2003 Toyota Prius Ratings

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Toyota Prius 2003
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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.