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2006 Toyota Prius - Consumer Reviews

2006 Toyota Prius

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Base 1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic - (251 reviews )

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Dead in Seven Days
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By R. Hauch
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Vehicle

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


Review

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.


Best Features

The excellent fuel economy.


Worst Features

Improve battery capacity to support the various electrical drains or install a switch to disconnect the battery for long term parking.


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Headlight problem
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By Liz
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2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


Review

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!


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

Fix the headlight problem, better lumbar support in front seats, especially driver's seat.


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Fantastic Car in today's economy
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By Scott
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2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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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.


Best Features

GPS, music sound quality, headlights, Info display panel and most importantly unequaled 47-48 real MPG!!


Worst Features

Get rid of the irritating backup "beeper"; Configure driver's seat to allow it to slide back further for taller drivers;


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Shapes of things to come
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By MTPockets
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2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


Review

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.


Best Features

Economy, roominess, build quality & materials, practicalness


Worst Features

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.


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Won't be able to drive a nonhybrid again
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By Aaron
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2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


Review

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.


Best Features

Handsfree bluetooth. Hatch room. Awesome headlights. Lots of compartments and room.


Worst Features

Seats and arms rests need more cushion. Mud flaps and a sunroof would be nice.


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