2002 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Prius Fantasy Gas Milage

2002 Toyota Prius Sedan - Consumer Review

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Prius Fantasy Gas Milage
By harryn1 on


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


Prius is an excellent car, but the gas
milage is not what Toyota claims,
especially when you have to use the A/C
like we do in Arizona, most of the
year. The on board computer is very
optimistic, when compared to the manual
way (fill tank, drive, fill again to
see how many gallons used, divide miles
driven by gallons). It probably gets no
more than any small sedan with a 1.5-
2.0L engine. However, it is very well
made, an 8 yr warranty, and heavier
feeling than smaller Toyota models. It
has an ugly front end shape because
they made it very streamlined. The
trunk is very small, but seating is

Best Features

Compared to my former cars, gas consumption is very low, at least high 30's, but not 50 like they claim possible.

Worst Features

Their 2004 model is supposedly bigger, cooler looking, but probably won't get the current body style gas mileage. The tires are low friction, and many have reported poor total miles per set, questioning whether the gas saved offsets the tires replaced cost.
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