2004 Toyota Prius Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2004 Toyota Prius - Road Test Specs

2004 Toyota Prius Hatchback

(1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)


Model year2004
Style4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$19,995
As-tested MSRP$25,939


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeinline 4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)110 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)82 @ 4,200
Transmission typeElectronic controlled automatic (ECVT)


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, reartorsion beam
Steering typepower steering
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelIntegrity
Tire size, frontP185/65R15
Tire size, rearP185/65R15
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / rear drum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.4
0-60 mph (sec.)10.4
0-75 mph (sec.)16.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.72 @ 78.17
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30.88
60-0 mph (ft.)131.65
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)34.1
Sound level @ idle (dB)53/lo
@ Full throttle (dB)71
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)74

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Prius isn't really about acceleration, but it still manages a 10-second zero-to-60 time, which is about the toleration limit for most Americans in terms of today's power requirements. We managed to shave a few tenths from the Prius' time by power-braking the car at the starting line, but it didn't feel right to be focusing on pure speed in this car. Thankfully, the electric motor greatly assists the engine in terms of torque, so the car feels fast and doesn't have a problem climbing hills. The CVT transmission also saps acceleration since, like the engine design, it's designed for mileage first and performance second.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsPossibly the most refined maximum braking characteristics I've ever experienced. No ABS noise, no vibration, nothing but seamless speed reduction with a slight bit of front-end dive. We did notice that the stabililty control light came on during brake testing, and teh numbers, while acceptable, weren't overly impressive for such a light vehicle.
Handling ratingPoor
Handling commentsThe Prius combines Toyota's now standard stability control system (which is very intrusive) with almost no acceleration power to aid exit speed from the slalom. These factors made it difficult to maintain a rapid pace in the slalom, bu the Prius did display more steering feel than I expected (remember, the system is electric, not hydraulic). Like acceleration, the Prius isn't really about sport handling, as its numbers indicate. A Volkswagen Jetta TDI may not get quite the same mpg numbers, but it would smoke the Prius (and not just becuae it's a diesel) in the slalom.— Karl Brauer

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Not tested
Temperature (°F)Not tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 60/51 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)54
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)11.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2890
Length (in.)175
Width (in.)67.9
Height (in.)58.1
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Legroom, front (in.)41.9
Legroom, rear (in.)38.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)37.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.1
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)16


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverExcellent
NHTSA crash test, passengerGood
NHTSA crash test, side frontGood
NHTSA crash test, side rearGood
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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