2009 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Problems in Winter

2009 Toyota Prius Hatchback - Consumer Review

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


Toyota Prius was pretty good, basically a 4 out of 5 in all respects except mileage, and then it was a 5 out of 5 until the very cold weather set in. Mileage went down from 46-50 mpg all the way to mid 30s mpg when it was in the 20s outside. And in the very cold (teens or near zero degrees Farhen) when you use the heater it went down to 27 to 30 mpg. This was a disappointment on all counts with winter and cold weather mileage.

Best Features

Smooth drive with CVT; good mileage in good weather; narrow car is good for city driving; keyless ignition; stability control in icy roads.

Worst Features

Brake pedal placement higher (so it does not hit your leg.) Visibility would improve with changed design front and back. Back right window steams up near battery exhaust spot. AM/FM radio and power buttons could be in one straight line. Improve manual with accurate information about mileage in winter.
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