2009 Toyota Prius Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Toyota Prius - Road Test Specs

2008 Toyota Prius Hatchback

(1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)


Model year2008
Style4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Base MSRP$23,770
Options on test vehicleCarpet Floor/Cargo Mats, Package #6
As-tested MSRP$28,284


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeinline-4, Atkinson cycle
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,497cc (91cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
Valvetrain16-valves, double overhead camshafts, variable intake valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)13.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)75 @ 5,000 (gasoline engine); 110 maximum when blended with the electric motor
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)82 @ 4,200 (gasoline); 295 @ 0-1200 (electric motor)
Transmission typeElectronically controlled continuously variable


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson Struts, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Suspension, rearSemi-Independent, Torsion Beam, Coil Springs,
Steering typeElectric power steering
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelIntegrity
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP185/65R15 86S
Tire size, rearP185/65R15 86S
Wheel size15 X 5.5 front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc with single piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rearDrum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.5
0-60 mph (sec.)10.4
0-75 mph (sec.)16.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.5 @ 78.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)10.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.71
Sound level @ idle (dB)47.2 (engine on); 40.7 (engine off)
@ Full throttle (dB)70.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWow, this is a strikingly slow car. No real technique required to generate these numbers -- just mash the throttle in drive and go.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsSub-limit brake response is awful -- awkward feel. Difficult to be smooth: it takes some time to adjust.
Handling ratingPoor
Handling commentsSkid pad: Bizarre programming choices on the non-defeatable stability control system. On-again off-again brake application makes the chassis jump around like crazy during steady-state limit cornering. Slalom: Crummy steering feel offers almost no useful info to the driver in fast transitions or during steady-state conditions. But really, do Prius drivers care?

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)63.7
Wind (mph, direction)3.7 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)48 city/ 45 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)43.8 overall, 51.9 in a 190-mile suburban city test loop
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)11.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,932
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,983
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59/41
Length (in.)175.0
Width (in.)67.9
Height (in.)58.7
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Track, front (in.)59.3
Track, rear (in.)58.3
Turning circle (ft.)34.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.9
Legroom, rear (in.)38.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)37.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.4


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionNot Available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemDirect tire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear4 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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