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2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Bought used with 58k miles. Car is extremely quiet. Car gets around 48mpg after changing your driving habits. You can fill up the gas tank for about $35. Changing the oil is easy b/c the oil filter is attached at the very bottom of the engine and nothing is below it. My hybrid battery died at 109k miles. This is a $3500 repair at Toyota. I would not have bought a Prius if I would have known the battery would not last longer. I replaced the battery pack myself with a refurbished one from priusrebuilders.com for about $1000 and sold the car. Money saved in gas was used to pay for repair. A Prius sitting and not being driven is the number 1 reason for battery packs not lasting.
Gas mileage, interior room, interior quietness.
Increase longevity of hybrid battery pack, decrease price of parts, make car easier to work on for the DIYer instead of forcing use to take it to the dealership. You can search and find where owners use a scan tool and hook it up and it can cause another code to appear and you have to take the car to Toyota to have the code reset. If you try to change the front brake pads and push the caliper piston down to install the new pads, it can set off a trouble code which you have to have Toyota reset for you. You cannot get a lot of parts from your local parts stores for example: A/C compressor. Car has over 14 computers and most of them are over $1000 if they need to be replaced.
2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
We now have 145,000 miles on our Prius and it has no mechanical problems and drives as good as it did when I purchased it with 67k. Still getting 45 mpg, and I don't drive easy. Cannot find a better car out there for the money and cost of ownership. Have done basic maintenance--oil changes, spark plagues, air filter, trans fluid, and a new 12V battery, and tires. Only thing that stopped working was the cd changer, but we use an ipod through the tape deck anyway. Still using original headlight bulbs, and brakes. Car handles well; very easy to drive, very good in snow and ice. Unfortunately, the car does not have comfortable seats, and is not sporty or fun to drive for a young man.
-- Fuel Mileage! -- Roominess ( I can get 8.5 foot lumber in the car when I fold the seats down!), back seat passengers have plenty of knee and head room. -- Practicality--lots of cubby holes and cup holders. -- Reliability--no complaints at all. -- My wife likes it! -- JBL sound system is awesome -- Hid lights -- Smart Key
-- Elimante rattles and squeaks--the car does have annoying dash rattles that I have fixed by jamming paper in between the cracks. -- Make the seats more comfortable and adjustable -- especially for the driver. -- Needs more power when climbing mountains after the battery drains down. (2011 Prius has more power) -- Dealer charged way too much for 12 volt battery $170
2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
This car had been perfect until a few weeks ago. With about 80,000 miles on it a warning light went on and we were told by a dealer it was due to the failure of part of the computer system to the tune of $2230. We've had six other Toyotas and have never had a major problem. With such low mileage, how can we continue to recommend this car to others? We're very angry being oldsters trying to navigate this economy with SSA and part time work. Disgusted.
Great car! Runs as well today as it did 1st day I bought it! The issue is maintenance costs, which are considerable IF you don't do your own maintenance! We've had no recalls, no repair under warranty, BUT the maintenance costs to-date approach $5000! That breaks down to about ($995/mo to be exact!) $3900 more than my 12 yr old pickup that I drive everyday! Ask to see the maintenance schedule & visit the repair shop and checkout the listed maintenance schedule prices! A REAL EYE OPENER! Oh, if I only knew then what I know now! OUCH!
The vehicle can do ANYTHING at a price!
Just the maintenance; it's too expensive!
I bought his car at 5 years old with only 29,000 miles on it. I have been very happy with it in the 7 months I have owned it. True, it can be a little noisy but that has never bothered any of my conversations. I love driving a hybrid and how smooth and quiet it is on the battery. The gas is good, we get about 45 MPG. It is very roomy, my 6'6" brother can sit comfortably in the back seat while the people in the front have leg room too! The digital speedometer right in the drivers line of sight helps me keep my speed under control and I feel so safe in a car with side curtain airbags. Seats are fine, read some negative reviews about them but I have napped just fine on them. LOVE TOYOTA!
Controls on steering wheel, bluetooth, smart key (the only time I need the key is when I am walking away locking the car), cover that hides my trunk contents, MPG, the good feeling I get owning a car that doesn't pollute.
My GPS is out of date and Toyota charges $300 for the DVD to update it, I could by two portable Garmin Nuvi GPS for that price! When moving, you can't use most of the navigator features, I wish Toyota would enable it when a passenger in the front seat. turning radius could be better.
The Prius is the best car I have owned. Purchased new, currently 145,000 miles, the finish looks new when waxed, quality of construction is like new, and it still gets 50+ miles per gallon on a talk of gas (89). Only replaced tires, lights, and a water pump at 115K. My complaint is the $300 headlights. If the car sets the wrong image for you, put an NRA sticker in the window and enjoy passing gas stations.
The displays, quality of construction, finish looks like new when waxed, and handles well with a good set of tires.
Bought pre-owned in 07 with 70K. Now have 205K. Accident, replaced HID headlight went out 2 weeks after warranty expired. Quoted $565 to replace! Now the brake ECU have gone and they want $2675 to replace or I can take my chances crashing into a tree! Toyota Customer Care is worse than useless; I feel like taking a shower after talking to them to get rid of the slime! Any fuel savings have been wiped out by the outrageous cost of repair and service. Their dealerships aren't built like palaces from proceeds from recycling soda cans! Never again, Toyota! The new Fiesta is supposed to get 40 mpg highway without using golden flux capacitors!
It was neat getting 45 mpg until the repair bills started piling up.
Treat your customers like you want to keep them. I make sure everyone I know is aware of the outrageous expense of repairs to the Prius. You slipped to #21 in the JD Power quality survey for a reason!
My wife and I have only had our Prius for exactly 1 day! We did a TON of research and car shopping before we bought this car and I was skeptical at first, but it has definitely lived up to the hype. 46.7 mph on the first drive to work, clean, I love the silence when you stop at a light and during parking and backing up, acceleration is not a problem AT ALL! Coming from 93 Honda Accord this thing is a beauty. Enjoy your vehicle!
46 mpg, silence while stopped, car works like a computer
I like a typical gear shifter better...
After purchasing my 05 prius with factory navigation and HID headlights, package 6 I believe. Just be aware that all 04 and 05 had the ugly painted door panels and dash, I strongly would avoid these if you can get the 06 and newer. the paint has peeled off on these parts. I went to a prius dismantler and purchased all the door panels and dash parts from a 08 prius to do the swap, so much nicer. The second and biggest issue is the HID headlight bulbs, they just shut off while you use them . The best solution is replace them with aftermarket HID bulbs, do not use the factory Toyota bulbs, they will go out again. Numerous owners have had this issue, ballast is not the problem, it's the bulbs.
of course gas mileage, reliability with the exception of the HID, non HID models prius with halogen headlights are fine.
Dealerships should own up to the problematic HID bulbs going out, it is quite obvious that numerous people have complained about it. Instead of playing like, we never had or heard of such a problem, but if your car is still under warrantee we would cover that repair, common Toyota?
Yesterday, I hit the wrong button, pushed Power instead of Park. This morning, it took three tries to get started, and any time I park on a slant, it really doesn't want to start. It's my fault, but the dealer can't find anything wrong with the electronics. Other than that, it's been wonderful to drive and I do a lot of that!
Guages under the dash where the sun doesn't wash them out.
Would like a little bit better sound package in terms of road noise.
What can I say? This is absolutely the best car I have ever owned. After 78000+ miles we will be trading for a new 2010 next week. The trade in value makes it possible to get a new model for almost half price. We have enjoyed many trips in our Prius and had fun playing with beating our mileage. Our best was 610 miles on one tank full. (about 11 gal as we still had some left). I never new how much cargo a hatch back could hold until we loaded up our Prius, because of the ability to lay the seats flat, I can haul almost as much as my other car an SUV.
Cargo capacity, safety features, stealth mode driving.
Plusher interior options. More models.
I love this car. I've gone 150K miles and it's still brand new; original tires being the only problem so far. I paid it off last year so, normally, I'd buy a new car. But I'd only get another Prius, so why? My only worry is the battery. It's covered to 150K; but nobody seems to know how long it will last. So far I've replace nothing! And the brakes are still great! I Love This Car!
If you can tolerate slow acceleration, the Prius is a great car. In warmer weather mine can get 50+ mpg on a tank of gas after 117,000 miles. I have only replaced a water pump and tires during regular 5K service intervals. I have driven 400 averaging 60 mph and it still gets 43 mpg! The Prius struggles in very hilly areas but if you are patient you can make up for it on the downhill. It even handles well with the set of Michelins that are on it now.
The gas mileage. That is what it does best.
Put a diesel engine in it.
I have 64K miles and have only replaced tires & wiper blades. I average 52 MPG, mostly driven at 50-55 mph. There is a learning curve to getting good MPG. I use the cruise control all the time, even in city driving. It works down to 24 MPH! Consistent speed is the key. The ride and handling is great. Fun car to drive. I'm getting another this year.
Bought this car in April, 2005 after 13- month wait. I was not disappointed. Car is everything claimed to be - fuel efficient (averages about 45 MPG), no repairs at all to date. This Prius is fully equipped with navigation system.
Fun to drive, love the navigation and screen with features.
Do not have darkened rearview mirrors - hard to get used to seeing out the back window - changes would improve both.
I've owned the vehicle for a month. I have been averaging 47 MPG in winter driving. It has started in the morning with no problem even at 20 below F. I switched to winter tires, all seasons are iffy but the car does very well with winter tires. I'm 6'4 and its a little snug, I keep hitting the CVT stick with my knee when I get in the car! The seats are not so comfortable but its fine for the kind of driving I do. Handling is secure and not very exciting. The wind throws the car around on the highway. Don't expect the thrill of a life when you drive it.. its a boring ride but gets you where you want to go without worries and pretty inexpensively.
Gas mileage is great. Perfect car for bringing the kids around to all their in town events, winter starting, quiet ride. Great stereo. Lots of cubbies for storage. My expectation is that it will be a reliable car that I can keep for many years. I feel good about helping the environment.
Its really really boring to drive, everything for CVT to handling. Better seating position would be appreciated, improve mileage for the first 5 to 10 minutes in cold weather driving. Very hard to see out the back when driving in reverse. Get rid of the beeping sound when in reverse
We have over 80,000 miles on our Prius and only bought new tires and oil/filter changes.We have owned over a dozen new vehicles from Ford, Chevy, Pontiac, Dodge and Chrysler and this is the BEST vehicle we've owned. Read more comments on the interior room (my son-in-law is 6'4" and has more than enough room in the back seat. I have six houses and have hauled 8 foot 2x4's in it and even stoves and clothes dryers. I was in a national test in the "early years" and the mpg was 50.9 for the first two years of driving. It is doing well and I smile each time we fill it up. Can't wait for the 2010 to get 60+ mpg.
Roomy interior, sleek styling, bluetooth phone and touch screen.
Plug-in 100 mpg is my goal,
I have driven this car from Eastern Iowa to central CO where I now live. We don't gas up until Kearney, NE and not again until be arrive home (over 900 miles). Just drove to WI and averaged over 50 mpg. If it is very windy that will be slightly lower. Have put bicycles and camping gear in the back. The orig. tires weren't so hot so now it has Nokians which are great going up snowy mountains and hills without a problem. Everyone who rides in it is impressed by its quality + comfort. They are amazed by how many miles I get on one tank. Wouldn't have anything else and will get another in one or two years.
Gas mileage (drive to Denver and get 60 mpg), smart key, navigation system which is a safety feature for me when in a city, controls on steering. Love looking straight ahead over the steering wheel to read my speed without having to glance away from the road.
Improve the substance that covers the glove box etc. That and the upholstery fabric may be better since I bought mine.
We love our Prius - great hauling capacity with hatch and flip-down rear seats. We are especially glad that we own it since gas is now over $4 a gallon.
Mileage - interior cargo room.
Back seat headroom is lacking for anyone over 6 feet tall. Though plenty of leg room all around.
Love the car but I have three minor concerns: 1. GPS/information video screen is very difficult to see in bright sun. A small design change of tilting the screen some 15-20 degrees would help. 2. road noise on certain kinds of roads. Needs more insulation? 3. I'd like something like the On-Star system for automatic crash notification.
Gas mileage info screen on current gas mileage (makes me drive with a lighter foot. (:-)
I've never rated anything ALL 10s before. That sums up the Prius experience for me, and I hope it will encourage you to "go for it." You will not be disappointed in any way, if you are deciding whether or not to buy one.
SmartKey: To never have to take it out of your pocket or purse is a convenience that suits me to a T.
I've read about that electric mode (EV) only . Maybe the US market would want that too. I'm not going to "aftermarket it" though. Don't want to run the risk of damaging something.
After one year and a total of 70,000 miles, this car has had zero problems. Gas mileage averages between 50 and 53 mpg. Anyone who expected to get the old EPA estimate of 60 was naive. The car comes with an amazing amount of equipment (mine is package 4) for the price and has been a joy to own. The hybrid performance is almost totally transparent to the driver and the power is adequate. This is not a sports car and handling is not it's strong suit, also the car is nervous in cross winds. These are minor issues though. Comfort, quiet operation, high tech goodies and great mileage. I drive the car for service calls all day and couldn't be more pleased. Thanks, Toyota!
Mileage!! Stereo, voice command system, Bluetooth, AC/heating, roomy, comfortable, quiet, surprising power. Great brake life with regen. braking.
More durable finish on interior panels, OEM tires only lasted 25k, aftermarket tires are at 55k and going strong.
We have had our 2005 Prius for over 3 years now and it performs just like new. We bought another one - a 2008 package 5 in October and they both ride the same even though the 2005 has 50,000 miles. I live in Canada and in the winter it is also a charm. Absolutely no problem with battery. Starts at -40 degrees, etc. It is an excellent vehicle.
The diplay screen and the gas milleage. My fun is to beat my MPG record, around 64 mpg one tank.
The back-up beeper is annoying. Some reflection on the windsheild at night from the dash lights when very dark outside, like driving in the country.
Driving our Prius has been an inspiring experience; it's given my family a new appreciation for our environment. It's allowing us the opportunity to move towards a 'greener' lifestyle. Performance is great, our Prius has pickup, zip and responds well in each situation we've put it through.
MPG is our favorite feature. We average 45 MPG in the winter and 50 MPG in the warmer months. With today's high gas prices, we have saved a ton of money!!
Increase the average MPG and make it affordable.
Others can give technical reviews - I will just say I drive a LOT (36k/yr) and switched from a GS300 Lexus (sports sedan) to the Prius, and it has been wonderful! Excellent mileage is a given (45-47 on all roads, all weather). I drive faster than I should so slowing down would eke out 3-4 more mpg. Interior is very well-designed. Displays are different from American cars, much more efficient and user- friendly, and the display info is amazing. NO REPAIRS YET at 105,000 miles!! I have had many cars and all needd repairs before 100k miles, except the Prius. Of course I needed new tires, oil changes, maintenance. Handles well, easy to turn/park, love the hatchback.
Mileage of course is great. Love the GPS (how did we live without it), and the synchronous transmission is awesome. Seats 5 comfortably which is surprising since it looks smaller than it is inside. Also the hatchback - cargo area holds an amazing amount.
1) Add leather seats (cloth seats gets dirty so easily). 2) Add plug in, add enhanced battery pack (to get 100+ mpg), and 3) add "cross-over" body type with 3rd row seating (like RAV4) so it can seat >5 people while getting amazing mileage.
I love my lean, green, clean machine so much that I racked on over 64,000 miles in 3 yrs. I live in ski resort mountains and travel with my 5 person family. I really put this car to the test! I usually get 45 mpg in the winter, 50 in spring/fall, and 55-65 all summer. These numbers are a packed car (500+ lbs of psgrs) and mountain travel. The numbers depend on the driver. If my lead-footed husband takes my car, he only gets 42-45 mpg. The only problem that I had in 3 yrs is that the gas door started to stick, but my husband lubricated it and bent something and it is fixed. Gas prices being what they are, my Prius literally makes its own loan pmt in gas savings each mo! What a pleasure!
Eco friendly, high mpg, cool style, awesome technology, comfort, great drive, storage, good use of space, many cupholders, nice sound system, easy to drive/park, fits any spot, adjusts driving to driver, dependable, super fuel efficient, makes its own loan pymt in fuel savings-free!! Will buy again!
Fix gas door issue. A darker interior color, my family stains the light tan color easily, though it does come clean with stain remover. A little more head room in the rear, my son is 6 ft, and on a really bumpy road, he will bump his head on the roof of the car.
I had previously owned a hybrid civic. The Prius gets better mileage and is more versatile with cargo (the seats fold down for entire back storage). The Prius is comfortable to drive and ride in, with easy maneuverability, too!
Powerful AC, average 50+ MPG, fewer oil changes. At the 100K mile service, no problems were found.
I wish there was less road noise. That's the one thing I like about a luxury vehicle. . . it's QUIET inside!
With 75000 miles after a late 2005 purchase, I have had zero problems with this car. Gas mileage average is probably 48 -- never less than 45 -- often above 50, and this is mostly city driving. Oh yea, my number 1 favorite car was my 1995 Porsche 911 convertible -- I actually used the proceeds from the sale of that car to purchase the Prius.
The navigation (GPS) system; manueverability (tight turning circle); keyless entry
Would like to see better lumbar support in seats. Also, keyless entry will not unlock back door unless passenger door has been opened.
Other than standard maintenance, this car has had zero problems. Performance is considerably better than expected in all categories.
Video function display is handy.
bought used w/22,000 miles, satisfied w/performance even on steep inclines contrary to expectations of sceptical friends. Like all the built in maintanance features: oil, brakes, etc.
looks, fuel economy, smoothness of transmission, battery functions.
My Prius was in a national survey during the first 40,000 miles averaging 50.9 mpg. I've had over 12 new vehicles from different brands and this one the best besides saving over $8,000 so far. Toyota got it right. Only repair has been oil changes and running great. My next vehicle will be the next generation Prius at 80-100 mpg. My wife and I though that gas was high ($1.69/gallon) when we bought this car. We really look smart now with gas over $3.25. They are working on the next generation Prius and I can not wait to purchase the next one. Out of my last 12 new vehicles this ranks A +++.
The room inside is deceiving from the outside. It appears small, but my son-in-law is 6'4" and is very comfy in the back seat. I've hauled 8 foot 2x4 lumber and mldge for my rental properties, so it's great for our needs. The hidden rear compartment stores coats, football gear and others.
We did a lot of research before deciding on the Prius. Now we never look back. We steadily average 46 MPG. We are not disappointed that it doesn't get the 60 mpg as rated since we know the old rating system is inaccurate, but still, 46 mpg is pretty damn awesome! Great, smooth ride. Very roomy interior and still room for cargo. We got package 6 with the nav system which is great. Driving the Prius has become a game to get best mileage and has now taught me how to get better mileage in my Expedition. I'm now just waiting to replace the Expedition with a big SUV hybrid such as Yukon or Escalade. We plan on getting the plug in Prius in 2009.
Fuel economy. Smooth ride. Nav system. Bluetooth.
Needs better quality interior parts such as dash panels, etc. More durable and stylish.
I am very impressed with the Prius. It is sooo quiet and runs so smoothly. The gas mileage is exactly what I expected. I average between 50 & 55 MPG. Those individual who claim that it gets less may have other contributing factors, such as hills, more freeway driving or a "heavy foot". My husband gets less MPG but that is because he drives it harder than I do. The seats are very comfortable and it is suprisingly spacious. The GPS is outdated right now, but that it because GPS units have to be manually updated. The dealerships have a CD that can update the car.
Incredibly, the Prius was a replacement for a Mitsubishi Evo 8 that I had grown tired of. I have now owned the Prius for almost three years and I couldn't be more satisfied with it.
Economy, reliability, resale, comfort and design (inside and out). Plus the little known bonus of being simply awesome in the snow/ice (better even than my less aggressively shod Audi S4 with Quattro) when equipped with skinny snow tires.
Plug-in capability. Less scratchable interior plastics.
I was expecting great gas mileage, I was expecting legendary Toyota quality. I was not expecting the power that this sub 100 horsepower engine put out. Very quick acceleration considering it has something like 73 HP. Very good cargo space, seats folding flat is a great plus as well. Car drives very smooth, and handling is responsive. Car seems to have a very light but noticable shift/transition from electric power to gas. Overall a great car, I would rate a 8.5 out of 10. Gas mileage is amazing and get up and go is more than adequate. Would recommend.
Gas mileage. Cargo space. Acceleration. Ride/handling.
Front passenger knee room is a little tight. I am 6'2" and knees hit the dash, found to be uncomfortable on long trips, had to constantly move lege to avoid dash from digging in knee. The dash display is a good distance from steering wheel and is difficult to read, especially with any sun glare.
I drive a lot - bimonthly trips from Florida to Arkansas, a lot in Florida, it's simply the best car I ever had (and I've had a lot of cars). Best part is the way it teaches the driver.
Computer, liftback can carry 2 bikes.
I drive this car and it is always a pleasure to not have to stop for gas hardly ever. This car gets superb gas mileage, and although I do not think it is quite as good as the EPA suggests, it is still higher than ever! It is a slow accelerator, but the brakes work pretty well. I would rather have a leather interior and this does not have it. The seats are fairly comfortable, leg room is solid, but they could be better if they were soft leather. Dont spill anything on the seats, because you will have a heck of a time trying to get the stains out. The car turns well and is a solid performer in all areas, and it is oh so quiet. Luv efficiency and the cool little high-tech look!
GPS, touch-screen LCD, digital speedometer, smooth look, and high-tech interior design. Also like the good storage space.
Better seats. Leather (they probably have it available now). Maybe better acceleration, but not really needed unless you are a street racer.
This car is amazing and I will never not own another hybrid again! I am thrilled with the gas mileage, which has been 51-52 mpg average. I couldn't be happier.
Fabulous gas mileage. Roomy interior for a compact vehicle. Does wonderfully on the highway and I have a lead foot. I travel at least 70 miles a day to work and home.
I would like to see a better sound system in the car, and it is light and easily blown around on the highway. I would LOVE to see Toyota build a two door, sportier version of this car! Looking forward to it.
I love my Prius and I'd do it again. I don't get the projected MPG advertised because of the manner in which I use the car (stopping and going for my work), but I still think it's one of the best investments I've ever made. It's comfortable, responsive and now that I've had it awhile I think it's attractive. The only downside I've discovered is that I'm on my third set of tires (55,000 miles) and tire manufacturers won't warranty tires on hybrids. If you're thinking about it, DO IT!
I have very much enjoyed owning and driving my Prius. It is responsive, zippy and quiet. It's going on two years old and still feels new to me. I've had a couple warranty items fixed: the windshield washer jets (they weren't spraying properly) and the locking component for the glove box (the finish chipped off). It's reliable and comfortable regardless if you're small or tall. I chose Package 4 which has the Vehicle Stability Control and side front and rear airbags. I love the safety features.
It rides comfortably, has much more cargo space than my Jeep Liberty did, more torque than my SUV and a great sound system, too. Smooth ride, more cargo space than my Jeep Liberty did, has more torque than my SUV and has a great sound system, too. Lots of compartments and storage places. Mileage!
The only two things I would change about my Prius are: 1) the interior color. It's way too light and shows a lot of dirt. 2) The mileage is actually about 45, not the 60 they sticker says. Since the windshield is so big, I'd recommend getting a custom sunshield. Expensive but worth it.
I haven't been in love with a car since my 69 Mustang in high school. It has totally changed my driving habits. Now, instead of trying to get from point A to B as fast as possible, I try to get the best mileage. I love the space in the cargo area and for me it is a very comfortable ride.
The display, the controls on the wheel, the mileage, the styling, the storage.
Get rid of the bar across the back. I'd love a sunroof.
40k miles thus far. No mechanical problems whatsoever. 44 to 47 MPG in the winter, and 49 to 51 in the summer. I have package 6. I think this car compares more to a BMW rather than the cheaper economy cars that we hear the media make comparisons to when speaking of the overall cost of the vehicle. This is the most luxurious car I've owned but I'm still waiting for a plug-in PHEV. Technology is there for a Prius that gets 100 to 200 mpg, but Toyota has spent a ton of money on marketing campaign for this no plug-in hybrid. GMC claims it will release it's own plug-in with mileage in this range in 2010. When that happens, I'll drop my Prius like a ton of bricks. Until then, GO PRIUS!
Gas prices going up? Huh, I didn't notice. Real time gas mileage, Bluetooth cell phone, navigation system, voice activation of all controls.
Needs a plug-in option that will provide 200 miles per gallon for those who drive more than 40 miles per day. Infinite mileage per gallon for those who travel less than 40 miles/day or those who drive 40 miles/day one way (80 miles round trip) to work and park at a plug-in converted parking space.
We just got in a head-on accident in our 2005 Prius. The car's "crumple zones" performed perfectly keeping the engine out of the interior, greatly reducing injuries. However, one of the rear seat belts did not "grab" sending my son flying into the back of the seat in front of him resulting in head injuries. Also, the gas mileage was never at 60 mpg as touted. Even with conservative driving (slightly letting off the gas) the best we could maintain was about 46 mpg. Also, the interier dash finish rubbed off easily and seats needed better fabric. Even with these flaws, we are considering re-buying, because other features worked great,it was very dependable and improvded exterior styling.
Keyless entry and power start, gutsy for a four-cylinder. Easy to drive and economical, great for the environment.
Please use a better finish on the interior! It easily scratches off and looked back quickly. The exterior is a little "tinny" and not good paint quality, scratched and dented easily, as with car door dings in parking lots.
This car is great on long trips in fuel economy, comfort and performance. It will keep up with the best on the highway.
GPS system, fuel economy.
I was intrigued by the technology of the Prius and other Hybrid vehicles. After owning other Toyota vehicles and the dependability I have had, it was a given that I wanted the Toyota brand of a Hybrid. I am not sorry that I purchased this vehicle. The performance, agility, and dependability of this vehicle assures me that I made the right decision in sticking with Toyota. Even with mileage not at EPA predicitons, I cannot complain at what I average. Comfort is great and the ride feels like what the Camry delivers.
I just sold mine at carmax. My Prius started to fall apart after two years and 55000 miles on it. The engine is great but the body part is the worst one you can have. Mine was loaded with full options because I was thinking it's going to be our family car but I started to have problems after 18 months of use. I'm glad to get rid of it.
Great engine. Hybrid is just the invention for car.
Tires too small, no option to turn off bluetooth when not needed, JBL audio could be better, DVD navigation out of date especially if you live in big city.
I love my Prius and would recommend one to anyone who asks. I went fron spending 75 dollars a week to 28. I also feel a great sense of satisfaction from knowing that I am not contributing to the emissions gases. My one wish is that the gas mileage was even better. When it goes up - I'm trading this one in and jumping. I average about 45 mpg (48 in summer).
Style, drive, pickup.
Better sight in back and more color & interior options.
Love, love, love my Prius, wouldn't change anything about it. I highly recommend one to anybody considering a hybrid.
In the two years that I've owned my Prius, it has exceeded all my expectations. Having previously owned three fairly high-end SUVs, I expected to feel cramped in the Prius. On the contrary, I've found it extremely comfortable to drive, there is room when necessary for four passengers and my two dogs, and with the back seats laid down, there's plenty of room for over-sized items like small furniture. My husband was sure I'd miss the luxuries of my other cars, but that proved wrong, too. The GPS and other in-dash or steering wheel features are great, and it does not have the "empty shell" feeling of other compact cars. I also expected not much power, but pick-up on hills and onramps is fine.
The mileage is fantastic. Also, it has the reliability I've always experienced in Toyotas. There's been no need to bring it into the dealer for anything but regular services.
I would want it redesigned to avoid the "bar" across the back window, to which the windshield wiper is attached. Like other Prius drivers, I found that it cuts my visibility in half, horizontally, across the back. I've gotten used to it, but I'd like to see it avoided in future designs.
Good car overall. After two years overall MPG is 40. I have been driving with traffic. I guess if you drive delaying everyone then you can get 50 mpg. Otherwise forget about it. After two years rattles started to develop in the cabin. Toyota should be looking closer at who is buying the car - this is not Echo/Corolla crowd. Toyota, please don't hesitate to make car a few grand more expensive, but make interior higher quality and insulate sound better. I don't need Lexus 450h, I want better Prius. 2007 model adds leather, but seats are still cheapo stuff.
Better material quality, better fit and finish. Better stock tires. Better cabin sound insulation. 8-way power seats.
My husband first had his Prius arrive in 11/05, I signed on the list and received my Prius in 4/06. I got rid of a Mercury Grand Marquis to get this car, and was pleased to find how comfortable and useful it is. The space in the car is amazing. We camp, and find we can fit all of our equipment easily into a Prius. The ride is pretty hard, but you get used to it. Handling is very tight, there is no play in the steering wheel. There is plenty of power for passing, with both the gas and electric engines engaged. We get about 47 miles to the gallon overall; we live in an area where there are hills and ski slopes. When stuck in a traffic jam, it is calming to hear your gas engine go off.
Aerodynamics, thermometer, economy, hatchback, seating comfort.
Compass, interior color choice, heated seats, diesel option.
I purchased the car when in real estate to save on gas. I found it very dependable, reliable and fun to drive. I like the layout and the instrument panel as well as the 6 changer CD, the 2 glove boxes, and the cargo space in back with seats laid down. I do not get as much gas milieage as advertised, but about the same as I expected from talking with others. I would definitely buy another Prius or a hybrid vehicle in the future.
Instrument panel. Two glove boxes, cargo space, CD player, navigation system and other features on control panel.
None that come to mind at this time.
I absolutely love my Prius. I love saving money on gas and I love the lower emissions. It is comfortable to drive and has great pickup.
A little more room inside.
Prius is simply the best vehicle I have owned, and I have owned a number after driving for over 30 years. Reliable, comfortable and fun to drive - not to mention the best of all - super fuel economy. Although I don't get the 50-60 mpg that EPA says, I do get 45 to 48 on average, and that's still awesome. Only concern is that I am now on my 3rd set of tires, soon to purchase my 4th. But a really great car all around!
Fuel efficiency, stability control, quietness, comfort, fun to drive.
Why does it wear out tires so fast? Radio volume control on dash is too close to scan control and when you try to adjust volume you often hit scan by accident, changing your station. Workaround is to use volume control on steering wheel.
My Prius is just over a year old and it is the first car that I've owned in the last 20 years that has actually been fun to drive. I've always had big cars, (Detroit Iron) for the comfort but we have just completed a four thousand mile motor trip and the Prius was more comfortable than my Chysler LHS or Buick Park Avenue and at 56 mpg. The car looks small from the outside but has plenty of head and leg room and the seats sit high so that you can see what's going on around the vehicle. I really enjoy this car unlike my last several vehicles that were just transportation.
The car has extremely low emissions and super gas mileage. The speedometer, odometer and warning displays are located so that your eyes never need leave the road to view them. The LCD display is also one of my favorite features.
The windshield washer/wiper control is located behind the bars on the steering wheel and hard to see. Rear visibility could be better but there is a rear camera available for 2006/2007.
The Prius is a joy to own although I miss the sporty sleekness of my Toyota Celica. It has been a very economical car to own so far - fuel & no repairs.
It would be nice to have a sunroof. Also a trunk latch from inside the vehicle.
Gas mileage is not nearly what is displayed on the sticker... BUT 48 mpg in the city is not bad. Car is fun to drive and everyone asks about the vehicle and performance.
Tracking gas mileage is a fun part of the drive. Cruise control is great and 6 changer CD is good too.
Upgrade driver and passenger seating for comfort.
I have had no problems with this vehicle. Fun to drive with options that are usually only available on much more expensive cars.
Make auto traction able to be turned on and off.
I still have my Chevy. Subn for pulling my toys and serious hauling but the Prius fits my bill perfectly for running around the country on business and vacation. No disappointments at all but rather I marvel at its engineering, performance, comfort and available amenities. My primary motivation for the Prius purchase was to cut my use of fuel and save money in the process. Don't tell Toyota, but this car is worth far more than it's current sticker price!
Fuel economy, reduced emissions and driving pleasure.
Possibly more bottom clearance for driveways and snow.
Had a premium fueled premium Japanese car that I trade for this baby, but sure am glad I did. This car feels like it is bulletproof. I have driven it from Ft. Worth to Omaha in less than 12 hours with no "personal pain" other than a distended bladder since it goes 500+ miles on $30 of gas @ $3.00 a gallon. I had Katskins installed and seat heaters to finish the deal. Goes fast, looks good, and I'm thrilled.
Dispaly, room and build quality
Maek it look less like a fish
Toyota Pruis is best car in world. I have owned 3,presently have an 05 @06. Would not consider any other car. The car is fast,quiet,non polluting,great mileage,excellent trunk space, rear camera, drive by wire. It is a TOYOTA!
The sheer pleasure of driving this wonderful machine. Car is a precise driving machine. Low pollution
Add another battery with plug in for even higher mileage and less pollution yet.
The best full efficient, environmentally friendly car on the market. Driving experience is wonderful, even driving in snow is no problem with this car, except ground clearance. A real good set of winter tires and it goes where my SUV used to.
Average mpg is 48-55 in town driving. Navigation, bluetooth, JBL stereo and smart keyless entry are great. Gas consumption computer is nice, gas or electric display is interesting to watch, you do not feel the car change from gas to battery. No shift transmission.
Digital display (a green line) shines on windshield at night. Gas pumps click off constantly after about 9 gallons when car is not yet full of gas. Computer screen is hard to see in daylight. Ground clearance and stiffer rear suspension needs improvement. Better cloth interior.
The best milage I have gotten with this car is 51mpg. It started averaging about 47. It has been declining steadily. It now gets in the upper 30's to low 40's. The dealer only makes excuses. The car starts the gasoline engine every time it is started even with a warm engine and good battery charge. Sometimes it kicks in the gas with just a touch of the excelerator pedal. The dealer seems to indicate that there is no way to check the computer or upgrade firmware. All concidered, comfort, utility of the hatch back and fold down seats and usually getting milage in the low 40's in town on short trips, I guess I can't complain when compaired to gasoline models with the same features.
Driving this vehicle, when my wife allows, is fun. Its quiet! Its mechanically sound and fuel efficient. Its part of the oil consumption solution. I like the fuel consumption gauge and center display, which is fully adjustable to the light conditions. The car accelerates well, its not a dragster. There is more room in the rear seat for me at 62. We get anywhere from 47 to 51 mpg. The smart entry system is great as well as the standard safety features. We wish Toyota would use better interior trim materials, add an option for a small towing hitch or bike racks. A larger battery capacity with an increased range in speed would make the car more efficient.
Digital Odometer, fuel consumption gauge. We like the gas mileage although it's about 10 less than the gas mileage on the EPA sticker. Gas mileage, exterior style, interior space, lots of places to keep things and handling etc.
The acceleration could be improved upon. Add rack and pinion stearing for better stability. The next generation should increase battery capacity and should be availabe up to 45 mph. Front seating should be made roomier. The interior trim and materials could be allot better.
Great car that is very well thought out. It seems like Toyota thought about everything. But I am a b it disappointed in the fact that there have been two recalls.
I think that every car should have the direct real time fuel milage display that the Prius has. Just paying attention to this can save you a lot of gas!
Ultimately better battery technology shuld drive the milage up to 100 mpg.
Driving this vehicle is so much fun. It is my wife's car, but I try to drive whenever I get a chance. I love the real-time fuel consumption gauge. The GPS is perfect for the city. The steering is great. The car accelerates suprisingly fast. There is plenty of room for my large road bike in the back. As a 6' 2" male, I fit comfortably in the front & rear seats. Most of all I like that the car has actually appreciated in value. That is unheard of!
GPS, Digital Odometer, real-time, fuel consumption gauge, hands free bluetooth
Car beeps while in reverse inside the vehicle. I like the beeping, but it should be outside of the car. The car is so quiet that people will walk in front of you in parking lots! You have to be really careful. My new method in parking lots is to roll down the windows and blast some music.
The car has been recalled for steering problems and has died twice on the freeway because of another problem. I get anywhere from 38 to 41 mpg. I do take short drives to work on the freeway which reduces fuel efficiency apparently. The car handles poorly and is very top heavy and sways while I'm driving especially if there is any wind at all. It's hard to see out the rear window. C+ rating.
I do like the gas mileage although it's about 10 less than the gas mileage on the window when I bought it. I do get 45 mph on longer trips but that's not the promised 60 mpg. The stereo sounds pretty good. The navigation system works but I don't use it that much and that was an expensive option.
The handling needs to be improved. It drives like a top heavy boat in rough water. When I step on the gas there's usually a delay in acceleration so there needs to be improvement there. The car also hits the street if I'm driving over a steep driveway so it's really built too low to the ground.
Love it mechanically. The display monitor can not be read in daylight hours due to slope of windshield. There are reflections of air vents in both side view mirrors also a result of the windshield slope. Have written to Toyota about this and feel confident there will be a design correction in the future. I have not obtained more than 49.6 MPG in city driving. The smart entry system is great as well as the standard safety features.
We have had many cars, from Volvo to Acuras, but the Prius is my favorite. I just love the way it handles and it has speed. My only problem is that somone hit me from the back and almost totaled it.
Gas mileage, style, interior space, lots of places to keep things and handling etc.
We are proud to own a Prius since it answers part of the oil supply and the global warming growing crises. The instrumentation and human engineering are supurb and quicky help train a driver for maximum fuel economy. We are now considering a second Prius. I only wish that Toyota would add rack and pinion steering for better wind stability. A larger battery with plug-in capability should be added for the next generation!
Instrumentation, comfort, gas mileage.
Add rack and pinion stearing for better stability. Car drifts in strong cross winds. The next generation should at least triple battery capacity and allow 25 Amp 120 Vac recharging. Also battery only driving should be availabe up to 45 mph. Also reduce wind drag above 65 mph for freeway driving.
I'd love this car even if it didn't have very low emissions and great gas mileage. It's small, yet roomy. Quiet, responsive and attractive. I feel proud to drive it.
Fuel economy. I really get about 43 MPG. The engine shuts off when it's not needed.
The beeping when backing up is annoying. Makes me feel like I'm driving a fork lift.
This car is fun to drive! It gets great mileage, as advertised, around 50 mpg. It looks great. It is extremely comfortable and has a huge amount of leg room in the rear seat. The heater and a/c are terrific. The radio and 6 CD changer are excellent quality. The GPS system and maps are tremendously helpful when in unfamiliar locations.
it beeps in reverse and that is annoying
This is my second Prius, first was a 2002, also awesome. I was told that highway mi/gal will be lower, but I find that not to be true. I can get as good as 50 mi/gal on long interstate trips. In the city I get somewhat less. There are also some driving habits you can pick up to increase performance. You get ques from the "energy" display. Very clever engineering.
Display screen, mileage/gal, dash arrangement and projection display. Very nice aerodynamic shape.
It would be nice to have a solar panel in addition to the sinergic battery to further enhance performance by charging the battery while car parked, or, for that matter, any time.
One of the best cars on the road!!! It's smooth, comfortable, economic and in parts like D.C. you can drive on the HOV even if there is only one person in the car!
Smart key system
I've owned eight (8) vehicles during my driving lifetime, and this car tops them all. Driving my Toyota Prius is a true pleasure. It's comfortable, pretty, and energy efficient. Because I want to maximize my MPG, I'm more conscious of staying within the speed limit. I also enjoy knowing that in a small way, driving this hybrid has a more positive impact on the environment than a regular gas fueled vehicle.
Can't think of a single favorite feature - I love everything about it!!
It would be nice if the car could start faster; however, I wouldn't want to compromise fuel efficiency for a faster start.
More room and acceleration than expected. Ride is good but not great. So far we like it a lot.
We are getting 50 - 55 miles per gallon. Great ---It is peppy, fun, and the mpg makes it super. Love the Toyota reputation - put on 15,000 miles and no problems. My 17 year old is short and she can reach the gas and brake with no problem -- she is 4 foot 8 inches. Dad is 5'10" and he is comfortable. The computer screen is great. Make it in a mini van model so we can travel in it. Wow - that would be so great.
Computer screen, 55 MPG
After driving an '03 Prius for 80,000 Km (50,000 Mi), I was so pleased with everything about the Prius, that I traded it in on the larger '05 Prius. Besides getting me to work in Toronto Canada and volunteer driving of seniors, I drive to the cottage, to Florida, to New Brunswick and just this weekend, drove round trip to Wisconsin. The drive is so quiet and smooth that I do not tire at the wheel and do not have a problem with "Road Rage" because my engine is off when I'm sitting in traffic and this can be actually quite "calming".
Quiet, smooth drive, whether engine is on or off; dependable, reliable; smooth power and not jerky; neither over powered nor under powered. Clean, efficient driving, with double the mileage of my previous car. Never overheats, quickly heats interior in winter and comfortable cooling in summer.
Pluggable option to permit overnight plugging in to charge additional batteries for pollution-free, gas-free low speed driving around community.
Not as economical or clean as Toyota claim, poor performance and slow when you want to feed in to a freeway or start off in heavy traffic, takes too long for petrol motor to start when you need the power, expensive servicing and not as reliable as people think a Toyota should be.
Quiet when on electric motor
Handles great. Driven over 15,000 miles with no problems, including mountains where my 60's beetle would never have maintained 65-70 on the uphill grades like the Prius does. It holds a bunch of luggage for a snowbirding couple with seatbacks down and can easily take 15-20 8 foot 2x4s (or fewer 2x10s, 2x12s, etc.) INSIDE with the hatch closed. I haven't tried 10 footers yet, but I'm pretty sure they'll fit too if you're willing to put one end on the dashboard. 4x8 plywood is a cartopper. It's not a race car but it knocks the socks off the beetles I've owned with more space, comfort and 45-48 ACTUAL MPG (an occasional 50+). With the electronic key you don't take the key from your pocket.
Great gas mileage - 500+ miles/tank. HUGE cargo space. Fantastic speedometer - 2 inch tall backlit digital. Comfortable. Large hidden storage & glove compartments. Cleans the air if you drive it in LA. Quick fold down of back seats for cargo (compared to removing backseats from a minivan). Reliable.
Tilt adjustment for driver's seat SEAT in addition to seat BACK. Power seats like the sienna's would be great but carry a weight penalty. More range on steering wheel adjustment.
Thhe Prius has much more room than I expected. The rear seat passengers have more leg room than a 767 coach row! With the rear seats folded, I can carry longer items than I can in my 1992 Trooper, although not as high. The more I drive it the more I like it. I have kept accurate fuel data since new and the overall average is 43.5 MPG. On the highway (flat, no wind) the computer is steady at 51.3 MPG. I have not had the opportunity to drive in urban conditions, but on hilly back roads I have seen over 75 MPG!
Filling the gas tank. Entry system. Little things like; if doors are locked and it is dark, the interior lights illuminate as you approach the car, If you unlock the driver's door, all other doors stay locked, if you unlock the passenger's door, all are unlocked.
The electric steering boost is a little tight leading to overcontrolling until you get used to it. Remove all blocks in the computer when in motion. The phone numbers are blanked out while in motion. Destinations can not be entered unlass the car is stopped. The right front seat might be occupied!
I purchased a used 2005 Toyota Prius with 6600 miles on it in the summer of 2005. The car now has over 28,000 miles on it. I have driven the car in most kinds of weather. My longest vacation trip was about 1800 miles. The car has performed magnificently. I have gotten as high as 59 mpg on one short trip. I averaged over 51 mpg on my 1800 mile vacation trip where I traveled at 70 mph and more. Mostly, I get about 48 mpg in summer and about 43 mpg in winter in general driving around Mt. Vernon and Evansville. The dealer says that's about normal.
Gas mileage. Styling. Safety. Utility
Larger battery to enable short round trips without gas. Pluggable recharge. Brighter displays.
The Prius has been completely reliable as I anticipated from owning several Toyota models. The hybrid system works silently while providing a lifetime MPG of 47. The car is roomy and comfortable for 4 adults.
The auto climate control functions well and is an unexpected feature in the price range. The CVT transmission handles hills very nicely.
Rear visibility could be improved. It would also be good to be able to select electric-only operation in parking lot situations.
When gas prices went higher and higher, I bought a diesel truck. Then those fuel prices went up too. For the first time I considered buying a hybrid car and decided on the Prius. I couldn't be happier and am a very proud owner of a hybrid. And I live in a oil/gas producing area where the bigger the better, and not too many people are fond of the hybrids. But this little car as done a great job!
The interior is spacious, the navigation and front console are easy to use and understand. Very smooth driving, even for long distances.
When driving on the highway, there is a lot of road-noise. A layer of Dynamat helped tremendously!
Excellently designed vehicle, great (like every toyota I have ever driven) interior design. Dont believe the 60 MPG, around town I nominally get 50 during summer, and 45+ during winter, on the road drop that a mile or two.
Sun roof/convertible would be great, why do all green vehicles have to be dull?
We bought the Prius to make a statement and vote with our wallets. The car is fine, overall. We average 48-50 mpg with 60% highway 40% city driving. Reviews that criticize mileage don't understand the EPA's tests, nor that Toyota can't advertise real world mpg - just the EPA's results. Our Prius hasn't given us any trouble, and performs surprisingly well when we need horsepower (accelerating onto freeway, getting out of trucks' way). The dashboard is cheap and wears quickly, but the gauge display is cool. Keyless entry is a wonderful option with a small child, but the rear window design makes sunshades almost impossible. We understand why it's automatic only, but really want a manual.
47-50 mpg; proves we care about environment; headsup gauge display; glovebox design; exterior look; storage capcity; LOVE that it's not available with leather interior; using the mpg display as education on how our driving effects gas consumption.
Get rid of the beeping in reverse; add plug-in option; offer manual option; upgrade parts (dashboard, tires) to make the high sticker price seem more appropriate; add air vents in backseat; if it has to be automatic, invert the shifting so reverse is down and drive is up
This is an excellent vehicle that is misunderstood by the average public. We find that the performance is much better than some bigger cars that we have had. On a 3000 mile trip through the mountains we felt comfortable in the car and found plenty of power to get us up the grades. The transmission,although lacking a passing gear, gave us more than enough acceleration for passing. We found that in the winter the mileage in the city was less than advertised but was not a factor in our year round driving experience. The only drawback or negative that I find while driving is wind buffeting. The car has a higher profile and is susceptible to more wind buffeting than I am used to.
Remote feature (don't need the remote out to unlock doors) Quiet, shuts off at lights to save fuel. Acceleration. Vehicle stability control.
Lower the profile to reduce wind buffeting.
The car is both fun to drive and an attention getter. Average mileage has been 49.1 to 52.6 around town. 55 to 58 out on the highway. Thus far it has been a great experience to own.
Daily mileage calculation as you are driving. I find I am working harder to get better gas mileage.
So far I cant think of any thing I would change or improve.
This is the most well designed vehicle I have ever owned and I have owned many. I have owned vehicles from the top of the line by different manufacturers. The second winter the mileage dropped by over 20%, but now is up to about 48mpg. It would be even better if it were closer to 60mpg as Toyota/EPA claim. Not only is the mileage great, but the 2K tax credit was good as is the current law in VA which allows hybrids to drive in the HOV lanes during rush hour. Awesome automobile - people who thought it was ugly 2 years ago are now wishing they owned one!!
The touch screen is extremely user friendly. Read out of the song/artist and type of radio station is handy. Controls on steering column are well designed. The back has almost as much room as my Grand Cherokee!!!! Love that you can cover the cup holders so they stay clean. It is very peppy.
Power seats; less of a blind spot on right rear; devise a way to keep the little rectangular window clean on hatch! DVD player. Make the front end a little higher. It scrapes on those concrete parking stops in parking lots.
I enjoy this car, it handles very well and the gas mileage is great. Especially now with gas prices this makes owning one a very intelligent purchase.
The smart key feature is great as I'm disabled and I don't have to fumble around for the key when my hands are full with purchases and the cane I use to walk with.
Outstanding car in all respects. My wife drives it often and wants one for herself. My 15 year old son also likes to drive it. Our family is disappointed if we have to take our minivan or truck instead of the Prius. Easy to drive, excellent technology features, plenty of room, wonderful gas mileage.
GPS navigation, overall simplicity, handling
It is a car that you enjoy driving it. It is comfortable, plenty of space inside. The mileage that it gives you is great. The model I own is a black color Prius and the interior is in a very light beige leather and it looks luxurious. I highly recommend this car.
The start button. How it shows on the screen your mileage and how much you are saving in gas.
Gas savings depends on miles driven & driving style. The Prius multiples the benefits of the known gas saving tips. What I think is the best feature in the Prius is the display of what engine (electric or gas) is running, if the battery is charging, whats your MPG all in real time. I play it like a video game and add up the points. Last summer I averaged 65 mpg for my 60 miles a day commute. Tips like slower speed driving saves gas, when Im driving under 40 mph Im using only the electric engine (unless going up hill). The display shows MPG used for slow steady starts vs 0 to 60 starts. Whenever I coast or go down hill the gas engine turns off & the battery starts changing, like making gas.
The car has more legroom and headroom,than my 2003 Camry. It is a relaxing and responsive road car. It handles the city-drive easily. I will only trade in this Prius on the 2009 which Toyota announced will get 100 mpg and cost less.
9 gallon tank -- 500 miles - pretty nice feature. All the other features are typically Toyota -- well crafted, well thought out, well designed.
can't think of anyhting I'd need
My Prius is the best car I've ever owned. I love its peppy feel, comfortable ride, roomy interior. Most of all, I love the 45-50 mpg I'm getting. And I even enjoy the looks I get from other drivers, and questions from people about the car... I love bragging about it.
No key necessary in ignition!!! I just leave the keys in my purse, so I never worry about locking myself out. And if the keys slip out of the purse, and I attempt to lock the car with the button on outside of the door, the car just beeps at me, it won't LET me lock myself out! How great is that?
I love this car! This car is fun to drive, has incredible room inside for hauling stuff, gets an average of 50 mpg for my travels, has a great sound system and is comfortable on long trips. You "learn" how to use the gas pedal in a different sort of way that enables you to control the mileage you get. My only complaint would be the upholstery. I got the black (best looking) with tan interior. The upholstery gets dirty very easily and doesn't clean up well. I also chose Prius because I trust Toyota.
Besides the gas mileage, the ease of hauling things with or without the back seat down.
Better, higher quality, less dirt showing upholstery.
In 18 months I have put on 54,000+ miles on my Toyota Prius. Small problems with some defective sensing units were identified by my dealer and corrected (at no cost to me) by Toyota. The car drives like a real car: I can accelerate and pass when necessary; I can drive all day long at highway speeds. I can carry a full load of samples and catalogs and still average 52-55 mpg. In the winter (I live in NH) the mileage drops to between 48-52 mpg. I spend 3-4 hours a day in the car. My back feels as good as my wallet.
Automatic Climate Control. Cruise Control that you can adjust up/down one mph at a time. Going as much as 600+ miles between fill-ups.
Sound system needs help...big time. Climate Control needs tweaking: A/C is always on unless manually turned off. Rearward visibility is a challenge.
I affectionately call this my golf cart since at slower speeds, cornering, it feels so easy to drive and is so quiet. Like no other car I've owned. It has good pick up on hills which are abundant where I live. It accelerates to acceptable speed quickly when getting on the freeway. It's a fun car. Speakers/sound isn't that full or great so if you want great sound, go buy a new sound system. If your phobic about fingerprints, this car is not for you. The dash area and touch screen always look smudgy no matter how many times you try and keep it clean. The handling is excellent though and I've overlooked the other areas because of this.
Turning. GPS. Quietness. Gas mileage, in no particular order.
Speakers/sound system (even on the most expensive model). Sounds tinny. Change dash to something that doesn't look like it's dusty or smudgy all the time.
We sit in traffic with the AC, radio, lights all working. The engine is off. Unless the big battery gets too low it will keep car comfortable no mater what. Then it engine will kick on and fast charge. Not happend to us in 3300 miles so far. On the road we get 55 mpg at 65. 49+ at 70. In town it tops at about 50 mpg. Display can show just how well the car is doing in the energy consumption.
Superb melding of electric motor and gas engine. This includes dynamic braking to charge battery from the kinetic energy of motion.
Fix rear face bar so it can support a bike rack! We bike a lot too. Needs to support two bike rack and 2 bikes.
The product development folks at Toyota have really done their homework on this vehicle. All problem areas of the previous iteration of the Prius have been addressed and, overall, put out a magnificent little vehicle. Handling, power, convenience features, comfort,fit and finish, economy, storage facilities are all excellent.
Drivability and economy are my favorite features.
I can't think of any areas of improvement with this vehicle.
I enjoy driving this car, and even more so now that gas has gotten so expensive. The interior design is such that there are plenty of storage areas... about the only thing this car lacks, which I would choose to have, is a sun roof.
Push button starts -- no digging for my car keys.
More leg room for a tall man. Have the driver's seat go back a few more notches.
I had been waiting many years for a fuel efficient vehicle to come along. I'd seen the SmartCars in Europe and wanted something comparable to find it's way to the US. What I found is the the Prius. The quality, comfort and reliability of the Toyota has always been well known. They have brought it all together beautifully in the Prius. The car handles so well, I've driven it on mountain roads and it hugs the curves like a champ. I drive mostly around my home and it has no problem at all keeping up with any car on the road. I get an average of 45 MPG in my everyday driving and don't have to fill the tank more than once or twice a month. I would recommend this car to anyone and everyone.
One of the favorite things about this car is the keyless entry system. I don't have to use my key, never have to dig around in my purse to find it. As long as it's with me I can open the doors, lock the doors and start the car. I love the GPS system also, it has helped me find my way many times.
The only thing that I have found is the paint that comes standard with the Prius, it's not the best quality. It would be much better to have the quality of the paint match the amazing quality that the Toyota name automatically brings to mind. That's it, and that would not stop me from buying another.
Prius has been a blast to drive around town and on long trips. If you keep the speedo under 70 mph, you will be rewarded by 50 mpg. Around town, 55 mpg is easily achieved. With tax breaks and the high price of gas, I smile when filling up once every two weeks (get about 600 miles per tank). People riding in the car love the ride and comment how comfortable the rear seat is. Find a dealer who does not add a surcharge over invoice. Things that I would like to see are: darker interior, better bass in "premium sound system", better tires (I swapped mine out for Nokian i3s - much better for stability and safety), more instrument feedback, a more powerful battery pack and a plug in option.
High mpg, good torque from a stop light, comfortable ride, near-zero emissions, good A/C
Better tires, even better battery pack, plug in option
Its nice to drive by a gas station instead of driving in. Had car for over a year with no problems. Fun to drive with lots of room. We get 51 mpg going 70 mph on long trips.
I think that the keyless entry is the best feature of this car. I sure do like the GPS too.
No improvements needed.
I was driving a Jaguar Vanden Plas full size sport sedan. Loved that car, but the Prius is just as fun and at the same time economical and environmentally friendly. I would definitely buy another, and may in fact in a month or two. I did get the configuration with every accessory available and that is part of why I love it so much. But, I am a 6.5 hour drive from my daughter in Atlanta and $20 in gas to get there even at $3/gallon is out of this world. One of my son's and I also like to see how long we can drive just on battery and post 99+ mpg on the panel; 15 minutes, WOW! Don't buy one! That way I won't have such competition when I buy my second, third, and fourth yet this year!
Love the acceleration. Totally blows people away when a hybird pulls up next to them and you kick that torque in off the line. Funny to watch the mpg monitor when you do; drops to what my jag got as a highway average.
The ability to actually recover energy for reuse through the battery has changed my driving style. I am much more aware of speed, decelleration and overall energy consumption. The energy monitor re-enforces that awareness. The vehicle is solid, comfortable and holds the road very well. The safety features are well equipped albeit an option in most cases.The other optional features are practical and add to the overall enjoyment of driving the Prius. Highly recommended as a step toward reduced energy dependence.
All the airbag safety features and electronic stability control.CVT transmission, simple and effective. JBL radio system with 6 disc changer ( I have yet to listen to the radio). Hands free telephone another key safety feature. Auto dimming rear view mirror.
Side visibility around window posts in back of vehicle gives me some consternation. Better training manual/video for the navigation system. Sun roof and heated seats would make the car perfect.
I have owned approximately thirty cars and trucks. This little but practical and roomy family car is the best. I can flip down the back seats and haul as much as I did in my small chevy truck! My family loves the car and the gas mileage makes my commute to work possible with today's high fuel prices! I would recommend the Toyata Prius to anyone!
gas milrage, hatch back and cargo space
higher gas mileage
Love the car, love the mileage. Hate that little things are constantly happening with the interior paint. Chips on the garage door opener button on the mirror caused the entire mirror to have to be replaced. Poor fit of doors and dash board is causing paint to rub off both. Poor dealer prep.
Gas mileage, unexpected room
Paint - powder coat process of interior parts.
I bought the Prius once they came out with the hatchback. I can carry a 3-person family and camping gear or an entire drumset with no problem. Besidese the great fuel efficency, you have one heck of a practical car as well. I call this my "consumer vote" because this is where I'd like to see the auto industry go. I'm getting ~46 mpg over the course of a year. Mpg in the 30's seems silly now!
Smart key entry, touch screen and controls on the steering wheel. Great storage and lots of people room. People are shocked by how much room is inside.
Nothing major. The beeping when you back up is annoying, but not unlivable. The rear wiper doesn't lift high enough to clear the rear window.
Call it a 'compact' car if you like, but it can haul a ton of people and stuff. Take the rear covers out and fold the seats down if you need more. It survived the NW winter like a champ. Hot-soak thermos feature for the cylinder head keeps heated coolant for 3 days and pumps it in for the cold start. Just 1 of dozens of great features. Synergy drive rocks. Some w 300k already. Our 18000 mi average is just under 52 mpg. This summer we'll beat that. Think they're slow? Prius does 'teach' you to conserve but if you need the torque try 82ft.lbs. from the engine and 295! from the electrics. 13 to 1 compression ratio with variable valve timing, regenerative braking... can you tell I like this car?
Feathering the gas at 60mph and coaxing the engine 'off' just to hear Jethro Tull better on the CD. Oh and decreasing my carbon footprint. Even with engine running using a light foot you can access a darn big overdrive ratio and the mileage display goes skyward.
Toyota does not think I need to know the engine RPM (It's 'dancing around' quite a bit) but how nice it would be if they'd insert that little bit of software into that nice big central display? They could put it right on the cute little picture of the engine. :)
I can't believe how much I enjoy this car. The comfort and economy are great. I use it most for commuting 70 miles round trip on the freeway, but it also performs well on trips we've taken for 300-400 miles. The gas economy isn't as good on these trips, but still better than we were getting with our Camry. People seem to be very curious about it and ask a lot of questions... especially "how often do you have to plug it in?" I've had it for a year now, and wish I'd gotten it sooner!
The most satisfying part is sitting at light or motionless in jam knowing the engine is using ZERO FUEL, and creature comforts are taken care of by the big battery. Fify plus MPG helps too. On road mileage remains to be seen when we take our first non-local trip. My guess is that it will be in mid fiftys and if we see sixty it would be great. The display shows instant fuel use. Auto reset on tank fill for current consumption. Amazing info on this screen. Finally it is a unique speedometer display placement. Well shielded and illuminated it is far enough away to not need bifocals and still be small eye motion from road.
Add the unique shift knob, no ignition key hole. Regenerative brakes for all but last bit (and tiny amount of kinetic energy) of stopping. Pads should last life of car. Hot water tank that enables fast warmup in cooler weather.
Provision of stiff plastic top of back bumper that could hold a bike rack. Our Honda van has solid surface, it could be copied. A way of shielding the display screen from external light would help a lot.
We had a 2001 Prius sedan. The tires didn't last very long so when we went to buy our 2005, we specifically asked about tires. We were assured the problem had been taken care of. However, the tires on the 2005 haven't lasted any longer. We are at 20,000 miles and have been told we need replacements at next service. Evidently, the sales people and service people have never communicated about the problem. What you save on gas, you spend on tires so gas saving is not a good reason to buy this car. Also, the sedan was easier to drive. The hatchback has blind spots. The hatchback open so high, you have to be careful of overhead garage doors. Be careful not to shut door when hatch is open.
Clean and quiet.
Tires, tires, tires. Offer sedan as well as hatchback. Seat belts are really uncomfortable for small women.
Fun to drive and no problems after 1 year of driving. Also a great conversation starter. Driven on a wide mix of daily commutes, short trips, and several out of state 800+ mile trips. We are ready to buy a second one to replace our gas guzzling, pollution producing pickup truck. It's fun to be green.
GPS navigation, mileage, performance, display, PZEV rating
Automatic door locks over 15mph
We've had our Prius for almost a year now, and I'm impressed with how fantastic our experience has been... so much so, we sold our second car to buy a second Prius. Don't believe the stories that you won't see anything above 35 mpg with the car. I drive a little faster than my wife, and I'm getting 48 mpg routinely; she's a stickler for the speed limit and gets 54. The car is amazingly fun to drive, very responsive on the steering, has some of the best braking I've experienced, and its technology is so far beyond anything else available today. It continues to start conversations with people in the parking lot who are skeptical of the fuel efficiency claims.
Bluetooth cellphone link, multifunction display, voice activation, keyless entry, super-high MPG... and it's great for the environment too.
Backseat needs more headroom for the passengers. Not fun if you're approaching six feet tall. The high-efficiency stock tires are also a too loud on the highway. I'd rather shave 2 mpg from my normal 49 to get a quieter ride. Most importantly, these are my only two issues. The car is fantastic.
I have had my Prius since June of 2005. I bought it to replace a Toyota Camry which I drove for about 7 years. The car is reliable, fun to drive and makes me very, very happy when I put in about $17 to fill the tank with gas prices climbing to over $3.00 per gallon. I find the feel of the car very spacious and roomy. The drawbacks are that the mileage, while excellent does not live up to what they say. When I drive really well I am achieving about 47 miles per gallon with work. I cannot seem to sustain anything higher. For a very brief moment I achieved 50 mpg, but it didn't last. The interior of the car specifically the plastic scratches very easily. Though all in all, it's a great car.
I especially enjoy the display of the average miles per 5 minutes and the average per gallon. It's great and as my friends say... it has helped to even out my driving.
I hate the plastic--it scratches. Also the hatch division blocks the rear view. Can you also design a bike rack that works well with this car?
I have owned a lot of vehicles over the years but the Prius has to be my favorite for all around driving satisfaction. Most of the professional reviews have "hit the nail on the head" as far as the pros and cons of the car. My mileage tends to hover between 47-51 MPG. The car is really enjoyable to drive and has no problem with steady driving of 80+ mph on the interstate to keep up with the flow of traffic. After 20K miles of driving the Prius, I have found it to be completely reliable and have not put it in the shop for anything but oil changes. I recommend this car to anyone who wants something economical without compromising comfort, luxury, styling or fun! I luv the Prius!
I was impressed by the unexpected power the car has for off the line and passing. I know it's no race car but I continue to be impressed by it's peppy performance in all driving situations. It loves to zip out and pass on two lane roads and gives the driver a feeling of confidence when doing so.
Wish List: 1) Larger battery capacity so it would stay in the "electric mode" longer before starting the gas motor. 2) More driver seat adjustment including rearward seat travel. It is a little tight for 6' 2" drivers and taller. 3) More aftermarket acessories available to customize the car.
I drive mostly country roads and interstates. In winter, I always get at least 47 mpg. In summer I always get over 50 mpg (usually 52). Reviews reporting low 40s must either be in very cold climates or must be from drivers attempting to get low mpg. My year-round average is about 50.
High fuel economy and cool nav system.
Annoying "dings" every time one pushes a button on the nav system or the control panel. These sounds serve no purpose and should be silenced.
I had read all about the Prius and enjoyed my short test drive, but not until I took delivery and really put the car through it's paces did I begin to smile broadly. The Prius is peppy, accelates well, feels responsive and stable and handles like a dream. The gas tank only holds 10 gallons, but since I get a combined (real world, not the EPA fantasy driving figures) 45mpg, that means I could drive 450 miles between refills. One really doesn't notice when the car shifts between gas and electric, except for the cool display screen. The only problem I had was the upgraded stereo conked out after 5,000 miles. A new receiver, installed under warranty, solved that.
It looks hot, drives great and is environmentally wise. The hatchback with fold flat seats gives me a lot of convenience, room and easy options for carrying odd shaped items I find at garage sales. Passengers find the roomy back seating comfortable.
I would have liked some interior options, such as different trim or upholstery. It's a very spartan intertior. I would have bought automatic seats had they been offered.
We just love our Prius. We can get 51 mpg on a whole tank just by paying attention of when to lay off the gas pedal. Other times ONLY 46 mpg. Still better than that gas-hog of an SUV we used to drive. Plus we're making a stand (as we all should start doing) to stop the insanity of our dependence on oil.
A fun to drive, economical car with a great style. It has more headroom than my previous Cadillac, more leg room, and the rear passengers have leg room, even with the front seats all the way back! I love not having to even take my keys out of my pocket to use the vehicle! We've got a second Prius on order, because my husband and I BOTH want to drive the car!
The steering wheel controls, and the smart key technology.
Adjustability in the steering wheel.