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Pros: Smart Start/Smart Entry - no keys needed to lock/unlock/start this vehicle!
Cons: The driver's seat - a little more legroom and more than the forward/back/recline options
Advice: Packages #6,7 are best if you don't need NAV, otherwise go for #9. No color preference gets quicker delivery!First off, the 2004 Prius bears no physical resemblance to its predecessors and outperforms last year's model significantly. The 2004 liftback is the first year model using Toyota's re-engineered THS II (Toyota Hybrid System). With a 0 to 60 of 10.1 seconds, you won't blow away any racing enthusiasts next to you at the stoplight, but you will surely outrun them in the long haul. I've put 1500 miles on this vehicle in five weeks time, have averaged 52.0 mpg with combined city/highway driving, and have pumped a grand total of 22 gallons thus far ($50 worth at Bay Area pricing), compared to my previous $200/month budget. The BC#9 package includes all the high-tech toys including Bluetooth phone, DVD NAV system, and Smart-Entry/Smart-Start system, which allows you to unlock and start the car without the need for a key, thanks to a transceiver inside the alarm fob. The Energy Monitor display quickly becomes a on-going game to see how 'efficiently' you can drive this car without using too much fuel. The animated energy 'flow' arrows actually teach you how to jockey the gas pedal to maximize your mileage. Interior space is excellent with more than enough backseat room, as well as lots of cargo space. It's also well-fitted for a carseat and the prerequisite baggage that parents with small children will require and appreciate. The front seat, however, is manual only and could use another inch or two for those of us over 6'. If you're set on owning a hybrid, this is the clear winner for 2004 in terms of price and performance. If you want some added mileage and cleaner air, but feel you really can't give up acceleration and power, then you may wish to wait for the SUV models due out for 2005.
Pros: Great gas mileage
Cons: See # 6 above.
Advice: Be wary, this vehicle might have a significant problem with the cruise control.When I tried the cruise control, after a few minutes the accelerator stuck and could not be stopped. I had to shift the transmission into neutral or ride the brake to avoid an accident on the way back to the dealer. I told them of the problem but they never offered any explanation or follow up on the problem. SCARY !
Pros: Voice reconition system
Cons: Mileage reset at fillups
Advice: Buy it and you won't be sorry!More power, bigger tires, better gas mileage, more room: Just plain fun to drive!
Pros: Smart Entry & Start
Cons: Mirror does create a blind spot.
Advice: Buy it. You won't be sorry, and you'll spend significantly less on gas and maintenance. The car practically maintains itself.I test drove the car as a rental for two days. After driving about 300 miles, I only filled up the tank with four gallons of gas. That averaged to 75 MPG across two days! I absolutely love the car!
Pros: smart entry
Cons: radio has no info display only through the dash display yet the radio has a large front that could have been used for display
Advice: buy the carI have owned two mercury sables since 1993 and they were great cars but the Toyota Prius has them beat bigtime. I bought this car for my wife and I am going to buy another Toyota when this one is paid for. The dealer tells me that Toyota is going to build a new plant for hybrid trucks down in Texas. I will be first in line for one! My wife and I bought this Prius before they were in the USA. Never even seen the car until the day we picked it up. Best decision we ever made. My wife, two daughters and I believe that every thing that can be done to walk lighter on our environment should be done and soon. Buying a car that is this light on the environment and still could be big enough to safely carry my wife and kids everywhere even on vacations was not possible until now. The bonuses for buying this car are its fun to drive, fast, responsive, cool and you get to write off $2000 when tax time hits. If you are going to buy one try to make sure you get the smart entry, as it is the best feature I have ever seen. Smart entry lets you walk up to the locked car with the keys in your pocket grab the door handle and enter the car, then you start the car with a press of a button. I want this feature for my house! Imagine never fumbling for keys, but still having the security of locked doors. If you can buy one for yourself you will have fun driving this ‘extreme’ car!!!!! Melanie Karissa Alison and Jim in Wheeling West Virginia
Pros: gas mileage
Cons: interior lacks imagination and creature comforts. Service at dealerships.
Advice: Find a good dealership for service.I drive lots of short trips and this car is great. It is not for long trips as the seats are small and stiff, but it does have plenty of room for hauling kids and stuff around.
Pros: Smooth operation ie, shifting and braking
Cons: small trunk space
Advice: Highly recommend this hybrid technology.Fun to drive. Easy to park. 10000 miles=43.9mpg. Could use a larger trunk at times.