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2003 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Our vehicle mileage just went over 100,000 miles. This car is amazing. We have averaged about 50 mpg for almost eight years. It's so quiet.
It's quiet and gets wonderful gas mileage. It is fun to drive and amazingly peppy when the gas and electric kick-in together.
We need to take the next step to plugin hybrids.
2003 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I bought my 2003 model Prius in late 2002. At the time only two hybrids were available in the market, the other was Honda civic. I chose the Prius because it was roomier. I had a major engine problem a year ago but thankfully was covered under warranty: The fuel injectors were replaced. Otherwise the only other problem has been the tires wearing out fast. Make sure you get a warranty on tires.
Average MPG is 47, lower for city which is 38-40. Roomy and tall. Big trunk. Low emissions.
Allow larger tires so they don't wear out. Fold down seats would have been nice (came in later models).
2003 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Outstanding car overall, Great gas mileage (46 avg.). Very reliable car. Better acceleration than most small cars and it handles very well. Much roomier than I expected.
Gas mileage, low maintenance costs. Build quality.
Fold-down rear seat would be a plus. Otherwise it's a very well-thought out car with all the features of a top-line sedan.
Very comfortable driver's seat.
Great turning and parking.
Brakes are a little strange at times. It was hard to get used to them.
After 4 years of driving I have found the 2003 Toyota Prius an excellent auto in every category except for comfort. The newer models are 5 inches longer which should improve the comfort. My average highway mileage is over 50 mpg regardless of speed. In town mileage is closer to 45 (Toyota claims you get better mileage in town but its not true). It has plenty of power to go up mountains and can keep up with the best of cars and trucks on the Interstate. I have had only one minor glitch during the 4 years of my ownership and that was a minor computer that was replaced free by Toyota. Maintenance has been comparable to a regular gasoline car, except for the $700 cost of the 60,000 maintenance.
Gas mileage. Ease of maintenance. Smooth transfer from gas to electric. Quality of workmanship.
Comfort. More use of electric motors for in town use to increase gas mileage.
We were so excited to own this car. It is our first new car and I share it with my wife. We drive it more then average drivers ~18-19000 per year. We average 40 miles per gallon and that is when we do not use the air conditioning. We have asked our Toyota dealership about it and they have not been able to answer except by saying it must be because we always accelerate too fast, which is untrue. We also recently had to replace the "transmission knob sensor" at a cost of $750 and it was no longer under warranty. we have also had some other quality problems with the car. It also goes through tires faster then other cars.
It is awesome that it shuts off when you come to a stop. All cars should have this feature. We also like the insturment cluster. They are also holding thier resale value which is good for us as we are planning to sell ours sometime soon and get the new version.
Again there are some quality issues. Also we have found that the Toyota service people are not especially knowledgeable about the nuances of the Prius and it would be nice if they were more informed as you can not bring the cars to other mechanics.
Without question the best car I ever had. Fun to drive. Excellent quality. Perfect reliability. Efficient, great handling, clean exhaust. Great dealer relationship. Affordable, consistent 50 MPG fuel consumption.
Central location of display panel. Large number readouts. Quiet operation in electric mode.
Larger battery, plug-in charging. Driver choice of electric only operation.
I have owned a Prius for 2 1/2 years. I love it. I have had no trouble with it. The only time it did not start the temperature was 40 below zero and I really don't think many cars were starting that night. I have had no problems with the car. I would probably get better milage if I lived in a city instead of the country. If I keep my speed to 50 miles/ hr or less i can get 52 miles/gal. But since I drive 40 miles a day to work one way and my speed is between 65 and 70 miles/ hr i"m getting about 45 miles/ gal. the car is wonderful the only thing I would change is that I really like a sun roof and this year did not have one.
I love knowing what my miles/gal as I drive. I like knowing what is going on with the engine gas vs electric motor working. The seats are very comfortable. The inside of the car seems so much bigger than the size.
Sun roof. Better tape deck. Allow the car to use more electric power and allow it to be plugged into home electricity to increase the miles/gal of full more. I'd even plug it into a solar panel energy sorce if there was a way to do it.
I have never been happier! She rides great! Looks great! Is amazing on gas! Much more room than one would think! I can't say enough great things about my Prius! Thanks, Toyota!
Design, dashboard, touch screen.
Arm rest for the driver.
Enjoyable to drive with plenty of pickup and great turning radius. At ~50 MPG real milage (a bit higher in summer and lower in winter) you have to love passing the gas pumps. Even after ~500 miles I seldom put more than 10 gallons in per fill up. Works to climb the Colorado hills, but still holds it's own. 'B' actually comes in handy decending on grades. I love my Prius so much I just put a deposit on the soon to be released hybrid-Highlander. Narrow tires cause some handling issues on grooved asphault.
Gotta be the gas milage, but it's still fun to drive.
2003 model had some design issues addressed in the '04 models. Would prefer higher grade interior (leather,...)
We have tracked mileage for every tank of gas, averaging 53 mpg all around during summer months and 44mpg during winters. We do a 44mile commute each workday at 55-60mph. Two riders with total weight of 290lbs. We see no signficant drop in mileage when on the interstate at 70-75 mph. We plan to purchase another
Mileage, fun to drive
none in particular
I just have the Prius for a few week, but my dribving has changed. I save more gas because I drive with an eye on the Power picture, always being aware a little less gas can save it and get me there in good time. Especiallthe stopping and starting is more leasurly and saves!
Saving gas Comfort for the driver Easy entry Modern technology at its best
don't know any yet
I mostly do relatively (less than 10 mile) commutes which involves a lot of city street driving. Under these conditions, the mileage is excellent, never less than 40 mpg. Don't do a whole lot of highway and hill driving so can't comment on that. For what I need the car has exceeded my expectations.
Outstanding gas mileage, extremely easy to drive, very good sound system, very visible displays with useful information.
Redesign interior to make more efficient use of space; this has been addressed in the 2004 model. When accelerating uphill, the engine can be relatively noisy-- don't know if this has been addressed in 2004 or not..
INCREDIBLY QUIET DRIVE, GREAT POWER WHEN YOU NEED IT. COMFORTABLE, RELIABLE, A SHEER PLEASURE TO DRIVE
ELECTRONIC TOUCH SCREEN RADIO AND COMMAND CENTRE
Fun, peppy, turns on a dime. Pull into any spot.
Seat belt buckle latch hits my leg. Would be better if it were up placed higher.
Excellent vehicle, would never give it up. Going to buy the Toyota hybrid SUV once it is avalible.
Fuel savings and built solid.
rear disc brakes - tighten up the steering
I purchased my 03 after test driving the 04 model. I bought the 03 as 6ft tall adults can fit in the back, something not possible in the new model. I now have 16k miles on my car, and I've had 0 warranty issues with this car. Lifetime fuel economy so far is 46.8 mpg. This number keeps climbing. Toyota has brought us the future of automobiles. The rest of the industry needs to take notice, or risk being left to oblivion. I routinely drive over 35k miles annually. I've driven this car on a 3200 mile round trip from Dallas TX, to Haliburton, Ontario, and back. It's performance was nothing less than stellar.
Full hybrid drivetrain, allowing electric only operation. Fuel consumption computer that visually displays how driving styles affect efficiency.
Toyota, PLEASE get rid of that stupid gas tank bladder. Fuelling is a tedious process due to it.
I have not had one bit of trouble with my car in the first year. I get excellent milage and many positive comments on my car.
the fuel efficiency monitor
BUY IT, DRIVE IT, LOVE IT AND DON'T LOOK BACK (to see the polluting SUVs)! THIS SULEV IS THE BEST! 2004 LOOKS EVEN BETTER!
NOT BEING AT THE PUMP VERY OFTEN! ROOMIER THAN EXPECTED.
FOLD DOWN BACK SEAT
Fun to drive, comfortable too-took it on 2- 2000 mile road trips. Great performance, seats 5 comfortably, excl. mpg. Toyota Has another great product.
Zero maint. on elect. motor- Good acceleration Seldom visit a gas station
Back Seat fold down to expose trunk space such as camry has. Strive for 200 miles per gal.- It can be done!
I went from a Ford Expedition getting 11 mpg to the Prius and am saving over $100/mo in gas. Pickup is surprising (it's no sports car, but for what it is, it moves better than you might imagine.) Has excellent standard features and the Toyota reliability.
Gas milage - less than advertised, but come on - 45 mpg in town? Nothing else compares. Plus the touch screen is not only cool, it does serve many useful purposes.
Fold-down rear seats; more storage compartments for driver (too much wasted space below CD player); less intrusive shift knob.
dealer gets confused with reaction of braking when checking and keeps replacing the front rotors for free! Convinced they were fine. Great service and courtesy
Running wothout the engine by "feathering"
More use of the battery, which they seem to have addressed with the 2004
The Prius is dead-on reliable. It has been my every day driver for two full years now and it has averaged about 51 miles per gallon. It does inspire me to try to squeeze every extra mile I can out of each tank of gas, but when I need to be in a hurry it rises to the occation for that, too, while still getting excellent economy.
The Navagation System is easy to use and it has been useful on several occations. Still, I costs too much for the amount of use it has gotten and I will not pay for another one on my next Prius, which I may order soon.
Reduce the price of navagation by 1/2 to 2/3 and it would be worth the price.
The gas mileage is great - 44 mpg overall, including 60-70% freeway at 70 mph. Penalty if over 70 mph. More like 50 mpg at 50 mph on secondary roads. Quiet at any speed, and quietest at traffic lights. Great sound system (partly because of the quiet ride). Other than great mileage, this car is simply fun and easy to drive. Visibility is tremendous, easy and responsive steering, very nimble and easily parked. Great for short errands OR long trips - you just arrive refreshed, which cannot be said for many other vehicles.
Great snow car!! Skinny tires and lots of low-rpm torque let this car go where many cannot go.
MPG calulator and gas gauge should be improved so they are accurate, on this of all cars.
I researched the Prius for two years before I bought one. The machine is, I feel, very sound from an engineering point of view and assembled in such a manner that I have not had to return to the dealership for necessary warrenty work, as I have had to with other new cars that I have purchased. I would not drive anything else.
The Prius feels like a bigger car than it is in ride and quietness. We find it enjoyable to drive with more pep than we expected.
The hybrid design, the comfortable seats and ride
Externally it isn't one of the best looking cars on the road
Cd\radio\ audio tape sound system is excellent. 4 dual sized cups good, convenient O my gosh handles over each door. The warranty and tax deductions, the almost total emissions control, the support for my bad back, all are TERRIFIC! The glove compartment and trunk are larger than one would expect from exterior view. Great car for short\long trips in comfort, convenience, and cost effectiveness. Speedy rascal. Four doors make for easy access. Recliner seats are too good!THE MILEAGE OF 46 IS FOR INNER CITY: WE GET 58 OR BETTER ON THE HIGHWAY OFTEN, SOMETIMES MUCH BETTER. If I weren't otherwise employed, I'd be a salesperson for the Prius.
Cost, comfort, control of emissions, incredible warranty plan, extra fine servicing and lovely tax break
Am interested in a truck version that can pull a trailer.More range of exterior and interior colors, perhaps some custom colors. Special discount to high school and college graduates with B or better average. This would be a real incentive for some students and help the environment.
Fun, different, and exciting. It is fun getting into a car that told you how your fuel economy was doing as you are driving and how the power is being used with a visual display. It is very different sitting at a stop and feeling the engine just turn off and realizing the car is still running. It is exciting to see how far you can go on a tank of regular gas and challenge yourself to see what your best milage can be.
The visual display that allows you to see how your power is being transfered from the engine or battery and to the wheels, or to the battery. I also enjoy the instant milage display.
Better cup holders the design is less than adequite.
I love my little car. It is perfect for all the work related driving I do. Most of my driving is on city streets but my Prius is perfect for the few freeway trips I make. Others are always surprised at how comfortable and quiet it is.
Gas milesage is my favorite thing though comfort, reliability and great service at my Toyota dealership are high on the list.
Guess there could be some impovement, but I don't know what. OK, once in awhile I miss the V8 of my former car, but this would be my preference if I had to buy another car.
My wife and need maximum fuel economy for our 70 mile round trip daily comute. Our new Prius started with approximately 46 mpg. After the break in at 20000 miles, we are now experiencing 50+ mpg on our daily comute. We are strong believers in the hybrid design. Our driving habits now are geared to maximizing our fuel economy.
Our favorite features are the cruise control, the CD player, the auto-temp setting, the center console, and the 50 mpg.
The cup holder in the front allows tipping; the back seats should fold down to expose more trunk space; the navigations system should work.
Fun to drive and it is very comfortable and the gas mileage , you can not beat it. I would buy another one for sure.
I love where the gauges are up on top, it is so easy to read, instead of having to look down to see how fast that you are going. The seats are so comfortable and I feel very safe in my car.
My husband and I bought this car in Feb. 2003 anticipating gas prices to increase with the possibility of a war in Iraq. We drive approx. 2000 miles/month so fuel economy without sacrificing comfort is important. The Prius has not let us down.
Fuel economy. On an average trip we get approx. 50-55 miles/gallon.
Would like to be able to fold the backseats. A little more leg room for the passenger in the front would be good.
This is truly a wonderful car. The savings with gas are great! It has an LCD touch screen inside the car that is fun! It isn't superbly useful but it looks cool! The mileage is great and the car drives amazing. It has really sharp turns and can easily handle over 80mph!
LCD screen and fuel economy. It is the car for the techie and the environmentalist.
None not already made with the 2004!
Great car but actual MPG is slightly lower than manufacturers estimates, as well as lower than car's computer display (anywhere from 2 - 6 mpg lower). MPG is lower in the winter as the car takes longer to warm up. The ride is incredibly smooth.
Rear windshield wiper and split fold down back seats would be nice.
This is a great car; quiet, comfortable and efficient. What a difference from the 14 years I had driving a minivan. Love to go to the gas station and get money back!!! I feel I am contributing to the environment with this gas/electric vehicle. Thank you to my ecological daughter for talking me into viewing (and buying on the spot) this wonderful car.
I average between 42-52 mpg depending on my mode of travel. Love to look at the dashboard indicator and see the mpg!
I miss not having a rear window wiper. I believe the seats could be improved upon, especially for long trips. Glad there are color choices now.
Best car I have ever owned. Fuel economy different from advertised. I have been getting 50 mpg on highway and 40 mpg in city - opposite of what expected. Dealership service is good. The only bad expereience is buying from the dealership. They are very arrogant and stupid, making it difficult to purchase.
Every thing works.
Larger sized wheels for better appearance. More trunk space.
The most fun car I've ever driven. Never tire of being amazed how unique and quiet the car is in it's electrical mode when taking off from being stopped. I love how economic and fuel efficient it is -- the dealership was astounded I traded a loaded GMC Yukon Denali for a Prius...Ha! (I do miss the Yukon's adjustable lumbar support and heated seats.) I did add leather seats to class it up even more and to make it easy to clean.
fuel efficiency. quietness. uniqueness. environmentally consciousness.
move drive gear shift onto steering wheel column. adjust regenerative breaking system so it's a bit smoother. add more potential options to choose from. add undercoating to wheel wells to lessen occasional gravel/sand/rock noise.
I am a female above 70 years. This is the ideal car for me. Easy to handle, very inexpensive to operate. The car is very stylish inside and out, with plenty of interior room. It is fun to dr
How inexpensive it is to operate, the comfortable bucket seats and the ease of handlin
I have none at this time
This automobile is very comfortable ahd quiet. My average fuel economy is 44 mpg with the majority of trips being 3.5 miles to and from work. I have read other reviews of the cars poor handling but I find those views to be untrue. This car hugs the twisties and is very predictable in its responses. Power is marginal but adequate. Passing power band is acceptable with a top speed of 104 mph on level road. Top mpg I've gotten was 53. The feel of the car is much larger that it's footprint suggests. The car I was going to get before looking at the Prius was a Mini Cooper. Glad I got the Prius though I still have the "motoring" philosophy.
Thumbing your nose at gas stations of course is the biggest draw of this car. I find every aspect of the Prius to be well thought out and functional. Very CLEAN design. Love this little car.
The new Prius has removed the "pickle" shift lever and given it more power in the electric mode. All of this is nice but the design as it stands is quite good.
I had my pristine 92 XLE Camry ripped off and totalled. I went to my dealership in search for a used Prius. They are rare. One pulled in: Emerald Gold flake. I could not believe our luck. It had every option. It looked new on the interior and exterior. It handles GREAT! Very small turning radius! Plenty of pep. This is not a whimpy Echo. Did you know that going from 30 to 60 MPH, the Prius can beat a Porche? The 2002 Prius is a tried and true design. The example I purchased is quieter than the top-of- the-line Camry XLE, or Avalon.
Tight and nimble handling. Sips gas. Comfortable seats. Larger than a Corolla. A Trunk It has torque to handle 4 grown adults w/no performance difference. Safe, reliable, handling like a sport car, nimble, sips gas when not using the batteries. 50-75 MPG on any day.
The seat needs an armrest for both the passenger and driver. A taller center console would be great. No other improvements.
All around the Prius wins! A small footprint on the environment coupled with performance, interior room, including high seats and head room.
Fuel economy and emissions level Headroom High seats Easy entry doors
The only negative is that headlights, etc. accidentlally left on when the car is parked will depleat the battery - it nees a better alert system for this feature, or some way of really turning off everything electric when the engine is turned off.
The Prius is amazing. It uses the best combination of engine, electric motor and battery to propell the itself. It recovers energy during braking and it minimizes engine use while stopped. I average 45 mi/gallon in the city and about 50 miles per gallon while traveling long distances. It is gentler to the environment and to my pocket.
Touch-screen computer display to monitor consumption and energy transfer.
When the engine kicks in or out, it could do it a bit smoother, but it is not a big problem.
car is great except the promise gas mileage 38 mpg is not 45 and i was told they going to lower there rating every time i take a small trip to the store the mileage drops and when i am on the highway the milage drops i cant kept going 45 mph all the time which is about where i get the best mileage i am having a problem with the sterring wheel shaking when i first start it up problem is service department dont believe me
move the shifter
I bought the Prius because I'm an environmentalist. I drive it because it really is a very enjoyable little car to drive in the city. I've always had Hondas and I appreciate the tight, precise handling. The Prius is even a little better than our Honda Accord in that regard -- driving is almost effortless. The steering is very smooth. The ride is quiet. The driver's seat is positioned well and is quite comfortable. And of course, it helps when you can feel a little bit of pride in what you drive. If you support American energy independence and clean air, you should be in one of these.
Ride comfort, quietness. Tight turning circle. Nifty continuous gas-mileage readout. Driving in 'stealth' mode -- no engine noise.
A/C in the 2002 kills my summer gas mileage (only 43mpg!). 2004 model fixes this with electric A/C.
My doctor convinced me to purchase a Prius. He had 55,000 miles on his 2000 Prius and found it to be extremely reliable. It was enough for a doctor's needs. I had researched the Prius on the internet looking for fault. I found none important. I have a ball each time I drive. I am a commercial pilot.
GPS nav system completes the high tech flavor to this vehicle. I use GPS when I fly, so why not when I drive? You have to appreciate the system approach to energy management. One of the screens displays where the energy is coming from to power the wheels. Really cool.
Need more creature conviences such as sunglasses holder, elevated arm rest in center (one can be purchased after market). The 2004 has the hatchback and rear seat fold down capability.
High tech features make this fuel-efficient vehicle a bit quirkie, but it's a gas to drive. It's all Toyota, so quality is built in.
It's high tech features, like regenerative braking make it special. It's get up and go off the line make it tons of fun.
Upgraded interior (leather seats,...) would be a bonus.
My wife and I moved from the Philadelphia area to rural northern Berks to enjoy the green beauty. We have recycled and buy electricity from Green Mountain Electric that operates the Wind Generation Plant in central PA. This car is the answer to our prayers for an ecologically sensible and user friendly car. At 46 to 50 miles per gallon it is a joy to operate. My wife ran out of gas last week and drove to the gas station using the battery, no other can can do that. It has great pickup and high speed driving response and very short turning radius. Great car and is comfortable for my family of five.
89% less emmissions than average car on the road and twice as much miles per gallon. Low noise and just plain fun to drive as it sticks to the road much better than other cars I have driven. Range on a tank of gas is over 500 miles.
This car has only one draw back in that the center console is not high enough to rest your right arm on and that could be fixed by a higher console top if Toyota wanted to do it.
Excellent energy efficieny and "super ultra-low emissions car. Pushing 50 mpg actual, this is a smartly engineered, high quality vehicle, with excellent safety features. Well laid-out spacious interior for a compact vehicle, sits four adults comfortably, with adequate trunk space. Safety features ABS, DRL, front- and side-airbags. Adequate power and speed (does 85 mph without problems) with aceptable--but not performace-- handling. Great car for in-town or road trips. Mileage superiority really shines in town.
Super-ultra-low emissions. Exceptional gas mileage (no need to drill ANWR or occupy Iraq). Very pragmatic and beautifully engineered vehicle. Although high-tech in its use of computers, the basic design is simple and elegant--right down to its cup holders!
Add curtain airbags. Add traction control. Higher center armrest in front (after-market option is good). Cup holders are great. Improve frontal crash protection at the A-pillar, mainly on sliding under a barrier.
I have owned this car since October 2002 and drive about 15,000 miles a year. On average I get around 45 miles to the gallon, and would be getting more if I didn't live in a hilly community. Can't say enough about this car. I have owned many new cars in my lifetime, and this care is fantastic.
The stealthy, quiet mode that sneeks up on parking attendants, and security guards. You won't hear this car coming.
The trunk is too small. The 2004 is a hatchback, and I'm a little bit jealous of the next generation owners.
I wanted a Prius ever since I heard they were coming to America. Recently purchased 2003 and it turned out better than I had hoped. I love this car. Totally impressed me in the Rockies where I thought I would be having to used the slow lane for the uphill runs. Nope, I ended up passing nearly every SUV around! Going down was a breeze too. Got awesome gas mileage in the mountains and that was a huge surpise.
Fuel tank should be worked on. The gauges don't read consistently. Don't know if that's due to the temperatures and the bladder tank or what.
Having wanted an electic/clean air auto for many years, I am extremely pleased to have found a car that is ALMOST totally free of gas emitions, freeing up some of the world's polution.
1. Easy to drive, with comfort . 2. Excellent ability to view the road. 3. Of course, it is wonderful to get such good miles per gallon/gas.
Want a TOTALLY GASLESS auto.
This is the most technologically advanced car on the road and its Honda competitors are not even near the usefulness or speed even though slightly more mileage with Insight. My Prius has had three small problems. Tire wear was the worst, but a tire or wheel change should fix it nicely on the 2004 model. Toyota and the dealer replaced the tires and have done all servicing without any charge.
Fuel efficiency and the fact that in stop and go driving it is recovering much of the energy expended. Therefore, it is the most efficient and least polluting car on the market. Plus it is very zippy and fun to drive.
New tire combo and that will probably fix the highway wandering tendency.
The Toyota Prius is an amazing vehicle! The Energy & Consumption displays definitely make me feel more connected to my vehicle's performance. I find myself doing everything I can to increase my average MPG. My average is about 500 miles per TANK (and with a compact-size tank, it doesn't cost much to re-fuel). Though it's more expensive than other cars on the market, I feel this is the best investment I've ever made! It's a wonderful car and I think everyone should own a hybrid!! Here's to cleaner air and less dependence on fossil fuels...
I love the touch-screen audio controls. Smooth ride, great acceleration. Quite roomy for a compact car; it easily carries 5 adults.
One thing I dislike is the placement of the gear-shift, it obstructs the volume and radio tuning controls. The A/C could be more powerful and draw less energy from the gas engine.
LEAST polluting auto in the USA. Stylish on the inside; makes a statement on the outside. Prius is FUN to drive. 258 lb.-ft. of torque makes it MOVE from a stop light. Smooth forward movement from 0 to 100 miles per hour. Power to keep up with traffic (and pass, if you are so inclined) safely and with confidence. My lifetime (9 mos) MPG is 46, 80/20 highway/local. Toyota warranty for hybrid design 8yr/100k miles; powertrain: 5yr/60k miles; basic: 3yr/36k miles. This is a GREAT car. Two complaints: see below - otherwise, very comfortable.
Best steering/turning/auto xmission. Info Display tracks instant mpg and up to last 30 min. Nav system a blessing when needed. 258 lb.-ft. torque;^)
Program cruise control to remember last setting when at stop light: lower shutoff speed from 23 to 19 mph for the school zones. Provide lumbar support and room for right foot with knee bent.
I love the car for the car. I also like the benefits. I'm in real estate. People may or may not do business with you based on the car you drive. The Prius crosses all monetary barriers and is suitable to ALL my clients... the wealthy and humble. If you drive too nice a car some don't want to deal with you since they think you make too much money. If you drive a clunker you are not successful enough. Perfect choice.
GPS and gas mileage.
I'm pleased with the car just the way it is.
I chose the Prius over the Honda Civic Hybrid after much homework and I am glad I selected the Prius.Currently,I have 5,000 miles on it,just returnilg from a trip to the Ozarks and the Smokies;the car handled very well on the interstate mountains,even at 85 m.p.h.--had to keep up with the semis.I am exceeding the m.p.g.rating,averaging around 51 combination city and highway-- most miles are interstate.The 04 model sounds even better;I do not think that I will ever buy another car unless it is a hybrid,so clean and economical.I love to drive by the service stations!
aconomy,dash layout,performance screen,large,trunk,comfortable
the 04 seems to have the features I would want-larger,more horse power,greater fuel economy---who could want anything more?
Outstanding vehicle for the high mileage commuter. Great fuel economy, I have avg'd 44 mpg combined during the first 11,000 miles over 3 months!! Fun to drive. Plenty of power. Rides nicely. Only minor fault is interior quality--fabric could be better grade.
upgrade interior upholstery
Has a maintenance requirement that Toyota fails to disclose except in the fine print in the manual. The car must be run for 30 minutes at least every two weeks or both the 12 volt and hybrid battery may deteriorate. Upon being asked, Toyota's staff informs one that failure to comply with the requirement may result in the warranty on the hybrid battery (for which they will not disclose the replacemet cost) being voided. Honda, at least, gives you a month on its hybrid, and does not threaten to void your warranty. We also experienced an exploding tire and have never achieved the advertised gas mileage.
It's a conversation piece.
Toyota staff ought to take customer service lessons and not try to solve problems through threats and intimidation. We have never experienced this kind of outright hostility from any corporation before.
Great!, I would buy another one if I could drive two cars at the same time
Quality of everything in the car
The Prius I own is probably the most completely integrated maching I have ever known. Everything works so well together and so efficiently. It is beautifully quiet and responsive.
Just the way it works so well! What more can I say.
A little more room in the drivers compartment would be nice.
We've been 101% happy with this vehicle. Gas mileage is somewhat better than claimed. We have a 45 mile total daily commute at speeds 55-60mph. Sufficient umph for turnpike driving and sufficient pickup once you get used to the idea that you have to use the accelerator alittle harder than usual to bring the electric motor online. All around great car.
Gas mileage, overall quality of vehicle.
Nothing major, moon roof would be nice.
This has been a great car for commuting 44 miles round trip to work; but I was surprised that it performed so well on trips to the mountains and up and down the west coast. Amazingly roomy for such a small car. I have no qualms recommending this car to anyone.
The hybrid system, of course. I love it when the gas engine switches off in traffic; but I keep rolling on anyway.
A beefier electric side of the hybrid system would be great. From what I've read Toyota is adding that for 2004.
I love the Prius. On the occasions when I drive it to work I pickup passengers at the Park-n-ride to be able to take the HOV. I end up getting asked all about the Prius about 75% of the time. Even when one or both passenger have already ridden with me before, they have more questions. And everyone remember I am the one with the Hybrid.
Stealth mode (silent electric power). Range. And being able to drive to a gas station after running out of gas.
A larger batter and being able to plug in to have it at peak power when you start out in the morning.
The Prius is very efficient, but you have to know how to drive it. You learn when to coast and brake. By watching the fuel consumption monitor you are constantly reminded of your driving habits.Excellent gas mileage and a very smooth ride.
Gas mileage, Turning radius, roomy, drivability,
Could use more instrumentation. Instrumentation could be better situated for easier viewing. Should have a separate odometer for the gas engine and the electric and leave the odometer one combining them both.
I love it. Getting a Black Prius was the best decision I've ever made!!!
My girlfriend has a Prius and i love to drive the car. Not that great if u like to go 0-60 in 6sec. but otherwise the the car is perfect. Who REALLY needs to drive a 6 ton SUV with 300hp, anyway? The speed limit is only 65 and unless u are driving 200miles away going faster doesn't get u to the mall much faster anyway. My only gripe is that altho i want to buy one for myself i can't because it costs 20grand +tax+insuranse costs. How the hell is a college student (with out the assistance of Mommy and Daddy like most rich brats) supposed to get a new one?! I'm soooo jealous, i steal my girlfriends car all the time,lol.
Comfort, gas mileage, reliability,
Can u make the car like $3-4000 cheaper so i don't have to borrow my girlfriend's!? And 20hp and 20mpg more would be great--Toyota would sell a lot more.
The Prius has done nothing, but lived up to every expectation I had, and even surpassed them. It is a fine machine, worth the small extra cost, and its a wonder that more people don't drive them. I achieve 55 mpg in the city, and 43 on the highway. The trunk is a little small, but can carry all of the recycleables. All my friends think its an awesome car, so do I. The CVT transmission is seamless, and the interior is beatiful. I will only buy hybrids from now on until, there are no- gas cars. Absolutely a dream.
The CVT's flawless performance, the snow handling, quiet ride, driving without gas motor, SULEV, the head room, head rest, sound system, passing power, realiability, fuel economy...duh
Fold down seats
WONDERFUL CAR AVERAGING 49.9 MPG LAST MONTH
mY ONLY COMPLAINT ISA THE RADIO TUNING WHICH REQUIRES TAKING YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD
The Prius has been a great car for the last two years I have owned it. My car is a 2001 and has around 50,000 miles. I have owned many cars such as Jaguars, Corvettes, Cadillacs. This is one very unique car. I bought the car new and have never had a problem. It is a great running car. No one believes me when I said I have had it up to 100mph just to see if it would do it.
I love the touch screen. It is very roomy for a little car.
The car really needs arm rests. This would be a big improvement.
I wish all cars were made with this technology. Excellent design and quality for the price.
Gas mileage and low emissions.
Improve battery function in cold weather. Add a plug-in? Gas mileage drops when it's below 0. Higher clearance and better tires for handling in snow.
After purchasing my Prius, I took a trip through the Rocky Mountains. I would have never believed that I could pass a truck going up a mountain and increase speed from 60 to 80 mph so quickly. The Prius is super efficient but you have to know how to drive it. You learn when to coast and brake. By watching the fuel consumption monitor you are constantly reminded of your driving habits. Comfortable, zippy, and passes gas stations with a smile. I do get 50+ mpg in country driving and city.
Turning radius. Feels big but moves around like a small car. At age 60, I have owned a lot of cars. None compare to the Prius.
Arm rest should be higher. Otherwise, don't change anything!
excellent gas mileage and a very smooth ride. excellent interior and extreamly low emissions. I love this car. it rewards all of the proper driving techniques that everyone should follow. slow starts and slow stops, perfect.
gas mileage and lcd navigation system
I have driven my new Prius over 5,000 miles and have loved every minute of it. It is a terrific answer to those seeking to drive a more environmentally responsible car, without sacrificing the look, feel, and maintenance of a more traditionally powered car. It not only significantly reduces air and water pollution, but noise pollution as well wehn it slips into electric mode.
I love the navigation system option I bought with the car. It is very comfortable and maneuverable, and gets tremendous mileage (50+/- mpg).
Could use more instrumentation. Instrumentation could be better situated for easier viewing. Would like overdrive. Would prefer traditional sound system push buttons instead of touch screen.
The Prius treats you to a very high quality vehicle with great comfort and safety for a compact car. The ride is surprisingly quiet! After 3500 miles driven I have achieved 40 mpg plus in Pittsburgh's hilly terrain.
The fuel consumption monitor is a great tool that forces one to learn how to drive more efficiently. Heating seems to be very swift when outside temperature temperatures are freezing.
A built in garage door opener on the dash would be a luxuary that would become a necessity very quickly. A more robust hinge on the glove box between the two front seats would be welcomed.
I've driven everything from VW beetles to Lincoln Towncars to 24 foot trucks and this car is the best in quality and fun I've ever seen. Don't be put off by the "new" technology. It's proven itself. I've had mine since 9/02 and have nearly 9000 miles without a hitch. There's more room inside than my Infiniti I30 for a lot less money. The navigation system is great and accurate, worth every penny. Test drive a Prius and see.
Gas Mileage. Handling. Navigation system.
Upgrade quality of audio package. In particular the radio.
Most comfortable car that I have ever owned. 660 miles in one day and felt better than 400 in my Mercury Sable. Exceeds every expectation that I had. SAFE. In a near headon it acted just like a race car; ie. passenger cage was solid and the rest of the car absorbed impact energy. Air bags deployed and I walked away UNHURT.
Economy, comfort, drivability
Running lights too bright - confuse with low beams and I'm afraid that they absorb most of the regenerated braking energy. Would like electric seats and rear window wiper.
We have driven Volvos for over 20 years and I was VERY hesitant about "downsizing" to a less than luxury car. But SURPRISE! This ain't no tin box. It has everything I could possibly want - love the sound system and the technie dashboard and flat panel displays. Great stuff. Handling is superb. Plenty zippy. Had to crank it up to 87 at one point because of traffic flow - no problemmo - pulled like a thoroughbred. Good stuff
Nav and fuel consumption displays. Have made me a better driver. Especially like the five-minute increments of gas mileage
Would like leather seat option and a seat heater option - I have a bad back and the velour seats are sometimes uncomfortable.
Meryl Streep (who owns a one) asks "why doesn't everyone drive a Prius?" Toyota engineering brilliance has seen to it that there's no sacrifice to getting 50 mpg. This is a solid, comfortable, roomy, powerful, well-made sedan that delivers the mileage Toyota says it will.
The engine shutting down when stopped or in low-power situations is great. When I'm sitting in traffic or at a stoplight, it's good to know that I'm not generating pollution for no reason.
I'd like to see Toyota make the same configuration available in the US that is available in the Prius in most of the rest of the world: fold-down rear seats and rear disc brakes.
I bought the Prius because I believe that it is the best technology available at this time to promote environmental resposnsibility and reduce our dependence on oil. The first 3000 miles included a 1000 mile trip to Fla. on interstates at 70 mph and 2000 miles of local driving in an urban setting. The car lives up to all expectations, it is comfortable and fun to drive.
The "heads up" display of speedometer and key functions is a significant plus. The touch screen displays are also user friendly.
Visibility of other dash controls (audio and screen controls) needs improvement. They are hard to see while driving.
I love the car for its design, economy, enviromental concerns, and comfort. Out on the road, it is great. I am old enough to have had many cars, and this is my very favorite.
The turning radius, and ease of driving.
I only wish that they had told me that living in a city that abounds in hills would not yield any way near the 52 miles suggested, they should qualify this statement. However, I would have bought it anyway, and I love it.
This car is fun, zippy, quiet, safe and comfortable, and you feel good about minimizing impact the environment, and minimizing our national dependence on oil!
good sound system
Make that GPS system standard
great gas mileage. Fun to drive. Feel like I contributing to reducing dependency on foreign oil by driving
Gas milage, especially now
hybrid van - it is hopefully coming soon
My car has lived up to my expectations. It has not given any problems for the 15000 miles that I have had it. It drives well, rides good, and is fun to drive.
The center console should be made higher so that it would be a better arm rest. Electric seat adjustment would be nice. It should have an auto diming rear view mirrow.
I've only driven big vehicles and when we moved to the country, I had to re- think my gas mileage. I decided to "get as good as I could get" and that was a Prius. I hate little cars that make you feel like you're in a little car. This one doesn't!! It's great! Rides great and very comfortable! And will run like a scalded dog when I need the power to pass. I'm very pleased with this car. I still miss my 4Runner, but I love the mileage in my Prius!
Only buying gas once a week instead of three times! Roomy interior. Excellent sound system.
I hate little tires. The Prius has little tires! The body is dorky. Toyota builds beautiful vehicles...I don't know why this one couldn't be!
IF YOU NEED A COMMUTER VEH AND WANT TO SAVE SOME MONEY THEN THIS IS THE VEHICLE FOR YOU. ITS A MINI LEXUS. CLIMATE CONTROL, QUIET, FUN, AND CAN CRUISE AT 75. THERE IS JUST SO MUCH THAT YOU CANT SEE ON THE FIRST DRIVE. I STEADILY GET 47 MPG HWY AND CITY. I GO ALL WEEK WITH OUT FILLING UP. THE BACK SEAT CAN SEAT ADULTS AND BE COMFORTABLE. TRUNK IS LARGE. AND THIS CAR IS QUIET.I LOVE THIS CAR, I AM A BIG CAR GUY, BUT THIS FITS THE BILL FOR WORKING, I TRAVLE 30K MILES A YEAR AND NO PROBLEMS
THE QUIET, NO OUTSIDE INFLUENCES VERY NICE
MAP FEATURE SHOULD BE STANDARD. MORE VERSATILE STORAGE. CENTER ARMREST IS TOO LOW FOR COMFORT.
Great quality - great sound system with CD player option-Super quiet to listen to great sounds - Phenominal gas mileage - excellent acceleration - good pulling ability (small trailer - not recommended though). Cannot do much better.
electric mode - no engine
better arm rests and better lumbar support.
I was a little hesitant to buy before the technology was proven, but once I drove the Prius I was sold. Its a great little car that feel much bigger when your driving. I live in the city and the turning radius to grab a parking spot is amazing.
NOT GOING TO THE GAS STATION. I love the dash design. I feel like I'm driving a car on the Jetsons
Hey, it's all about the money, admit it! This is my first car and it'll be hard to top this. I wanted a great ride with some great mileage. I purchased my silver prius in july and have gotten a lot of oohs and ahhs. More importantly, I've gained a couple things. One, incredible gas mileage in a brand I've come to respect. Two, how much I really drive and my driving style. Those two have resulted in better mileage, savings in money, and a more comfortable ride. In general, a great car for a first time buyer. And if that ain't enuff, it's super clean and you get a tax break, unbelievable!
view of speedometer use of touch screen and audio turning radius toyota quality cruise control(must have to increase MPG)
more even trunk space placement of antenna can take a while to get going from gas to electric a/c can deplete your mpg
driving the Prius is a surprise. It handles very well, turns on a dime, gets great gas mileage without being tied to an extension cord, has many luxury vehicle features, and lots of power. Toyota did not scimp on this one!
the ability to drive silently when in electric only mode
Love it, it's a hybrid that I can live with. It's easy on the road, and easy on the enviroment. It's a car for the future. It's a car for the now. It shames the Suv's, even though the people in them don't know it.
It's a hybrid.
The performance of Prius is great! I would say that this is a radical type of car. The instruments are like futuristic. The monitor display gives you information of average mile/gallons, the battery energy storage and many other stuff. (I kick my self for not purchasing the model with a mapping device) The design is sleek and aerodynmanic. I found very confortable on the ride even on bumpy road. The GAS MILEAGE consumption is super duper great!!! The inside four people sits confortable. The fifth person would have to be skinny. But all in all, this car is great for transportation and saves on gas!!!
Gas Milleage and the radical instrument panels.
The rear seat heads sometime blocks the rear vision.
To my surprise,the Prius is a great hybrid car. The Prius has very arrowdynamic exterior styling,especially in the front. If you want a hybrid car,this is a great choice.I have about 500 miles on my new 2003 prius. 507 to be exact and I'm stil on my first tank of gas!!!!!!! LOVE the gas mileage! This car is huge on the inside:).It seems almost like you are sitting in a Camry. Not the best looking car I've ever seen, but it is definitely great value for the dollar. All Toyotas are.:)
Move the battery pack(somehow),fix the ECHO type back end,make more!!!!!!!!!! No more 4-7 month wating list!!!!!!!!!