2004 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Arnie's Next Car

2004 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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

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Arnie's Next Car
By RWW on


2004 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)


First impressions of a 2004 (BG pack):
Lovely interior with great space and stylish
grey pseudo-suede fabric. Almost excessive
rear leg room. Good visibility, even through
hatchback. Nav system is refined, with split-
screen option. Bluetooth works well (now I
need a new phone and plan). Verbal
command is good at generating unintended
humor, but most key controls are on to the
wheel. Reasonable pickup by modest Saab
9000 standards, firm suspension, solid
handling, tight turning radius, good brakes.
Quiet at highway speeds. Soft hiccup when
the 1.5 liter engine engages. Sound system
is fine-wonderful and easy to control from
the wheel.

Best Features

Extremely sophisticated systems and unprecedented mileage in a stylish and, efficient body style. An instant classic. Any level of trim has class, but get BG if you enjoy gizmos. Obviously designed and built by fanatics. Will send shivers through Detroit and Stuttgart.

Worst Features

Brighter night lighting on steering wheel controls. Needs light on rear hatch. 2 to 3 inches more travel on front seat and power option. Better English editing of manuals. Online advice for Bluetooth. Longer battery life when not driven for more than 2 weeks (external plug?).
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