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2005 Toyota Prius

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Base 1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic - (610 reviews )

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Couldn't be happier
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Roberta Gold
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2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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This is a great, reliable car with awesome mileage. On average I get 42, but I do a lot of short city trips. On the highway it's 50. Comfortable to drive, powerful enough. Never had a mechanical problem with it.


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What a great little car!
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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By Delbert Burgess
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2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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The only complaints . . . we have four . . . the headlights cost over $200 each to replace, the update disk for the GPS is outrageously expensive (so we have never, and probably never will, update it - can't afford to), the sun visors are very small and don't (but could) have an extension so they are practically useless for the side window, and there are no USB ports in the 2005 model.


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great car
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By gart pres
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2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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i have a 2005 pirus with 380, miles still running strong always change my oil at 3000 miles and never changed the battery.


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Loved it enough to buy another Prius!
26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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By britbug
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2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I purchased a used 2005 Prius 2 years ago ($8500) with 81K miles. It now has 120K miles & I just traded it in (got $4,250 for the trade) for a 2010 Prius ($14,900). The hybrid battery was replaced by the last owner under warranty at 79K. The A/C compressor broke last year, the evaporator broke this year. I am just writing it off as a fluke though, & bought another Prius because I loved it so much & expect Toyota to only get better with this design. I could get 64mpg with fuel efficient tires & if I was trying, but averaged 50mpg with cheap tires and when I wasn't trying. I loved the luxury features in an affordable car & loved the hatchback style that I could fit anything in.


Best Features

Never having to dig for the key in my car to lock it, start it, or unlock it. I could fit 3 dogs in the back with the seats folded down. I even transported like 800lbs of concrete once, right at the limit. Loved trying to get the best MPG, loved educating and wowing haters when I told them the MPG it got and the price I bought it for. Loved the touch screen and the controls on the steering wheel. The headlights were super bright. I love how much storage space there was everywhere. I was always comfortable in the car, although I did get a back support thing because I drive so much. I loved EVERYTHING except the cost of repairs.


Worst Features

I only wish I could go to normal mechanics and shops instead of only Toyota for service because it is so expensive to get repairs done. I wish the compressor and evaporator never broke and I wish they would make it easier to repair things. Everything seemed to require a complete disassembly .


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Very reliable hybrid
50 of 73 people found this review helpful
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By jadziasman
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2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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Second owner. Extremely reliable.
Driven for 82K miles, Has 217K miles now.
Package 6 nearly all available options installed.
Except for three necessary repairs (HID headlight leveling sensor, HV inverter electric water pump, and gasoline engine water pump) no mechanical problems.
Uses a quart of oil every 3000 miles or less depending on average speed driven.
Traction battery still works.
Every light, switch, sensor, etc still function.
Original brakes and suspension.
Fuel tank capacity varies considerably with ambient temp.
Only holds about 8 gallons when temp is less than 20 deg F and holds about 11 gallons when temp is over
80 deg F.
Road noise an issue on concrete hwys.


Best Features

Fuel economy 47 mpg average year round in SE Michigan. Engine shuts off when stopped. Roomy interior. Lots of small storage spaces. Smart key and push button start 100% reliable. Bluetooth phone works well. Premium audio system works well but sound quality suffers because of speaker size and placement. HID headlights are excellent. Easy to do regular maintenance. Brake life - still haven't replaced pads, shoes, rotors, or drums. Automatic climate control.


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