Used 2006 Toyota Prius Hatchback

2006 Toyota Prius
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2006 Toyota Prius

Pros

  • Outstanding mileage, ultralow emissions, generous amount of interior room, hatchback utility, reasonable price, excellent build quality.

Cons

  • Less power than other midsize sedans, real-world fuel economy doesn't live up to EPA estimates.

Used 2006 Toyota Prius Hatchback for Sale

Toyota Prius 2006 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
116,609 miles
Used 2006
Toyota Prius
Base
List$7,000
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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Toyota Prius 2006 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
83,324 miles
Used 2006
Toyota Prius
Base
List$7,600
Est.Loan: $156/mo
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Dealer Notes
ONE OWNER! VERY LOW MILEAGE! EXTRA CLEAN IN AND OUT! FULLY LOADED WITH PACKAGE #6! JUST SERVICED WITH BRAND NEW FRONT BRAKES, NEW MOTOR OIL, AND ALL FILTERS! LOADED WITH BACK-UP CAMERA, HID-XENON HEADLAMPS, FOG LIGHTS, VEHICLE SKID CONTROL - VSC, JBL PREMIUM AM/FM RADIO, 6-CD CHANGER/MP3/BLUETOOTH SYSTEM, STEERING WHEEL MOUNTED AUDIO/CLIMATE CONTROLS AND CRUISE CONTROL, AUXILIARY AUDIO INPUT, AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL, POWER STEERING, LIGHT WEIGHT ALUMINUM-ALLOY WHEELS, ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM W/ KEYLESS ENTRY, PUSH-TO-START IGNITION TYPE AND SMART KEY SYSTEM, ANTI-THEFT ALARM, SIDE-IMPACT/CURTAINS AIRBAGS, AUTO-DIMMER REAR VIEW MIRROR, POWER WINDOWS, POWER LOCKS, POWER MIRRORS, RETRACTABLE CARGO AREA COVER, 4-WHEEL ANTI-LOCK BRAKES - ABS, REAR SPOILER, TOYOTA CARPETED FLOOR MATS WITH CARGO AREA MAT, HOMELINK UNIVERSAL GARAGE DOOR OPENER, TILT STEERING WHEEL, SPLIT 60/40 REAR SEAT, TIRES PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM - TPMS, REAR WINDOW WIPER AND DEFROSTER! MD INSPECTED; VA, DC INSPECTION GUARANTEED* Includes 3 Months or 3,000 Miles Powertrain Warranty by KAS! Vehicle qualifies for up to 5 years of extended nationwide warranty coverage, ask for details! Nationwide warranty plans starts at $450 for 3 Months or 4,500 Miles Powertrain by GWC! *Restrictions Apply
Toyota Prius 2006 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
109,571 miles
Used 2006
Toyota Prius
Base
List$7,496
Est.Loan: $153/mo
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Toyota Prius 2006 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
70,407 miles
Used 2006
Toyota Prius
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Absolute Motors
27.6 mi away
List$6,776
Est.Loan: $139/mo
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Toyota Prius 2006 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
161,386 miles
Used 2006
Toyota Prius
Base
List$5,000
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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Dealer Notes
Valentine Motor Company is pleased to be currently offering this 2006 Toyota Prius with 161,386mi. CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee is reassurance that any major issues with this vehicle will show on CARFAX report. CARFAX shows that this is a one-owner vehicle -- no wonder it's in such great condition. If you are looking for a vehicle with great styling, options and incredible fuel economy, look no further than this quality automobile. If you are looking for a pre-owned vehicle that looks brand-new, look no further than this Seaside Pearl Toyota Prius. Intricately stitched leather and ergonomic design seats are among the details in which test drivers say that Toyota Prius is in a league of its own Internet special price is based on one-time customer payment or with qualifying credit. Actual price and finance charges may vary. Price does not include tax, tag or dealer processing fee. https://youtu.be/rRUAk_2oIy0
Toyota Prius 2006 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
129,820 miles
Used 2006
Toyota Prius
Base
List$6,183
Est.Loan: $127/mo
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Toyota Prius 2006 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
185,416 miles
Used 2006
Toyota Prius
Base
ListNot Listed
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Introducing the 2006 Toyota Prius! Providing great efficiency and utility! Toyota prioritized practicality, efficiency, and style by including: variably intermittent wipers, an outside temperature display, and remote keyless entry. It features an automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, and an efficient 4 cylinder engine. We know that you have high expectations, and we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding them! Please don't hesitate to give us a call.
Toyota Prius 2006 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
179,007 miles
Used 2006
Toyota Prius
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540 Auto
47.6 mi away
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Toyota Prius 2006 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
163,510 miles
Used 2006
Toyota Prius
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Toyota Prius 2006 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
141,548 miles
Used 2006
Toyota Prius
Base
Absolute Motors
27.6 mi away
List$6,999
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2006 Toyota Prius is a full-featured midsize family car that just so happens to be the most fuel-efficient sedan on the market. The fact that it starts at about $21K makes it all the more attractive.

vehicle overview

The Toyota Prius wasn't the first hybrid car on the market in the U.S., but with four doors, a sizable trunk and room for four, it was the first such vehicle to offer the practicality of a typical economy car along with the outstanding fuel mileage of a hybrid. The second-generation model, introduced in 2004, delivers all that and more, with an even larger interior, hatchback utility and a hybrid drivetrain that's more powerful and cleaner than the previous version.

For the uninitiated, a hybrid drivetrain typically uses a small gasoline engine in conjunction with an electric motor to provide power while keeping emissions and fuel usage to a minimum. Under full acceleration, both power sources work together to provide maximum oomph, but under lighter load conditions, such as stop-and-go traffic, the Toyota Prius alternates between the two, oftentimes running purely on battery power alone. A regenerative braking system converts energy normally lost as heat into electricity to charge the car's batteries. Although the current powertrain works in much the same way as the first-generation model, it delivers considerably more power with fewer emissions. Toyota claims that its exhaust emissions have been reduced by 30 percent over the previous model, allowing it to earn both SULEV (Super Ultra Low-Emission Vehicle) and PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) ratings. Although the Toyota car is rated to get combined city/highway mileage of 55 miles to the gallon by the EPA, our experience has shown that its real-world mileage is about 45 mpg.

Apart from its high-tech drivetrain, the 2006 Toyota Prius offers comfortable accommodations for four adults. It's a little smaller than most midsize sedans, but even tall passengers have enough room in the rear seats. Top-notch interior materials and a unique design give the cabin an alternative look and feel, but all the amenities you would expect are there. The Prius features an innovative automatic climate control system that runs entirely on electricity. This means the A/C will continue to cool even when the gas engine is not running, such as at a stoplight. It also features a humidity sensor and smart programming so the A/C compressor runs only when it is necessary. The benefit is that you can leave it in auto-mode year round without worry of wasting any energy. The Prius' hatchback design makes loading larger items into the cargo area a snap, and with 16.1 cubic feet of space, there's nearly as much room in the trunk as in a Camry.

The Prius hybrid is a legitimate family sedan that offers everything you would expect from a Toyota car -- like solid build quality and refinement -- and a few things you don't -- like a low base price. Add in the eye-popping mileage and long list of standard features, and it's easy to see why the 2006 Toyota Prius remains one of the most talked about cars available today.

Trim levels & features

The 2006 Toyota Prius hybrid is available as a four-door hatchback only, in one well-appointed trim level. The standard features list includes power windows, locks and mirrors; automatic climate control; a tilt steering wheel with audio and climate controls; a six-speaker CD stereo; cruise control; trip computer; and 15-inch aluminum wheels. Options like a DVD-based navigation system, Bluetooth hands-free phone technology and a nine-speaker JBL premium audio system with a six-disc CD changer are also available, along with leather seating and xenon headlights. The available Smart Key system allows you to lock/unlock the doors and start the car with the key safely in your pocket or purse. The optional voice command system permits voice control of features ranging from temperature adjustment to Bluetooth cell phone dialing.

2006 Highlights

The 2006 Toyota Prius gets a tire-pressure monitor this year, along with an optional backup camera. Exterior styling is refreshed with new headlights and taillight clusters, while the interior receives darker seat fabric and a textured instrument panel center. Leather seating with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an audio mini-jack port are newly optional.

Performance & mpg

There is only one engine and transmission combination available. The "Hybrid Synergy Drive" power plant consists of a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and two electric drive motor/generators. The gas engine produces 76 horsepower and 82 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motors generate the equivalent of 67 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Net horsepower is 110, mainly because the two power sources hit their peak at different times. Regardless, power delivery is smooth and consistent from rest all the way to top speed. The Toyota Prius features an elegantly simple continuously variable "transmission" of sorts, called a power split device. It provides the ease of a conventional automatic transmission, but there are no gears to shift, drive belts, torque converter or clutch. The motors work in concert with the gas engine, through a planetary gearset, to provide seamless power and maximum efficiency at all times. Fuel mileage is rated at 60 city and 51 highway, though real-world mileage is typically in the mid 40s.

Safety

All 2006 Toyota Prius models come standard with four-wheel antilock brakes with BrakeAssist and traction control. Electronic stability control and side-impact/side curtain airbags are optional. Government crash tests on the Toyota car resulted in a four-star (out of five) rating for everything but the driver in the frontal-impact test, which earned five stars. In IIHS testing, the Prius earned a top score of "Good" for its protection of occupants in frontal and side-impact crashes.

Driving

As you'd expect, the Toyota Prius is no speed demon (zero to 60 mph in about 10.4 seconds), but when it comes to the kind of daily driving that most drivers encounter, there's more than enough power to get around. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) takes some getting used to since it doesn't shift gears, but it does make the best use of the hybrid drivetrain's power. Cabin noise is minimal, and the suspension is comfortably soft without feeling too floaty.

Interior

Materials quality is impressive, and the overall look is upscale. The gauge cluster is positioned toward the center of the dashboard, but the display is clear and easy to see. The optional touchscreen DVD-based navigation system features a backup camera display and can be voice-operated.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2006 Toyota Prius.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

The best decision I ever made besides my marriage
joyfulnoise,01/04/2013
Purchased in summer 2006. With just under 141,000 miles, I've loved this car every minute I've driven it. Average mix of city/hwy I get 50-55 mpg, with full highway driving 49-53 depending on length of the drive (a few hours vs. much longer distances.) regular gas. It has saved me a fortune in gas and like the 4 Toyotas I owned before it since 1981, it has been continuously reliable. In spring 2012 my hybrid battery died at @128K. I decided: Why buy a new car? There's none better on the market. Replaced the hybrid battery for $2400, now have another 100K warranty on battery. Few things have been a problem - headlights expensive, struts went at 89K, but virtually nothing else. AMAZING car.
Great Car!!!
Will,11/03/2015
My 2006 Toyota Prius has 85,000 miles and is still running strong. I have had no mechanical issues with this car. The Prius is very easy to maneuver in. It gets great gas mileage, it averages 45 mpg in the city. Surprisingly it is pretty spaces, there is enough room for 5 people to fit comfortable. The back seat folds flat to make extra cargo space. I have haled a lot of stuff in the back of my Prius. The technology is pretty good for a 9 year old car, it has a backup camera, hands free calling, navigation, auto climate control, smart key system and HID headlights. The only complaint I have is that the interior materials are low quality and scratch very easily.
179,476 miles and still going strong
ehaw,07/29/2012
LOVE my Prius! We are high mileage commuters, perfect car for the miles we drive. Purchased for $15,200 in 2009 used with mid 20k miles. Use Michelins for a better ride and gas mileage. We are getting 44-56 mpg depending on how much we run A/C (Hey it's Texas, so most of the time) Early morning when it is still cool can easily hit 52-56 since most are highway miles. Expenses occurred so far: Use a K&N engine air filter which saves on air filter expense - not that hard to clean and recharge. Oil changes at 5000k, wiper blades, and I change cabin air filter myself to save service charge. Biggest expense - replacing a part that controls the changeover between electric and gas. $500
Peppy little car
Pedro R,09/12/2016
I picked up the car from my local AutoNation dealership. It came with 115,000 miles on it, the interior and exterior were super clean. The first week I drove it I went 380 miles. The on board computer says I am getting 45mpg, but the car comes with a 11.9 gallon tank, so the mpg's don't add up. I live in Phoenix so the A/C is constantly on, but should the milage be that far off? I don't think so. I will tell all of you that when I went to filler it up the total 13.50. That was an awesome feeling. I'm 5'10 and I could use a little more room. I have the seat all the way back, and it still a bit cramped. It's a great commuter car, and I drive 30 miles round trip, so it is perfect. I paid $6000. for the car, the tires look new and it stops on a dime. I have no real complaints. I hope this helps you with your choice. Update, the hybrid battery went out 7 months after purchasing the car, that repair was $1799. Wasn't expecting that. Mileage has gone up, I'm getting 405 miles per tank these days. All and all I like the car but don't know if I would buy another one.
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Features & Specs

MPG
48 city / 45 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
110 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Marginal
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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