Excellent fuel mileage. The Prius rides and handles like any small firm suspension car, it is NOT a luxury cruiser or sports car. The Prius has a deceptively large interior with excellent cargo space. It does run with the pack on our busy interstates. Slightly noisier than one would expect. There is a learning curve in adapting your driving habits to a Hybrid. Zero mechanical problems or malfunctions so far, (at least prior to the current accident). Interior materials are inferior but tough,could be much better.
We have not been able to duplicate the advertised 51 Mpg, but it is only a minor disappointment as I find 48.7 for all my local, city, and Interstate driving quite acceptable. We get occasional trip averages of over 60 mpg (My Ford pickup gets 14mpg at best). Trips of over a thousand miles were comfortable enough, and I am 6'2" tall.
The Prius does what it is designed to do, which is to cleanly use the minimum of fuel while getting you safely to your destination.
Safety, unfortunately, I can attest to the excellent safety of the Prius in an accident situation, after being rear ended by a speeding pickup truck in a
multi - vehicle accident.
*** $8500.00 + damage to the rear and front. All sheetmetal, no major systems involved. ruined the hatch.NO encroachment to to the actual interior!
Destroyed the front of the Nissan pickup truck back to the engine block.
From my experience the Prius is one tough little car!
Would I buy another Prius?
Absolutely, positively yes!
Three 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I purchased my first Prius in 2010 and have recently traded it in on a new 2013 Prius. This car is actually fun to drive and comfortable. my wife and I took 2 extended vacations to the mid-west traveling a total of over 15,000 miles. A lot of people refer to the Prius as a compact car. I assure you that this car is a midsize. I have nothing but praise for the auto. A 5 star rating should be a 6 or 7. We see the hybrids out there have really not caught on, Why, because on the charging of the hybrid has to be done with an additional exterior 240 volt power receptacle. The difference between the charging receptacle needed is that the Pruis uses kenetick energy to charge itself, no plugging in.
Two 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I bought a 2013 Prius new, largely to drive on country roads with an annual cross-country trip. Vehicle currently has 40,000+ miles on it with zero problems. On the cross county trips I stick to the freeways and it stays above 70 all day long and fully loaded with luggage, average about 48mpg (unless big head wind) as measured by fuel used. Around home I consistently average above 50mpg. Impressive amount of interior space for size of vehicle.
Before buying I checked with several taxi drivers who told me they often see Prius cabs with over 300,000 miles on them with no major problems.
I'm 6'2" @ 210. Plenty of leg room. Very happy with car and would buy again.
UPDATE 3/13/17... now have 76,000 miles on vehicle. Performance, etc. continues as in original review.... very satisfied. Only expenses so far are new tires at 60k and oil and filter changes at 10k intervals as per maintenance guide. Brake pads still in good shape.. Great car.
I owned a 2005 Prius for 8 years with no problems ever. It averaged 48-50 mpg most of those years. My new 2013 is a Prius 4 with more bells & whistles, which I thought would lower the mpg, but not so far. I averaged 53 mpg on my 1st tank!
I don't care for the center console area, less storage area than earlier models. And they replaced the map size door pockets with cup/bottle size pockets. I almost went with the larger PriusV because of the cosole area.
The solar air circulation seems to work pretty good, considering I am in FL! Anyway, it was a little higher priced, but if it works as well as my old one, it'll be worth it not to have any issues!