2001 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: My 2001 California Prius

2001 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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

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My 2001 California Prius
By THendren on


2001 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


At 110K miles, I am impressed with my classic Prius even before buying it. It is more fun to drive since I replaced the tires (52k miles, 2 sets) with a stiffer brand (67k miles one set). Brakes (still at 60%) should last 200,000 miles. Early on needed computer replaced, no problems now. Have taken two 4,000 plus mile trips with mpg at 44 each. I can sit in the back seat with head clearance. Fully expect the car and battery to last 300k. We like this model better than the 2004 version but am waiting for the 94mpg version due next year.

Best Features

7500 mile oil changes (not even dirty). Drives cross country easily. Easy 400 miles per tank unless driving 80+. Slow driving gets up to 75mpg. Crosses desert in summer fine (keeps cool).

Worst Features

Headlights do not 'beam' to see in the distance, but fuzz out closer than other cars. Lumbar for seats. Electric adjustment seats Ok too. Both versions are difficult to see out the back window.
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