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Help save the earth
Pros: average between 50 to 54 miles per gal., per tank of gas!!!
Cons: nothingVery 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!!!!
Love my car; especially the mileage
Pros: gas economy
Cons: Couldn't get leather upholstery on model I wanted.Very manuverable, lots of speed, easy to care for. Great for hauling large purchases. Lots of room for so small a vehicle.
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.
Good fuel economy but overall value?
Pros: Reliable, gas consumption, cargo capacity
Cons: Cost-initial nad disappointg trade-in1) The advtg of good fuel economy 45 mpg over 38500 over 3.25 yrs, mostly hwy miles, is lost taking into consideration 2) the initial price being 2000$ more than a conventional engine (non-hybrid) comparable Honda or Toyota car and 3) ins rate is higher for the Prius (State Farm, rural area, 65 yr old owner w excellent driving record) than for a new Subaru Forester 4) The Priu was reliable excpt for needing a new 12 V (not the 4,000$ or so hybrid battery) battery within a yr of purchase. 5) Resale value was utterly disappointing. Thanks to moderate gas price and Toyota's tarnished reputn, I got NOT A SINGLE offer after having advtd on cars.com for 4 months. The dealer's trade-in was also disappointingly low. Summary: My experience over 3.25 yrs of ownership shows there are better values than a Prius. Consumers Reports calculates that it'd take 8 yrs of use @15,000 miles per yr w gas at current prices, to recover the higher purch price. I'm a tree lover but not at this cost.
A great Car
Cons: the false publicity about accelerationWe love our 2010 Toyota Prius, especially the 50 plus MPG fuel consumption. We will definitely buy another one.
Pros: Fuel Economy
Cons: Very little 'do-it-yourself' maintenance possibleLove the car! Very roomy & comfortable. Plenty of zip when needed. I smile everytime I pull into the gas station.
My favorite ever
Pros: quiet ride low gas
Cons: automaticWonderful car great service