2005 Toyota Prius Ratings

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Toyota Prius 2005
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    2005 Toyota Prius

    Pros: ECONOMY

    Cons: REAR VISION

    The 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.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2005 Toyota Prius

    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 easily

    As 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.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2005 Toyota Prius

    Help save the earth

    Pros: average between 50 to 54 miles per gal., per tank of gas!!!

    Cons: nothing

    Very ahead of its time car! Runs on electric alot of the time, even on interstate! Engine shuts off every time you take foot off gas pedal, even on interstate, at red lights and stop signs to, unless battery needs charging are catalytic converter needs to be heated up for emissions! It is reported that it saves 2 tons of carbon a year in the air compaired to every day gas burning car!!!!

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    2005 Toyota Prius

    Does what it is supposed to do.

    Pros: Ingenious hybrid drive

    Cons: Driver has so little control, just stab and steer.

    Extremely relibile and when driving on mountain roads gets up to 55mpg. The wide windshield pillars are a hazard. The claims are made about safety even telling me that the creep in drive and reverse are for safety.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 4 years
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    2005 Toyota Prius - Base

    Pros: The sometimes good mileage during warmer weather.

    Cons: Ice and snow packed into wheel well. Wiper blades with ice. Finding tires that last.

    Advice: Check cost for service every few thousand miles

    When my 2005 Prius reached the 60K (at 58K final inspection,water was found under vehicel and service was unable to find where this came from) miles things went bad. I contacted Toyota about some of the concerns and now over 11 Months no response however,I did get a concern Number with no followup on their part. I did send the Water Pump into toyota for their inspection because of the low miles. Water Pump out at 61K Miles = Just under $500 for repair and they forgot to fill with antifrz. Drove 25 miles with no heat, called & told to return, Toyota said...may be stat. Investigation... I had to add to radiator and hoped nothing else happened when driving the 25 miles. Lights leveler stopped working on low level. Just under $400.00 to repair excluding labor. I disconnected, now on high level. This leveler should be on recall for quality. Key (silver) entrance quit working. Wanted 85 dollars to look for problem. I, by error, found a switch controlling this problem, they just would not inform me about this switch or maybe dealers just don't know about it. Not a cold weather vehicle in the snow. I am really afraid to return to dealer, just waiting for new major problems.

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    2005 Toyota Prius - Base

    Pros: Hybrid Drive

    Cons: Seat

    Advice: Don't Upgrade the Navigation System Until They Don't Disable the Workaround.

    These are things I don't like and Toyota has been resistant to customer input. In later models Toyota does not allow a workaround so passenger can use the navigation system while moving as Honda does. A power and more comfortable driver's seat would be nice. I solved this by getting an inflatable seat cushion from Thermarest. Toyota should offer a electrical grid plugable option. There are available hard fixes, but Toyota voids the warrantee if you use them. I am writing this negative review as part of a customer campaign for Toyota to give customers a choice. Otherwise I love the car.

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    2005 Toyota Prius - Base

    Pros: Smart Key System

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: This is a very smart buy

    We LOVE this car. It is sleek, smart and practical.