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2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Purchased in summer 2006. With just under 141,000 miles, I've loved this car every minute I've driven it. Average mix of city/hwy I get 50-55 mpg, with full highway driving 49-53 depending on length of the drive (a few hours vs. much longer distances.) regular gas. It has saved me a fortune in gas and like the 4 Toyotas I owned before it since 1981, it has been continuously reliable. In spring 2012 my hybrid battery died at @128K. I decided: Why buy a new car? There's none better on the market. Replaced the hybrid battery for $2400, now have another 100K warranty on battery. Few things have been a problem - headlights expensive, struts went at 89K, but virtually nothing else. AMAZING car.
Difficult to see from the sides of the car when looking over the shoulder. When replacing hybrid battery I had a nearly 2-month delay in spring 2012 because the battery had to come over from tsunami-ravaged area of Japan, but the dealership provided a replacement vehicle during that time. Hybrid batteries are backordered, it's a hardship and a shame, but worth the wait -- there's no car currently on the market that is more reliable or a better value than this one, so for a mere @$2500 more, to have a vehicle with new 100K warranty on battery, it's a blessing.
2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
LOVE my Prius! We are high mileage commuters, perfect car for the miles we drive. Purchased for $15,200 in 2009 used with mid 20k miles. Use Michelins for a better ride and gas mileage. We are getting 44-56 mpg depending on how much we run A/C (Hey it's Texas, so most of the time) Early morning when it is still cool can easily hit 52-56 since most are highway miles. Expenses occurred so far: Use a K&N engine air filter which saves on air filter expense - not that hard to clean and recharge. Oil changes at 5000k, wiper blades, and I change cabin air filter myself to save service charge. Biggest expense - replacing a part that controls the changeover between electric and gas. $500
Gas mileage and the amount of money we have saved. Leather seats are hard but comfortable. Like all the interior room and the back hatchback for the grocery store. Holds plenty of stuff including dog kennels.
Have had problems with the headlights going on and off a lot which gets irritating. Luckily, we don't drive that much at night. Small tires and heavy downpours do not go together. It does not handle that well in wind and rain. Somewhat noisy inside passenger cabin but liveable when I think about the money I am saving.
2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The gas savings is obvious -- I'm getting 50MPG with 90% highway driving. If I drive in the city only, I can get 60+MPG. My fuel costs went from $200+ per month to under $100 with barely any effort. The car has also been highly reliable. After all this time I've owned it, it didn't need anything beyond basic maintenance. Sometimes it doesn't even need anything beyond an oil change. I also LOVE the interior in this thing. The 'Start' ignition button, joystick shifter, LCD dashboard, multifunction display....it all looks very futuristic to me. I wish the car has a temperature gauge on the LCD dashboard and that it is more comfortable to ride, but otherwise, it's an extremely great car!
High MPG, multifunction display and LCD dashboard, ability to drive on electricity at low speeds
The car could be quieter and more comfortable. The audio system could also use some improvements. There tends to be lag between songs and powering up when using MP3 CDs.
I have had my 2006 Prius V for a year and a half and just had to write a review because it has been such a wonderful car. I bought this car in May 10 w/ 80k miles on it and was a little worried at first because of the high miles. I ended up getting a smokin deal & the only fixes that this car has needed has been an A/C fan regulator, front light bulbs, and the typical oil change, brakes, tires. I now have 122,000 miles on this car (I drive about 3,000 miles a month) and man, what an excellent car! I have range 55-70 mpg (yes 70!) here in Phx. So, if you are considering used, go for it! This is a GREAT CAR that runs well as the miles get up there. Trading for an 11 Prius this month!
Amazing gas miles, ESP as you learn to drive these cars. The Bluetooth is awesome, backup camera great (will get one on every car from here on out), CD and JBL sounds really wonderful, and the iPod adapter - all a must. Especially love that w/ the smart key you can't lock your keys in the car! (have done about 8 x so far,..but the car won't let you lock me in there...lol - a real life saver.). Storage is plenty (and I have 2 kids), & the overall feel of the car is really ++. I am a BMW guy (had an M5 and M Roadster), and decided to change for the gas mileage. You won't regret it once you buy your Prius. Getting great mileage is a fun "game", and to drive 3-4 miles w no engine on? WOW!!!
Better paint on the hood (some rock chips showing),.. But actually not bad at all for 122k miles. Haven't really used the nav much (I use google maps on my bberry), but all else has been wonderful. Looking fwd to the 2011, and am passing on the 2010 b/c I have heard some issues with the first year of the model change. Will def be a hybrid driver for life. Have a rental car now that gets 25 mpg,..and HATING it! Lol!
A quick update... The car is still running great after almost 100K miles. Items replaced - tires, wipers, front light bulbs (I drive with them on all the time), water pump (covered by my 100K extended warranty), and a recall for the hybrid coolant system tank, air filters, plugs, and serpentine belt, and full coolant change out (I do everything early). Live in New England - get 47 mpg in spring, summer, fall, and 44.5 mpg in winter driving. Based on last oil change, estimate that I still have 35% of brake pads left. Will be replacing my floormats soon, driver side wore out.
Well built car - no problems - would / will buy another when time comes. Easy to drive. Fantastic gas mileage. The sound system is not too bad.
Increase sound insulation. Make seats more comfortable. Day time running lights - this should be a no brainer given safety studies.
coming up on the 5 year anniversary of this big purchase for us- we thought long and hard about the investment on so many levels. happy to say 5 years later we have no regrets and are very happy with this car. Reliability has been outstanding. Only routine maintenance with the exception of a leaking water pump caught by the dealer doing routine oil change and repaired under warrranty at no cost to us.
57,000 and no brake jobs yet, curous to hear from other owners as to when those brakes will finally go. ride has been great- we have made several trips across PA to Pittsburgh and back as well as some NE sojourns and those long rides have been great as has the regular city commute of my wife
Agree with previous posts the stock tires suck big time, we changed at 28,000 to top of the line goodyears from a prius bloc recommendation and have noticed a significant differnece in MGG almost a 4 mpg drop still would trade this for safety anytime. noticing some minor body integrety issues along the bumper line. Not sure if I want a new prius- have heard that some trade off in weight and size both. Now that the care is paid off and we now have baby the prius hatch comes in such handy useage. A great city car, great commuter car, and great car for a young family. Hopin to drive this thing to200,000.
I drove a 2008 touring prius for 1500 miles and averaged 42 mpg. Then I bought a 2006 base prius and I'm averaging over 48 mpg for the first 100 miles. Maybe the weight of the car and the tires makes a difference in the mpg rating. I do think the 2008 has better sound deadening insulation which may make the car heavier. I previously owned a bmw 335, bmw 525, infiniti m35, toyota avalon, subaru legacy, mazda 3, saturn l200, mustang gt, saab 9-3, honda accord, honda passport, nissan truck, and chevy cavalier but the prius is my favorite simply because of the gas mileage, low maintenance cost and quiet ride. Bought the 2006 base with 49k miles certified for $13,500--excellent condition inside/out.
bluetooth, aux port for ipod, fuel economy, quiet engine, interior volume, smart key system
There is too much plastic and cloth in the interior-the arm rests should be plastic and not cloth.
Bought this car 1/16/06 and finally experienced our first problem - right rear tailight bulb burned out (that's what I thought until I jiggled the bulb and it came back on) 61K miles and still have not had to even change the brake pads! Very roomy and comfortable. Surprize - it will do 106 mph (I personally attest)! OK, it's not a sporty car - but it is fun to drive on the back roads here in NH. We have pushed the MPG reset button only once - at 36K miles - the first 36k our average mpg was 44.7 and since it has averaged a little lower at 43.9. Cold weather and 4 wheel snowtires (a must where there are snowy roads) decrease mpg considerably. Getting ready to buy a 2010 - psyched!
The Smart Key is so smart - it knows what door you're standing next to or if the key is in or out of the car. Great NAV unit. Backup camera. Lots of cargo room. Gobs of headroom. Great sound system. No need to drive like you're towing a trailer full of chandeliers to get 44 mpg.
Shorten the Voice Commands in NAV. Allow Audio screen to stay up if that's what you want - reverts to trip computer after several seconds.
To be fair, I should note that this car belongs to my parents. However, on trips back to California, I have driven their Prius thousands of miles. While its functionality, basic competence, and incredible fuel economy are indisputable, we all find the seats relatively uncomfortable. They are small and stiff, with virtually no lumbar support. Even as manual seats, they should have more adjustments. And even though the driving position is fine in terms of front view, I find the steering wheel placement uncomfortable. Beyond that, the ride is too stiff and jittery over rough pavement and too loose and wallow-y on curvy roads. If comfort and performance are high on your list, not the car 4u
great fuel economy, reliability, very functional design with lots of room for hauling for a car of this size.
Too noisy, needs an adaptive system for bad pavement, terrible acceleration for highway on-ramps, two of the speakers on premium JBL sound system have blown, difficult to use GPS system/Bluetooth, feels insecure, especially on broken pavement at highway speeds.
We have owned our 2006 Prius for 3 years and have clocked 79,000+ miles to date. We also own a volvo xc70. The volvo may be more stylish but the Prius is really fun to drive and it has been totally reliable. We have taken long trips to NYC and Michigan and have done lots of in city driving. We were concerned about the life of the battery but read in a British Columbia Climate Exchange report that Prius taxis in BC have gone more than 200000 miles without a battery replacement.
Reliability. Fun to drive. Gas mileage! More interior space than we expected.
Even better mileage.
With a large tax credit to offset the "hybrid premium" it was an easy decision to try the Prius. I was looking for a hatchback as these have the versatility that a one-car household needs without the punishing costs of a SUV. There were surprisingly few hatchback choices in 2006 and this one has turned out to be a winner. Fuel economy to date (45,000 miles) 58.9 MPG; reliability 100%; servicing costs average; fun factor 5 for a normal person, 8 for a geek. Interestingly, I got stranded one night by floods and slept in the car until morning; the ICE kicked on and off occasionally to recharge the battery and keep the A/C running. This car is now my personal hurricane evacuation plan!!
Fuel economy; quietness of interior; versatility of the hatchback; "stealth mode".
Interior trim fabrics need to be harder-wearing; sunshade for MFD; OEM tires are rubbish.
I do my part any way I can to help the environment, including converting to a Vegan lifestyle in order to reduce toxic emissions from meat processing. The obvious way I could do more was to get rid of my two Infiniti gas hogs, which I did. Coming from luxury vehicles with every amenity to my Prius was very easy, like a breath of fresh air. The only things anyone could miss would be power seats, lumbar support, a sunroof and more sound deadening. However, all of these add considerable weight, therefore reducing mileage. I feel as if I have lost no features from my luxo-barges, and gained a clearer conscience. I really love that I am not assumed to be pretentious, or image-conscience anymore.
Surprising power with full battery, HID headlights, Smart key (better than Infiniti), Bluetooth, Back-up camera, Navi, Voice control, Great a/c even with engine off in 105 degree weather, More cargo space than my FX35 had, huge rear seat, storage galore. Most bugs flow over and not into the car.
Front seats really do need to be able to have more aft travel, lumbar support would be great as well as headrests that move fore and aft. Tired of Bambi, birds and butterflies following the car and sunflowers popping up in my exhaust wake.
I just bought a pre-owned 2006 prius with 45K miles on it. Love the car and the features. Drives well and getting 48MPG. Still getting used to the nuances of the car and various noises it's making. Few things to note: 1. I am hearing a noise under the steering wheel when braking/accelerating during city driving. Dealer says its normal. However its annoying me. 2. While discussing the noise issue, dealer found out water pump was leaking. I was surprised it is leaking so soon. Luckily it's covered under power train warranty. Will add more as I drive more.
Fuel efficiency, 8 spkr audio system, Bluetooth, Cargo space
make power seats standard, get rid of the hump (arm rest) in the back seat so that five people can sit.
I have read some of the reviews about the headlights. We experienced a problem with our the battery going dead. We also had problems with both headlights. We were out of warranty but the guys at the dealership told us there had been some bad headlights that were put in some models. They replaced the headlights at no cost to us because there was a known problems and the car is working fine.
Currently we have 63,000 miles so we have considerable experience. Reliability has been superb. Things to fix: 1. Original tires are awful. Why not give us a good set? 2. Seats lack lumbar support. I had to find some special pads to drive more than 100 miles. 3. Allow the front seat to move farther back. I'm only 6' tall and I'm crowded into the wheel. 4. Move the shift lever so it doesn't bang my knee. 5. Fix the gas tank so it doesn't belch gas all over my feet. (I've learned to gas up standing well to the side.) 6. Improve the headlights. The lights on my Toyota pickup are infinitely better. 7. Allow more movement of the adjustable steering wheel. That's a start.
The rear space is great as is the proximity key. I even like the backup camera. And, of course, the mileage is wonderful.
I traded in a Town Car to purchase the Prius, and haven't missed it at all. With a total of 26650 miles I have had no problems. Averaging slightly over 45 MPG for the entire 26M miles. It has a very functional design with lots of room for 6 footers. I have taken a couple of trips of around 1300 miles each. The car was comfortable during the trip and I had no problem maintaining inter-state speeds even in the mountains while the car was fully loaded. I would recommend this car to anyone who is looking for good, reliable and economical transportation. This is the first time I have recommended a car, and I wouldn't do it if I wasn't sold on it.
Back-up Camera, Navigation System, Blue Tooth Phone, Double Glove Compartment, Comfortable Ride with good back support. Excellent Headlights, Hidden Compartment in Hatch-back, Design of dash panel - easy to view without taking eyes off of the road.
Design of car is great, but I'm always looking for improved gas mileage.
I bought my car new in 2005. I am six feet tall and the car is very comfortable front and back. I get between 46 and 52 MPG. I watch the consumption level which changed my driving habits. No jackrabbit starts and I drive a with my cruise control a lot. We have mountainous uphills and I've never had trouble passing on them - lots of get up and go! Have had no problems with it. You can stuff a lot of stuff into this car. I have always owned Toyotas and this is my favorite.
Backup camera, great mileage, better for the environment.
Ditch the backup beeper. Allow the power windows to open without being in "Run" mode.
This is a wonderful car, we bought it to replace a 06 Chevy truck. We went from 14mpg to 55mpg in the summer!!! We see 50mpg in winter and 55mpg in the summer.
Gas mileage and fun to drive
Make it a PHEV
It cost $238.00 to have a headlight bulb replaced!!! Do not buy this car. If I knew I was going to pay BMW prices for things light lightbulbs, then I may as well have bought a BMW. It was 5000 miles out of warranty, and not covered under extended warranty - another ripoff. With the economy the way it is and people trying to keep their homes etc., nobody is going to buy a Prius now that I have educated them about the price just to replace a lightbulb. Toyota would not do nothing for me stating that they had already reduced the price from 500.00 dollars!! This is my last Prius. Please do not buy this car, because they always find a way to avoid the warranty coverage.
put regular lights in it that don't cost 238 dollars per bulb!!!!
My bottom line - I'll trade my Prius on a new Prius when I'm ready for a new car. Much improved generation technology; drastic difference from earliest models. Handling and ride improve noticeably with premium tires. Great cornering abilities. Mileage and performance are very sensitive to air filter cleanliness. Excellent mileage at sea level and on flat terrain (VA Beach ~65 MPG/~61MPG along Lake Erie). No more loss of power on mountain drives (Sideling Hill, MD). Great in snow and on ice. Looks are OK, if you're into pregnant roller skates but very few of us buy it for the looks. So far, no repairs just oil and filter changes. I bought a 100,000 extended warranty with the car, not needed.
Back up camera, audio jack, cruise control, mileage, storage space/hatch back, leg room, tire pressure sensor, conversations at the fuel pump
Traction control frequently engages to the detriment of pulling into traffic. NEEDS to have a manual on/off switch for this feature. Winter mileage needs improvement - drops ~25% with cold weather/winter gas blends. Could definitely stand a premium sound system. OEM tires are atrocious.
I was concerned about the small size and comfort when I bought my Prius. I was surprised to find it is neither small or uncomfortable. It is listed as mid-sized. My 6'6" 270lb son is comfortable in the back seat. The driver's seat will not move back far enough for his comfort, but he can drive it. We did not change our driving habits to accommodate mileage, but average 49.3 mpg. This has been for the last 8000 mi. I have only one complaint, at freeway speeds there is much air and road noise. I am very pleased with the comfort and performance. I eagerly await the plug-in model. I will get one at my first opportunity.
Styling, comfort, gas mileage, performance, reliability.
Better sound-proofing, a GPS that is more intuitive, plug-in.
We drive this car around town mostly and average about 45 MPG. Several times a year we drive from Florida to Michigan and back. The last trip our mileage average was 48.8. When the car sets for seven days or more, without being started, the battery goes dead. Local dealer and Toyota advises this is normal. Their "fix" for this problem is having you disconnect the negative battery cable and then reconnecting it when you want to start the car. The battery is located beneath the floor in the cargo area.
The excellent fuel economy.
Improve battery capacity to support the various electrical drains or install a switch to disconnect the battery for long term parking.
Most of these reviews are given after a day or week of owning! I've had the '06 Prius for 2 years and 40,000 miles. New problem: at about 37,000 miles, the headlights started going off, one or the other, sometimes both at once. Fixed temporarily by turning lights off and back on. Mechanic can't find anything wrong with it. Toyota should do a recall and fix this. Gas mileage is greatly affected by the quality of the gas you buy, and how you drive! Watch the info display, and buy higher octane, and no gasohol!
Fun to drive, great gas mileage if you learn how to drive it. Watch the info display and your realtime gas consumption to learn how to maximize your fuel economy.
Fix the headlight problem, better lumbar support in front seats, especially driver's seat.
I've had this car since 2/08, and it's quickly become the car most driven in our family. True MPG of 47-48 mph. Note -- Mileage poor for first 5 minutes of driving, while engine charges battery, and fluids are heated. After that, mileage superlative. For 30 minute work commutes, it is unbeatable. I have gotten over 50 mpg for a tankful before, and never below 46 mpg. Pickup is not great, but is adequate. Comfort level is outstanding; radio sound quality superb; seating very comfortable; easily fits 4 adults. This is an outstanding vehicle.
GPS, music sound quality, headlights, Info display panel and most importantly unequaled 47-48 real MPG!!
Get rid of the irritating backup "beeper"; Configure driver's seat to allow it to slide back further for taller drivers;
After owning the Prius for two years and 27,000 miles, it has been entirely problem free. I average mid 40 MPG driving mostly in heavy rush hour traffic. It is quiet, comfortable and roomy (for a smaller car). I have hauled lumber (you can close the hatch with 8' lumber over the console). It is extremely roomy and the seats fold flat for volume hauling. I love this car for being practical and economical. I hope the new body style is less quirky and has 17" or 18" lower profile tires. I will trade in my 2006 if Toyota does this. I would like to see an "el Camino" body style option - I would seriously consider buying one.
Economy, roominess, build quality & materials, practicalness
Nix the interior back-up beeper. Allow the windows to operate without the car in run mode. Make the design less quirky and relocate the spoiler from blocking the rear view. Replace the 15" high profile tires with all season low profile 17" tires. Get rid of the plastic hub rings from the wheels.
Lots of options. Easy to drive. Feels very safe for a smaller car. Very low maintenance. Yes it run on 87 oct. Feels good to be stuck in traffic and not have to worry about the engine or A/C running. Everyone want to drive/ride in it.
Handsfree bluetooth. Hatch room. Awesome headlights. Lots of compartments and room.
Seats and arms rests need more cushion. Mud flaps and a sunroof would be nice.
On the fun-to-drive meter, the Prius ranks pretty low. However, when it comes to practicality, gas mileage, and reliability, it's a definite 10! One thing I really like is that after we had had it about a year, the highway gas mileage improved significantly. Now, we regularly get 50+ mpg on trips. On a recent trip to Nashville, a total of 703 miles roundtrip, we averaged 52.3 mpg. Also, that's driving at the speed limit whenever possible. I also appreciate the fact that in more than a year and a half of hard use, there are still no rattles and no problems at all.
Great mileage, usable interior space, comfortable seats. Did I say great gas mileage? Keyless entry is nice, also.
More upscale features for the price. We paid nearly 30K for our car with navigation, leather, the works. It would be nice if the car had power seats.
Haven't had our 3rd Prius a full year yet, so I'm not really sure how many miles I'll drive it / year. (My wife has one, and we had a 2001 1st gen. model.) Excellent gas mileage (this tank: 55), although is lower in winter (low-mid 40s). I always marvel at the tight turning radius. The backup camera makes parking so much more easy. Plenty of room - 5 adults PLUS a good amount of cargo room in the hatchback area. Once, I-66 was stopped. I get in the HOV lane, floor it, drop 0.1MPG, get to 60 in about 10sec. I've gotten it to 85 before I realized how fast I was going - gotta watch it, the Prius is too smooth. Most fillups are about 7.5gal. Not bad at all.
MPG, backup camera, tight turning radius; I'm hooked!
Backup camera only works when in reverse. Make it so it can be turned on whenever.
I rate the car an easy 9.4 and should be higher. The Prius is a perfect urban car. Easy to park; very much fun to drive; very comfortable regardless of the weather; and high 40's mpgs. The quirky styling only adds to allure of this well-designed , well-engineered car from Toyota. This is my 2nd Prius and though I tried the Camry Hybrid and the Honda Civic Hybrid the Prius is my overwhelming favorite. Even on very long trips low 50's is not uncommon and the comfort exceeds that of bigger cars. Hooray for Toyota on this one. This car represents to me the epitome of design and engineering. I am a complainer about cars and enjoy griping about this and that. I can't do that with the Prius.
Comfort; ease of driving, parking; ease of intuitive controls; wonderful features like JBL, nav., bluetooth and the back-up camera. I love the car.
Do away with the reverse beep. It's most annoying. I can't think of anything else.
There is no reason why this car cannot achieve 100+ mpg. Both the batteries and electric motors are underpowered. I would prefer that this be a plug-in electric car with a high-end on-board electric generator. That said, I achieve 40-45 mpg in the winter and 50- 55 mpg in the summer. I do not understand why the electric motor cannot power the car from a dead start without the gas-powered engine having to kick in.
GPS, camera for backing up, cruise control, CD changer, bluetooth, on- screen feedback about fuel economy
I use my Prius as a work delivery vehicle. I average 150 miles a day and 52 mpg. When using the pulse and glide method I can exceed 55 mpg.
I like how quiet it is, the hatchback, when rear seats folded down has a ton of room. I can carry a lot of stuff
Would like to see stronger shocks in rear for my heavy loads
I LOVE my Prius. Previously drove an Audi, so was used to a bigger car. I get an average of 46 mpg, driving 100 miles per day, highway and city. I love the roominess and how the car handles! I would buy another in a heartbeat!
Roominess, handling, mileage
adjustable driver's seat, sunroof?
We purchased this car in Aug. of 2006 and have had no problems with it so far. We love the car and it is roomy enough for 2 adults and 2 carseats. My husband wanted a truck, but I talked him into something better on fuel and he now LOVES to drive this car. It has been well worth the money. And he says that it is just like driving a computer because of all the gadgets and buttons inside.
Back up camera, iPod hookup, heads up odometer, latch system.
Drive a lot and couldn't be happier with the mileage. Lots of space, headroom, love the bluetooth. Traded my sports car for the Prius and thought I was compromising the power but was happily surprised. Love the car and will buy another. We use the car for all our driving whenever possible.
None are deal-breakers, but... poor rear-window visibility; glare on front window in front of driver (from MPH display); lumbar support; poor location for 12 V outlet; rattling under front dash when the car is cold, dealer could not (would not?) find it; beeping inside only while in reverse
I have a 2006 with 27000 miles avg between 46 to 50 mpg. Absolutely think this is the best car on the road dollar for dollar. I can't believe the car, ride, room, and mileage.
Love smart key system, fold down seats that give you plenty of room, gas mileage, ride, and handling.
Improved lighting inside, rear hatch release, mute on radio, compass std, less touchy when going from battery to Motor and vise versa. EV mode standard and of course better mileage
I love this car. I love the MPG monitor, it allows you to re-train yourself into better driving habits. If you dont speed, accelerate easily, stop slowly and less often you can get up to 52 MPG. I can go over 430 miles on one tank. If you do this, it is worth the price tag.
All the storage, MPG, MPG, MPG, MPG.
Better interior interior, softer seats.
Less than 2 years old, and I'm replacing a headlight bulb... for $311 plus labor! Ouch! So much for having an inexpensive "green" car! Come on Toyota!!
Love the fold-down seats in the back... will hold a lot of cargo!
Add running lights!! Also heated leather seats!
Just hit 30K. Car running strong, developed rattle in front dash, fixed by dealer. Had Toyota service per manual, plus alignment, replaced OEM tires with Fuzion HRIs. These tires make a big difference in handling, the car now 'sticks' like never before. As of this writing, the best car I have ever owned. Avg MPG in summer 48-50, avg fall through spring 42-44. Change oil @ 10K intervals, use Mobil Full syn 15K rated oil. Oil is still pretty clean at 10K, and still shows 100% full on the dipstick as it did when filled at the last change. Engine seems nice and tight after 30K. If they keep building them this way, I'll be getting another when time is due. Solid car!!
MPG, roomy interior, hatchback / folding rear seats, rear camera, keyless ignition, and in the winter, the vehicle stability control, and also knowing I have a blanket of airbags if something should go wrong.
Make the seats more comfy. Need a plug in model as soon as possible. Radio system issues - I upgraded to the JBL system / 6 cd player. The system playing CDs is great, but radio reception is not that great. Wonder if engine could be config'd to run on 2 cyl when on highway for even better MPG?
My husband and I love the Prius we have. The only issue (and it is completely unacceptable) is that Toyota does not trust the driver (or the passenger) to use the navigation system safely while the car is moving. Either restore the 2005 and previous override or only disable the nav system if no one is in the passenger seat. If we had known what limited functionality the navigation system provides while you are actually enroute, we would not have bought it!
Gas mileage. Roomy interior. Fun to drive.
Enable the navigation after the driver accepts responsibility by pressing some button for acknowledgement or only disable it when no passenger is in the car or reenable the override capability that was in model 2005 and previous models!
Have 43,000 on 2006 Prius, will pick up my 2008 Touring Prius tomorrow. Car exceeded every expectation, to include overall engineering (to include human engineeering). I believe the Prius is the most misunderstood vehicle on the road and everyone that ride in this car leaves with an outstanding impression.
Live in Florida and air conditioner is awesome along with pick up, quiet ride and that solid quality that only Toyota provides.
Seats could be little more comfortable, but I have a bad back and still have driven it 4 times, non stop from Florida to Indiana 1,300 miles.
Greatest technology you will find in a car. I love the smart key, Bluetooth, sound system and hybrid technology. I am looking into buying another.
Smart key hybrid technology.
Have the car run more on the electric engine.
Very happy with car. Great gas mileage driving into Philadephia every day. Great acceleration onto very poor visibility and short access ramps of Schulkyll Expressway. No mechanical problems. After driving Ford Taurus for years, had to get accustomed to small size and not being able to see front hood.
Over 500 miles on tank of gas. Good acceleration. Very peppy.
Visibility out of rear window poor. Blind spot in back is a large area.
We love the Prius. It has more comfort for 4 people than our former Oldsmobile Intrigue. Overall well designed. Disappointing is the mileage in the winter. A typical 30 mile trip is about 46 mpg dropping a little in the winter when the heater needs to be on. Less than quoted. MPG goes up to about 50 on a 120 mile trip to Seattle on the freeway. The mileage goes up in stop and go traffic. The concept is great and if the batteries had more capacity one could draw more from them and mileage would improve greatly. The plug and drive would be immense help for us who typically drive 30 miles per day. Lobby for plug and drive!!
Use of electricity and comfort. Reduced pollution with better gas mileage. Lots of leg room for people sitting in back.
Larger battery capacity and plug and charge feature. Electric heat converters for heat and air conditioning. A switch over to gas motor control for recharging the standard battery if it gets discharged by leaving lights on.
I am averaging 52 mph overall. Fuel economy depends on driving habits. Rapid starts, driving over speed limit, cruise control on in hills all contribute to poor mileage. Keep an eye on the usage charts and you can improve mileage. I would buy another in a minute. I am awaiting the new and better Prius.
Hybrid, keyless entry, fold down back seats, spacious, center display, auto inside rear view mirror, blue headlights, information display.
Mute on radio, inside release for back hatchback, power seats, better lights on inside buttons, power windows etc., always better mileage, add compass as standard option, auto headlight on/off, auto lock when moving.
Toyota clearly began with a clean sheet - asking what could they do to minimize emissions but sell to a large market. Once they had gone hybrid they looked at what the presence of a large available source of electricity could mean. Very responsive electric power steering. Electric A/C - no serpentine belt to put a constant drag on the engine. Electric water pump. Electric fan. You get the idea.
The fuel consumption display, the handling (very easy to make tight turns), the back-up camera lets me back to one inch from a barrier or yellow line.
Override for the traction control. More rear headroom.
I love my Prius. I have had it going on a year, and thoroughly enjoy the comfort, and mileage. I am 6'3" and enjoy the inside room, as does my tall wife. I get 43 to 44 miles to a gallon, which is lower than EPA estimates, but so is ALL others - people would go crazy if they knew the actual mileage of their big hogs and "SUV buses"! I have done nothing to the car except change the oil and rotate the tires. With the smart key, I never take the key out of my pocket, all doors and the hatch can unlock and lock automatically. Displays are perfect, sound system is excellent, back seat is roomy, plenty of room for luggage for two. P.S. I do not own Toyota stock, but wish I did!
Ride, comfort room, mileage economy, smart key, back view camera, ultra smooth transmission.
Typical of all hatcbacks, the back window and hatch collects dust and dirt - would like a regular sedan.
First of all, the mileage is great. I don't know if I'll ever break even but time will tell. Happiness is only buying 9 gallons of gas at the pump so by that perspective, I'm a happy camper.
I like all the high tech components in this car and I have plenty of head and leg room.
I wish Toyota could make this car look more like a regular car such as the Hybrid Camry. (I really like that car, I may trade up.) The other problem I have is with traction in icy condition. The car gets confused when it senses slippage and it shuts off. Waiting for a TSB from Toyota on this one.
All I can say it this is a fantastic car. I would highly recommend to any person. Of course, the biggest benefit is gas conservation (truly averages around 48 mpg). It also has great pick up and go (something you wouldn't expect from a small 4 cylinder car), and is very comfortable to drive - and even the back seat is very roomy.
Remove the cloth on the armrests on the door. All they do is collect dirt - they should really go to all leather.
We love this car from a standpoint of the mileage, great GPS display, etc. BUT, after driving in this car for more than an hour - both my wife and I get so uncomfortable it is painful! The seats are very, very uncomfortable.
Comfort features! Better seats!
The car is great to drive, nice looking and very comfortable. Seats 5 easily even very tall people. I am not as thrilled with the gas consumption as I had hoped. When I bought the car I was led to believe I would get great mileage. It says 50-60 mpg in the ads and in the booklet and I am getting 44-45 and a range of a bit over 350 miles per tank . They should change the ratings and give the consumer better information.
Look of the car and ease of drive. Seats are comfortable and the storage is also excellent. I got a crib in easily with seats down.
Better visibility out back window. It might help to change the location of the power and park buttons so the power is below the park.
We have really enjoyed our Prius in the year we have owned it. It has excellent pick-up and over-all performance. Gas mileage has been consistent with Consumers Report, but not windshield. Our highest mileage has been 46.7. Average overall has been about 44.2. It is very roomy inside.
I love the keyless entry and start-up. I never have to search for my keys. The mileage, of course, is also a big plus!
Start-up is a little complicated and could be improved. Even the auto salesman who was giving us a demonstration ride was confused!
My Toyota Prius has far exceeded my expectations as a reliable, clean, economical car to drive. We had ours specially equipped with all the extras, and find it to be extremely comfortable even on very long trips. We are a family of four and find the car also has plenty of room for us. It makes us happy to think we are doing our part to help our planet. No regrets.
Navigation system has allowed us to negotiate roads and locate addresses in major cities away from home without ever needing a map. Have used it to make hotel reservations and find our way around traffic jams.
Price! I think more people would drive hybrids if they were more affordable.
This is the most fun I've ever had driving. The technology is fantastic. The car has a quiet smooth ride and is very roomy. It looks like a small car from the outside, but a midsize on the inside. Very pleased so far.
Voice activated features, multi function display, smart key system.
Handling could be a bit better on the open highway. Add even more luxuries- heated seats, etc.
We bought the Prius in order to get better fuel economy for commuting to work. I was impressed by the space utalization of this vehicle. We enjoy using this car for most of our dday to day travel and highly reccomend this vehicle to anyone looking for a midsize vehicle.
Three items I love about this car: 1) the GPS system is great for finding locations and getting there. 2) The keyless system is perfect for people that forget keys. 3) the JBL stereo is really good for trips and long rides. The 6 cd changer and the tuner make it easy to use.
The company that supplies the software for the GPS system is out of date. We attempted to locate a road in Toronto Canada and were unable to locate it. This road has been around for five years and my computer softeware knows about it, but not the car GPS.
Best car in the world. Has no equal. We have bought 3 and will buy 08 when it comes out. My advice is to GET ONE! You will not be disappointed.
Rear window treatment. Touch screen for controls is not the best way. Add plug in for higher mileage boost
pkg #2. 33,273 mi from 1/19/06 to 1/7/07. Avg 48 mpg first 15k mi (haven't updated spreadsheet) Best tank 712 mi. Only 2 tanks under 40 mpg, 34.4 & 38.8, 1 hr in St Louis then to Pine Bluff, AR March 5th (plea 5th on speed). 70 mph gets around 45 mpg, 60 mph 50 mpg. Less mpg in winter. 20-40 mph just right (accel & coast) gets 70-100 mpg on hwy from Pine Bluff to Little Rock (best was 93mpg @ 35mi). CPU mpg reset to 0 on its own a few times, once while looking at it. Out of gas 3 times. W/6 blue bars barely made 1.7 mi to gas sta. Most gas on fillup 12.4 gal. Elec A/C & engine heat. READ MANUAL. Overall, I LOVE IT!
Smart Key System, it's worth it! Can't lock key in car when active. Keys stay in pocket except when swimming, disable Smart Key, leave fob in car, & put metal key on belt loop. 60/40 split fold down rear seats. Lots of room, can haul both Electro Voice Eliminator 1B speakers. Good acceleration.
BIG lithium battery w/plug-in option (expensive). Camera on button. MPG priority over heater. Display engine/motor RPM, amps to/from wheels/battery, numeric battery level, gals used w/reset, etc. Software change could up mpg. Yearly software upgrades. Maybe preheat gas/air in winter for better MPG??
We purchased the Prius in March 2006 trading in a Toyota Avalon. Was concerned about the ride and handling compared to the Avalon. We find that the Prius is equal or better. Love the gas mileage. Now have 18000 miles and not one problem. It's a great car.
Handling and gear shift.
I own a 2005 and 2006 Prius. The Prius has excellent interior room. Both of my Prius cars get between 40-45 MPG in a combination of city and freeway driving. The car has good acceleration, and acceptable interior noise. It's fun to drive and quite comfortable to operate.
It's the mileage. I don't worry about the high cost of gasoline.
This car is an absolute wonderful experience to drive. I have taken several long road trips with great gas mileage and it is fun to tool around town and the engine never kicks on.
Bluetooth hands free is great.
Build more like these.
Great car, marginal review mirror visibility. Went from muscle to green and loving it. Mileage takes a hit in hilly terrain. 48-52 mpg highway, <40 around town for short trips.
Gas mileage, turning circle, looks, reliability.
Allow front passenger seat to go back further. Better visibility with the rear view mirror. We need a cool hybrid sports car with a retractable hard top for green fun.
At 54 yrs of age and the owner of many cars this hybrid car is the best car I EVER owned. It is fun to drive, excellent gas mileage plenty of power and I definitely am doing my part for the environment. Over the past few years it has improved on the looks too. It is truly amazing how much power this little car has. The display on the dash shows in detail how the energy/gas consumption is being used. It's almost a year I owned this car with no problems. The only time it was at the dealership was for an oil change. To fill the tank it cost me about $24. It can get 61 mpg on the highway and 53 mpg in the city. When you're at a stop light or in slower traffic that is when the electric motor runs!
I like the push button start and the little knob like switch on the dash for your drive or reverse. The car beeps when you are in reverse also. The display of energy consumption is really cool-especially at night!! there are 2 glove boxes which I like. Side air bags are a great plus
Just a little more room would be great and since it's a hatchback there is no trunk. I do miss that! My particular car has a beige interior which I do not like at all. I would prefer a dark color.
We want to buy two now. It is everything we needed in a car. The gas mileage is not as advertised but it is better than anything we have had before. Great car!
If there is one thing, be sure not to leave a door open all night. My son didn't shut my hatch all the way. The next AM, I couldn't start it. And it will not move. You can't just put it in neutral and back it out. You better have an extra long set of jumper cables.LOL. Seriously though, I love the car, it's got great cargo space and very comfortable inside. I got the basic model, one I could afford, and find. They are very hard to come by. What you save in gas and insurance from day one will make up the cost.
The screen. You can monitor your useage, mileage and improve your driving habits. My sons love the audio screen. I'm still learning about new bells & whistles... it's a really cool car.
The low voltage battery should be able to pull for the main engine battery in case it goes dead. When that car is dead, there is no way to move it, except to tow it.
My Prius handles well and has been a pleasure to drive. Takes time getting used to driving a car without as much initial pickup as my old Pontiac, but there is no comparison in mileage and visits to gas station. Mileage around town avg about 45 mpg. Recent highway trip averaged 53 mpg. I use cruise control a lot to help with mileage. I'm saving over $200/mo in gas since I got rid of my former gas guzzler. Tax credit a big plus. I bought the basic model and love it. Lots of room for luggage for vacation or weekend trips.
Backup camera; dashboard display; energy information display; climate controls; low tire inflation indicator; stereo and iPod plug in awesome (CD handles MP3 & WMA means I can burn a lot of music to CD if I leave the iPod home); lots of storage; keyless is a great feature; quiet ride.
Make seating more uncomfortable (back especially); improve rearview through hatchback; improve the blindspots that abound; improve upholstery; incorporate body mouldings for doors and rear bumper guard; add daytime running lights;
We wanted to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. By going hybrid we are trying to take that first step and wonderful things are taking place. People are talking to us about the idea, logistics, etc. The car seems very well thought out and user friendly. 'Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it'(Gandhi) Hopefully our Prius will lead to many good things. I have to give credit to my wife as she really pushed the idea!
Interior design is very nice. The backup video is good. Like the display monitor. Smart key is cool.
None at this time
Wow this car is like driving the car of the future! I am getting about 53 mpg average. Sticker said 61 mpg but here in Ky we do not have the stop and go traffic to get the higher mileage. It is quiet, smooth, powerful and the interior space is amazing. The back seat is far larger than anyone would imagine from looking at the outside.
SMART KEY! The coolest thing I have ever seen! Also surprised how well this car goes through snow. I did not expect that at all!
Could Toyota make this look a little cooler. It drives like a Jetson car but looks like an Econobox.
Have only had my Prius for three months and have already driven 12,000 miles. It handles nicely and the gas mileage runs 51 mpg on the average, but I do very little city driving and some fast interstate driving. Just love it and recommend it as one vehicle in a two car family.
Love the look of my Prius and the back up feature, and am really into not using my key.
Don't like the cloth upholstery, it's cheap looking and stuff seems to cling to it. The gas mileage is okay, but would like to get more than 51 mpg.
Level 6 options. Bought it out of state and drove 500 miles on highway bringing it home. 48 MPG at 65 mph mostly. Within the city highway driving at 55 mph gives about 52 mpg. Hoping to get 60 MPG within the city at mostly 40 mph and 35 mph driving. Will report later. Lots of features, would take me a week to find all the features and test them.
Fuel economy and gadgets. Rear view camera. Cup holder holding my 16 Oz starbucks mug. Automagic door opening and car running with the key safely in my jacket. Will never be locked out.
Daylight running lights. Navigation display perspective view like in Garmin. Display points of interest and landmarks on the map. Road noise, wind noise mitigation.
Love having a Prius - 7 gallon fill ups every 350 miles are a good thing! So far I don't have any complaints about the car - still learning about all the bells and whistles.
Smart Key - the car knows where you are and whether or not you're carrying a key - no need to take it out of your pocket or purse. Also loving the full featured radio/MP3/CD player. Lots of cup holders and storage space!
A very nice, well built and fun to drive vehicle. Even without the hybrid it would be a nice vehicle. My wife and I enjoy it very much. Gas mileage is at about 50 on average.
Fun to drive and very dependable. I like almost everything about this vehicle.
Power seats would be a nice addition. Do away with the back-up alarm. Would also like a dimmer on the display in the center of the dash.
There is a ratle in the dash but that is the only complaint.Mileage is 30 % less than advertised but 42 mpg is fine. I sorly miss instruments like tachometer compass temperature.The exterior is alarmingly velnerable to dings due to the lack of any "bump- strips". The ovehead sunglass tray looks and feels cheap. The upolstry does not look or feel in the same class as our old 1990 626. I'm glad it says Toyota on it. Time will tell if it was a good idea.
Mileage - trumps all complaints. Looks. It is not your typical jelly bean design.
For heavens sake make available some black wheel well bump protectors along with side body molding.Also a quality minny instrument pack right where the speedometer use to be with a tack' - compass and indoor outdoor thermometer.
I only have this car for a month now, and I love it. The only problem I have is the rear mirror - wish there was a better way to see out of it. I also get about 45 mpg - do not know how to get it to go higher. That is around town. I got about 51 on a trip last week. Great car-traded in our Hondy Odyssey since the family is now grown, and my husband and I just love the Prius. We keep our cars forever and I believe we will be keeping this Prius. We love it so far.
Fun to drive.
Make it easier to see out of the back window. Make it easier to figure out how to get the mileage to be as high as they say.
My wife and I finally talked each other into buying a Prius 3 weeks ago and we are very happy. Very well built and fun to drive and it is a constent reminder about what we can do better if we are willing to make changes. They were smart to show the MPG and allow you to retrain yourself with how you drive. You never forget that it is a hybrid and I think that is smart design decision. Also a great way to educate my kids on pollution, smart technology that looks to solve a real problem and allowing yourself to try new things.
Display showing what is going on and MPG and the room for a family of 4. All for a reasonable priced car that is well built.
Wife says it takes too many selections to control climate. Should be more direct.
I have found the Prius provides one of the most enjoyable driving experiences I have ever had with any car. Over the years I have driven 2-3 dozen different automobiles. What has made the experience so enjoyable is that the car has changed my driving style, all for the better. The on-going fuel consumption monitoring/reporting system has encouraged me to set new consumption goals each trip I make with the car, thus forcing me to do the things that make my drives safer and more economic.
Fuel economy, appearance, comfort, internal instrumentation
Darker internal finishes and coverings showing less dirt, stains, etc.
I got 43 mpg on my first tank - I use the car to commute 8+ miles (each way) to work - 3/4 of the daily trip is local, and ~4 miles are highway. The handling is great - the weight of the car is nicely distributed and you can really tell the difference when making tight turns. The start from traffic light is much faster because of the electric motor assist. Overall it's much more responsive than a normal gas engine car, and I can really tell the difference when I switch to drive my wife's regular car.
Handling, gas millage.
The gas tank can only holds 10+ gal? Also I don't think I can get 50+ mpg out of this car, maybe it's just because of my driving pattern. But for the premium $5K over a regular camry and only 10K driven per year, that's only 100 gal a year saving, or $300/year. Toyota should really lower the price.
Over all I think this is a very good buy. I am saving tons of money on gas already. I drive an hour+ each way to and from work so this has been wonderful. Even though the freeway I use has no carpool lane, the savings makes a big difference. Everyone asks questions about my car everywhere I go, and Im so happy to show them all the goodies on it. I would love everyone to own at least one hybrid.
Quite engine, mileage, technology, keyless entry, keyless start, color, control panel, double glove box, and probably many things I haven't found yet. LOL There is so much.
Seat comfort, I hate that I cant slide the seat back at all. I feel a little cramped driving. And the seat makes my butt hurt after 30 minutes of driving. Maybe its too hard?? This car is not for very tall people. You cant put the seat back any further for some strange reason. Its set too close.
A very good car. Excellent build quality from Toyota. Has lots of pep and handles very well. There is a little more body roll in cornering than most sedans but it is not uncomfortable. Gas mileage is very good but it will flucuate depending on the steepness of the hills that you have to drive over, but still I drive in West Virginia and average between 46 and 55 mpg on the highway at 65 to 75 mph. It also has great aerodynamics and has no handling problems around large semis. City driving is high 50's to 60 mpg. Interior is very roomy with Lexus type build quality with few complaints. The back window takes getting used to but the car comes with a rear camera display for backing.
Quiet operation, comfortable, great build quality, nice power, good cruise control, easy to use features, nice displays, fantastic gas mileage.
Should have daytime running lights option. Radio reception is a little weak. Standard sound system is good but not great.
so far driving this car has been a great experience. would definitely buy again, but would like to see a moonroof added as an option
Love to drive the car in the city and on the highway. Even the back seat is comfortable to ride in on extended trips. Would like to see the hybrid technology in the Toyota trucks.
The interior upholstery is very comfortable. the controls are easily accessed and the console has all the features you could want with the nav and the Blue Tooth features.
Better visibility in the rear window and the rearview mirror.
I have buyers remorse. The fuel economy has not lived up to the talk -- avg about 45mpg. Drivers seat/wheel/dash ergonomics very poor. Human factor design terrible on things like digital speedo (analog is easier to read, thus safer), fuel guage and other dash read-outs -- very illogically placed and distract from driving. Especially climate controls having to be accessed via the electronic screen. Give me knobs for easy feel of adjustments levels without needing to take my eyes and brain off my driving. Audio system the same -- just take it off the screen menus. Navigation is a pain to learn and use -- very user unfriendly. Transmission knob idiotic and key/locking system beyond logic.
Hatchback is convenient. Back seat leg room very impressive. Leather seats comfortable/supportive (though lack adjustment). Dual glove box and console storage nice. Nice color exterior. Boring color interior -- lt grey or beige are the ilk of rental fleets. Give me black - classier and easier care.
Hatch window view is poor. Glossy plastic interior areas cheap and attract dust via static charge. Ergonomics for driver. Better instrumentation (logically inform the driver of vital info). With all the digital tech info on this thing, it will not give me a miles-to-empty reading? Explain that.
We purchased our Prius primarily because of its excellent gas mileage and its being an environmentally friendly vehicle plus Toyota's reputation for outstanding engineering,trading in our Acura 2.5. The Prius was met all of our expectations and has also been a great car for longish road trips on interstates and back roads-a very pleasant surprise we had not expected. It's also been a lot of fun to drive. We'd certainly buy it again.
A superbly engineered and designed car that has been fun to drive while getting excellent mileage and doing our bit for the environment. REALLY solid!!
As senior citizens we'd appreciate a little more interior luxery-a possible holdover from our Acura days. Seat covering and interior surfaces seem too prone to showing wear/stains/marks.
Comfortable drive, however small steering wheel is cause for sensitive steering. Loss of trunk space I had in previous Saturn cars.
Fuel economy. Interstate highway using cruise control 51 to 56 miles per gallon. Local/city ratings are false, I get about 48 miles per gallon.
Rear window view is difficult to get used to. Softer seat cushions.
This is the greatest car I have ever bought, and at a great price too.
ON board computer with touch screen to control everything.
Interior lights in the rear.
Bought 01/06, car holding up well, AVG MPG now running @ 45 MPG 50/50 mix highway/backroad. I've noted that the MPG computer reading overstates the actual MPG by about 2-3%. Run Tire pressure at 36 PSI. Car is still very tight, no squeeks, rattles, tracks well. Running Mobile 1 Full Syn oil. Looking forward to 2008 model with plug in feature and Turbo. Very happy with this auto.
Safety features w/ Pkg 5, fuel econ.
All models should have daytime running lights, using lights during day for safety drops visability of internal screens significantly. Extend length by 6 inches, and add to trunk area, needed for suitcases if 4 people go on a 1 week vacation. Improve mirrors / reduce blind spots - many 4 HW driving
Purchased in June, the car now has more than 10,000 miles while averaging 48 MPG with 95% freeway driving. It is clear that Toyota spent most of their money on the technology platform and it all functions pretty seemlessly. This car offers great economy with few compromises. Wonderfully reliable, the car has yet to be back to the dealer. After the previous seven years driving a Volvo S80 T6 that couldn't stay out of a dealership for two consecutive weeks, reliability is a real treat.
Reliability and fuel economy. The knowledge that I'm killing the planet more slowly. The ability to drive in the carpool lane in CA. Tax credit (thank you fellow taxpayers). Interior space is very good for it's size. My single favorite feature has to be the CVT that functions beautifully.
Driving dynamics are disconnected and vague. Straight line tracking and resistance to cross-winds is poor. Seat comfort is fair and in need of adjustability. All in all it is a pretty spartan car for the money. It's difficult to justify buying this car on the basis of economics alone.
It was a difficult decision to give up my beloved Lexus, but after watching Al Gore's movie, we decided to put our money where our beliefs are.... We tested the available hybrids and chose the Prius for environmentally positive reasons, but were also seduced by the advanced technology, design, and other features. Although we haven't had it very long, we're completely happy with it; it was easy to start driving although we still have things to learn about the dps system and other advanced features. We went for the top of the line since we liked the add-ons, but friends are happy with the basic, as well.
Our '06 Prius (Package #3) delivers as advertised. We've put nearly 3K miles in the first month since we drive the Prius all the time while leaving our other cars at home. As a result, we're saving on fuel costs and polluting less while averaging about 47 mpg (plus not having to go to the gas station as often is also very nice). This car is sure easy to live with and tackles daily commuting better than any other vehicle we've owned. It's easy to drive, comfortable, has enough power to merge onto freeways or pass slower vehicles, very quiet at speed, roomy and has a very flexible cargo area (unlike the new Civic hybrid where rr seats don't fold).
Environment friendly, awesome fuel savings, easy to drive, flexible cargo area, advanced hybrid technology.
Handling designed for comfortable ride, not spirited driving. Wish it was a better mix of both. Front seats could have been designed with more adjustability and support; tiny looking wheels/tires not proportional to the rest of vehicle. These are minor complaints. Overall, the Prius is wonderful!!
We are only filling up at the pump half as often as we did before we owned our Prius. It's peppy, no problem pulling out in to traffic. Love the fold down seats in back for easy transport of larger items. The sporty style is alittle too close to the ground for longer legs. Always lots of compliments.
My Prius is well designed, inside and outside. Pretty yet powerful. Comfortable in every way. The back-up camera and keyless operation are a hoot, and always impressive when showing off. But the best part is the fuel efficiency. So far, I'm averaging over 47 mpg, and I pass the gas station with a smile these days. Buying a Prius is one of the best decision I ever made!
Too many to count: fuel efficiency, dash logistics, back-up camera, keyless operation, trunk features, various storage compartments -I could go on and on.
Nothing that comes to mind, other than possibly to make standard one of those wide angle rear view mirrors to better see out the back. This is especially important with the back designed the way it is.
I have had this car about 4,000 miles and I am still amazed by it. After buying it, my wife made me sell her LS430 Lexus since she quit driving it completely. I really feel less tired after a long trip than I did in my Lexus. Many people have stopped me in parking lots and asked about it, and I have never met a person that has one that did not love it. If more people drove hybirds, we would be exporting oil not to mention what it would do to the environment. Believe it or not, this is about the 10th year that this car has been----and it is really perfected.
The way it handles; the way it rides;great gas mileage (although no where near what the window sticker says) but still a resspectible 45 mpg overall; unbelievable get up and go for such a small engine.
could use better material on seats and bigger tires
I love the fuel economy, the comfort of the back of the driver's seat, windshield visibilty. It's fun to drive. Improvements needed: --The inside back-up beep, beep, beep distracts my visual concentration. I strongly dislike this feature and I would feel safer without it. --The forward visual field of the low beam headlamps cuts off far too short as soon as the car begins a downgrade. I don't like this. --The driver's seat bottom (of the car) needs to be more cushy My butt and legs are uncomfortable after 1/2 hours on the road. --I haven't seen 60mpg except for a few seconds after filling the car up with gas. I avg. about 50 mpg. I am still happy to be driving a Prius!
Fuel economy, color (Citrus Pine-or something like that), parking lot sociability with other Prius owners and would-be oglers.
In addition to the above, I would prefer the climate controls to be on a lever that I can slide without having to look at the touch panel.
Driving my Prius is great fun. It gets very good gas milage, but no where near the 60 it advertises. My average is 43mpg. Still better than most 4 cyl. With that said, the only other problem I have is the interior display (heat, radio, etc). It's displayed on a cool, TV like screen, but you have to jump to different screens to change each thing. i.e. You want to change your heat to defrost, or change the station on your radio. There's lots that can be done on the steering wheel, but I find that equally annoying. If given the choice, you definatley want the rear camera (when you put in R a rear view comes up on that screen). But GET ONE, save yourself some money & save our planet!
Rearview camera Constant, current mpg display Good gas milage (not what's advertised, but still good) Price is right Smooth ride My 6'2" husband drives it comfortably My 18 year old and his friends thinks it's cool
Change the fancy screen to be used only for the rearview camera. Bring back basic knobs, slides, for my radio, heat and air
Have moved from a Volvo into the Prius since July. I have been pleasantly surprised with every aspect of the Prius. If I could change anything it would be the seat design. The seat is somewhat less comfortable when compared to the Volvo.
Front seats need more adjustments.
I am somewhat disappointed in the mileage. Over all I am getting about 46 mpg.And I baby it. I bought it used. in excellent condition. It had 5300 miles on it. I have not had any serious problems. GPS map feature leaves something to be desired. Toyota installed the latest program for maps. Some small areas I had are now not on the new level program. The paint is really poor. It shows the smallest maring.
Overall this is the best economy car I have ever owned. I like the shifing handle feature. The transmission is a good idea. Thje outer shape of the vehicle is very good. The inside space is much better than it appears from the outside.
Wind noise at the back windows when opened needs to be silenced.AM radio needs reception improvement. Paint quality is very poor. I shows even the slightest rub. Looks like scratch marks. It must have a better final finish applied.
Coming from a 1992 BMW 325i, I have no regrets in choosing the '06 Prius! I am saving $100/month in gas, and I don't feel like I've compromised anything. Granted, the BMW is an excellent car and I believe it is the best handling small sedan available, but the Prius has so many 'luxury' features standard that I don't think it's downgrade in anyway. I have no hesitation in recommending the Prius to anyone looking for a fun yet very practical car!
The multifunction display that shows the current fuel consumption, radio and climate control settings. Excellent gas mileage! I get at least twice as much as I did with the BMW. Keyless entry, ABS, power windows, great AC, excellent radio, traction control!
The interior fabric could be improved. Fortunately there are aftermarket seat covers available for not much money. I like leather, but it wasn't worth it for the entire factory package.
My wife has been driving the Prius back and forth 160 miles a day to work. She puts on 4K a month. She drives 95% highway miles and she has been getting 55-57 mpg when the weather got nice and 47-49 when it is colder. You can't beat that at $3.00 for a gallon of gas! I am a big guy (6'4", 300 lbs) and I fit just fine in this car. I can even sit in the back if I have to (my hair just brushes the top). Go Toyota!
MPG, computer screen shows mpg all the time and teaches you how to drive the car to get the best mpg. Radio controls on wheel. Lots of room (see review). Easy to fold seats. Small outside to fit in tight spots.
Maybe a better system for the rear window wiper (blocks some of the vision). More sleek, sporty look. That being said, if the car stays the same, I would buy it again in a second!!
I drove all the Hybrids before deciding on the Prius, more options, comfort and design were superior. Also road noise is far better than the Honda. Seats are very comfortable. I have gone on two long trips already and have loved every minute. I have averaged between 52 and 72 MPG... very satisified. And RED IS the color! I have the option 4 package and it has all I need.
My key stays in my purse. Comfortable. Savings at the gas station and averaging 58 MPG. I can lay the back seats down and haul more than most SUVs!
The shiny black in areas of the front. Around radio and cupholders always looks dusty. All else is perfect!
Absolutely the most fun to drive car I've owned. I've owned sports cars, SUVs, etc. But this one takes the cake. I'm always eager to take the car out for a spin, run errands, etc. It has a nice ride, is comfortable, roomy, and really a complete all around good vehicle.
Cargo/passenger space, steering wheel and voice activated controls, back-up camera, navigation, bluetooth, silent engine, etc.
Incorporate body mouldings for doors and rear bumper guard.
This is easily the best car I've ever owned, I love driving it. It's got plenty of room (I'm 6' 1"), surprising power, and the interior is top notch. I'll never own a conventional drivetrain car again, there aren't any sacrifices because of the hybrid system. Plus, it drives like a car that costs thousands more. Power is seamless due to the high tech transmission.
Back up camera, smart key, 500 miles/10 gallons of gas, multifunction display, high quality interior.
I've heard that the next generation Prius will be able to be plugged in for engine free driving for 18 miles, a suggestion that is already being worked on.
Well these impressions are based on the first 1500 miles. I bought the least expensive Prius (only with option 2 package). Car is responsive, runs smoothly, drives well in city or highway. Mileage is better than I thought it would be. Tax credit was a major factor in choosing Prius.
Gas mileage - I am getting 50+ mpg. for the first 1500 miles.
More comfortable seats
Read about it, bought it, love it. The interior is amazing. I'm just waiting for PHEV now.
Room and fuel economy
Make it a PHEV
I just purchased the car July of 2006. I have approximately 2000 miles. The MPG seems to be improving. If you stay at 55 mph , the MPG get better. I started at 41.1 MPH, and now I am up to 48.6 MPG, staying at slower speeds. Will update.
Touch screen. Sorry I didn't have more money to get the GPS, but I did get all the safety features. Also it has stabilty control. Statistically they say vehicle stability control could save 10,000 lives.
Front seat could be more adjustable. Seat should be able to go back more. I am surprise that it is a comfortable ride from such a small car. I do have trouble with a back problem at times, when I do a lot of driving, and at the present time, I get no backaches.
I've never had so much fun driving a car in my life. It's a real kick employing special techniques -- like "pulse and glide" to maximize fuel economy. But even if you ignore special techniques, you'll just love watching your mpg screen tell you exactly how well you're doing in terms of mpg for every 5 minute driving segment. I can often record 100 mpg segments when in ideal driving conditions -- i.e., infrequent stopping, mid-speed driving. And all the while you're having fun, you can feel good about reducing pollution by 90% as compared to the average new car. With a comfortable ride, more than adequate acceleration, and top safety features, this car is hard to beat. I love it!
MPG screens, and hybrid engine energy flows are a blast to watch. The upgraded JBL stereo system sounds quite good, and the 6-CD changer comes in quite handy. Auxiliary input for your iPod is great, too. Smart key function is the utmost in convenience, and lots of nice compartments and cupholders
Perhaps a shade to keep main energy/mpg screen more easily visible in the sunlight. Multiple mpg counters, so that one can keep track of trip mpg, without losing overall tank or longer period mpg count. Ability to customize button functions on the steering wheel. But these are minor complaints.
Great car! If this were a normal 4 or 6 cylinder gas engine car, it would still be a fantastic ride. The "fit and feel" is tight as you would expect from Toyota engineering. Gas mileage (real world) is closer to 39-40 mpg, but that's driving with AC blowing full blast (which drains batteries a little faster therefore requiring gas engine recharging at highway cruise speeds a little more often). It's fast off the line, too. Very quick car. If I drove it more efficiently, I would probably be getting better gas mileage. Would buy it again in a heartbeat !
I like the whole display screen arrangement for AC, audio and fuel economy - it really cleans up the normal clutter that usually shows up on a cars dashboard.
More remote control camera ability to show how close I am to curb I am parking next to and ability to see behind me while in "D"rive.
This car has been a joy to own not only because of its reliability and functionality, but also because it is super fun to drive. We were amazed immediately at how stable and solid the car feels. I have no regrets at all.
I don't think people realize - this car feels like a 6 cylinder. It has great torque and can easily pass, etc... really nice acceleration. I tromp around town (only - very little highway) and get well over 40 mpg. Also - space inside is just amazing.
The front support bars (between the windshield and the doors) are thick and angled in such a way that they create a pretty big blind spot, particularly passenger side. Change? Also, make seat height adjustable. I am 6'4" and have to duck a little at times to see stoplights - let me lower the seat!
This is a great car if you buy it with the expectation that it is a fuel sipping multi-purpose vehicle. The problems with it that I have encountered are mostly minor. The seats are not very comfortable. 45-50 MPG is about the real world mileage you can expect. Performance is surprising but unspirited. (I am a former 3-series BMW driver.) It is the perfect commuter car and has plenty of room for 4. The high tech features are awesome. Bluetooth, touchscreen controls, stereo with 6 disc MP3 player.
Fuel economy, touchscreen, keyless operation.
More comfortable seats, more steering feel, lithium ion batteries with plug in hybrid ability, no lockout on audio/nav controls when moving.
I love my car. Averaging 52 mpg. It's great. The car is very comfortable for long trips.
I got the car because of the NYS Clean Pass that allows travel in LIE HOV lane w/o any passengers. Mission accomplished. Bought new 4/21/06, now has 12,000 miles. The surprise was the silver lining - anywhere between 48 and 54 mpg saves me thousands in gasoline. I drive a daily round trip of 140 miles - the car replaced by the Prius was a 2004 Mercedes Benz CLK Convertible - Benz @ 20 mpg with high test, Prius @ 50 mpg with regular. Any questions? And the fact that every fill-up costs pennies vs. the Benz says it all. My driveway contains three Mercedes, one BMW, one SAAB and one Prius. Reverse snobbery rules here in my house - the Prius wins HANDS DOWN. No wonder it retains value!
Having driven everything from a Porsche 944 to a Pontiac GTO ('66) and some of the fastest gas guzzlers one can drive, I am now an impassioned convert (aren't all converts impassioned?) to the low-emission, high-mileage-per-gallon world of the Toyota Prius. This car is incredible. First off, the mileage is great, even better than I thought it would be. Second, and now just as critical as ever, is the emissions. Very low, negligibly low, which means great things for the environment. Third, this car is FAST. Gets you on the highway very quickly and (don't tell the state troopers) I've had this car up to 95 mph; the car didn't even hiccup at that speed. That's plenty fast for anyone.
Love the look, love the mileage, love the comfort.
I love my Prius! It is beautiful, I love the design, and the headlights - she seems sassy to me. The interior is spacious and you feel like your in a much larger car. There is a lot of leg and head room, I am short and find it comfortable but have taken lots of tall folks around in it and they all agree that it is spacious. But the thing I most love is bragging about my really great gas mileage! I get an easy 48.8 mpg and on a recent trip got 48.5 at 77 mph. Great car! Thanks.
I drive this Prius about 200 miles every week. I average about 55 miles to the gallon depending on the wind here in the Texas Panhandle. I averaged over 50 miles to the gallon when we drove to Salt Lake City and back. This trip was about 2000 miles and in the mountains. There was 4 adults in the car besides our luggage. I drove about 70 miles an hour. We just got back from Virginia. We drove 10 hours one day and 16 hours the next day at about 72 miles an hour. There was 5 of us in the car. Three adults and two children plus our luggage, we averaged about 50 miles to the gallon, and this trip was about 4000 miles. I am very happy with my Prius and wouldn't trade it for any car.
I like the way it drives and handles. It is easy to park and is very reliable. I didn't realise it had a place to store your tools in the back until I had a flat.
I can't think of any way to improve on it. For my purpose it is perfect. I plan on getting another one when I trade this one in.
It is fun to drive with many new toys.
Beter visibiliy to the back of car. Rear camera not to helpful.
This car is so great. Who knew that helping the environment could look and feel so good in a car!!! What a wonderful way to help mother earth. I'm not a tree hugger, but owning this car sure makes me feel like one- currently avging about 45 mpg. Have been up around 50 at one point. Fun to play the mpg game while driving. Safety ratings through the roof- Ive got my 2 kids in the back in their car seats. U need 2 buy this car!!
I am tired of the fact that gas prices are forever climbing so I bought a Toyota Prius. I love the car. It's fun to drive and it is a well made car. I am averaging approx 50 m.p.g. so far this summer. I have about 6000 miles on it now and I have no regrets. I hope toyota keeps their quality forever. I couldn't be more happy with this Toyota Prius. Thank you.
Favorite features on the Prius is the whole car!
The only improvements I would ask for is the drivers seat go back further and the electic battery end of it be stronger. Maybe in a couple years they will have this also.
I will never buy another type or make of vehicle. I love my Prius
Not having to fuel up as much, Bluetooth phone, 6 cd changer, comfort, GPS navigational system.
Make a convertible
This car is just amazing. It has more interior room than our Merc Sable and, with its hatchback design, offers much more versatility. My son recently attended a resident soccer camp and I had no trouble hauling him plus all his stuff for a week plus a refrigerator and all the stuff to put in it. Mileage is sensitive to how you drive the car but I've been able to get 63 mpg on a tank with little effort. We got the full package included navigation which is a godsend for finding obscure soccer fields we have to get to across the state!
Mileage, visibility, sit up high, technology, interior roominess, flexibility, and the great feeling you get from "doing the right thing."
The 2006 has many of the improvements I would like to have had available in our 2005 including a more upscale interior finish (leather seats).
I have driven my 2005 Prius nearly 30K miles and have little to complain about. I average 43/44 MPG on interstate highways at 80 MPH average. Best mileage per tank was 51 MPG. No complaints at my average speed and no problems for the car to handle 90+ MPH. Utility of car is a very pleasant surprise as storage space with rear seats folded down is impressive. Bluetooth doesn't work very well but NAV system is much better than on my wife's Lexus. Wind noice at high speeds is my only complaint as well as "feeling" road surfaces a bit more than larger car. I will gladly accept this tradeoff however for this great car.
Ease of driving, MPG, and turning radius
More cabin insulation and improved Bluetooth functionality.
I like the way the vehicle looks, and drives, especally the CVT. We are averaging 45 mpg with the air conditioning system on constantly, and 50 mpg with the air conditioning off.These mpg figures are for about 75% in town driving, and 25% freeway driving. My wife and I both love this car!
The way it drives, looks, and good mileage
Future models should consider an extra plug in battery so short trips around town can be mae on electric power only.
I purchased my 2006 Prius in July and I am so impressed with this vehicle. I have been averaging around 50 miles per gallon, which is less that what EPA estimates, but still unbelievable. It also has nice pickup and plenty of power. I traded in my SUV and have never been happier with a vehicle. I highly recommend this vehicle.
I love the smart key system. I can leave my keys in my purse and the door just unlocks by itself. Also, being able to turn on the car without a key is pretty cool too.
One of the best purchases we made in our 42 years of marriage! Fun to drive. Consistent 50 mpg - mostly highway miles. Roomy. Nice sound system. Love the back up camera and the constant mpg screen. Love all the controls on the steering wheel - wish that the cruise was there, too. Lots of room when the back seats fold down. Lots of hatchback space. Roomy back seat. Love all the little "cubbies". Really loved the government credit. Would buy another in a blink!