive, and really does get 50+ miles to the gallon. The gas crunch has not been a concern for us! It has a smooth, quite ride with a huge interior. Four adults really can be comfortable inside. We've had nothing more than routine maintainence since their purchase. Even here in the mountains we have found no problems with power. It is the families car of choice for long trips. It's a great car even for people who aren't conservation minded.
Roomy interior, touch screen controls, gas mileage graph, ability to sneak up on drive-thru windows without them hearing car and surprising them, ability for car to run on battery only (which is completely silent) and watch people stare at the silent car.
Wish it had come in a hatchback in 2002.
After 14 months the mileage began to fall and the dealer claims to find no problem. Mileage has never matched what the computer says, off consistently 2 to 5 miles, more lately. I got consistent 46 mpg first 14 months, more on long straight drives, then it fell to 23 mpg for a month, then gradually climbed back up to about 30. Climate control also stopped working efficiently. Mostly I like the car, but will switch to Honda this year as the dealer seems uninterested in the strange drop in mpg.
Computer screen, controls in middle instead of in front of driver - took getting used to, now I like it.
Very pleased with car. Good gas mileage at 46.7mpg(owned 79 rabbit diesel)much greeneer than other car. Have tire problems now and needs alignment, warranty good for one free alignment up to 20,000. Have 24,000 on car now. Made mistake not looking at warranties closer.
computer screen with mpg listed. Makes lead foot little lighter.
Would like gear sift moved or switches behind the lever moved.
Fun to drive, drove from Michigan to Florida for $50.26! Very comfortable car
Cheap on gas, comfortable, and fun to drive!
Car needs armrest in the middle, lights in glove box & by the outside mirror adjustments. Also, we don't use our headlights as other drivers flash their brights at us. Had it into the dealership, can't adjust, we use only the driving lights now, still get flashed by other drivers.
milage and quietness
the '04 has addressed the only problems with this car: a back seat that flips down and tighter suspension.
This car has the smallest turn radius of any car I've ever driven--smaller even then our miata. Tooling around in electric mode with the continuously variable transmission is a lot of fun. Parking it is a dream as well--reverse gear is all electric and you have such fine control of the acceleration on the electric, not anything like the surge from a gas engine.
Continuously variable transmission. High- mounted display. Tall car view from driver's seat.
Most everything has been fixed in the 2004, but I'd still like 802.11b and an MP3 player in the car.
excellent car gas milliage is wonderful,drives with pep and hugs the turns
navigation system and sound system
more colors and options
I've owned a 2001 which was in an accident, a 2002 and am now buying a 2004 Prius. The Prius is wonderful. I get 55+ MPG. My driving style suits the Prius. I drive mostly on trips of 20 minutes or more at 35-40 miles per hour with limited traffic stops. Freeway miles are less at 46mpg. I also get less milage in winter, 45-50. On the other hand my record is 64mpg on a tankful (confirmed at pump not just the computer screen which tends to be off by a consistant 2mpg). The Prius will not get the best milage during the first five minutes or so as it warms up, often only 35. Performance is good, comfort levels high.
Fuel economy, low emissions, and it is SO quiet.
It has been improved in 2004 with even better mileage, more room and more power, wow.
As a 1st gen hybrid Toyota has done a superb job. If you are curious about the other manufactures reports check out the Dept of Energy web site and compare the notes yourself, Toyota leads the others by 10yrs in development this car has been operational on the roads since '97 in Japan and available in the US since '01. Seating 5 pax and an excellent commuter, I would recommend this car to anyone who loves to save money with an 11.9gal tank I got 485 miles on one tank, and average about 40.2 mpg my last 3000 miles I have driven. Given that I drive hard and fast thats great for a lead foot, the car maxes out at 101mph.
The car is loaded w/power locks, windows, and tilt/cruse. Built in cpu w/the touch screen features and w/radio cont built in. The climate cont are just like the big lux models. The doors open really wide . Like the Corolla in size/handling lots of leg/head room.
The only thing that Toyota needs to incorporate in the next gen is the ability to drive off battery power if you run out of gas. A folding rear seat would increase your ability to carry long items easier.
22,000 niles and not 1 defect or problem. Best car I have ever owned. Love getting 44 mpg average
very low emissions. 44 avg. mgp
little more room inside.
it is peppy for a hybrid vehicle. seats are very comfortable for long ride (many trips from dc to detroit). engine is little loud under hard acceleration. the headlights is not too bright. cupholders are too shallow for cans and tall cups. because of the small tire/wheels, car seems to wander in heavy wind,
the centered mounted speedo is perfect. likewise for the large and clear speedo markings
need light near the mirror adj. less reflection of the speedo off the front windshield. zenon/fog light. leather seats. remote trunk release. rear vent ducts. sun screen/blind for rear passengers. rear foglights for the north american market.
Prius is an excellent car, but the gas milage is not what Toyota claims, especially when you have to use the A/C like we do in Arizona, most of the year. The on board computer is very optimistic, when compared to the manual way (fill tank, drive, fill again to see how many gallons used, divide miles driven by gallons). It probably gets no more than any small sedan with a 1.5- 2.0L engine. However, it is very well made, an 8 yr warranty, and heavier feeling than smaller Toyota models. It has an ugly front end shape because they made it very streamlined. The trunk is very small, but seating is good.
Compared to my former cars, gas consumption is very low, at least high 30's, but not 50 like they claim possible.
Their 2004 model is supposedly bigger, cooler looking, but probably won't get the current body style gas mileage. The tires are low friction, and many have reported poor total miles per set, questioning whether the gas saved offsets the tires replaced cost.
Comfortable, fun to drive, economical and quality, quality, quality. Just read reviews of the Jetta and/or Passat I ALMOST bought. Nice to have made the right choice. Excellent dealer service and attitude as well. Comfortable on long trips up the California coast. No street racer but does not claim to be.
Surprisingly fun and practical commuter. It can carry four but for two and luggage - no problem. a fully functional auto with no real compromises - unless you need to burn rubber
Great mileage, fits me at 6'2, good visibility, tight and solidly built. Pretty peppy too for the size of the engine.
More stuff capacity in cabin - cup holders mostly.
I have this car a little over one month. Purchased the latter of April 2003. I drove this car to Jackson hole Wyo. last month, there wasnt an incline in the Rockies From I 70 to Denver, to Salt LAKE CITY,then on to Jackson Hole. I 80 back to NYC. that I couldnt climb at 70 to 80 mph. Im very pleased so far and just turned over 8000 miles.
Could use a power seat to further inhance the comfort.
I love this car, the smooth ride, shut down at stop lights, quiet but quick acceleration. I average 40 mpg. Toyota should say mileage will improve as car breaks in. In tough weather, mileage drops slightly in relation to use of defrost/air co. and unlike other hybrids does not shut off at stop lights! I came up a very ]steep hill w 6" snow and moving slowly I rode to the top without a problem. Narrow tires are stable in snow, not in mud. Would I buy it again? Definitely.
A fantastic turning radius. Great parking in NYC. Nav system gives a feeling of luxury and am still finding new features 9 months into use. The maintenance people are big believers in this car and great about explaining how things actually work.
Move the radio channel changer out from under the gear shift. In busy traffic I don't like to use the touch screen changer and I find the current location annoying. Make CD standard. While seats are comfortable, more positions would be nice and heated side mirrors.
If you're looking for a solid 4-door sedan in the $20,000 range, I don't think there is any other "moral" choice these days than to get a Prius. It is roomy, handles reasonably well, and at 45 - 50 mpg, it can't be beat! The only thing to watch out for is how it handles in snow. Since we live in the San Fran area, we haven't had to try that.
-- Gas mileage -- Central dash display -- Lots of headroom
-- Tires are a bit small, creating some concern about handling on snow. It has been just fine in rain though.
Typical Toyota, superior technology with all the creature comforts. Drives as smooth as a midsize car, with the handling of a small car. More than enough power for for day to day situations.
Avg. 48.2 MPG. Uses gas engine to get up to speed, then clicks off. Electric motor clicks in to maintain speed.
Eager to see hybrid and fuel cell technology in wider range of vehicles
The 2002 Toyota Prius is without a doubt the best car I have owned in terms of quality and reliablity. In the 18 months I have owned the car I have not had even one problem; only returning to the dealer for oil changes and scheduled maintenance. The car is very quite and comfortable even for long trips (Austin to Los Angeles, Austin to Mexico City for example).
Great mileage. Low noise, minimal vibration even at 70+ mph. Nice transmission.
The 2002 lacked cruise control. New models now have this feature. Also larger wheels. Disc brakes on the rear wheels would be nice. Amenities like sun roof and leather seats would enhance the driving experience.
I really enjoy this car, in the city or on the road. I do get the reverse of the estimated milage (50/53 mph on the road, 46 in town). The trunk is amazingly roomy, the seating comfortable for four.
gas milage, and handling.
I have been very pleased with the performance and value of my Prius. I've averaged 40 mpg driving only in the city, which is less than the estimate, but I expected that. I've been especially pleased with the way it handled in the snow. And it's sooooo quiet!
The smooth, quiet ride and interior design (especially the display).
Making the side air bags standard would be great.
Very fun to drive, and never fails to interest passengers. Zero problems after one year. Handles very well in snow. Wasn't expecting such a huge improvement over previous vehicle (1992 Saturn SL1), but got it in all areas. Feels solid and safe.
Touch screen that shows instanteous & 5- min. mileage averages is useful for learning efficient driving techniques. Energy use display a good teaching tool for explaining hybrid technology to new passengers.
Fold-down rear seats. Heat the trunk compartment in the winter to improve battery performance (and therefore mileage) in very cold weather (significant mileage decline below 20F.)
The acceleration and response was better than I expected, although it still revs pretty high going up hills and merging onto freeways. Once on the highway, I can cruise along at 70 no problem. Five mid-sized adults can legitimately fit; headroom in the back is exceptional for a small sedan. I've found synthetic oil improves gas mileage, as well as keeping tires inflated to the upper recommended limit. Consumer Reports said it had acceptable side crash results. Trunk space is modest, but deep enough to fit large suitcases. An excellent first car / commuter car.
Gas mileage ABS, cruise, front wheel drive Stereo system has good acoustics Small turning radius; easy to park (an issue in CA)
Trunk release on keyless entry tab. Song-skip controls on the factory CD player Slightly longer trunk.
The car has performed nearly flawlessly for me in the 14 months that I have owned it. Overall the design is very user friendly and the features work well. The car has comfortable seats and very good visibility. The engine is peppy enough to merge in heavy and fast moving traffic. I test drove the honda insight and was horrified by it's performance. These was nothing when I hit the gas pedal. The Prius passes without a problem. The back seat is a bit squished. I highly recommend giving this car a chance. I live in Minnesota and the cold weather (today -10 F as I drove to work) has not been an issue for the car.
Center display near the windshield. The auto temperature climate control feature that doesn't start blowing, until the car heats up on a cold Minnesota morning.
A center armrest for the driver. The CD player should play MP3 CDs.
This car is solidly built for cars in its class. Road noise is average. The fit and finish is excellent. Despite its small size, the interior feels roomy for passenger and driver. Seating for four is adequete, for five is uncomfortable. The audio and heater controls could be better located for the driver. The acceleration is surprising considering the 1.4L motor. There is plenty of power to deal with quick jumps into the flow of traffic. The brakes are a little grabby, but I got used to it. The biggest drawback is the low friction tires: the car tends to roll over the sidewall a bit during cornering.
The vastly improved fuel mileage and low emmisions without huge performance deficits is the best feature of this car. The generous warranty on the new technology makes the buying experience less nerve wracking.
Dealers should offer a higher performance tire as an option. Data regarding mileage differences between types of tires would help consumers make a decision. Audio controls are hard to reach and require the driver to lean forward to search through menus on a touch screen.
Toyota has produced an excellent vehicle with exceptional gas mileage! With an EPA city mileage rating of 52 MPG and highway 45 MPG, and a "Super Ultra Low Emissions" (SULV) Toyota has hit a home run. To me it is an attractive, comfortable, and practical car with good acceleration and performance. I was expecting compromises with the purchase of a hybrid vehicle, but there are very few!
SULEV--Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (90 percent less than the average car) Excellent mileage. Excellent engineering
Needs: 1) Automatic trunk release 2) Side-curtain airbags 3) Traction control 4) Directional indicators are not as noticiable as one could hope for
For every up there has to be a down. The everything about it is great but the look is just ugly. The rims are too small, the body mold is not acceptable, and its too high.
Milage, Milage, Milage, reliability
Just because its a hybrid doesn't mean it has to look ugly. They can lower the roof down, mabye make a coupe version, and at least give space so you can add 18'' + rims and tires.
Fun car. Plenty of zip on to the interstate and over the road. Better gas mileage on the highway than stop and go (contrary to the manufacturers claim). Maneuvers extremely well. Could use some work on braking capacity. Great trunk space. Tolerable back seat leg room. Good front seat room and comfort. 42 to 45 mpg real #s for me. Some concern about ultimate cost of battery replacement since I tend to keep cars a long time.
Better braking, larger back seat capacity.
Downside: Does not track well at speed on highways. Does not deliver advertised gas mileage. No wagon or 5-door sedan available. Upside: Noveltly never quits. Delight to drive in town. Quality throughout. Excellent driver's position, visibility. Easy entry and exit for us old folks. Peace and quiet, but not with max uphill or passing situations. Our riders like it, nice back seat.
Town handling, fun to drive Enironmentally benign Quiet Gas mileage
Build a 5-door hatchback or station wagon! Match advertised fuel consumption numbers
This car makes sense for any 2 car family, especially city dwellers. The amount of interior room is surprising (within tenths of inches compared to Passat) and is quite comfortable. The trunk holds a double child stroller and has plenty of room for groceries to spare. The stereo is pretty decent and the car is very fun to drive. Sure it doesn't give you whiplash when you punch it, but it has plenty enough power for 99% of driving conditions. The energy conserving technology of the Prius provides a great way of giving a one finger salute to our so- called friends in the middle east.
Touch screen, stereo, awesome mileage, build quality, uniqueness, interior space, doing "the right thing" when buying a car
Leather as an option
My Prius has ben a delight from the start. Its quality, fit and finish and feels are the usual Toyota rock solid. And the pay off at the pump is terrific. I just came back after a 600 mile trip and found it to be better than expected on the trek. The steering could use some more on center feel, and an armrest would be a plus, but other than that, I love it!
Fantastic radio, and very convenient climate control.
Steering needs a better on center feel, and the car is in desperate need of an armrest. A trunk release from the Key Fob would also be nice to have.
Great car. Reliable, innovative.
The only negative about this car is: the back seats don't fold down. This car is one of the best purchases I have ever made. High mileage, clean, quiet, technologically sophisticated, comfortable throughout: a well- integrated whole. I wouldn't take it to the drag strip, but acceleration (due to the CVT) is smooth, consistent and perfectly adequate for any driving I need to do. My operating costs have dropped by 30% from those of my 1987 Saturn SL2 (imagine the difference if you have an SUV now!). I recommend it highly.
I have nearly 22,000 miles w/o any problems to date......I average about 70 mi/day commuting.....what the reviews of this car (as compared to Honda) don't tell you is that Toyota covers your preventative maintenance for the 1st 37,500 miles of driving...and goes a step further than Honda by warranting all hybrid components for 8 years/100,000 miles...and the power train is for 60 months/five years....honda doesn't come close......... Great commuting car...and has a good, solid feel on the road......
The Toyota Prius is my first economy car, and I would own no other. Also would not own it as my only car. But as a second car to use for work commutes, going to the store and other trips around town, you can't beat it. It is actually fun to drive and I am getting 45 mpg in the city, zipping along in left lane traffic. Due to its gas-electric hybrid nature, it is also extremely QUIET, which is a new trip all in itself and which makes driving it all the more fun.
Dash computer display for engine performance, which doubles as a touch screen to operate the stereo, is way cool. Neat digital display for all other engine and speed displays is also way cool mounted on top of the dash. This car makes it easy to go green.
Exterior design is kind of ugly but I can easily live with that due to mileage and high-tech gizmos.
I have owned my 2002 Prius 6 mo and over 6000 miles. It is quieter than my Buick, fun to drive, gets extremely good mileage, is very comfortable, environmental and is an ideal everyday commuter vehicle. I am most impressed with the overall quality of the experience of driving a quiet, efficient, environmental and relaxing car back and forth to work every day. This little car is the ideal vehicle for the urban American! I see no disadvantages for the hybrid approach in a regular vehicle and it has numerous advantages over the conventional gas vehicle.
Quietness of operation, great gas mileage, Stealth MODE, center mounted digital dash display, CVT drive, touch screen controls, Fun to drive
(1)Electronic shift in place of mechnical shift arm, everything else is high tech, why not the shifter? (2)Raise the center console! (3)Sexier body design!
This car definitely delivers on its mileage promise. Like other reviewers, I've been getting about 45-50 mpg in regular driving. The most impressive mileage I got was 53 on a roughly 500 mile journey -- did the whole thing with one tank of gas. Mileage seems to vary with weather (the engine runs more in the cold). I looked up a bunch of the patents behind this car. Man those guys are clever. The connection between the gas engine and electric motor is truly elegant.
Continuous transmission makes driving almost ethereal sometimes. 'Stealth' mode is a cool feeling. And, of course, the mileage & low pollution are great.
Nothing major. The funny location of the shift doesn't bother me so much, but it does obscure some controls. More logical division of controls between physical buttons and touch- screen might be nice.
I recently bought my Prius, after test driving both it and the new Honda Civic Hybrid. I opted for the Prius because it seemed to have a little more "spunk," it has the reliability of a not-first-model-year Toyota, , the toyota is a SULEV, while the Civic is only a ULEV, and the turning circle is incredible. So far, the gas mileage has been between 45 and 48 mpg. The mileage varies a lot based on how fast one drives. Toyota charges a huge amount for either the CD player option. If possible, get these when you buy the car, because they are more expensive later.
Include CD Player standard. Radio controls are too spread out over the dash and the info screen.
The Prius has great gas mileage! The highest I have acheived is 58.8. It has surprising power too. I had five adults in the car with the A/C on, while passing 18-wheelers. There are problems with it. On my car, the build quality has been disappointing, and so has the reliability. It is in the shop now for a new rack-and-pinion.
Video-game dash, CVT transmission, and roomy back seat.
The shifter is in the wrong place, and it has very poor content ratio. Why is there only a tape deck, and no cruise control?
Great vehicle. No negatives. Design and workmanship superior. Don't wait for anything better---this is it!
World's smoothest transmission. Quiet ride. Plenty of zip (340 lb.-ft. of torque!). Great brakes. Build quality superb. Outstanding warranty!
Toyota needs to market this car more intensively! And ramp up production. No complaints.
We've only put a few thousand miles on it, but it's been a lot of highway miles. It's very comfortable. I think Toyota could have boosted the quality of the seats, but it's still comfortable. My main "gripe" is the center arm rest. I drove the car for about a month and then ordered the extension from Coastal Technology. I was concerned about muddy roads as we have a pretty good stretch to drive on them when it rains. Front wheel drive handles it like a charm! We're getting a constant 46 - 47 miles to the gallon. We drive 35 miles each way to work, plus around town driving. The mileage seems to get better as it's broken in. Sooooo much better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee!
Stealth mode. Kinda gives you a thrill when you're sneaking around.
1. Raise the center arm rest. Though I have to say, when I added the extension it made the interior of the car look a little smaller. Maybe that was Toyota's thought. 2. Put fatter tires, or maybe a little larger tire on it.
Have 5000 miles on car bought on Jan. 15, 2002. Have had absolutely no problems with it. I love to drive it. I love the 45 - 50 miles per gallon economy.
A test drive convinced us both that this was our next car. Our Prius has 50% more horsepower than the Fiero it replaced (when needed, the 44 HP of the electric motor assist the 90 HP of the gas engine.) At 110 miles we are already getting 43 MPG, even in stop and go traffic. This car is both twice as clean pollution-wise as most new cars, and twice as efficient in use of gas, plus doesn't need special gas. The hybrid technology and batteries are covered essentially for life. If it fails, the risk is Toyota's. It is surprisingly roomy inside. Contrary to some reviews, Prius includes Traction Control. The car was delivered defect-free except for under-inflated tires.
1 The gas engine stopping when unneeded. 2 The top-of-dash electronic gauges and LCD display. 3 The smoothest transmission ever. 4 No gauge glare at night. 5 Service for 3 years is free 6 $1,500 clean fuel vehicle tax deduction.
The shift lever should be shortened. I'd prefer a CD player that can handle MP3s. A sunroof would also have been nice (both are available after-market)
After 6,000 miles this car never ceases to amaze me. The driving certainly takes getting used to. You can't expect to master it on a weekend trip (reference, previous poor review). Once you learn the subtleties of driving in "steath mode" (fully electric), your fuel economy will soar. Expect "poor" mpg ratings (35 mpg) at first. For the last 2,500 miles, I have averaged 51.7 mpg. Interior plenty of room for 4 or 5. This car has more legroom in the back than my 2001 Jetta. I am 5'10" and can sit behind the front seats, even with the seat slid all the way back! Trunk is surprisingly large. Plenty of pep. I "burned rubber" a few days ago trying to scoot across a busy intersection.
Get the NAV system if you can afford it! Touchscreen info center on the dash. Lots of handy info at your fingertips on the touchscreen.
Wish it had folding read seats - no reason it shouldn't really - it wouldn't interfer with the batteries. Wish the NAV system wasn't so godd*m expensive. Move the gear selector!
I Love this car! The new technology is very exciting and fun. My actual mileage has been closer to 45mpg than 52mpg, but I think that is par for the course. I have not had one problem with this car. My main concern when I went to see it was: how would it perform? and the answer is great. Good pick-up, cruises at 65mph no sweat, handles easily. Interior very comfortable, even on several hundred miletrips. Comfortably seats 4 adults. One caveat: The hybrid engine read out on the dashboard is so cool to watch, When I first had the car, I almost rear ended someone!
The aforementioned dash hybrid readout. The way the car starts: the engine doesn't turnover, it just turns on. The digital speed indicator. The oh so comfy seats. But, my very favorite feature is not polluting the environment.
The radio is badly designed: it hard to change stations while driving. This car should come standard with a CD player. The wierd dash mounted gear selector obscures some dash controls for other things, like the radio.
You must drive this car! Crusing around with the engine totally off is a real trip. Sitting at stoplights in total silence is amazing. The ride is very quiet at all times, even on the freeway. Definitely spring for the touch-screen navigation system - worth every penny. Very comfy ride, great view out. Auto climate control is excellent, and the stereo has surprisingly good sound.
"Stealth" - driving the car on pure electric - something the other hybrids cannot do. High-tech powertrain, navigation system, controls and displays.
Dealers typically deliver these cars with severely underinflated tires - results in poor mpg and tire wear. Otherwise, awesome car!
We now have 9000 miles on our Prius, and every time we get in it my wife and I still look at each other and say out loud, "I love this car!" Incredible build quality and zero problems after one year of ownership. Legendary "stealth mode"...still have fun freaking people out (usually bikers or joggers) by cruising by silently. Only one minor complaint...gas mileage really suffers in our cold winters. Sometimes the engine will turn on just to produce heat for the passenger compartment!
I believe this car has defined a new category of cars I like to call "Luxury Economy". It really shines around town in stop and go traffic but also does surprisingly well on long road trips. Center gauge placement keeps your eyes closer to the road and you can forget having to duck your head around to see that one gauge that is always obscured by the steering wheel. Very smooth and comfortable ride. Don't let its exterior size fool you. It has lots of headroom even for someone 6 ft tall.
Center gauge placement and neat computer screen with mileage data.
More accurate gas gauge. More torque available for acceleration.
Prius is probably "the" car for a geeky engineer like me: Drive by wire throttle, hybrid engine, re-generative brake, computerized engine display, etc. You also get the build quality of a Toyota. It may not be a big deal for its gas mileage nowaday as gas price is just a bit over $1. But as a VULEV (very ultra low emission vehicle), I feel a lot better driving this car around.
Large center storage bin, computerized display, lazy-boy seats.
The shifter is placed in an awkward position. Put it on the steering wheel or paddle will be very interesting. Better standard equipment and more options are welcome.
It's a fun little car on the outside and very roomy and comfortable on the inside. Until you sit in it you don't realize how big it is! Very comfortable on a long drive.. No problem going up mountains - and passed many that were bogging down. The milage was great, over 40mpg going up above 7K feet and 49mpg coming back down!!
The quiet of the electric engine
After driving this car for 100 miles, I am very surprised at its big car feel. Ride quality is very good as is interior comfort. The car feels extremely solid and makes you think you're driving a car as big as the Camry. Toyota's attention to detail is evident everywhere. Seems like the accountants were left out for once in designing this car.
Smooth ride. Big car feel.
A sun roof would be nice.
slight instability at high speeds. Noticed that it accelerated much better than my Ford Ranger. Extremely quite car. Interior misdesigned piece center arm rest is too low. Gear shift hides some controls. Snow driving was fine being front wheel drive. Used tire chains and still achieved about 40 mpg while chains on car. Plenty of power - CVT is unique in that there is no shifting . It is actually nice though in that as soon as you let off the gas, then engine goes away)..
Stealth mode - no engine - no noise - just gliding along getting lots of miles per gallon.
Center arm rest console, move some of the controls for radio/sound console away from behind the shifter.