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7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By SR
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2008 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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.


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STUPID CAR - very disappointed!!!!!
1 of 20 people found this review helpful
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By adam07
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2008 Toyota Prius Standard 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I bought this car in march 08, and two months later, there are countless dents from the smallest branches and acorns, it has dinky wheels, and the ugliest design, plus the brakes got really squeaky by June of 08 and Toyota told me there is nothing they could do. Toyota is the worst car company ever, I made a HUGE mistake, I should have bought a Jeep Patriot instead, it has more style, still has good gas mileage, and is a hell of a lot more durable than this junk!


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good gas mileage


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Wipers and power points
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By jtjtruth
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2008 Toyota Prius Standard 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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For the most part the Prius is a good vehicle. The most annoying thing is the Wiper control and placement. It is to easy to hit and start a real circus of front and rear wipers. Secondly with a vehicle that is one big battery, Why was it designed to kill the power to the power charge points when the vehicle is off. This is completely illogical and quite annoying in today's use of so many required electronics.


Best Features

Quick little car.


Worst Features

Increase braking ability. Severely under braked. Really dangerous. Move the wiper control include always on Power points.


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Cannot help but like it
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By RF in Ohio
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2008 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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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.


Best Features

less greenhouse gases per mile, spaciousness, comfort


Worst Features

lose the cheap tires


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Rermarkable Car!
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By Toby
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2008 Toyota Prius Standard 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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This is the most remarkable car I have ever owned. It is economical, roomy, comfortable (I am 6'2" and have heard about how it doesn't fit tall people. Nonsense!), and fun to drive. I love the fact that it delivers great economy without producing tons of emissions while at the same time it is quick off the mark and able to climb mountains without hesitation (I have also heard about its supposed defects in this regard). I replaced the tires with Michelin Energy Savers A/S and saw the economy jump nearly 9%. I highly recommend those tires.


Best Features

Looks, reliability, economy. I regularly get upwards of 52 mpg all around.


Worst Features

I don't like the back-up beep. The touch screen is invisible in bright sunlight. The tires are cheap and wear out quickly. There should be a lumbar support on the driver's side (at least). Heater wont go below 65 degrees. We like it cool in the winter.


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