2004 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test


2004 Toyota Prius: Rest in Peace?

May 04, 2010

Toyota Prius Gen2.JPG

There were reports previously that stated that the Gen2 Toyota Prius (our long-term 2004 Prius is a member of this generation) would continue on, even when the 2010MY Gen3 was launched.

It didn't happen. Sales of the Gen2 were discontinued in the U.S. There were reports that Gen2 would continue in Japan only, but I checked the Toyota Japan website (wonderfully translated to English by "Don't Be Evil" Google), and couldn't find the Gen2 anywhere.

That's fine with me. While our long-term Gen2 is a fine commuter car (only), the Gen3 would be an acceptable road trip car. With the Gen2 you have to put up with the CVT drone/groan, the somewhat harsh ride, and the susceptibility to crosswinds. All of that has been addressed by Gen3.

Gen2 Prius: RIP.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 68,172 miles

Gen3 Prius.jpeg

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