2009 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Has some very good traits and

2009 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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

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Has some very good traits and bad ones
By Tall Dude on


2009 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


Might want to look elsewhere if over 6ft tall as I am. Ergonomics have become annoying - rear view mirror mostly in road-level line of sight and legs cramped by non-height adjustable seat. Marginal power up steep hills, and need to give lots of gas to accelerate onto freeway onramps. Otherwise, cruises flats well, very smooth ride, fairly quiet interior. You may wish the gas motor was off all the time since the electric drive is captivating. Car is well built, high quality inside and out, save the lack of seat / steering wheel adjustments. JBL audio system pretty good, not amazing though. At 6ft 3in, I would not buy this car again.

Best Features

Superb fuel economy - 55 MPG average during summer with trips over 20 minutes, easy on throttle. Worst case for me, 45 MPG average in 40F weather with short (5 minute) trips, accessories used. Smart key system rocks, very, very convenient.

Worst Features

Driver's seat height adjuster as found in all Corollas!! Telescopic steering wheel along with tilt. Some more power for accelerating, steep hills. Take aux input out of console box, put in open.
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