2008 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Not Too Shabby

2008 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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

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Not Too Shabby
By Stillc on


2008 Toyota Prius Standard 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


I commute 100 miles a day so my motivation was economy. There's no doubt the Prius delivers great mileage. I average 48 MPG or better. I traded-in a F-250 Diesel Pick Up truck for this car and was lucky to do so just prior to the big fuel crisis. The Prius saved me about $500.00 per month in fuel cost based on what I was paying for diesel. I'm not crazy about the style (looks like a bug) but it has plenty of head room and can carry more than expected in the hatch back with the seats folded down. Power is so so. Very slow to start off but will kick in and move fairly quickly once your rolling. It's all about fuel efficiency. I have to admit though, it can be a little emasculating.

Best Features

Fuel economy, cargo space

Worst Features

More intuitive navigation system. Setting the desired destination is easy enough, but getting it to start navigating is another story. I admit, I don't use it very often so maybe I just need more practice.
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