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2008 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
the winter drop is beyond expected 5-7 mpg,comfort for 6'2" but agree lumbar support needed, nav is a waste in this day of cell phone nav,don't buy, got 63k on oe tires,some alignment issues, would like to see lineup expanded, apparently in works,have never achieved over 49.5 on highway 70 mph, no some getting 55 mpg at 55 mph
summer mpg,good overall ride for price
seats, nav, model with more volume,
2008 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I bought my '08 Prius, Package II, in March '08. Lifetime average has been 47MPG with over 18k miles/year and mostly highway mileage. It does tend to do 2-5 mpg less in winter. Have owned cars for over 21 years now and this stands out as best car ever for getting from A to B as well as errands. Amazing and misleading amount of storage space.
Excellent MPG, Storage space, technology extras such as the keyless entry.
Needs an adjustable lumbar support and Toyota should supply an approved hitch for bicycle racks; understand it can't tow anything but owners have to go to other companys to buy a hitch to haul a bike - of course it also fits inside!
2008 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
We have only owned our Prius for a short time and I can only say good things about it so far. It handles great in all weather conditions. We live in Wisconsin and experience snow every few days, which has been no problem. Fuel economy is great although slightly lower, but not significantly, in the winter weather. It is a very fun car to drive. I am 6'5" 240 pounds and fit comfortably driving and sitting in the passengers seat. Very roomy. I have not experienced any of the phantom shut offs or anything along those lines. The glare on the screen that people talk about has been a non-issue. The lights being dim on the dash is solved by adjusting the dimmer switch until they are super bright.
Fuel Economy-45 average. A good amount of trunk space. Head room is great for taller drivers and passengers.
The back up beep is a bit annoying I agree. I usually just go in reverse for a few seconds though. :)
Overall, we love this car. We've had it for almost a year and a half. Handles reasonably well in WI winters and also performed very well in the mountains. Averaged 60mpg through Yellowstone National Park while being fully loaded with gear. Plenty of leg room for my 6'1 husband. Would definitely purchase another.
Very roomy for a small car. Better for the environment. Love the features, such as bluetooth, steering wheel controls, and JBL sound system.
The back-up beeping should be audible on the exterior for the times the car is in electric mode. It is annoying to the driver to have it inside! Roomier wheel-well to prevent snow from being packed into it.
Hybrids are the shape of things to come, & from my test drives of available makes, Toy is on top of the game as usual. Driver & passenger comfort good with impressive haul space. Fun driving? Hey, it's a single gear electric car! Here's my honest take of pros & cons. The Prius is a great car for city, flat highways & perfect conditions. Its biggest downside is over engineered aerodynamics. Introduce a hill, kiss your mpg goodbye. Introduce wind, kiss your wife goodbye. Handles snow & ice superbly, gravel & bumps are Kryptonite. A quick car, after the initial hesitation from a standstill. Tires wear 30% faster. Dangerously quiet for pedestrians. Buy the service contract.
MPG, if you practice at it. Very simple to operate. Really this was a great car until we moved to the country. Its downsides are well over shadowed by the upsides. Overall, it's a good step in the right direction & well worth the money.
Backup beep belongs on the outside! Less engineering, more practicality. After 40000, expense to maintain began to out weigh fuel savings. Takeoff hesitation has got to go. Heater stinks. Night time windshield glare. Fabric stains. Finally, put in synthetic gear change sensations so I can breathe.
Wife wanted one. I drive it on weekends and have taken it on a few road trips. Other car is V6 Accord and until Prius were always Honda people. When we bought the Prius, we gave 03 Civic Hybrid to one of our kids. Typical Toyota steering feel, soft, unlike the Hondas so many of us like. Beyond that, great car. Unbelievably spacious, excellent sound system, runs very well at highway speeds, and gets very good gas mileage. I check mpg manually with regularity. The gauge mpg readout can be right on, or off as much as 5% high or low. Same with Civic but not as bad. Have gotten as much as 53 on highway, typically 41-43 in mixed, lower in dead of winter. Would not hesitate to buy another one.
less greenhouse gases per mile, spaciousness, comfort
lose the cheap tires
Since purchasing this car we have had difficulty filling the gas tank. It continually cuts off and just keeps clicking off before we can complete filling the tank. Finally the tank was replaced but we still have the problem. What is the problem. Never had this problem with any other car.
The typical Goodyear Integrity tires are very poor under wet and light snow conditions. My research at Tire Rack confirms my experience. I have decided to install Michelin Primacy MXV4s to increase the safety of driving under all conditions in eastern KS. The navigation suddenly lost its Bluetooth functions on the NAV system screen, no telephone icon anymore.
Put some high quality tires on this type of car, improve the seat sitting quality and add heat to the leather seats. Also improve reliability to the NAV system.
I must admit that my biggest concern about trading my Jeep for a Prius was the extreme Chicago winters. Yes, the clearance is much lower, but I never once missed work because I could get through the snow. The interior is roomy and very well laid out. While it won't win any drag races, it has more than enough power to drive comfortably in any traffic condition. I will definitely buy another for my next car.
Gas Mileage, Ride, Comfort, Interior Features, Keyless entry, GPS, Bluetooth, flip down back seats.
I would love a sunroof (2010 has it). I wish the GPS system could be operated by a passenger while the car was in motion. Outer ring of wheel cover came off and have noticed that on other Prius' as well.
Love the Toyota Prius, but the tire wear on the original tires is terrible. I will not have my car serviced at a dealer; Sullivan Tire told me that the rear end needed shimming fresh out of the factory. I confronted the dealer and they said "that may be the case, but Toyota will not do anything about it." The tires need replacing after 32000 miles. The car isn't 2 years old yet and already I have to spend $950.
Do something about alignment, balancing and admit Toyota messed up.
It's been exactly 1 year and just shy of 20000 miles, and my little blue "bug" just skitters right along, worth every dime! It still gets 50+ mpg, not one problem or glitch, and there's a big plenty of room for the upright bass, a passenger, and other guitars, banjos, fiddles - well, you know what I mean. We had some bitterly cold weather, and "little blue" stayed warm & toasty & CHEAP to run. The only "green" reason for me buying this vehicle was the "green" that I save at the pump, on maintenance... and oh, by the way, the "green" color some people's eyes turn when they see and ride in it! Ha! I love it! I used to think these vehicles were ugly, ugly, ugly - but not any more...
The hatchback, how the back seats fold down flat to make lots of room, MILEAGE (of course),reliability, comfort, fit & finish...
You know, there really isn't anything, except maybe an easier-to-operate navigation thingy (I know, I know - I am a blonde, so what did you expect??)
This is my wife and my 2nd Prius. We also own a 2004. It has 62,000 mi and has averaged 47-48 mpg combined city/hwy. I currently have 4400 mi on the new one and am averaging 52+ mpg combined city/hwy. I regularly get 54-55 mpg city by using the surging technique. Hwy mileage for both cars is 51-52 mpg going 65 (I know that's slow by todays stds) w/air conditioning on. We both like the finish of the car. And, they are fun to drive. They have an amazing amount of room inside for the size of the car. Our 6'-5" sons can sit behind us (I'm 6'-2") and have knee room. Head room is a little tight due to the slopping roof line though.
Mileage is the favorite feature. But, the overall finish of the car is great. We also have gotten to really like the gps and 6 CD player. My golf clubs fit nicely in the back. I've driven and ridden in a Civic Hybrid. Very nice but the Prius takes the technology to the next level.
Can't think of anything to improve. For an economic mid-size car I wouldn't have anything else.
I've had this car for almost a year and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I've hauled some things with it as well. When my co-workers and I go out for lunch, we use my car cause "I'm saving the planet".
Teaches you how to drive proper. Nice look. Fuel savings. Nice display screen.
Fuel gauge inaccurate at times, especially when only filling 1/4 full. Annoying backup beeping. Split rear window. Cruise control won't stay on after you re-start the car if you've had it on before powering off.
I had a 2004 Chevy Silverado and now I drive a Prius and I do not miss the truck. I ordered mine with PKG #3 and it is Black with gray interior. For anyone thinking about buying this car you have to take one for a ride . All I can say it is incredible, it handles great and gives a surprisingly great big car ride. Gas mileage is just mind blowing for me going from a truck, I avg 51 mpg and have driven it so far 15000 miles. I am 6' tall and I have no trouble driving it. I also tried the Honda Civic and didn't like the car at all. Get the Prius you will not regret it. Great little car.
Smart key, gas mileage, awesome hybrid technology. Well built vehicle. Bluetooth hands free phone.
Auto lights, better stereo but I have the JBL and it is ok. I can't really think of anything else.
Just to report back that after 15,512 miles, 325.92 gallons of gas later (47.59 mpg), I still love this car. The car reports 48.86 mpg, slightly optimistic than what I've been getting. There is no problem to date. I took it to dealer once for oil change at 5K and have been doing it myself since. I will buy the plug-in version with Lithium-ion battery when it come out. This car is not perfect, but come close.
Key-less feature, bluetooth, audio system, roominess, economical.
Front seat knee room. The dash board stick out too low and too far for tall/long leg people. Front seat travel further. Larger battery pack.
I've wanted a Prius for years, but haven't acted on it because of the unavailability (so it seems). Then I saw one at a local car lot. Since my daughter recently started driving, I jumped on it so I could give her my old Volvo. I didn't get a screamin' deal, but it was the color I loved and low mileage for a used 2008 Prius. (Supposedly, the former owner was a big guy and didn't feel comfortable in it.) As for me, I love it! It's a blast to drive, sturdier than I thought, mileage is excellent (55-58 mpg around town), and comfortable. The front window is like a big screen t.v. I drive slower too which is a good thing for me. I've not had buyer's remorse at all. I'm very pleased with this car.
High mileage, good warranty on batteries, when in electric drive mode, mica color, solid feel (for a Toyota), steering wheel size and grip, computer screen, has arm rest, the view out the front window
Speaker quality, make it easier to get leather interior, iPod setup and back bumper protector are standard features
My Ford Escape averaged 20mpg. I prepared a spreadsheet to compare fuel and cost savings with my new Prius. Everytime I fill up I write down the price per gallon, no. of gallons purchased, total cost of fuel, and no of miles traveled. So far, we've driven the Prius 3,500 miles and averaged 45 mpg, with a total cost savings of $365.00 and 97 gallons of fuel. Just think of the fuel and money we can save if those of us that don't need a truck or larger SUV any longer. I've hauled loads of potting soil, mulch and pots in the back of the Prius without any problems. It's time to reduce the amount of oil we consume where possible.
Ease of handling, plenty of room front, back and in hatchback area, fuel savings, and it's just fun to drive.
Better quality material for seats and paint.
My minivan died a week ago and I was forced to buy a new car a year before I really wanted to. I had been looking at the Prius and luckily for me, the dealer had one in stock - my color and package 6. I wasn't sure if I wanted all the extras in package 6, but I'm sure glad I got them. I live in South Florida and have only had the car 5 days, so the air conditioning has been on non-stop (78 degrees) since I got it. I'm on my first full tank of gas, and after about 115 miles I'm averaging just over 50 mpg. Can't wait to see what the mpg is when I don't need A/C (if it ever gets that cool here).
GPS is fast and great - must nicer than my old handheld unit. Love to watch the fuel consumption display. I'm a computer geek so all the electronics are a joy for me (smart key, dash, etc.).
I don't care for the split rear window - it's a little difficult to see out the back.
More than I expected. Much better mileage than advertised. EPA estimators need to get a grip! Have averaged over 51 mpg - and I live in the "Hill City" (Lynchburg, VA)! Excellent handing, loads of room for everyone and your extra toys. Battery charging is slower than expected, but no problems. Never had so much as a hiccup with the engine, powertrain, or gauges. After 10,000 miles, this is easily the best car I have ever owned. Love the safety features, except for the backup beeping! Good thing I found out how to turn it off. :) No user serviceable parts, which is a drag; you have to take it to the dealer. Overall, it's a fun car as well as extremely efficient.
The audio is unbelievable! No gears! ABS and VCS work as advertised. Excellent interior design, with plenty of room. Controls for audio and climate control on steering wheel. And of course, the gas mileage is incredible; over 50 even at 60 mph on hilly highways!
The steering column has to be telescopic. Very uncomfortable on the highway. Make the drivers seat height adjustable. Idiot lights should be dimmable just as the console and LCD readouts. Annoying at night to see bright lights, such as the ready, A/C auto, etc. No user serviceable parts! Arghh!
Now that we have three months of driving our new Prius, we really enjoy driving it. Have taken a few road trips and it has performed very well. The mileage keeps on improving and I think the reason is that we are adjusting our driving habits. Our second vehicle is a Toyota Avalon and at times we forget which vehicle we are riding in. Remarkable automobile and we just love it. We will wait for the new generation of Prius with its 100 mpg possibility.
The high seating give you great visibility, the rear view camera is great, the smart key system is helpful when its raining it makes entry into the auto quicker than normal. The hatchback it wonderful when storing luggage
It would be great if Toyota develops a kit that would increase the battery charge because I would think it would give the present model more mpg. I found that if the battery shows full charge you may drive the vehicle below 40 mph for many miles, rather when it is not.
Replaced an aging Jeep Wrangler with the Prius, and never looked back ... except to remove the Thule roof rack & install it on the Prius. This way, I can carry a kayak & 2 bikes at once. Hence "Amphi-Prius" It's the most basic model, right off the lot, but light years ahead of the old Jeep. Great Fun! Quiet, smooth, roomy. Terrific A/C. Now that I've got the technique down, am consistently getting 63 MPG (!) at moderate speeds on secondary roads.
MPG! Stereo, auto-door locks, aerodynamics, "smart" face @ front-end! MPG drops during the winter, but am so spoiled that 50 MPG seems low. I keep cars a long time, & hope to keep this one forever.
I miss the heck out of shifting through a 5-speed; but the CVT (continuously variable transmission) is its own world. I miss a sunroof. Couldn't that have been produced while maintaining the low drag coefficient? Wish a 2-dr. hatch body were available, while maintaining same dimensions.
I just love my Prius! I really don't have a single complaint. I deliberated whether I would wait another year before trying a 2009 but I couldn't. Mileage is great, great room, great for long trips.
GPS, interior room, styling.
LiOn batteries .
I only had to wait 2 weeks for my Prius. The gas mileage is the obvious reason you buy this car but you will be pleased find out it's not just some cheap economy car. It's roomy inside and has lots of cool features. When I first got the car, I was averaging 47 mpg. Now, with the help of a few websites, I am actually learning how to drive the car and achieve better results. On my last tank, I got 54 mpg. Buy this car if you can find one. You won't regret it.
The gas mileage and the electronic read-out Toyota gives you to track your mileage.
I wish the battery was more than just an aid to the gas engine. There has to be a way to get the car warmed up faster. The mileage is horrible for the first 5-10 minutes.
"Everything about the 2008 Prius is great! I ordered mine and have had it now for 3 months. It just keeps getting better. I am averaging 52.6 - 53.4 miles a gallon, "WOW" did I say that loud enough "WOW"!!! I have package # 6. Before I ordered my 2008 Prius I read many reviews, what surprised me was how folks said the break in the back window bothered them. I am 5' 9'' and in no way is it in my way. They also spoke about the back up signal beeping. It's no big deal, I do kinda wonder why they made the sound inside versus on the outside. I have been so pleased with the car over all. I have told my family and friends all about my new 2008 Prius, they have ALL been impressed.
I love the ride (so smooth), the leather seats, the GPS that is built in, the Blue Tooth phone system, the Six CD Changer, and how roomy the back seat is to ride in. I know when I read what others had written I went and test drove one and ordered it the same day. I left the Chrysler 300 HEMI C.
No improvements that I can think of now.
I could write on and on about how much we like our car. In an effort to be brief I'll offer the items that could be improved. The A/C system is underpowered, It takes 15min to get a chill on during bright summer's day. Next I've never been able to put more than 10.5 gallons in the tank (specs put it at 11.9 gallons). The 10.5 was only after we ran out of gas and ran on electric for a half mile. Lastly this car gets blown around in crosswinds. If you're not paying attention you could end up in another lane.
47 mpg overall, sneaking up on people in parking lots (they never hear you coming).
Upgrade the a/c system.
Worth all the fuss to get this car. Quite comfortable. More legroom in the back than larger cars. Fuel economy is very good but not what is stated. Getting about 40 mpg so far but drive in a hilly area. Very happy with my new Prius.
Navigation system with all of its features. Backup camera. Bluetooth.
Needs power seats and power seat memory button. Also would like auto door locks.
I Am a home nurse in a very rural county and just love the mpg that I get. My husband and I try to see who can get the best mpg but I don't let him drive it very often though. I just love this car. We have owned Toyotas for years and this one is no disappointment at all.
No back-up beepe.r More comfortable seats with more adjustments.
I've had my Prius (pkg 2) for about 2 weeks and absolutely love it. My previous car was a small SUV. I'm getting more than double the gas mileage, with an average so far of 52 mpg per the car's computer, and slightly higher on my own calculation. Acceleration is more than adequate, even when entering the freeway with the a/c on. I'm impressed with the cargo space. I have a couple of 50 lb dogs who occasionally like to get wet/dirty; I thought I "needed" an SUV for this reason, but the Prius has been great (with the addition of a washable cargo area liner). It's easy to get dogs in/out and there is ample space for them to ride (the floor space is equivalent to my small SUV).
Hatchback design with ample cargo room, smart key system, steering wheel controls, MP3/iPod plug-in, fuel efficiency, lower emissions
Replace fabric on armrests with a more durable, cleanable material. No problems yet, but it looks like it could become shabby after a couple of years of use.
My soulmate wasn't sure about trading her Ford Escape, 20 mpg, since she loved the amount of rear storage space. After less than a week, she loves it. We were on a waiting list for 7 weeks for our Silver Pine, Pkg 2 Prius. The first two fill ups averaged 44.4 mpg which will get much better as we learn how to manage better fuel economy. The ride is wonderful, sound system very good, and it handles very well. With today's fuel prices I can't understand why other auto companies didn't develop a decent hybrid. Toyota will be laughing all the way to the bank for several years to come.
Fuel economy, very little road noise, smart key, rear view monitor when in reverse, no blind spots to speak of, ease of handling and it does cruise down the highway without any problems.
I'd suggest improvement in paint quality and colors.
I have had my Prius for 10 months and I never looked back. Sold my (lemon) Audi A6 and my new prius is great. Truly a smart car. Love the smart Key, gas mileage. Passing the gas stations all the time. Everyone who gets in the car also comments how roomy the inside is. If you're thinking about it, stop thinking and do it!
Sun roof or convertible.
Love nearly everything about the car. my only 2 complaints are the paint. It scratches sooooo easy, have the keyless entry and the door handle areas are all scratched badly, and I have short nails. As well as any place that is barely bumped, mirrors, door jams hood etc. and the interior doors the material cuts, dents easily too. Otherwise great car.
Controls on steering wheel, bluetooth phone.
Make decent paint that stays on.
After 4000 miles our total mpg. is 51.3 - this calculated using paper and pencil, not the mileage computer in the car. Even on the interstate we average 48+ mpg at 70 to 74 mph. The Prius mileage computer is close to accurate, claiming my mpg. for 4000 miles to be 52.1. My shoulder is sore from patting myself on the back for deciding to buy when I did.
Quiet operation; I'm deaf, and wear powerful hearing aids. Very little road and wind noise compared to most high mpg autos.
Inside trunk/hatch release. Telescoping steering wheel. Disc brakes on rear wheels.
I bought my Prius in April off the show room floor as I was working about 30 miles from home. I love the gas mileage I have been getting. Depending on how fast I drive, weather and weight, I have been averaging about 48-55 mpg. It is also fun to stop at the gas station and buy a pop instead of gas. I am not sorry I bought this. 2 of my co workers have also bought a hybrid as they were impressed with all the features, leg room, quiet, etc. Love it.
Smart key, reverse camera, touch screen, buttons on steering wheel, MPG quiet.
Hard to put gas in gas tank, blows back and pours out if too full. Better tires. Better door panels, I already have a couple of scratches.
Driving the Prius is a pleasure. We have not had any problems with it. It generates a lot of interest with our friends, especially the low gas mileage. Our most expensive trip to the gas station thus far has been $30 even at $4.00/gal. I drive 25 mi each way to work on the freeway. I fill the tank every week and a half. We take the Prius when we go out on the weekends and really feel like we are helping the environment and our budget. We are glad we have this car and that we bought it when we did.
Low gas bills. The Smart Key system. Comfortable back seat for our tall family.
No complaints in the 7 months we have owned our Prius. Maybe the backseats could be a little better cushioned.
Last 20 years have owned Loaded Astro vans Areo-Stars, Windstars, and traded a 1 year old Free-Star for my pride and joy. I owned 2 large auto body shops and have always admired Toyota construction and quality. I can't say enough about this car. My last 4 tanks (90% local) have given me 50.5 MPG. The car is perfect. I am 6 foot and very stiff from 3 back operations and get in and out ok.
Smart Key, quality of workmanship, ride, style, MPG.
Toyota has produced a car that provides roominess, comfort and performance. Most importantly, it does so with great gas mileage and a lowered carbon footprint. Fun to drive, flexibility of a hatchback, and loads of safety features. They hit a home run with this one!
Bluetooth setup. Backup camera. Lots of storage slots.
Once battery technology catches up, make it a pluggable!
I replaced our 2005 BMW convertable with our 2008 Prius. My wife and I are enjoying the change except on occasion we miss having the top down. One day Toyota will build a hybrid convertible. The Prius is an amazing auto, when driving it you feel like you are driving large vehicle. Your mileage will vary on how you drive. If you drive it with a heavy foot and stomp on the accelarator and jump on the brakes your mpg is going to suffer. If you drive how the auto school advised, your mpg will be better than expectied.
Smart key is great, just walk up to the vehicle and open the door. Rear camera is a safety item, I am impressed with the visibility. Leather seats very comforable. Mxp 3 jack great
Wish we could adjust the seat height. Would like to have headlights be auto on and off.
We've had the Prius (package #2) for three weeks (~ 1200 miles). It's a very nice, comfortable car. It doesn't take long to get adjusted to the different controls. It feels very solid on the road and handles nicely. The acceleration isn't great, but certainly good enough for all reasonable driving, including freeway. The gas mileage has been outstanding, 50 - 53 mpg overall.
Handles well, very comfortable and quiet.
Some sort of coating on the touch screen so it doesn't show finger prints so easily.
What can I say, this car is very roomy inside (if you're a skeptic, go test drive one, you will be pleasantly surprised!), it is reliable, economical and it looks great! I bought it just in time as the price of gas was really beginning to climb and now I am at the gas station once every 3 weeks. It may be a little pricier than other vehicles, but it makes up for it at the pump. Buy this car and become environmentally and financially smart. This car is a 10.
This car is peppy and roomy. I love the back up camera!!
I can't think of one thing!
Got rid of my relatively new Audi A6 with every option for a loaded '08 Prius a couple of weeks ago. Couldn't be happier. Maybe I am being small-minded [averaging 48 MPG of regular gas], but the car is fun to drive, holds the highway/road, and no difficult electronics.
Dash and gas mileage.
Tilt at least driver's seat - feels like it is pitching me forward (only complaint).
Oh man this car rocks. The only thing I don't like is the acceleration of the electric engine. You can only accelerate so much then boom gas. But still it could use like a 60hp electric engine instead of 40hp to give it more acceleration without using gas. It gets great mileage and we fill $41 at $4.22 a gal. Only about 9.75 gallons. This car rocks. Buy it NOW! The waiting lists are rising! Best hybrid yet!
Design, internal design, looks, and quietness!
A more powerful electric motor. We have a 40hp electric motor. I would like a 60hp electric engine to get better gas mileage.
Get 47.8 to 55.3 MPG. Package 3 that has more features than the car it replaced. Comfy ride everywhere I go. Sound heavy vehicle that is very smooth and fun to drive. Wasn't interested at first because thought it was too small until I test drove one. Very impressed with what I saw, and walked away that day with one!
All of the extra drawers! Smart key and back up camera are fab!
Only has 2 plug ports (one in console & one in front). Wish it had one in trunk area for long rides and electric cooler.
I purchased my 2008 Prius in November of 2007 and now have just over 12,000 miles on it. I average between 46 and 50 mpg. It does a little better on highway trips. The car has plenty of room too. In March I took a trip with three other people to Charleston, SC from Ashburn, VA. With four people in the car + luggage the Prius averaged 47 mpg. I cannot say enough good things about this car. Since I have purchased my Prius at least 4 co-workers have purchased hybrid cars because they were so impressed with mine. If you are looking for a new car, go ahead and buy a Prius. You will not regret it.
Gas mileage. Plenty of storage space. Very "green" car.
Stronger door panels. I have small dents in three of the four doors. Probably from someone hitting it with their door in a parking lot.
My goal of purchase: 10 years of ownership same or better than non-hybrid and I save >1/2 CO2, then it is a good purchase. And this car does just that, and then some. It's fun to drive (as intended, not in the same sense as BMW) and as practical as any family sedan of its size. I kept up with V8 cars to snow trip without degrading MPG. I drove up Grapevine, CA, full load full blast of air with the same MPG. I got 47mpg for ~12000 miles of driving. No problem todate. Toyota has met design goal: practical green family car.
Pkg4: emit the least CO2, smartkey, audio, homelink, bluetooth, and the ability to drive purely on battery in parking lot.
Firmware could be tweaked for better acceleration (use more battery instead of charging it) from 0 to 35 mph when driving lightfooted on flat terrain and battery is charged to improve driving experience. Instruction on programming: press power button twice while NOT stepping on brake.
While I wasn't crazy about the exterior design, my research helped me decide based upon other positive features and ease of getting in and out. I am delighted w/my Prius. It holds the road well, maneuvers in traffic well. Solid sounding door closure. Mileage is better when not doing a lot of hwy. drvg. I compute mileage by the tank and have gotten as much as 412 miles to a tank of gas and as little as 308. The specs say it's an 11.9 gallon tank, but from empty, I've never been able to put more than 8.8 gallons in it. That equates to 35 to 46.81 mpg. It sure beats the 17 mpg I was getting in my minivan. I also love people asking me about it. I could be a Prius salesperson.
Mileage, smart key, sound system (6-disc CD, 9 spkrs, aux. plug for my MP3), bluetooth, cupholders, rear legroom, information touchscreen (I call it the robo-brain), navigation system, backup camera, split rear seats for extra cargo.
Weight restriction (810 lb. capacity, including cargo)
Bought our car one month ago. Quiet, responsive, and fun to drive. First gas fill 41.2 mpg, second fill 43.7 mpg (both hand calculated). Friends are impressed with the room inside this car. When someone reports bad acceleration with their Prius, I wonder what they expect. I can pull into heavy traffic on the freeway, and have no trouble accelerating. I've hauled dirt in the back (plastic tub) and concrete blocks. It is a good all around vehicle. Wish I could put a trailer hitch on the back. Our second Toyota, probably not our last. (still have my GMC diesel pickup) for pulling the boat and camper. Would not be afraid to travel cross country in this car. One fine car.
Fuel economy, handling, interior room, in dash data monitor, steering wheel buttons to control different functions, radio, heating/air conditioning etc.
Brighter data in dash screen when lights are on during the day. More adjustments for steering wheel, drivers seat. More 12 volt power sockets (one in rear). Compass for direction of travel. Increase production and shipping to dealers.
With gas around $4 it was definitely time to get a more fuel efficient car. The great thing is that we don't feel we're sacrificing anything in the way of comfort, ride, or handling. It is truly an enjoyable experience and we can't wait to see what the next generations of hybrids bring.
Gas mileage, exterior design, keyless remote, roomy.
I'll buy the plug-in hybrid if it comes out!
I am writing a re-review because this car is just super.Our Prius is with packages and option #2. Option #2 makes it one great car. We have driven it for a week and have over 300 miles on it and are getting 49.6 MPG, without trying, just driving. The no key system is great. Stereo sounds great. Like the back-up camera (but car is not that hard to see out of) really like the energy useage screen. The Prius is so high tech all on touch screen and also on steering wheel. Very easy to operate, only takes a couple of times driving and you are set. Just wish I could get my wife out of the prius so I can drive it. HaHa
Keyless control. Climate control. Back up camera and great stereo, also MPG.
Maybe a better riding tire, but the originals are not bad.
I just got my new Prius with packages, and #2 It is one great car. Chances the way you drive. The Prius handles very well and gets great MPG. It has real good pick up on the interstate. There is ample room in the hatch back. I am sure glad I got this car with gas going out of sight.
Touch screen. Back up camera. Comfort control. MPG
Better riding tires.
I should have done this years ago. I traded in a 1 1/2 year old Lexus ES350 and couldn't be happier. The Prius is comfortable, quick, practical, economical, and a blast to drive. The color is Spectra blue mica which is rare, and I get stares from everyone. I make up excuses to my wife to drive it as much as possible. I felt that the Lexus was a great car but a little too old for me. It's great to be young again and I owe it all to Toyota. If you test drive this car, you will buy it if you can find one available. You will have no regrets and you will laugh all the way to the gas station.
Bluetooth, navigation, hatchback design, JBL sound system, XM radio, Smart Key, MPG, MPG, MPG.
I hesitated about buying the car but my 85 year old father insisted I look. I was very pleased once I got in and took it for a drive. Like some others, I'm not bowled over by my mileage - high 30s - but it's better than my old SUV. Someone called the look of this car "a Middle School science experiment" and I can't disagree. I hope they "update" the exterior with future models. Good purchase, happy about it, but a bit disappointed with my less-than-advertised MPG.
Bluetooth, room, quiet, environmental features, sound system, seat warmers, quiet.
The nav/phone system needs to be more "user friendly," wish my iPod didn't have to live in the center console, electric seats, improved/updated exterior design.
We fell in love with this car since we got one as a loaner when I took my brother's Scion in for service. This car is simply awesome! I'm getting 49 mpg mostly city driving. It's quiet and comfortable and it has lots of gadgets to play with. We went with a package 5 which has everything but leather seats. We'd have gotten the leather if it's heated. It has bluetooth, backup camera, a super clear touchscreen (best i've seen), JBL stereo, HID headlight, smart key, navigation, etc. It's not that expensive either, considering it has so much to offer.
Bluetooth, smart key, HID headlights, navigation.
Heated leather seats. IPod interface. A trip computer that gives more detail like "distance to empty", average speed, tire pressure monitor
I purchased my 2008 metalic red prius 5-20-08 with only 5miles on the odometer. My first 100 miles city driving I'm averaging 51.5 mpg. This car is by far the best valued auto. The car is very roomy with a lot of leg room front and back. The seats are very comfortable and a lot of storage. My only complaint is that there is no compass on the mirror which I had on my Saturn 3-Ion which I traded for the Prius. However- I love-love- the Prius.
Compared to my new '06 Honda Civic Hybrid my new '08 Pkg 2 Prius is wonderful. I dumped the '06 HCH after just 5 months I've had this Toyota now 6 months and 19,000 miles. Handles like a real car while the Civic didn't. The Prius is a great all-around solid and upright car. Fuzzy beige cloth gets nasty if you drive a lot like me. Overall, kudos to Toyota. I get 43 mpg at 80 mph freeway speeds and 59 to 61mpg running it at 55 mph on state highways with 48 mpg overall avg so far.
Super MPG. Fabulous resale value. Upright seating positions and comfy for 4 adults. Fold-down rear seats reveal a flat floor to the back of the car for great carrying capacity. Handles better than expected for a state-of-the art aero chassis/body package riding on low rolling resistance tires.
Sliding sun visors. And factory leather any pkg except base. Beige cloth gets dirty too easily.
What a cutie-pie!! I was going for a new CR-V but the Prius was the same price. It totes my upright bass + banjo, guitar, etc., as needed. 51- 53 mpg with no special effort, very cool. Try it, you'll like it! Package 5 works well.
The gas-mileage monitor, room for everything, hidey-holes for all the "stuff".
Can't think of a cotton-pickin' thing
I bought a 2008 Prius 3 weeks ago. In most respects it has far exceeded my expectations. The fit and finish is first rate. It is comfortable for 4 real adults to sit in. The leather is quite nice and comfortable. The bluetooth works very well. As for mileage, I have 900 miles on the car. I live in the country where there are lots of hills. This past week I had to drive for 5 days between liberty and poughkeepsie, ny for a distance of 57 miles. My average mpg was 56 (no B.S.). After 400 miles I put 7 gals. of gas in the tank. It is quiet with no wind noise from the windows. The car does things that no other car does. The nav is good although I like the software on my honda pilot better.
Smooth, quite fuel efficient ride, real room for 4, bluetooth, nav.
More user friendly nav software.
This is my 4th Prius. Started in 05 and traded every year since (I used to drive Marquis). Trade in value excellent, my mileage usually ranges between 44 - 46 mpg calculating miles driven divided by # of gallons (the display on all 4 I've owned is a little optimistic). It holds the road great and has enough get up and go when you need it to get on highways, etc. I wish it had a moonroof option but as far as performance - I'll put my Prius up against any other compact car in it's class - and alot of intermediate size cars too. Comfortable enough for long trips - but remember this is an "on road" vehicle. Can't pull itself out of much of anything but on asphalt it's the best in the world.
Fuel economy, insurance savings, low emissions, bluetooth (though it drops from time to time), Smart Key, safety rating, back up camera, re-sale/trade value (incredible) and all the little cubby holes to stash stuff. Getting nearly 500 miles on a tank of gas is a great feature too!
Better rear visibility (I add the little, round blind spot mirrors to the side view mirrors). Would like moonroof it it doesn't compromise any gas mileage, auto door locks and electric seats would be nice but again not if the extra weight effects fuel economy. 12 volt plugs for back seat
I have been a proud Prius owner for two weeks and I can honestly say this is the best car I have ever owned. I love the way you can monitor how your car is utilizing its energy. I still need some work with my city driving since I'm "only" getting 42.0 mpg vs 48.0 for mixed/highway. It's also quiet and fun to drive. With gas prices over $4.00 a gallon in CA, I don't understand why anyone would buy any other car. My husband is now shopping around for his own Prius.
The energy monitor screen. Roomy interior. Keyless entry and starting system. Gas mileage!!
Not much. Maybe a navigation system which allows you to use it while driving; bluetooth in lower models.
I traded in a performance luxury sedan (of the 3-letter ilk) expecting to make concessions in reducing my carbon footprint. I found that this vehicle, while not as zippy or cornering-agile, was as comfortable, spacious, and amenity-rich (Package #6) as any of my previous vehicles. It also boasts the best MPG (49 Hwy, 46 Cty) of any of my previous vehicles including my beloved Honda CRX in the 80s. As oil approaches $200/barrel, the demand for the Prius will increase and it will hold its value longer, adding to its appeal. I enjoy driving it more than any other car I've had (and Ive owned 25!). I remain excited to see the next model which I hope will include the improvements below.
Eco-friendly and a revolutionary social impact from the auto sector. This car makes an historic statement. Incredible space considering the unassuming size. Fold-down seats provide ample room for hauling large items. Back-up camera. Incomparable MPG unless you opt for a $100K Tesla.
Sun roof. Roadster? 100+MPG (I know you can do it Toyota!) All electric mode. Better handling without compromising MPG. Better exterior design. Hybrid X looks great. Use these lines.
Very helpful dealership. I went to them just because our son was looking at trading in his Toyota pickup for the new model. My husband ask me to look at a car he had seen in the lot. I got inside, and was surprised at the leg room. So we asked to take it out on a test drive. It was everything consumers reported and more. Great pickup, and maneuverability. It passes out vehicles who think it is small, and therefore not fast. Cars hugging my back end are left in the dust. Took it to bar harbor Maine, and used only 4 tenths of a tank of gas. When we are ready to trade in, we will get another. It is the best vehicle we've owned in 48 and 1/2 years of marriage.
Comfort and ability to go far on one tank of gas.
Manual explaining how to use the GPS needs to be better written.
I purchased this vehicle in March 2008. I really liked the Prius after renting one from Hertz for a week. MPG ranged from 44 lowest to 59 the highest. I purchased model 1224-base with Package#2 and factory installed leather-LA90 option. The leather seats offer great support, and are very comfortable. The car has good pick-up especially when merging on the interstate. I'm sorry I waited so long to make the purchase, even though I was able to buy under MSRP.
Smart Key and back-up camera in PKG#2
Day time running lights.
We are very happy with our decision to buy a Prius. It was an expensive jump up in cost for our limited budget, but it will be worth it. They have a great resale value and that helps a lot. The electric steering is reassuringly precise and solid; I love it that way. The car is tight and has a very solid feeling. Lots of room + lots of cargo potential. The rear seats are a breeze to flip down, even from the back end of the car. It's built on the Camry chassis!
The display screen with all of its info is great. Driving performance is quite good. Roomy interior. Quality of the car.
Take the HVAC controls off the display screen and put them on the dash somewhere by themselves. It's a hassle to have to scroll through the screen to make simple heating/cooling adjustments. Offer a power seat(s) option and make a manual seat height device standard equipment (as the Corolla has).
It's a very smooth ride. It was much better then I had anticipated when buying the Prius. Excellent mileage! The rear view visibility isn't the greatest but it really isn't terrible either.
It's super roomy! Super smart! Love the gadgets especially the back up camera!
Leather seats would be nice as an option. Also more driver seat adjustments. Other then that no complaints.
I bought this car in April and I love it. I didn't want a hybrid at all, but my husband pressured me to at least look at it and I fell in love with it. It is so fun to drive! And I am addicted to watching my mileage on that display screen. After driving it for three weeks, I have really learned how to "drive smart" to save gas. It's cute and sexy all at the same time, with plenty of room for my two year old and all his gear. He keeps asking if he can watch Elmo on the touch screen. Sorry buddy, this is mommy's car! I love to make fun of my friends who are getting 12 mpg in their SUVs. Purchasing a Prius is a no-brainer in this day and age of high gas prices. No regrets!
Love the keyless entry and start. The keys just have to be in my purse so I no longer have to dig around for them. The back-up cam and cute little gear shift is fun. Love watching the mpg on the screen.
I wish the headlights turned on automatically like my old car did. A few more features in the driver's seat would be nice like lumbar adjustment, etc. Finally, that split rear window did take a little getting used to. But my "favorite features" definitely outweigh the "suggested improvements."
My new Prius is now two weeks old and has 700 miles on it. What a great car! Incredibly quiet, even when the gas engine kicks in. I am already getting over 50 MPG with a car that has plenty of zip when you want it. I am most impressed with the interior room and the seamless operation of the power train. The CVT is very smooth and quiet in its operation. After reading other reviews I was concerned the seats might be uncomfortable but have not found this to be the case. Very good back support. My wife feels the ride is choppy compared to the Chrysler van we have been driving but under most road conditions it is fine. I must admit I am finding excuses to go places in it!
Smart key system, Bluetooth phone setup, smooth, quiet operation of vehicle, interior room, backup camera. steering wheel controls, JBL stereo system with 6 CD changer, video console display, all the storage spaces including the double glove compartment, super paint job.
Power seats with height adjustment; more durable upholstery (it looks and feels great but scuffs easily - I transport my grandchildren in car seats and have had to put towels under the seats to protect the upholstery).
It is what it is, fuel efficient, not pretty, reliable, roomy for an econo box, and echo friendly. I've slowed my driving pace substantially from the past and I'm playing the "computer get the mileage up" game, but getting 39 MPG. Not complaining, but how others are getting over 45 MPG is hard to believe. I wouldn't want to drive in line behind them.
Fuel economy, roomyness, information screen, camera, reliability, storage.
Seats could be more comfortable, sun roof even if it costs fuel economy.
I traded a 2005 Avalon for this car. A bit apprehensive at first, not anymore. My second car is a 2007 Corvette and my wife and I fight for who gets the Prius. I am 6'2 230 and have adequate room, total volume is more than adequate. Gas mileage after 3000+ is over 50 best was 57.3 worst 43.8 (was driving it like my vette... fast). Mostly highway driving, very smooth surprising power. We are educating ourselves how to get good mileage with the consumption readout. This car is FUN to drive, fun to own, safe with all the safety features, helps the environment by reducing emissions and fuel useage. We figure in 2 years it will pay for itself. Recently we sold our 3rd vechile 2005 tundra. *smiles*
The gorgeous Spectra Blue is a head turner. Navigation system, blue tooth for our cells, information readouts, comfortable ride, quiet ride, the option 6 package. Gas mileage, heck I could go on forever, acceleration ( that was a bonus). In general the ease of running the car... simple but elegant.
The XM radio keeps going in and out, hopefully when I bring it to the dealer on its 5000 they will fix it.
After much consideration and research we took delivery of a new Prius a week ago. We're delighted with the car after just the past week. We have gotten 53.7 mpg on the first fill up and haven't really fully learned how best to manage the gas pedal! We chose a package #2 vehicle and had it sent out to be fitted with the leather interior. We have spent most of the past 25 years driving european cars, many which were BMW and Volvos. No one would confuse the Prius with the aforementioned but the build quality, materials, ride, design and technology are exceptional. We couldn't be happier.
Back up camera, fold down seat configuration/hatch back. Control panel, interior design and generous interior space.
More attractive wheel/tire package.
I am a first time Toyota owner happily surprised with quality. My previous car only got 28 mpg, even if I get bad mileage on Prius it is still above best on the previous car. Very impressed with mileage over 51 mpg first tank, computer says second tank over 50 mpg. Lots of leg room, 6 foot son sits in back with out complaining
Inside automatic temperature control, no key to insert.
More power outlets for phone, laptop, games, etc. Bluetooth without option 6.
When gas prices hit 4 bucks a gallon in San Francisco area, that was it. Bye bye Lexus, Hello Prius. Since I am a Lexus owner, was already familiar with Toyota build and quality. I learned to drive without the lead foot and after a week, I am still at 51 mpg. It is important to use the cruise control when trying to coax a few more mpg on the freeway. My wife and I find the car very fun to drive. We look at the energy and the consumption gauges frequently and try to stay over 50 MPG. Love it.
MPG! MPG! Its interior is roomy and the trunk/hatchback provides lots of space.
I would like leather as an option without everything on package 6. Other then that, it's well designed. I know some hate the split window in the hatchback but it doesn't bother me much.
I have about 3,000 miles on my 2008 Prius (package # 6) and I can't recommend it enough. This is the best car I have ever had. I've mastered the glide and coast and am averaging about 60 MPG on my local drives and about 53 MPG on the longer highway drives. Your mileage will vary greatly depending on what kind of driving style you have and routes you take.
All the extra features like JBL sound system, consumption meter, backup camera, etc. Five star government safety rating and side curtain airbags are a great comfort.
The only thing I would change would be the split in the rear window which takes some getting used to.
You really have to drive one to believe it. We were looking to buy the 2009 Corolla but after driving both, the Prius was the clear choice for us. We are averaging 48.34 mpg and what a fun little car to drive. We took a 160 mile round trip on the 2nd day we had it and were very pleased with the comfort and performance on the open road. If you are looking for a gas saver be sure to test drive one before buying a gas powered sub compact, and compare total cost to own and warranty.
The great fuel economy, touchscreen display, keyless entry and operation, and overall interior space, four adults can ride in comfort. Performance will surprise you.
Driver's seat needs to travel about another 6 inches back for people over 6',and one more cup holder in front for my commuter coffee mug (like the one in the tacoma).
Over all an excellent car as Toyota is famous for. Now that gas prices are sky-rocketing, it has begun to pay off in mileage. We traded a 2001 Grand Prix GTP supercharged sedan for the Prius. Our gas expense has now gone from close to $400 down to about $115 a month. That is substantial.
Map, headlamps, heads up display, smart key system, fold down back seats.
Very little adjustment in the steering wheel! In high temps map stops working. Dealer could not rectify problem, need more padding on door and console arm rests, more accessable 12 volt power outlets, steering wheel sets way too far into the dash. Offer a free 3 day class to learn about it.
I have been averaging 50 MPG in my first week of ownership, driving on the Grand Parkway/I-10/Beltway 8. The car does not handle as a peppy Corolla, but has more passenger room. The cargo space is not as big as a Corolla, but adequate to haul the weekly groceries. Be sure to buy "vehicle shield" or the road noise will get to you. As a techno-geek, I enjoy driving the car.
The audio/climate controls on the steering wheel; programmable homelink on the driver mirror; nice graphics display of powertrain sources.
Include vehicle shield as a standard; improve the view in the read-view mirror; more cargo space.
It's a blast driving down the road at 35-40 mph, look at the display and see you are on electric only. I think I've put gas in it 3 times since I bought it in early March. Average about 42-44 mpg. Handles really good and is very quiet. As annoying as the backup beeper is, it is a good safety factor as the car is so quiet.
Gas mph, smart key (weird pushing the power button and not turning a key) Bluetooth, and everything else.
Been sitting here for ten minutes trying to think of one. Oh yeah, put a real horn in this thing.
Only have the car a less than a month, already hear rattling noise right under the windshield; this noise goes away when I press down the panels (panels on both driver and passager sides are loose!!). Very disappointed.
Use better material and improve the build quality
Very quality automobile, does not feel like an economy car. Quiet, solid, tight. 6000 miles on it and no problems yet. Even if it wasn't a hybrid it would still be a great auto.
Mileage, exterior design, interior room for small auto. Large cargo area. Keyless system.
None, I like the car as it is.
We have about 1K on our package 2 and my wife and I are very pleased. Purchased for the mileage (abt 46 so far) but also pleased with room, comfort, how quiet it is and the smooth ride.
Other the mileage, smart key, inside features, more storage than anticipated.
Nothing major. Have to adjust to blind spot from front window supports when cornering.
Wow! What a great car! I got the #2pkg and added after market leather and sunroof. Got the new dark blue new for 2008 and boy do I turn heads on the road. It looks and feels great. Love the feeling of the cockpit. Backup camera is a must! I have also changed my style of driving to fully optimize the fuel. It is super smooth and incredibly quiet. I look forward to having to drive somewhere just so that I can drive my new space craft... ok car.
Love the touch screen and the backup camera. Leather seats really make it feel luxurious! The sunroof really lets the light just pour into the cabin.
Offer the sunroof as part of one its pkgs. Get it aftermarket!
I have had this car for over a month now and find it most enjoyable driving and learning about all of its features. I promise to revisit this website a year from now and post a year-end assessment of the car. I expect to put about 15000 miles on it.
Great cargo space, love that rear camera, and super gas mileage.
Better driver's seat adjustments; put disk brakes on rear wheels; get rid of beepers on reverse - at least provide an option to shut it off at will; improve steering wheel feedback; relocate the aux connector to a more convenient location; and provide a true iPod connector.
It has been like a new toy, fun to drive. On 2 trips to Columbus we averaged close to 53 mpg. It seems like a much bigger car when driving. We hit a snow storm once and it handled great traveling on highways with a lot of snow. We like the touch screen for operating much on the car extras, plus what you can also operate from the stearing wheel. We have the new blue color and really get the compliments on the color. We are very happy that we bought it, and especially now with the price of gas.
No keys necessary, so much is automatic and done for you. Great mileage. Fun to drive and comfortable to take long trips. A lot of room in the back seat and ample storage with the hatchback.
There is very little adjustment in the adjustable steering wheel
I've had my Prius for just over 3 months now. It's a great car! It's not going to win any races, but that's not why I bought it. It's does not handle like a BMW, but that's not why I bought it. It's comfortable for me to drive, I like the features (Bluetooth, nav + little extras you get) and it's great on gas mileage. It's not going to be for everyone, but it's the right car for me at this point in my life - just over 50! Want a practical car, the the Prius - but know the limitations before you buy - else you may be unhappy.
B/T, nav, voice recog is great! "Gas Stations" and it displays them all with symbols! You can program in maintenance info. Simple to change oil, which I do myself. Rear seats fold down 60/40 and with the front passenger seat folded back, you have a ton or room to carry things! Great job.
Let me use / work the nav when moving. Waiting for the secret work-around on this.
I love my new Prius. I am amazed at the build quality and performance of this frugal hybrid. I am averaging 47 mpg. This factor alone made it a must have. It is a smooth, quiet, comfortable ride!
Navigation with Bluetooth, design, clever compartments, ample storage space in cargo area, and the fewer stops to the gas station!
Electronic driver seat.
Have wanted a Prius since first introduced and am so happy to be able to buy what I consider the Cadillac of hybrids. Handles great, tight and responsive. Performance - it's not as quick as some expensive sports cars but for 75 horses they can jump up and run!! The touch screen is sometimes very difficult to see in bright sun.
Name something!! The space inside, the electronics, the fuel savings. I think the thing that is the best is being GREEN!!
a visor or hood over the touch screen
I have been wanting to get a Prius for the last 5 years but the waiting list and the concern about the battery longevity kept me from getting one. Now there is no more waiting list and reliability records prove that the Prius is THE most reliable family car out there (Consummer Reports) in addition to the 150,000 miles warranty on the battery in California I finally bought it. I wish I have done it sooner. The car is so much fun to drive I look forward to driving it. I consistently get 52-60 MPG on average. Actually my 2 months lifetime average is 54 MPG and it is going up.
Awesome MPG. Plug in for iPod or any MP3 player. MP3/CD player. Backup camera. Hatchback allows me to haul a bunch of stuffs inluding large TV, tables and other stuffs that a regular sedan can't. Car is quiet on high way because of low wind resistance.
Seat comfort is not very good. I have to buy a car cushion to make the seat more comfortable.
I rented this car for a week while decided which car to buy. While I've decided to wait until Toyota releases their next-gen battery, the 2008 Prius I drove was absolutely wonderful. I commute 50 miles round trip to work each day, and averaged 40 mpg during my commute. It was also comfortable and had all the creature comforts I could want. My only complaint is that as a 5'6" driver, the bar across the back makes it difficult to see out the back window at times. If buying, I would opt for the rear view cameras. Otherwise, worth every penny. As soon as those lithium batteries come out, I'll be trading in my Honda Fit for a super eco and fuel friendly Prius.
Center console displays, fuel efficiency, smooth ride at any and all speeds
Height adjustable driver's seat to help those of us who have trouble seeing beyond that crossbar.
I drive close to 40K miles a year and used to go to the pump every other day. I rarely go to the pump anymore since I got the Prius. My wife and I drive it on the weekend all the time since her car takes a lot of gas (compared to a Prius). We both love it!
Gas mileage. Great car. No plug-in required.
Need lumbar roll.
I have been researching the Prius for 4 months and decided it was time to move on it. It's fun to drive and quiet. The controls are easily accessible and I'm getting 46-48+ miles per gallon. My previous car was averaging 16 mpg. I'm getting 3 times my money's worth. It's an awesome car and I've never been happier with an auto purchase before.
Audio controls & climate controls are right on the steering wheel.
Change the way the back window is designed. It's just a bit awkward now.
I drive 100 miles a day, and I love watching to see what I am getting for MPG as I go. I also love all the high tech features that this car came with. I considered the Audi A3 first (I wanted a hatchback) but to get all the options I have now in the Audi I would have had to have spent $10K more. Not worth it for a little more wow factor and fun driving. I also love feeling so green.
The consumption indicator, Bluetooth, nav, and MPG.
The steering wheel needs more movement. Right now you can only tilt. I know I should be saving energy, but I would still love heated seats, but I live in Maine, and it would be nice in the winter.
Our household just purchased our 2nd Prius. We have a Tahoe, Carrera C4, STI and a 2004 Prius and found we were always fighting over who gets to drive the Prius. Both Prius's have all options for the model year. The 2008 model has an improved display and easier Nav system operation. (I still prefer my Garmin.) The 2004 was purchased used and has been a great car. These cars are very well built (bulletproof), adequate acceleration, low CG flat handling, very quiet interior, very good sound system, comfortable for long drives and dazzling fuel stinginess. They are great daily drivers. I would not hesitate to buy a used 2nd gen one, 2004 or newer. They will hold their value well!!
Cool dashboard display, touchscreen display, aerodynamics and resultant quietness at highway speed. Smart entry that allows you to open the doors by approaching the car if the key is in your pocket, also start the car with the key there too!! And, of course, the great gas mileage (and bluetooth).
1. Option for heated seats 2. Seat height or tilt adjustment 3. Plug-in capability to improve gas mileage-I recommend watching the movie "Who killed the electric car" and you'll understand how this can improve on hybrid electric vehicle economy. Rumor is that Toyota will release to public in 2010.
I love my new Prius! It is comfortable, easy and fun to drive. Most of all saving on my fuel $$.
Comfort, safety features and very fuel efficient. Most of all it's a Toyota - reliability!
None - I think Toyota has done an excellent job with this car and would not change a thing.
In most respects the Prius is wonderful. Though it's not a performance car, it's competent, comfortable, and quiet. The only serious dislike is the center control counsole, which complicates control of the heat/ac and radio -- and the digital speedometer and other gauges/displays. Analog gauges and traditional knobs and levers to control the heat/ac and radio would make this a better car. Of course, it's the Prius' gas mileage performance that makes it a winner. I've gotten about 45 mpg overall at 2000 miles.
Smooth, quiet ride. Great gas mileage - - about 45 mpg overall so far. Good reliability record.
Don't like the center control console with an LCD touchscreen for most controls. Don't like the digital speedometer and idiot lights. Can't get a standard gas hose all the way into the gas tank filler tube. Really don't like the beeper that sounds when the car is in reverse.
Wanted a Touring, but the dealer didn't have one in leather, so settled for standard w/Pkg #6. No regrets. We've had the Prius for a week now and are still finding new and fun aspects of being a Prius owner. The comfort of the leather seats is first rate. Having fun with the "game" of maximizing fuel economy and energy regeneration! I must have a lead foot, because I've been averaging 43 mpg (which is more than twice what I get with my other cars.) Haven't been able to get it to average more - but we live in a very hilly area SE of Oregon City. Actually bought this for my wife, but I'm driving it more than she is. Great handling, cornering, braking, etc. Good acceleration.
Backup cam, touch screen features, navigation system, consumption/energy monitor, bluetooth, keyless system.
A better explanation in the owner's manual about the energy monitor, and the definition of Wh. I had to go online to find out that it means watt-hours.
My Prius is the best car I have had to date. Not only extremely fuel efficient but very comfortable and fun to drive with Toyota reliability.
MPG, comfort, handling, everything!
I went from a Ford Expedition to a Prius. I don't miss my SUV at all (except when doing big grocery shopping) and love driving my Prius. I have made my first payment just in fuel savings. I thought I would miss sitting up high on the road, but I have learned to really enjoy riding lower. The lowest fuel economy I've gotten was right at 40mpg and I do a lot of highway miles, in addition to city driving. It rides nice on the highway (even pass people with ease) and is comfortable on road trips. My only complaint is that I seem to be a rock chip magnet sitting lower to the ground.
bluetooth phone, fuel consumption display, awesome sound system, "joystick" shift knob, smart key
auto locking doors, more options on driver's seat (lumbar, height, front of seat move up/down, etc.), auto headlights, tinted windows
We've had the Prius for a month and love it. I am a big guy, but I feel I have room without cramping space. Mileage has been about 40 for the first 600 miles. I can't seem to get more than that. Most of my driving is local stop-and-go.
Nav system and bluetooth
Electric seats, and easier to be able to use voice recognition system.
I am a car enthusiast so I had a closed mind to Hybrids, but after knowing a few people who really liked them I decided to test drive one. I've now owned mine for over 3 months and I really am impressed with Toyota and this car. Concern for the environment was my original incentive but the gas mileage is really impressive with commensurate power and handling. It's great filling the tank up for $30 (it's a 10 gal tank) twice a month. At stop and go speeds the electric motor is working with no emissions or usage of gas. Gridlock and drive-thrus or waiting for someone with the a/c or heat on is no longer a concern.
One of the lowest emission vehicles on the planet. Great gas mileage. Extremely quiet even at highway speeds because of its aerodynamics. Smooth comfortable ride, plenty of head room and leg room in the back. Hatchback is great for hauling. Info screen great for tracking mpg. Keyless entry.
Auto lock on the doors when you start the car. Auto on/off headlights. Beeping inside the car (but not outside) while backing up. Plastic looking wheels. no sunroof available no "n- windshield"antenna
Purchased 2008 Toyota Prius (Special Edition) in September for my wife. This vehicle has navigation system, backup camera and JBL premium audio. Very pleased with the vehicle, especially with the interior layout - highly functional yet not overwhelming. If you can afford it, I highly recommend purchasing the nav system, it is easy to use and contains latest updates. The backup camera and Smartkey system is also very practical. Initial gas mileage at -5 to 10 deg C is 5.5 L/100 km combined. I've fitted the Prius with winter tyres and taken it into deep snow - no problem with take off and stopping performance phenominal. Highly recommend this vehicle, considering purchasing another one!
Navigation system. The Denso nav system has the latest updates, including service station and bank logos and latest geographic data. The interior layout is also excellent, the controls are intuitively located. Interior cabin space is huge for a mid size sedan! Seating-good side and back support
The owner's manual for the navigation and bluetooth phone connection requires more detail - the instructions are not clear enough and it will take a few cups of Java and tinkering to set up initially.
My wife and I were looking for a more fuel effecient car but didn't want to sacrifice comfort and space. After comparing the Prius with the Civic we settled on the Prius and I'm sure glad we did. There's a ton of space in this little car. Aside from that, we're getting twice the fuel economy we were getting with our old car. Thank you Toyota!
Favorite feature is the touch screen and steering controls. All the space is a plus too. Doesn't feel like you're sitting in a compact car.
This is a hard one. The car seems to have everything. Keep increasing the fuel economy of these vehicles!
Test drove this car on a lark after lunch after planning to purchase a Pontiac G6. The G6 might be more sporty looking but doesnt' drive as well and gets half the mpg. I really wanted to wait to make a purchase, but my wife loved it so much we bought it immediately. The Prius has plenty of get up and go and will seat 4 adults comfortably. Our mileage has been in the 50s with every tank of gas so far.
Quiet ride and the control panel which coaches you to get better mpg.
A 6 ft. plus passenger in the back seat will not have enough head room.
This is my first hybrid, and I'm hooked. It is fun to drive, looks better than I expected and has more elctronic gadgets than I ever expected. The regeneration while braking or coasting is too cool. I have already figured ways to get mileage of 55 to 61 MPG that makes me drive with a smile. Amazing how often the engine shuts off. I love looking for new ways to improve mileage, found a route home from work that is 4 miles longer but I get 11 MPG better mileage going that route in less time too. I had always heard that you got better mileage in the city, but have found that I average higher mileage on the highway. Maybe that was an urban myth.
Mileage(!!), regeneration charging, Blue Tooth, touch display, Smart key, electronic shifter and a car smarter than I am!
Better interior materials. The first time my dog got in there were permanent marks where her nails slid on the material - cheap cloth. Why is every photo in the brochure show tinted windows, when you can't order tinted windows from Toyota :)
First off, people need to understand the main purpose of this vehicle - plain and simply, fuel economy. Once you get past the stiff seats and lackluster acceleration, the fuel effeciency is mesmerizing. I've driven my new Prius almost 1,000 miles and am averaging 50.8 mpg.
Fuel consumption display, safety features, roomy interior.
More comforatable seats with height adjustment, telescoping steering wheel, daytime running lights.
I was very impressed since the first test drive. The navigation system is a wonderful thing. Years from now we'll all wonder how we got along without them! The instant mileage review helps keep me in check and will serve to boost mileage overall by at least 5-10%. And the 30 minute tracking feature lets me know my driving techniques are affecting my overall MPG. I've got almost 1000 miles and it looks like I may need to get my 2nd tank of gas in the next couple days... doing over 100 per day... WOW.
The multifunction display is the winner here. I love the bluetooth and the nav system. Great compliments to a great car.
Driver's seat needs additional adjustment capabilities. Wish there was a tach for the I.C.E., and it would be nice if the locational sensor would automatically lock the car when you walk away! Too bad you can't access many of the display features once you're in motion. That would be a great!
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