2004 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: 60,000 miles and going strong

2004 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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

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60,000 miles and going strong
By Mike S. on


2004 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)


The car is a technological marvel in a very practical package. Bought new, it's been very reliable for 60,000 miles. It's no sports car, but is faster than it seems because the CVT is so smooth that your speed builds without your noticing it. Lifetime avg. 49.9 mpg driving smoothly, 53 mpg at steady 65, with or without the AC running. Not quite so comfortable or quiet as our old Camry, but still very good. Build quality is very impressive. No problems to date. Definitely the best car I've ever owned. Love the hatchback layout. There's lots of room, but the rear seat is too narrow for three across unless one is a child.

Best Features

Great MPG, hatchback layout, display screen, styling, build quality. The continuously variable transmission is a gem! Really the heart of the Toyota hybrid system, and much superior to the Honda system. Batteries warranted for 150,000 mi. in California.

Worst Features

A-pillars impede outward, visibility. The multi-function display could be used to give the driver much more information, the actual gas gauge is not very accurate. The hybrid system would work even better if the battery were made a bit larger.
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