2002 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Cool technology

2002 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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By Another Matt on


2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


This car definitely delivers on its
mileage promise. Like other reviewers,
I've been getting about 45-50 mpg in
regular driving. The most impressive
mileage I got was 53 on a roughly 500
mile journey -- did the whole thing
with one tank of gas. Mileage seems to
vary with weather (the engine runs more
in the cold).

I looked up a bunch of the patents
behind this car. Man those guys are
clever. The connection between the gas
engine and electric motor is truly

Best Features

Continuous transmission makes driving almost ethereal sometimes. 'Stealth' mode is a cool feeling. And, of course, the mileage & low pollution are great.

Worst Features

Nothing major. The funny location of the shift doesn't bother me so much, but it does obscure some controls. More logical division of controls between physical buttons and touch- screen might be nice.
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