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Base 1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic - (435 reviews )
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Best Car I Have Ever Owned
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By Reds
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2004 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)


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I have owned many cars in my lifetime from Chevrolet to Jaguar. The Toyota Prius is the best car I have ever owned. With over 55,000 miles it has performed flawlessly with absolutely no probloms. We recently drove it from the East Coast to Lyons Colorado. We averaged 53 mpg at 70 miles per hour with the A/C on. I recently purchased another new one for my wife. Both cars rate a 10 in all categories.


Best Features

Great milage. Low Emmissions. Plenty of room and storage. Excellent quality. Excellent handling.


Worst Features

Add another motor to the rear axle to give front and rear wheel drive.


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Energizer Bunny
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By P Holloway
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2004 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)


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We purchased our Prius with 7,000 miles on it (original owner left country). It has performed exceptionally well except for the electronic issues that were repaired by removing and replacing the computer screen (Toyota covered it). Only other issue is Tires. The vehicle is heavier than most and you need to ensure that you purchase tires recommended by the owners guide to ensure that you do not risk the tire "rolling" onto the sidewall in a higher speed turn or situation where you must "dodge" an obstacle at higher speeds.


Best Features

The ability to open and operate the car without "touching" a key device is a huge convenience factor along with the computer screen that relays fuel economy, etc. I love my indash map system (although it has a few quirks). We enjoy our Prius so much we now own a 2nd one (2005 model).


Worst Features

Leather seats would be a major improvement (much easier to clean). It would be nice to have the navigation system available for the passenger to operate while the car is in motion. You can't always pull off the road (traffic jams where you are crawling and need to find an alternate route).


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One Terrific Car
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By stan cohen
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2004 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)


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The Prius is really fun to drive even though it is not greatly overpowered. The power steering & brakes are are quite sensitive because they are electric. The car is easy to park & handle, holds the road well & the HID headlights are really appreciated. Although there are no power seats, I am sitting higher than other cars so as to make my lower back more comfortable. However, I have convinced no one to buy the car even with the great MPG I get.


Best Features

Great MPG... average 54 MPG during 8 months of warm weather & about 48 MPG during frigid weather. You will only get this MPG if you drive the car as a test driver drives the car.


Worst Features

Toyota has improved the quality of the dashboard material. Diesel engine & Lithium battery pack would greatly increase the MPG. A truer reading gas gauge would be much better. I dislike the electronic trunk release. My battery went dead & could not easily get into the trunk. No rear camera.


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Our 2004 Prius after 35K Miles
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By pjongbloed
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2004 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)


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Aside from the great fuel economy my wife and I really like our 2004 Salsa Red Prius. As we have learned to take advantage of the hybrid technology the average mileage has climbed from 45mpg to about 50 now with a lifetime average of about 48. It really does get 51mpg at 65mph on the freeway. The surround sound audio system is great. We got the 6-CD player system. My wife changed her cell phone to one with built in Blue Tooth technology so it could work with the Prius' built in system. Our family is tall. I'm 6'2. My wife is 6'. And our 4 boys range from 6'3 to 6'5. All can sit in the back seat and have plenty of knee room with the front seats in normal position.


Best Features

In order; great mileage, great sound system, very quiet, surprisingly roomy interior, love the GPS map system, and great overall finish.


Worst Features

Add the electric only switch currently available only in Japan.


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No 60 mpg; has some bugs, but good car
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By eyeonthescreen
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2004 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)


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Our Prius averages 44 mpg, not the 51-60 EPA mpg in the ads. It has been in the shop three times now on recalls. The GPS-controls and display software needs some upgrades to be competitive with other makes. BUT, despite these short comings, my next new car will likely be a Prius. It is a work horse, I can pile more stuff in it than in my Avalon, which is a much bigger car on the outside. Interior head and leg room is also better than my Avalon. Prius style is true 21st century; not some makeover of a 20th century design. It has great voice interaction capability and blue tooth connectivity. And despite being hard to navigate around, the GPS does an excellent tracking job.


Best Features

Interior storage volume and ease of loading/unloading. Short turning radius. Gear shift lever...action. 21st century style. Interior headroom and comfort. Filling up at the gas tank. Qualifying for diamond lanes in Calif.


Worst Features

GPS software, more intuitive human-interface. Automatic-headlight on-off switch. Road noise mitigation. More sun shielding on GPS panel. A bit more HP, maybe 130-150, but without significantly lowering mpg. Lower height to width ratio to reduce weathering in winds.


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