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Zero problems
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By dickthebutcher
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2009 Toyota Prius Standard 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I bought my 2009 Prius new and have now driven it for almost five years. It has just over 70,000 miles on it, and so far the only maintenance expenses I've had are oil changes and one new set of tires. It still has the original brakes and they still aren't showing signs of wear. I'm not sure why so many others find the car uncomfortable -- I'm six feet tall and have no problems. I've driven to Florida from Pennsylvania in it and was never uncomfortable. Minor gripes: The gas tank does not fill up willingly after it's about 80% full. You have to coax in the last few gallons little by little. I don't love its looks, either, but accept that trade-off to average 47 MPG year-round.


Best Features

Fuel economy, reliability, roominess (for its size), easy-to-use touch screen, hatchback versatility


Worst Features

A little bit of style would be nice . . .


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Amazed
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By hybridamir1990
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2009 Toyota Prius Standard 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I have owned many different cars, Jeep, Ford, Nissan, Pontiac and so on. I HATED all of them. from reliability to comfort to fuel economy. I have alwasy be skeptical about buying a hybrid but one day I was so fed up with the vehicle I owned, I went straight to Toyota and traded it in for a 2008 Toyota Prius. Two years later, it is still the best automotive decision I have ever made. Although it does have some road noise, the ride is amazing and smooth. I see alot of complaints about the comfort of the seats but I find them more then suitable, there smooth, soft and comfortable enough to seat five people. I live in North Eastern Pennsylvania and I am a Prius driver for life.


Best Features

Fuel economy is between 45-48 MPG. comfort, Reliability, and performance. The CVT transission is a great for this car, especially a Hybrid.


Worst Features

Make leather seats more of a standard like Lexus, after all we are paying a premium for hybrid technology and a CVT transmission. Other then that I am more then pleased with the design of this car, absolutly beautiful.


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Not comfortable....
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By indian77
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2009 Toyota Prius Standard 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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The car is great, the comfort level is not so good. What this car lacks is what the latest certain Prius models have improved upon. There is no power driver seat, so finding that sweet spot for driving is a real challenge. For example, you will be finding yourself reaching out for that steering wheel when you are in a comfortable position. That will put strain on your arms while driving. There is no lower back support, so for long drives that can be for hours, this is a lower back killer. Make sure you do your daily stretches to overcome the physical drawbacks of sitting in this car.


Best Features

The mileage is the best feature...I get 50.1 mpg, provided I service my car every 3000 miles. They recommend changing the oil at 5000 miles, but I tried that once, and the mpg starting going down slightly.


Worst Features

Lumbar support needs to improve. No telescopic steering wheel.


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How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways...
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By rhodeislandred
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2009 Toyota Prius Standard 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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For transparency purposes, I must disclose that I grossly underestimated my love for the 'driving experience', and that I live in New England. 1. Cold weather made gas bladder (tank) shring from 12 gallons to 9, resulting in more frequent stops at the gas stations. And no, it does not 'expand' when the weather warmed up. Did I mention the wildly inaccurate fuel gauge? 2. Zero lumbar support makes it uncomfortable for those long drives you'll be taking since the mileage is so great. 3. Speaking of great mileage, it's the best feature, as long as the weather is warm and the pavement dry. New England only meets that criteria 25% of the year. I averaged 30 mpgs. in the cold weather.


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(Cont.) 4. The straw that broke the camels back was driving in 1 inch of slushy snow, and having the engine cut. This is a 'safety' feature designed to protect the hybrid engine, but the result was sliding into a side walk with very little control over the vehicle. You can amuse yourself with more stories like this by googling "driving prius in the snow'. My previous driving experience were with Mazda (to which I returned), and my ABS light only activated once. This was a weekly occurrence with the Prius due to anything but drv pavement; it even happened when travelling over railroad tracks. 5. My car had a rear camera; still very difficult to see the rear view.


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(Cont.) 6. Absolutely no pick up when trying to use the passing lane on the highway. 7. Factory tires may have contributed to poor driving experiences (see #4 above). There may have been other things I hated, but I could be benefiting from repressed memory syndrome. I would never recommend this car to anyone other than a little old lady that only drives in nice weather on local roads (or maybe to someone I really disliked!). Hope this is helpful.


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Nice, dependable car!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By lia_lee
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2009 Toyota Prius Standard 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I just recently bought my 09 toyota prius yesterday, and I would have to say it's a beauty! I do love it, although I dont think it was worth the amount I got it for. The driver door lock does not seem to work while using the FOB. By this, I have to lock the driver door before getting out of the car to ensure that all the doors are locked. For me to get in, I have unlock the car using the FOB, get in the passenger side to unlock the drivers door for me or the driver to get in. I did some research and it seems like I'm not the only with the problem. I guess it has something to do with the electric lock solenoid inside the door. I probably was too excited to check and make sure of these things.


Best Features

Things I like about this car, I would have to say the exterior. The exterior is beautiful. I especially love looking at the back because it just looks different and unique from other cars. I also like the deck and the way how the gauges are set. Very amazing and high tech I would have to say.


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