2006 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: 30,000 Update

2006 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)

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30,000 Update
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2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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!!

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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?
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