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