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Update on October 2009 review
Pros: Fun to drive, plenty room and good mpg!
Cons: Rough ride, poor sound proofing and dropping mileage.We now have owned our 2010 Prius for over one year. We have almost 25,000 miles on the car. Still like it a lot, but for some reason our mileage has dropped considerably over the past year - we're lucky to get an average of 36 mpg now. Haven't change driving habits or gas - will have dealership give it a good going over at the oil change coming up. With the price of gas, we still feel we've made a good decision in buying the vehicle.
Dangerous on highway
Pros: Gas mileage
Cons: The car (performance, comfort, material quality)My Prius returns very good gas mileage but at a price. It is too slow to safely merge with freeway traffic. I can't pass anyone and I feel any accident may be my last (at speed). I will not buy another. The brakes are only fair and the car does not inspire confidence in spirited driving. Lastly, for what I paid I would expect a higher quality of materials in the interior.
Cons: REAR VISIONThe Prius has been a joy to own and drive. It is more than adequate for high-speed merging and handles well at all speeds. Our mileage for the entire time we have owned it has been over 40 MPG. The space available for luggage is large enough to take golf clubs and go away for 6 weeks. Love the 'hidden space' in back.
They can do better
Pros: Good mileage
Cons: Hard ride.Wonderful car to drive. Good turning radius and easy to like. Car rides very stiff and is too low to ground to clear parking chocks. Have had to replace fender shields due to low profile. Good mileage as advertised and very serviceable. Do not understand hard ride.l Could be improved with better shocks and raising level above ground.
Cons: BACK WINDOW VIEWThis car has delivered and MORE. The hatch back is a great feature, without it I would have purchased a Honda Civic .
Best I have had - - since 1950!
Pros: Hybrid Drive - - wish it was all-electric
Cons: no dislikesA nice vehicle, larger inside than it looks. Controls are easy, once you learn to start & shift with the brake on. Recalls have been trivial.
Best Car I Ever Owned: Prius
Pros: 52 MPG on the highway, fully loaded with people and cargo
Cons: Glove compartment finish on 2005 model scratches easilyAs kids we thought of taking energy from braking with generators, be we couldn't control the process fast enough with mechanical switching. 30= years later fast microcomputers made it all controllable. Besides the excellent technology, the appointments, gadgets, and performance are great. Traction control on ice and hard pack snow is marvelous. This is bar-none the best vehicle I have ever owned in my 45 years of driving.