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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.
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 driveI 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.
Pros: I purchased primarily for low emissions
Cons: Tough question. OK
Advice: For up to 4 1/2 peopleI 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.