Toyota Hybrids Ratings

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    2004 Toyota Prius - Base

    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 car

    I 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

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    2002 Toyota Prius - Base

    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.

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    2002 Toyota Prius - Base

    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.

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    2003 Toyota Prius - Base

    Pros: The visual display of engine motor usage

    Cons: isn't anything I don't like about it

    Advice: This type of car can really get the USA off foreign oil and it is fun to drive

    I found the Prius to have extremely good handling characteristics and the seating (roomy) rivals the Mark VII I was driving. I love the instrument panel.

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    2003 Toyota Prius - Base

    Pros: I purchased primarily for low emissions

    Cons: Tough question. OK

    Advice: For up to 4 1/2 people

    I used to drive a 1960's era Mercedes, and thought it was just about the perfect vehicle. The Prius changed my mind. Longest road trip to date 3500 miles in a week - enjoyed it all, even west Texas!. At highway speeds at or below 75 mph, 45 mpg is typical. The 2001 model sold in US did not offer cruise control; installed the OEM part myself with no difficulties. 'Water-clear' oil after 2000 mi (low duty cycle on the gas engine) and negligible brake pad wear after 28000 mi (regenerative braking) suggest long-term maintenance costs will be low in areas I have not seen addressed in published reviews. As to those, they seem to underrate its performance. Drive it yourself.

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    2002 Toyota Prius - Base

    Pros: Being able to drive it in the High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes in Virginia

    Cons: Position/Location of the gear shifter

    Advice: Incredibly comfortable ride with amazing amount of headroom. Excellent purchase option

    The car drove extremely easily and was incredibly comfortable for a smaller car.

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    2002 Toyota Prius - Base

    Pros: Color (Blue moon pearl) and spacious interior.

    Cons: On the expensive side for a compact

    Advice: If you buy a Prius check out some of the online forums, like on Yahoo groups, to get advice on maximizing your fuel efficiency. You can also find information on tax deductions or credits for purchasing a hybrid vehicle.

    I've had my Prius now for almost 4 months and I love it. At first, I was obsessively watching the display screen to try to maximize my gas mileage but now I just sit back and enjoy the ride. I have been averaging between 40-45 mpg. We got pretty good mileage driving from Southern California to the Bay Area (around 45 mpg) too, and we were going 80 mph most of the time! The interior is surprisingly spacious, partly due to the upright design. I have sat in the back seat and there is plenty of leg room. We were able to fit a 27-inch screen TV in the back seat too. This car attracts a lot of attention and many people have asked me about my car in the parking lot. I love talking about it and explaining the hybrid concept.