2011 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: lowest cost of ownership vehic

2011 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

51 Total Reviews

Two 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
35 of 65 people found this review helpful
lowest cost of ownership vehicle for me
By greencar2 on


2011 Toyota Prius Two 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


Purchase was purely a economic decision for me without much emotion.
Extensive economic analysis with detailed spreadsheets yielded the Prius II as the most economic choice for my 70 mile daily commute consisting of 60% city 40% highway.
Factored in were resale values which indicate lower depreciation than
reported for Gen 3, significant improvements in reliability over 2010 model and long term increase in gasoline price at 10% / year.
Also in consideration was the 10 year battery performance check done by Consumer Reports which indicated the NiMH battery showed no measurable degradation in 10 years and 200K. I think newer Li battery technology will take several years to mature and match

Best Features

Lowest total cost of ownership for those with long commutes. Proven battery technology and drive train. Beltless design in engine and transmission. The transmission is not a typical CVT with belts or chains, it is all solid gears. No clutches or friction pad materials to wear off like in standard automatic or manual - automatic transmissions. Toyota seems to have corrected every problem reported in the 2010 model, the radio how has perfect reception, Bluetooth (called BLU Logic) is available in type II, rattles eliminated, the Gen 3 has now matured and is a solid product.

Worst Features

Reduce noise in cabin further. There is still too much tire noise and low frequency chassis noise from resonance induced from going over bumps. Make the interior plastic and fabric more resistant to scratches and stains. Make outside paint more scratch resistant, add memory for 8 TPMS senors to allow easy winter tire changes without reprogramming or make the system self learning when new TPMS detected. Change back ground color of LCD from green to white. Shorten warm up times so engine enters S4 stage more quickly. Stop dealers from selling over MSRP. With current plant shut downs in Japan, dealers are almost auctioning off the vehicles with prices thousands over MSRP as starting
Recommend (35) (30)

Are you the author of this review?

Update Your Review
Report it
Comments (0) Post a Comment
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.


Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.